Another RT Final Drive Bites the Dust '07 R1200RT
Just found out My 07 RT with 31000 miles needs the final drive rebuilt. After new tires, I noticed a vibration in the bike that was not there before, mostly feeling it in the foot pegs.
I had just gone a couple of miles from home when I could smell burning brakes. I pulled over and found the rear brake and caliper too hot to touch. Thinking my rear brake was locking up, I put the bike on the center stand and put in it gear. The rear wheel wobbled about an 1/8th.
I called the Dealer and they said the final drive was out. No oil leaking from FD and all periodic service was done. The good news is that BMW will pick up most of the tab.
2008 R1200RT Final Drive Failure
About 300 miles from home on Monday my FD failed. Heavy oil all over rear brakes and rear tire. Very lucky I did not end up in a ditch, I was one right hand turn away from disaster. My bike is sitting at the dealer and awaiting resolution from BMW. I have a 2008 with 38000 miles. It has been dealer serviced with all recommended service at recomended intervals. I am hoping for similar assistance from BMW. The part is $1900.
I learned a couple of things. First, just before it barfed, I was in some rather tight twisties, going down hill. A few times I would tap the brakes to scrub off speed before entering the corner, I would notice that the back brake did not release for a split second after I released the brake. In hindsight I believe it was binding due to the play in rear wheel. If that ever happens again I'll surely stop and check.
Lastly I learned that my AAA RV Plus only covers 100 miles of towing. AAA took me closer, my brother took me even closer, then my bride picked me up. I need a better towing plan, but can't find anything better. A Uhaul truck would have only been $200 to get home, I'm wondering if they have tie down points in them...... anyone know?
BTW, towing cost is $3/mile.