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    FD Opinion '05 RT

    I recently purchased an 05 1200 RT and was curious: Is the final drive failure much like having an accident in that it is a case of "not if but when?"

    In other words is it a sure thing that the final drive will fail and I mean sooner than it should (of course all things fail).
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    No more so than you are likely to suffer a fatal coronary occlusion at age thirty-five.
    I'd worry more about being struck by lightning.
    Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    I recently purchased an 05 1200 RT and was curious: Is the final drive failure much like having an accident in that it is a case of "not if but when?"

    In other words is it a sure thing that the final drive will fail and I mean sooner than it should (of course all things fail).
    From what I've read, seen and heard, not really a matter of 'if.'

    As for when, that's a crap shoot.

    Just keep up with scheduled maintenance - especially the 180 ml FD fluid change every 12,000 miles or 24 months (I do it annually, regardless) and hope for the best.

    Hey - just flew back from 5 days in your state (celebrating my son's graduation from Jump School (Ft. Benning, GA) - he's now officially a paratrooper (110 of his initial class washed out - tough 3 weeks!) with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg (Fayetteville).

    Was I close to you?!
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    I agree with Greenwald on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPMARTY View Post
    No more so than you are likely to suffer a fatal coronary occlusion at age thirty-five.
    I'd worry more about being struck by lightning.
    I had mine at 36 only it wasn't fatal & my house has been struck by lightning. So I guess the final drive on my RT is destined to fail.

    Marty

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    i wouldnt sweat it, bmw pretends it does'nt exist......................... throw the dice...

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    Well, I suppose if you keep the bike long enough eventually the drive will fail, just like every other mechanical thing. I'm sure there are many Hexhead final drives that will outlast the bikes they were fitted to at the factory. The original FD on my '05 RT is still working just fine after 62K miles. Don't worry about it (much).

    Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald View Post
    Fort Bragg (Fayetteville).

    Was I close to you?!
    Fayett-nam as it is called by we locals is only about 1 1/2 hrs away.

    Thanks for the input on the FD and thanks to all.

    I keep wondering if there is anything I can do to stop it from happening other than what is mentioned. My fear is going on that trip to ______ and being by myself when it goes.

    I remember reading some where that some place like Max BMW's has tooled their own FD replacements and they come with a guarantee - am I just smoking crack on this or does some one know of a third party replacement that is supposed to be better than BMW's?
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    16,000 mile failure

    I've never seen anything stuck by lightning, But my FD just went 6 weeks ago.
    The biggest problem is BMW's silence.

    "coronary attack" dude come pay my bill, 16,000 miles and 6 months out of warranty.
    Just wanna ride, Is that too much to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWon2 View Post
    I've never seen anything stuck by lightning, But my FD just went 6 weeks ago.
    The biggest problem is BMW's silence.

    "coronary attack" dude come pay my bill, 16,000 miles and 6 months out of warranty.
    Who, when and where did the service on the FD?
    What does the selling dealer have to say about cost to repair?
    Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)

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    Service?

    "who did my service" that would imply it's done.
    I'm not knocking the dealer, they are new and BMW has not been able to get them parts. 6 weeks today. To be fare to them, the first week they fixed the recalled items that were on the list. So 4 and a half weeks waiting on parts.

    My orginal dealer lost or quit BMW 2 years ago. They were conveniently 3 miles away. Now i'm about 40 away.
    Just wanna ride, Is that too much to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWon2 View Post
    "who did my service" that would imply it's done.
    I'm not knocking the dealer, they are new and BMW has not been able to get them parts. 6 weeks today. To be fare to them, the first week they fixed the recalled items that were on the list. So 4 and a half weeks waiting on parts.

    My orginal dealer lost or quit BMW 2 years ago. They were conveniently 3 miles away. Now i'm about 40 away.
    Bottom line: You trusted your bike to an authorized BMW dealer. If in fact the 600 mile and 6000 and 12,000 mile F/D service was not done I'd feel that BMW NA owes you a final drive. I've got right at 18,000 on mine and although I watch it, it seems OK so far. The 12,000 mile service was done and I watched. I'll do it again in the near future. Did yours leak before it failed?
    Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)

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    Service

    I noticed a leak after a 700 mile weekend.
    They are telling me when they opened it the bearing was shot.

    Service all done on time, actually earlier, by BMW.

    I undersatnd it's my job to watch certain things on the bike. But having done my part in taking care of the bike, and doing my part financially, I'm very disapointed.

    I thought I was buying the best engineered bike in the industry.
    Just wanna ride, Is that too much to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWon2 View Post
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    I thought I was buying the best engineered bike in the industry.

    You did. The problem is the bearing company did a lousy job of bearing design. Third party sourcing problem.
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