Good News, all problem with leaking seals on my 2005 r1200gs finally solved forever.
Everybody knows my leaking engine output and counterbalance seal saga, so I will not repeat the details.
Well, while dual sporting with friends in Colorado the first two weeks of August I had a "slight moving dismount" on the Ophir Pass trail. My motor had died at the very top of the pass and would not jump start even with the help of a passing jeep. So I had to ride it down the mountain without the motor running. Almost made it out of the really rough stuff when I hit a big rock and "dismounted" going about 15 mph. No big deal, just scratched the bike and dented it a little. Picked it up and rode it the rest of the way down the mountain and even through 3 water crossing(pretty interesting with the engine not running). Made it to the town of Ophir and called a wrecker to haul my bike back to Durango. I rode on the back of my friends 2005 r1200gs for 2 1/2 hours through a driving rain storm. I now know that it is possible to fall a sleep on the back of a bike. Fortunately we brought a KLR 650 as a back up bike so I had a bike to ride the rest of the week. Fun trip and love the mountains trail riding.
So we hauled the bikes back to Memphis and a week later the insurance company tells me my bike is totaled. So that is how my leaking seal problem is solved forever!
The insurance company ended up giving me $7,500 for the bike, $3,000 for the accessories and payed the sales tax. So after my $1,000 deductible I ended up with a check for $10,354.17. My coverage only covered up to a maximum of $3,000 for accessories or I would have gotten more. I suggest that you check your insurance policy to make sure you have enough coverage to cover all the accessories you have on your bike. I had $4,700 worth of accessories so I removed anything that I could sell from the bike before I let the salvage company pick up the bike. I sold my panniers on ebay for $595 this week and will probably raise another $500 in sales of salvage parts. So I will end up netting around $11,500 for my totaled bike. Not bad considering BMW NA offered me $1,241.17 as a buy back and BMW Nashville offered me $4,000 trade-in.
So what did I do with all the money? The first thing I did was contact Anthony Cavanaugh at BMW NA and see what kind of "goodwill" BMW might be willing to offer considering all the problems I had with my bike. BMW NA offered me 8% off the purchase of a new bike under their "customer loyalty program". I appreciated the offer and tried to find a f700/800GS but could not make the numbers work.
So what did I do? One of the guys on the Colorado trip was riding a 2012 Suzuki 650 Adventure that is all tricked out with $3,700 worth of farkles. The owner of the Suzuki rode my friends 2005 r1200gs and liked it very much. When we go back to Memphis he decided to order a new 2014 wethead. So I bought is tricked out Suzuki 650 Adventure with over four years of warranty on remaining. So I have a "new" bike with only 5,000 miles on it. I like the Suzuki very much and have ridden it 14 of the last 20 days. I would have bought a f700gs but could not make the numbers work and I was tired of dealing with BMW. My wife still rides a 2003 f650gs and loves her bike and has never had any trouble with it.
Of the 8 riders that are in my riding group I am the 5th that has bought the Suzuki 650 Adventure. Most of the guys have several bikes and can afford to buy whatever they would like to ride. But because of all the problems I had with my GS only two own BMW's. As I mentioned the previous owner of my Suzuki has just ordered a 2014 wethead GS.
I still think that the 1200gs is probably the best bike on the road and would love for someone to give me one. But I don't like BMW NA enough to give them my money.
Thanks to everyone for helping me with all the issues with my bike. Enjoy the cooler riding weather.
Enjoy the wee-Strom!
Thanks John, I think I will
The wee-strom handles as well as my GS except for when you hit ripples in the road at speeds over 70 mph. The big GS was smoother in situations like that. I have not checked it out, but the friend that I bought it from and that is buying a new 2014 wethead says that the wee-strom is faster than the new GS in
I still think the GS is the best all around bike on the road but the wee-strom fits my budget better and can be serviced by any dealer.
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Glad to know you've found a bike you like and is working for you. I'm just hoping your saga doesn't turn into my saga. I turned my 2013 R1200RT in at my dealer today for an oil leak. It's not bad, just a drop or two after a ride. I didn't even notice it for the first couple of months. The rear of the transmission is just damp. Anyway, I got a call from the service manager and he said they identified the problem as a rear main/counterbalance oil seals leak. He said it's a major tear down to get to them and it will probably be toward the end of next week before I get the bike back.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
Finally got a call from the dealer today. Should be able to pick it up tomorrow some time. I did get to see the bike after they got it torn down. The leak turned out to be the counterbalance seal. They had the bike split in two, literally. From the engine forward was on the lift, on blocks. The rear half was, basically from the battery back, was sitting on the floor on the center stand. It was pretty cool actually. Got a good look at the clutch and other mechanicals that I didn't think I'd be seeing for a much longer time than this but hey, it is what it is. The real test will be to see if it all holds up. As before........
Originally Posted by srhodes13
Keeping my fingers crossed!
Glad to hear your leak is getting repaired.
Yea, I have seen my bike broken in half 8 times on my 2005 r1200gs, not a pretty sight. I have had 8 counterbalance seals replaced, six engine out put seals, 3 transmission input and 2 transmission output seals replaced. Along with the 3 clutch slave cylinders, the counterbalance itself and the front counterbalance bearing. All replaced under the 3 year factory warranty or the 2 year parts and labor warranty. You will probably not have any more leaks but keep an eye open for the tale tell oily line where the transmission and engine bolt together.
Enjoy the bike, it is a great bike.
Gee! Does your State allow you to ride a Suzuki while wearing a BMW patched jacket...LOL!!! Nice looking machine by the way.
Originally Posted by espressoforyou
Good point Motodan.
I just I need to remove the patches like when you are demoted in the army.
I hate to say it but when people ask me what kind of bike I ride I miss saying "BMW". Most people expect you to say Harley and if you say anything else they give you "that look" like i'm sorry. But when you say you ride a BMW they say "oh". You can pull up to a Harley dealership on a BMW and feel like you are part of the "elite club". I know it is just a pride thing but I miss saying that I ride a BMW but I will get over it.
I still like the wee-strom very much and look forward to riding it anytime I can. The only problem is that the friend that I bought it from already had it farkled out so I can not find any thing to add to it except for driving lights. I guess that is a good problem to have.
Originally Posted by espressoforyou
It looks like it is already equipped for some serious LD Travel. I am sure you will enjoy it. I don't think I have ever spoken with a dissatisfied wee-strom owner.