1200GSW Fixed Fork Tube Issues & Recall Threadfest

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by chef_of_the_future, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. M33

    M33 Been here awhile

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    Hey LAFS the early 13’s (GSW’s - mine) do not required the fork fix - they actually got it right initially but changed vendors - (who did the FU ones) -

    I put Britomes Claps (inmate here) on which IMO are better than the factory fix for added piece of mind - put on before I knew my factory crimped ones were good to go and not part of the recall !

    Staying on for piece of mind !
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  2. LAFS

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    Well I do not travel with a thing on my GS.

    Well a tire repair kit and an compressor. And a assortment of fuses. Cell phone, credit card. MOA Platinum Towing.

    There is nothing on a new wethead that I stock, other than oil/filter and tires.

    I will go anywhere on this bike.

    I will start looking around for driveshaft information on how they have held up, and who makes the best replacement around 60K or so.

    I am not saying the sky is falling, however to ignore things that are going wrong with consistency, such as some reported driveshaft issues, is just plain foolish. I will service it at 12K or 18K and see what it looks like.

    If you drive a RT you better have a spare low beam bulb. Fact, not a so called "proven issue" but fact.

    So with the GS I carry nothing part wise, and worry over nothing failing. So as you say I enjoy the ride and it has proven to be my favorite bike I have ever thrown a leg over.

    So I am out on this, you have an opinion and a way of keeping your motorcycle and you have that right as it is your money. I am not going to change your view nor do I want to.

    I also had/have that same right.

    So right now the only thing I will consider for future part/maintenance is the driveshaft at 60K. Am also watching for clutch longevity as been some chatter on that also. After all she is a big girl to be slipping and sliding around using the clutch and brake. So am I foolish to look and consider these as possible maintenance costs ?

    We have beat a dead horse to death and I have had enough, UNCLE.
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  3. LAFS

    LAFS Been here awhile

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    I used the same ones on my 15 RT.

    Just because it was cheap insurance and I also think the guy did a great job and had no problem supporting him. I polished mine just a little with a wheel before I put them on and they came up very nice. They looked great on the bike, and added mass to the triple tree and did a great job of supporting the fork tube crimp. Now I DO know the RT was not part of the recall, yada yada.

    Again if you have two widgets done the exact same way, but say that widget one is not going to be exposed to the rigors of widget two so widget one is fine. Well with my bike fully loaded, and traveling at 60+ miles an hour leaning that weight side to side over hundreds and thousands of miles saying that it is not stressing widget one, is hard for me to swallow.

    Anyway great product and I feel it works and does no harm.
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  4. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    "I am not saying the sky is falling, however to ignore things that are going wrong with consistency, such as some reported driveshaft issues, is just plain foolish. I will service it at 12K or 18K and see what it looks like."

    I agree. And dropping the FD and checking the splines at 12k and 18k is a really good idea!

    Never road an RT but I do carry a spare low beam bulb because mine went out a few years ago and 2 came in the package!
  5. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    I didn't realize the RT has the same forks as the GS.

    Was BMW's reason for not recalling the RT's because they aren't designed for off road use and therefore don't have the same stresses as a GS?
  6. LAFS

    LAFS Been here awhile

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    Yes the RT was considered fine because it did not go off road. No recall on the RT.
  7. LAFS

    LAFS Been here awhile

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    On a RT they go out at 8-10K like clock work. You needed to have one and God Bless you if you went dark out on the road in the dark. The low beam in a RT is harder to change than any other bulb in any vehicle I have had to change. Thank you for LED headlights! I am so thrilled never to have to have bloody stumps for hands after a low beam change in a RT again.
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  8. Viking84

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    That sounds a bit dodgy... I'm sure some RT owners drive on poorly surfaced roads? Got mine fixed this winter, looks really neat, much better than the original rubber cover :)
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  9. Bruz

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    Yep, stick with my 2013 Oil Head..90 Jahre. The last of the best beast :)


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  10. airfin

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  12. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    any reason to decline the dealer fix / repair? I’ve been using the Stanch Clamps since Day 1, and have been happy with them. But I had my first episode of “limp mode” (possibly) last week, pretty scary actually, so was going to run by the local dealer this weekend and talk to the service dept. about the codes I pulled, and I suspect if I take the bike in they will want to do the BMW fork fix. I’m not dead set against it, but was just curious.
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  13. mikegc

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    I installed Stanch Clamps on my '14 GSA prior to a trip to Alaska last summer. It had about 36,000 on the clock at the time. When I took it to my dealer for the upgrade after I returned, the service manager said, "Give us about 45 minutes and we'll have you going, again. About ten minuets into the job, he came out and said, "Hey, man, you need a new stanchion. The right one has a very small gap." They replaced both stanchions.

    Personally, I think the separation probably happened prior to the installation of the Stanch Clamps. They showed me the gab and I had a tough time seeing it but the feeler gauge told the story. I'm glad they discovered the issue.

    Why mess around?

    Mike
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  14. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    ^ I thought I’d pull them off and measure the gap, then reinstall and take the bike in. No gap when I installed the clamps. The selling dealer is 700 miles away, the local dealer I have no recent experience with.
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  15. Snks

    Snks Been here awhile

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    Any dealer is fine to perform the fork warranty. I would get it done per factory recall.
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  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I wouldn't decline it. You run the risk of, if the forks fail, not getting them fixed under warranty.
  17. tactical1

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    In addition to Jim's comments, liability. With the recall performed, BMW has the liability should there be another safety issue with the forks/assembly/
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  18. AndyJB

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    Same with me this week. The bike has never been offroad but they couldn't get the collars on because the stanchions had become oval-shaped. Apparently, not an altogether unusual situation but I was very surprised on mine given what it has been used for. If it can happen to my bike it can happen to any RT.:dunno
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  19. mikegc

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    I still have my Stanch Clamp and they're currently installed on my '18. Insurance.

    Mike
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  20. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    It looks to me like the Clamps won’t fit after the BMW fix.

    FWIW, I have a 730 appt tomorrow to have them do the forks and look into thr “limp mode” event.
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