Your Broke Down Bike (and dignity)....

Discussion in 'Photos' started by YukonTracker, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    About 20 miles south of Quesnel BC I heard a clunk and gurgle, I knew what it was straight away, I've been there before, the drive side rear wheel bearing failure on my Buell Ulysses. I turned around and limped back towards Quesnel. Soon I spotted a farmer in his driveway, so I stopped and asked for help. Like a good boy scout I had replacement bearings with me so a couple of hours later I was back on the road and heading south. When shit happens embrace it with both hands because that's when you meet some great people, only too willing help and much appreciated.
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  2. andrewgore

    andrewgore Gôremā

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    My latest.....
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  3. firstperigee

    firstperigee Stupid Fucker that's badly confused

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  4. andrewgore

    andrewgore Gôremā

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    Turns out spark plugs both failed. Lot of fuel dumped into exhaust that was quite hot which soaked some packing in the exhaust.

    Coulda cooked a steak on the thing with how hot it was though. :lol3
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  5. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    Very nice man! BTW: Referencing part numbers, I bought bearings from the Suzuki and Kawasaki dealer(OEM kawi / Suzuki bearings) for my Buell and they quit failing and IIRC were cheaper than from the HD dealer.
  6. X-wing fighter

    X-wing fighter Do or Do not, There is no try!!!!!! Supporter

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    So it was my fault for not doing diligent chain maintenance....however. Broken chain on the last leg of a 2000 mile trip, 75 miles from home!

    It could have been worse and I was sitting on my porch drinking a beer less than 3 hours after it broke.

    Yes that is Dempster highway calcium phosphate nastiness baked on the wheel and other bits!

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  7. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    71B5192A-4EAB-4037-B064-1DD0043F7283.jpeg Fixing a broken throttle cable with a bicycle break cable from a nearby shop. It was on a Sunday in Fruita Colorado, and of course nearby Harley shops were closed until Tuesday

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  8. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    When the bearings failed the 1st time after 13000 miles, I replaced them with Timken bearings, a good USA brand, and they lasted 16000 miles. People have different stories to tell, I think the axle shaft torque is important. I've now sold the bike, I would like to know how long the new bearings will last, they were All Balls.
    Another event was the belt breaking in Clarkston Id. I had my fair share of challenges with the Buell, but that's nothing unusual with a second hand 15 year old bike. I'm certainly not complaining, I was able to fix everything with help from new found friends. Here I just had to wait a few days for a new belt to arrive, I had to hitchhike to my camp a few miles down the Snake.
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  9. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    A friend's Harley. Flat tire. No center stand. 30 miles from Mexican Hat, Utah. Luckily, there was construction going on and 4x4s to make a stand. IMG_8629.JPG
  10. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Love his backrest!
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  11. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly Life at 10,000 feet Supporter

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    I think Touratech makes it so North of $500.
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  12. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    We're old. We need our comforts.
  13. Bairn123

    Bairn123 Not a Biker a Motorcyclist

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    20150520_181630.jpg In 45 years of riding this was the first time that a bike let me down and had to be fixed in a shop. Thanks to all the guys at Excalibur Bikes in Thunder Bay Ontario who looked after me so well,Unlike Suzuki who denied any liability...Needless to say It was my first and last Suzuki.
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  14. FDSR_MIKE

    FDSR_MIKE Been here awhile

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    Where it broke.

    A mile later.

    What I found.

    The only DR650 in the world with a timing chain made at 430 on a friday. Could be worse i suppose.
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  15. K1DUDE

    K1DUDE GS Crash Test Dummy Supporter

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    GS Wreck.jpg 2007.It's a long story. Yeah, it hurt. Still riding it. gs wrecker.jpg
  16. tattoo Dave

    tattoo Dave Life is always better when your riding

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    :ricky:thumbTook a nice 200 mile trip to deliver a new drive belt for daughter and family's Razor today. daves pics 07-12-2020 002.JPG daves pics 07-12-2020 003.JPG
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  17. cgguy09

    cgguy09 Scientiæ Cedit Mare

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  18. road hammer

    road hammer have map will travel

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    using a flat rock as a palette for jb weld, hoping to stop a leak.

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  19. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    2013, 113F and more, Quartzsite, Arizona...

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    This is the dreaded cracked and broken sight glass window of an 1150 GS Adventure. This was at about 200,000 miles. A few months riding shy of that figure actually.
    Note the fuel pumps in the background?
    Yeah, none of them work. Electrical failure.
    No JB weld inside.
    None.
    The pack I had in my toolkit? Ages old and harder than the concrete I'm parked on.

    Triple A towed it to Blythe. There it sat in a toward for 20 hours. Cost me $250. Autoclub repaid a bit of that. An inmate here and I rented a truck and we drove out and some giant guys picked the bike up and tossed it an me into the pickup.
    OK, they pushed the bike while I tried to steer.
    We fixed it on the floor of my garage a day and a half later. Lots of lost sleep from this.
    I got to sit in the Denny's in Blythe waiting on my wife to drive out to get me, while the electricity failed in there.

    Ever been in a Denny's with the power off? No A/C in the desert?
    And you think they smell bad driving by. :imaposer

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    Then come to find out BMW designed the oil cooler valve to fail closed so the oil doesn't cool. That is what killed the sight glass.
    I repaired the failed valve in the parking lot of my hotel, (business assignment) in NW Phoenix. Yes it was over 110, but it was a dry heat and there was shade.

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    I'm thinking that system would work better without that valve.

    Five years later and a few months shy of another 100,000 miles and a different bike, but still Arizona, but way north.

    Boom!

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    Swallowed a valve and chewed for a bit at something north of 90 mph or so.

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    Auto Club towed me to yet another garden spot near an armpit, :fpalm
    Rented a truck, no ramp. Two guys helped lift and bought straps, Tied and a long hot drive home.

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    Fixed a few months later since there was nothing else I would rather ride.

    And back to adventure.

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    Of course as luck would have it the rear brake master cylinder sight glass failed on this trip. I only noticed as I dabbed a little rear brake several miles prior to this water in some silty dust and got nothing more than a soft pedal.
    Rode it back from Colorado to the beach and eventually remembered to replace the res with the new one that had been sitting on my parts shelf for several years.

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    All fixed during the Covid-19 shutdown.
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    Now, I've got the bike all ready to go, I'm waiting on repairs to me to finish up.
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  20. Torque Request

    Torque Request Been here awhile

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    It is 200K but damn, what a run of luck.