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tmex 08-24-2009 05:36 PM

Wheel bearing disintegrates - F800
 
Well there I was scampering along in the middle of nowhere when I hear a faint grinding noise followed by the back end of the bike flopping like I had a flat. Got her off to the side of the road and the tire was fine. Was not sure what happened so I tossed it on the center stand and started her up and ran her in first gear. I could see the rear wheel wobbling badly. Took the wheel off and the left rear bearing was comnpletely disintegrated. Now she sits on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully I can get the parts tomorrow. Monday is a non-starter as you all know...

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johngil 08-24-2009 05:43 PM

If you were riding your favorite bike, that couldn't of happened.

Do you need a food/beer delivery?

Murf2 08-24-2009 05:54 PM

What!, I thought only Uly's did that.

Murf2:D

zaner32 08-24-2009 06:37 PM

Any bike puking ball bearings is never good.:cry :eek1

Haul'er out to the nearest paved road and call roadside assistance. Or, get a bearing and fix it trailside.

Boon Booni 08-24-2009 06:42 PM

You should visit the BMW final drive failure thread. :evil

THREAD


Seriously, I remember the same thing happened to one of the Webber Brothers, and I believe they fixed it trail side by cutting up a plastic cup and fitting in where the bearing went. They were able to ride slowly 20 miles or so to get back to asphalt.

Here, found a link to his post about it. Wheel Bearings Gone

Berto 08-24-2009 07:00 PM

There has to be some mistake. I didn't think that BMW's broke down.

Cumminsman76 08-24-2009 07:08 PM

I know someone else that had this problem at speed on the highway.

ncooper 08-24-2009 07:32 PM

Well, in keeping in line with most posts in this thread, I might throw in a "They all do that", or Things are really looking up for the 800GS:lol3.

Based off your post you had no prior warning. That sucks, I wonder how many more will post up with similar failures....:huh

ROYAL COACHMAN 08-24-2009 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cumminsman76
I know someone else that had this problem at speed on the highway.

Now who would that be?:evil

While headed out to West Fest about 3 weeks ago my F800 detonated the rear wheel bearing @ about 70 mph on hwy 160 near Laveta pass Co.

This destroyed the hub, rotor, rotor carrier, abs sensor and the swing arm:eek1 I very nearly face planted trying to controll the bike.

Got towed by road side assistance 220 miles south to Santa Fe bmw.
They looked at the bike and told me it would not be covered under warranty!

With the help of inmate Alejo:clapI had the bike crated and shipped back to St. Louis. My dealer Gateway bmw:clapresolved the issue with bmw n.a. and the bike will be repaired under warranty. I've had numerous problems with this bike and was offered a sweet deal to get into a new 2010.

I was told at the time of my bearing failure that no F800 on record had ever experienced this failure.

At any rate my dealer really came through for me and bmw is fixing the bike.

Glen

Mario Shi 08-24-2009 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Berto
There has to be some mistake. I didn't think that BMW's broke down.

:rofl :rofl :rofl Oh wait, i have a BMW too.

snowscum 08-24-2009 08:51 PM

Chinese bearings.....

ROYAL COACHMAN 08-24-2009 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snowscum
Chinese bearings.....

don't start that shit again:lol3

tmex 08-24-2009 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ROYAL COACHMAN
Now who would that be?:evil

While headed out to West Fest about 3 weeks ago my F800 detonated the rear wheel bearing @ about 70 mph on hwy 160 near Laveta pass Co.

This destroyed the hub, rotor, rotor carrier, abs sensor and the swing arm:eek1 I very nearly face planted trying to controll the bike.

I had just finished 30 miles of dirt with no indication of an issue. Just having fun sliding around a little here and there. Got to the pavement and was accelerating through the first left hand sweeper when I heard the noise, and then came the death wobble. I don't know how fast I was going. Like you I had a bit of anxiety (and not just to see what it felt like) getting the bike to a controlled stop. Fortunately, I do not appear to have any damage other than the bearing. Hopefully I can get it together before someone makes off with the bike.

Glad to hear that you are OK, and that the dealer is taking care of you.

FWIW, this is the first time I have ever lost a wheel bearing in more than 20 years of riding - a lot. I am chalking it up to "shit happens". I can see that if a failure like this occurred when you were cooking along on the tarmac at 90mph+ or on some graded gravel at 70+ that you would pretty much be toast. The bike truly was marginally controllable, and I was nowhere near those speeds.

Maybe this will slow me down a bit. Not.

Best,
Dennis

ROYAL COACHMAN 08-24-2009 10:07 PM

Dennis, I hope all goes well for you! When my bike started to wallow in the rear a little, I thought I had a flat. Then BAM! all hell broke loose. It was very tense for the next few seconds.

BMW seemed reluctant to warranty this at first simply because they had never seen this type of failure before.
Luckily I have a very good dealer!

I hope BMW N.A. see's this thread so they know I really wasn't full of shit:lol3

My bike had 7000 miles on the clock when this happened

What was your mileage when your bearing failed?

All the best
Glen

guzzimike 08-25-2009 12:29 AM

Just a question.
Either of you guys pressure wash the bike?


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