I have finally lost hope in this beast. Maybe after a few days and some wrenching, my attitude will change.
To me this is going to be the Achilles heel of my 800.
I feel as though I have been realistic w/ the capabilities of this bike. The improvements I have added have made a great bike even greater. Now this.
I will be lucky to get the brackets back to their original state. I would need another bike for comparison, but it looks like the cross tube that the tabs are welded to has a bow developing.
The bottom shock bolt is also slightly bent.
Needless to say, I'm not happy right now. The design just plain sucks here. I have never seen a shock bolt so long. What were they thinking? It appears the whole shock mounting bolt was designed around providing a mounting point for the seat locking mechanism.
I'm going to straighten things out, machine some new spacers for the shock and buy new bolts top and bottom.
From here on out, I think I'd better stay on the seat and keep the speeds down.
I'm calling bullshit on BMW's advertising and claims regarding this bike (for me).
If any of you encounter bent shock bolts, please contact me. I would appreciate it.
Yes, an Ohlins shock is pictured. The stocker bent the bolts too.