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Old 01-28-2008, 08:24 AM   #16
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:08 AM   #17
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Carlos Torrero, the head mechanic at the BMW dealership, agreed to help me once I get the bike back from Cocuye. You should have seen the light in his eyes... he was, like, (in spanish) Damn, I wish I didn't have to work today because I want to come! Then he got worried about the truck- would it be strong enough? It's a toyota hilux diesel with a flatbed. It's strong enough. It's going to be a trick getting the bike onto it...

We've got a concrete-form panel for a ramp: aluminum with marine plywood. I've got a rope and pulleys to lift the bike.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:53 AM   #18
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Like said above more or less...change the oil..start..run up to operating temp. Stop..change oil again..run for as long as you can..maybe ride her 100 miles or so..then..stop..change engine oil/transmission oil/plugs..DO NOT let your bike just sit there for a couple days.."I'll get to it later" will start corrosion in your engine..which most likely is already happening as you sit.....you may want to change your FD fluid as well as sitting in the deep water..there is a chance some water sucked in through that seal..your choice. Running her at temp as much as you can will cause all the water in your engine to evaporate and exit the exhaust pipe..it will take a while but your motor should be fine...You may see some chocolate milk streaks in your oil sight glass for some time to come...

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Old 01-28-2008, 04:11 PM   #19
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The clutch... holy shit the clutch got abused in the mud. I buried the rear wheel right up to the axle. A lot. To try (in vain) to keep from spinnin, I's start out in 2nd. Or at least try to start out in 2nd
Unless mud/water got into the clutch, I wouldn't worry too much about that. Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:36 PM   #20
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The starter makes a terrible clang-clang when I start it. Once running, the engine sounds fine.

The bike is on the back of a truck. I'll take it to the BMW dealer tomorow. I'll clean it and change the fluids and find out about the clang and I'll have Torreo check the pressures to make sure the pistons are working ok. Then I'll ride to Yavisa. 400k each way.

Wait. I can't do Yavisa until I fix the side cases. They both got bent terrible. One kind of broke. I'll get it welded.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:27 AM   #21
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Chances are; if you tried starting it while it still had water in the motor you've lost a tooth or 2 off the flywheel where the starter engages it. Best case is the starter suffered damage instead. Not terminal, but will need repair eventually
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:44 AM   #22
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Here are the coordinates (aprox). Check it out on google earth. n 9, 30.945, w79,14.888
Best of luck on the bike. Thanks for posting the co-or, it was fun to look it up.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:35 AM   #23
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No advice but please post some pics.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:04 PM   #24
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Bananaman - you are my hero! Wish I were there to help...

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Old 01-29-2008, 12:16 PM   #25
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The starter makes a terrible clang-clang when I start it. Once running, the engine sounds fine.

The bike is on the back of a truck. I'll take it to the BMW dealer tomorow. I'll clean it and change the fluids and find out about the clang and I'll have Torreo check the pressures to make sure the pistons are working ok. Then I'll ride to Yavisa. 400k each way.

Wait. I can't do Yavisa until I fix the side cases. They both got bent terrible. One kind of broke. I'll get it welded.
Same exact thing happened to me on the TransAm trail. Hopefully its the starter but Im guessing its the flywheel. Good Luck!!
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:43 PM   #26
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I know I need to post pics, but I'm still on the crappy computer.

I got it fixed!

I drained the oil and it came out black until the end, when it turned chocolate. Torrero said that it wasn't enough water to worry about- that he's seen much, much worse, and been able to fix it. The tiny amount that was in the oil would evaporate through the filler cap. I'll change the oil when I get back from Yavisa- about 500 or 600 miles.

The transmission oil was perfect. It actually looked brand-new. I had changed it right before I left (actually November, but only about 150 miles or riding).

The final drive oil was bad. And it smelled like sulpher.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:51 PM   #27
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Very nice, man!

Ride 'er on.....

We'll take pics when you get to 'em.

Did you get a real air filter or are you doing the stinky sock thing? :)
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:38 PM   #28
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The final drive oil was bad. And it smelled like sulpher.
No sweat, it's susposed to smell like that .
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #29
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Very nice, man!

Ride 'er on.....

We'll take pics when you get to 'em.

Did you get a real air filter or are you doing the stinky sock thing? :)
I bought a new air filter from BMW Panama. I'm thinking about snorkels for the air intake and the final drive breather. I've always changed my own oil but this was the first time I didn't pay to have the transmission and final drive changed (having it done for me has always been a guilty pleasure... like when women get pedicures or something). I did not know the final drive stunk so bad. Yuck.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:38 PM   #30
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I got it fixed!
So what was causing the sound from the starter?
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