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Old 07-05-2001, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Concerns about shaft drive

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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Old 07-06-2001, 12:09 AM   #2
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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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Old 07-06-2001, 01:12 AM   #3
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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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Old 07-06-2001, 01:14 PM   #4
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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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Old 07-07-2001, 09:51 AM   #5
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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
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Old 07-07-2001, 10:30 AM   #6
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grease nipples.
I love greasy nipples.

oh, wait...this should be moved to Jo Momma, huh?

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Old 07-07-2001, 08:28 PM   #7
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Question The shaft

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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Old 07-09-2001, 05:35 AM   #8
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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.

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Old 07-10-2001, 11:10 PM   #9
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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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Old 07-10-2001, 11:16 PM   #10
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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???
considering that's the beemer version of a compound fracture
of your femur, I'd say no...
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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?
My tentirive calander....

I know o don't check ot often but .....

Well ok, if eddie goes I'll go...

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Holy mackerel-- there's zombie threads and then there's ZOMBIE THREADS. This one goes back to the beginning of ADV itself!
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:42 AM   #13
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My tentirive calander....

I know o don't check ot often but .....

Well ok, if eddie goes I'll go...

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

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There's a reason we call it the "Dumpster" hwy. A little rain and its like lithium grease up there!
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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?

Posting pictures is hard huh?
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