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Old 10-28-2009, 10:17 PM   #241
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thank you very much for posting all of this. it is so unselfish of you both for allowing us all into your adventure. i really admire the courage you guys have to take on this trip, and i am jealous of your wide ranging mechanical aptitude.
really looking forward to more.cheers!
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:34 PM   #242
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why are sealed bearings (with grease in them i assume otherwise they would be dry) used inside the transmissions (where oil would be floating around). seems on other bikes the bearings are open so the oil lubes them. hows does a sealed grease bearing survive inside a hot oil filled environment?
bmw's design seems odd. what am i missing???
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:12 PM   #243
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why are sealed bearings (with grease in them i assume otherwise they would be dry) used inside the transmissions (where oil would be floating around). seems on other bikes the bearings are open so the oil lubes them. hows does a sealed grease bearing survive inside a hot oil filled environment?
I reckon first of all to keep the normal wear debris out of critical spaces of bearing grooves (the main reason why proven long distance touring bikes have mostly separated gearbox from engine oil).

And if I am not mistaken the grease is more temperature resistant than oil ever is in terms of lubrication properties. Greases can go up well over +300C to +400C degrees still having lubrication factor while most of good oils are already a "dead" lubricant around +200C. Gearbox never gets to those temperatures tho. But lubrication wise I reckon they are more on a sound ground being sealed than open. Cost wise probably not.

Another techical factor probably is more silent operation of the gearbox - on dry clutched separated gearboxed bikes gearbox (and also the engine-) noises are much better audible through the dry clutch room that acts like a guitar casing. Sealed bearings should reduce the running noises by a fair mark I guess.

I must admit it probably is a lemon case, since I personally know Hank with the same model of bike over 460 000 miles and he has replaced the complete bearing set in gearbox only once during this mileage. Well OK, I do like to abuse my GS, I always try to kill it, take it to the places 2-up where most would not go, I never baby it and I've cleaned it (mostly for the quarantine requirements in different countries) just 4 times during our over 50 000 mile expedition that is currently going, mostly pushing it over maitenance intervals etc.

Still I will not forgive it to BMW anyway - the real ironic pity for me is that BMW arrogant engineers have chosen to use cheap'n'cheesy Japanese bearings that just failed premature on me With that price they are selling the GSes, they should have chosen a proper high quality swiss or german iron that's just hard to kill.
Anyways, I actually should thank them for making a proper separately sealed and removable gearbox. With most other bikes I would had to remove the complete engine and crankcase-split the entire engine tilll the last bit to get an access to the gearbox. Now that would be a real technical "LEGO" challange, especially to do it in the bush!

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Old 10-28-2009, 11:33 PM   #244
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Since I speak some Finnish I was amused that I could read and understand some of the Estonian text and dialog in your videos.
Good on you to know one of the hardest (learnable) languages in the world - Finnish and Estonian. They do have a lot of similarities and probably we have the same roots.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:07 AM   #245
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If you are into Brazilian music...

When we were back in Estonia waiting for our bike to be shipped over the ocean to Australia I put up a radio broadcast about Brazilian music - mostly from the 12" records I bought travelling around Brazil (and sent home using the post service - records are mostly the only "souvenirs" we buy since I am a complete vinyl records nutter). It is in Estonian, but not understanding the stories behind the tunes you can just skip my talk and listen the music.



You can listen to the broadcast HERE.


Playlist:
1. Gal Costa – Minha Voz, Minha Vida [Caetano Veloso] 1982
2. Gal Costa – Borzeguim [Antonio Carlos Jobim] 1982
3. Sergio Mendes – Ponteio [Edu Lôbo-Capinam] 1968
4. Tom Jobim e Nelson Riddle e Sua Orquestra – A Felicidade [Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes] 1968
5. Elias de Almeida – Estrada do Sol [Tom Jobim, D. Duran] 1981
6. Milton Nascimento – Noticias do Brasil (Os Pássaros Trazem) [Nascimento, Fernando Brandt] 1981
7. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘77 – Iemanja [Baden Powell, Vinícius de Moraes] 1972
8. Arthur Verocai – O Mapa [Verocai, Vitor Martins] 1972
9. Milton Nascimento – Tudo Que Vocě Podia Ser [Lô Borges, Márcio Borges] 1985
10. Sergio Mendes – Mas Que Nada [Jorge Ben] 1989
11. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘77 – Jôgo de Roda [Edú Lôbo, Ruy Guerra] 1972
12. Milton Nascimento – Fé Cega, Faca Amolada [Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos] 1985
13. Shakatak – Brazilian Dawn [Bill Sharpe] 1980
14. Azymuth – Jazz Carnival [Bertrami, Conte, Malheiros] 1979
15. Gal Costa – Azul [Djavan] 1982

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Old 10-29-2009, 02:30 AM   #246
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this is a great story. cant wait until the asia chapter.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:16 AM   #247
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Wow, you have some serious bike repair skills.....
Give me a shout when you make it to Thailand, would like to meet you.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:33 AM   #248
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:49 AM   #249
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Enjoy your week off......... looking forward to whats next.

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Old 10-30-2009, 11:38 AM   #250
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I'm so glad to hear that you guys are back on the road. I've been impatiently waiting for continuation of your phenomenal adventure.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:50 AM   #251
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There must be a link between the perfectionism in the RR (flawless pics, videos, sound files) and being able to strip and reassemble a GS.
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:59 PM   #252
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Sounding like a broken record here, but...wonderful ride report...incredible pics! Thanks to both of you for the time and effort involved. Great job!
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:41 AM   #253
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Fantastic ride report, as an aussie I am glade to here that you got some help, and yes unfortunately the shops are only interested in profit, and charging near the $100 hr for any maintenance/service work. As you pointed out living costs are quite high, however it is still a magical and safe place to live with great places to see.

Anyway fantastic thread and keep the story/pics coming.

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Old 11-02-2009, 12:11 PM   #254
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Good stuff, nice tool skills getting the beast sorted
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:32 PM   #255
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Great report, and I can certainly appreciate the time and effort into creating, editing, sorting, ect the videos and the panorama photos.
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