May Find out this weekend!
Will be finishing up the "break-in" period this weekend, hopefully w/o any clickin' or clackin' noises from the motor occurring. Got a sport ride planned and with the TLS currently down, the rr will be off the stand and in the street. Will also re-ping my shop tomorrow and see if they have any further information...
ESPECIALLY since my first track day is 27 May. The TLS won't be ready and if the S1000rr has any issues, I am out some $$$ :cry
Wish they'd put a bit of S1000rr acceleration into getting the information out, informing owners, and getting a repair procedure in place though. Feels like it has been longer than it has...
Suttie: we're not even hearing that!
I tried to cajole the mechanic into going ahead and doing the repair with me paying and getting refunded when the fix comes out, but as far as my shop knows, BMW still hasn't come out with a hard fix procedure. They do not know if the existing con-rod bolts will be re-used and new hi-temp loctite applied, or if BMW will provide new con-rod bolts and loctite. They didn't want to do it, even with me paying beforehand because if what they do isn't the "official" fix, then they'll have to do it again. I understand this but having a track day Saturday that is Duck-Full (must be the only time those bikes come out of their garages :brad ) makes me really, really want my RR. As does the 2275' front straight on the track...but you never even take a 1% risk. 3 quarts of hot oil on a hot racetrack could add up to lots of injuries, so it'll be in the garage until it is fixed.
Having to strip and ride my GSA on a track day is a mental challenge of sorts. On the plus side, it won't arrive on a trailer since it's a BMW twin :dance I'll ride it there, tape the lights and warning light (it comes on when you disconnect the lamps), remove the panniers and back seat, and presto. Same thing in reverse at end of the day, and ride home. Will not be sore or tired either - yes, I am searching for positives on the situation.
On the splitting cases question; it looks like it will have to be done that way since there is lots of baffling in the bottom of the motor that will prevent getting a wrench up to the crank.
I did send a letter to BMW customer relations explaining my track day financial loss and applied honey along with the vinegar. Haven't given my dealer a hard time at all as their hands are tied and they would help if they had everything.
My TLS motor rebuild ran into some leak-down issues on the exhaust side due to exhaust valves being incorrectly machined (flange edges too thick and if they are machined down there are tolerance issues due to exhaust heat) - yes they will fix it but it adds more time to the no-sportbike situation. :cry