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Old 01-10-2015, 05:58 AM   #1
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Broken Down in Argentina

I have some friends on a trip from Ushuia to Canada. They are currently about 350 kms northwest of Rio Gallegos. One of the bikes, a 650 VStrom has taken a rock and is leaking oil badly from the countershaft area. Does anyone know of a good bike repair shop in the area (Rio Gallegos or Commodoro)?
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:40 PM   #2
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If they cant find anyone, quicksteel might fix it, if they can get a hold of some.

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Old 01-10-2015, 04:34 PM   #3
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They got the bike into a shop in Comandante Luis Piedra Buena. Right now it looks like whatever got picked up somehow went between the countershaft sprocket and the chain and took out the clutch cable on the outside, the seal retainer on the inside and the drive chain adjuster at the back of the swingarm, The shop figures a couple of days to fix. So things are maybe not as bad as they first seemed.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:47 AM   #4
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Cool deal. Thanks for the update for those of us who read your post, but had no advice.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:17 PM   #5
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Wish them better luck the rest of their trip north.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:47 PM   #6
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The WeeStrom is back on the road. In a town of under 6000 people they managed to find a mechanic that drove one of them around in a car until they found a truck to pick up the bike, drove 300 kms round trip and got the bike back to the shop. The mechanic looked at it and said he could have it fixed by Monday at 5 pm, he beat his estimate by a full day. So less than 24 hours after getting the bike it was fixed. New clutch cable, new seal retainer and some new links in the chain.
So the trip continues tomorrow.
Incidentally, it appears that you can only tow a broken loaded VStrom on a rough gravel road for about an hour and a half before R1200GSA tug starts to overheat.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:39 PM   #7
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:50 AM   #8
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The VStrom now has 2000 Kms under it's wheels since the repair and although it is dribbling a bit of oil from the seal it has been running okay. They are into Chile and heading for Santiago. If possible they will get the seal changed there.
Their blog is located at https://motociclistasamigos.wordpress.com
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:21 AM   #9
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incidentally, it appears that you can only tow a broken loaded vstrom on a rough gravel road for about an hour and a half before r1200gsa tug starts to overheat.
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Old 01-15-2015, 05:20 PM   #10
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I guess the oil cooled GSA wasn't intended to run at 10mph for an hour and a half towing another bike, not much air flow over the oil cooler.
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