Concerns about shaft drive

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Baldy, Jul 5, 2001.

  1. Baldy

    Baldy Founder of ADV Administrator

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    In my conversations with adventure riders, a lot of guys seem to be concerned over getting stuck somewhere with a failure of the shaft drive. I was just reading the ride report at http://www.gr8designs.com/Trips/Alaska/day13.html which made me wonder. The shaft housing cracked after a fairly mild fall on slick mud on the Dempter Highway and that was the end of his ride. Anybody have experience with this?
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  2. cRAsH

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    Yabbut, for every one of those shaftdrive horror stories,
    there's a zillion success stories.
    A slung chain can be pretty nasty too.
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  3. fish

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    While I've only been serious on BMWs for about six years, I've never seen a shaft destroyed like that. However, I have personally fragged a couple of chains in my career, neither of which were pleasant experiences.

    Besides, I've saved millions of dollars by not buying chainlube. No...really.

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  4. RockyRaccoon

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    OK, thanks, you have given substance to one of my nightmares. I'm one of those guys who occasionally looks at the back wheel and wonders what holds it on. Now I know. 8-0
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  5. Richard Wolters

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    To be sure To be sure
    BMW has gone backwards in the shaft dept. however you can take out some insurance . Remove the shaft ,remove the bearings and drill small holes for grease nipples. Press in new bearings.
    Re grease every 30.000 k 's or so.
    I never had a shaft go on me yet
    regards
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  6. fish

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    I love greasy nipples.

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  7. Jackson

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    Are the paralevers on oilheads as prone to failure as those on airheads? Has BMW made any changes over the years to address this problem? I don't hear as many oilhead owners having problems. What's the story?
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  8. Mully

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    Regarding the snapshot Kurt included on his post showing the cracked Paralever arm, IIRC from the story Doug G. posted that pic with, that bike went down low-side on a long, snot-slick hill on the Dempster Hwy, separating from the rider, then did a barrel-roll before coming to a stop. The crack in the arm originated at the pivot bearing boss and is the result of a the wheel slamming down sideways with the weight of the spinning bike applied to it. I suspect the loads that it took to break that housing would have trashed a swingarm had it happened to be a chain-drive bike that took that fall. Rather unusual break, I'd say.

    Best to all;
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  9. Myles Whitfield

    Myles Whitfield Studly Moderator

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    yup that photo looks nasty...
    did any vital fluids escape with that injury, or is that something fixable with a judicious application of Duck tape and Zip Ties???
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  10. cRAsH

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    considering that's the beemer version of a compound fracture
    of your femur, I'd say no...
    :(
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  13. Bill-66

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    At no point did you come close to answering the question....we are all dumber for having read your dribble.

    I award you no points and may doG have mercy on your soul.
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    You realize that post is from 12 years ago right? By the owner of this site...??

    You can only post images if hosted by a third party..so this site don't have to be so huge and COSTLY...when it started..they prolly allowed it..until the size got to be too much to manage.
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    I think it was in 2009 or so that they stopped allowing the site to upload photos directly.

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    I managed to smash my Hp2E's FD in a racing crash. The swingarm was deformed as well.

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