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Old 09-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Bad day for my 2012 R1200GSA -- Need Shipping Advice

On my way back to Florida from Montana and the unthinkable happened around 5 miles east of Sheridan, Wy.

My 2012 GSA with 27000 very well kept miles experienced a valve spring failure on right side (lower exhaust). This launched the valve repeatably into the piston. The entire top end needs to be replaced. I have BMW Roadside so they got the bike towed to Sturgis Motorsports. The bike is also still under warranty so the motor repairs will be handled at no cost.

The problem is a replacement cylinder is unavailable in the US or Germany. The dealers best "guess" is it will take about 2 weeks to wrap up the bike.

So I am flying back home to Florida Thursday morning and will in all likelihood have the biked shipped from Sturgis to Cape Canaveral whenever the repairs are completed.

The cost of airfare to South Dakota plus the amount if time of work that it would take to ride her back home do not seem to be in the cards.

Things could be worse. I could have been 35 miles back in the back country when this happened but I was not.
And I had totally amazing trip thus far.

Looking for shipping advice from the forum to help guide me to a wise decision.

Thanks

Sad Matt from Cape Canaveral without wheels in Sturgis out..........
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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rent a truck

That just sucks, sorry to hear about it.

Why not rent a truck and drive it home?
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #3
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Look into uship.com
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:29 PM   #4
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Keyboard Moto Shipping

No personal experience, but I've heard many positive reviews: http://www.keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com

Try googling the following (w/o quotes): "site:advrider.com motorcycle shipping".

Here are some of the threads:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=812265
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=538515
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=214074
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451251
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=696475
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=588218
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=807197
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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That just sucks, sorry to hear about it.

Why not rent a truck and drive it home?
The bike is all torn down at Sturgis Powersports so I am committed at this point. Uhaul charges by the mile for trucks and the cost of flying back here in a few weeks makes shipping the most reasonable looking option at this point.

I still cant believe the engine went like it did. Had to be a latent manufacturing defect in the valve spring for it to fail
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Thanks. I just checked their website and the are presently not servicing the Mountain time zone. And Sturgis is just barely still in the Mountain time zone
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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...Uhaul charges by the mile...
Penske does not.

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Hope you get the bike home and up-'n-runnin soon!
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:44 PM   #8
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Why not hire someone from the dealership or someone known to the dealership to ride the bike home for you? The Vegas BMW dealer has this kind of stuff going on all the time and there's usually someone who is willing to take a long weekend on a bike all expenses paid.

Pay someone to ride it, give them a per-diem for food/lodging and fly them home on a cheap ticket.

MotoQuest tours transfers their bikes around and actually charge riders to ride them.

Just a thought but my guess is you'd get personal service and some rider would have a good ride to Florida, plus he might could use the money instead of it going to a corporation.

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:53 PM   #9
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I've used these guys 3 times to ship bikes and they have never failed me.

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:34 PM   #10
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Why not hire someone from the dealership or someone known to the dealership to ride the bike home for you? The Vegas BMW dealer has this kind of stuff going on all the time and there's usually someone who is willing to take a long weekend on a bike all expenses paid.

Pay someone to ride it, give them a per-diem for food/lodging and fly them home on a cheap ticket.

MotoQuest tours transfers their bikes around and actually charge riders to ride them.

Just a thought but my guess is you'd get personal service and some rider would have a good ride to Florida, plus he might could use the money instead of it going to a corporation.

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paying a stranger for food, lodging and a free flight home to put 2000 miles on my bike? pass.

you can ship bikes for a couple hundred dollars. heard good things about uship as well.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:14 PM   #11
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Getting your bike back to home

Hi MJ, it would be worth reading your roadside assistance and warranty manuals to be sure you have been compensated for your hassles according to the agreements (such as for travel and lodging).
Also, it would be worth contacting BMW NA, or having the dealership do it, to see if they will help reunite you with your bike. Maybe they'll pay for the whole thing or at least help defray the cost.
Good luck and please let us know how it works out!
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #12
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Brother Matt; BMW will ship your bike back to you if you ask nicely and show them your thread, especially since we'll all be watching. It's all in the fine print.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:13 AM   #13
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Brother Matt; BMW will ship your bike back to you if you ask nicely and show them your thread, especially since we'll all be watching. It's all in the fine print.
I like it! I was thinking the same thing but since this is all unfolding still had not explored that angle.
Time to give them a call!

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Old 09-19-2012, 11:30 AM   #14
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Brother Matt; BMW will ship your bike back to you if you ask nicely and show them your thread, especially since we'll all be watching. It's all in the fine print.
Seems to make sense since the bike is still under warranty, keep us posted, I would imagine a lot of inmates here would love to hear how it all works out. If it does not I have used uShip on several occasions and was very happy with their service and bike handling.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #15
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I have an email into customerservice@bmwmotorcycles.com. Flying back to Florida tomorrow and will keep you all posted as to the outcome. It does not feel right--at all--to leave my bike all in pieces here in Sturgis but the staff and owner of Sturgis Motorsports are outstanding and when the parts do become available will get the machine back up and running.

The precise reason I went with the GSA over all of the other choices was that I never expected for something like this to happen. My confidence in the product remains--notwithstanding this horrible occurrence. Let's see how it all plays out over the next few weeks.

More to come......
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