ESA Rear Shock failed - '08 R1200GS
On the road yesterday from Memphis (32F :eek and snow/rain mix, no salt on the roadway) to Jackson (37F), MS., I noticed my moto was beginning to act like a waverunner, bobbing up and down going down the road. Later I realized the rear shock was leaking and lost all oil. Today I rode from Jackson (36F) to BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge (54F and sunny :clap) and they have a replacement shock being FedEx'd and will replace it tomorrow.
I was running with the ESA set to 1 rider with baggage. Total weight of passenger and baggage ~430lbs. I had my moto in storage (locked and secured) for a month prior to departing from Memphis. There are approx 38,000 miles currently on the odometer.
A couple of questions:
[LIST=1][*]Could the weather be a contributing factor of the failure? [*]Is there a recommendation of a replacement shock other than BMW parts? [*]Is anyone familiar with frequency of a failure such as this? Nothing came up in searching the forum (recently anyway) and at the shop they haven't seen many failures.[*]Any recommendations/comments?[/LIST]
Since I am heading to mexico and Central America for 3 month road trip, I am fortunate this happened reasonably close to a BMW dealer rather than the middle of some remote area in CA.
Hats off to BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge. I had emailed the evening before from Jackson and Jim was expecting me and even greeted me by name when I walked in (also discount on parts and shipping). Looking up my VIN, there is another recall on a brake line I had a recall on before, so they will also take care of that. Also there were 2 other people in the store who had noticed me riding down the road, they mentioned to me how they had commented to each other on how low my GS was riding.
Thanks for your comments,
Back in the saddle with new ESA rear Shock
Well, I'm back in the saddle after having the rear ESA shock replaced. When you are in the area, be sure to stop at BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge. They are in a new location on Airline Rd (Hwy 61) off I-12. Especially if you are in the area on a Saturday morning. They have a lounge area that fills up with local riders with food and conversation. I picked up a tip about taking Hwy35 South to Hwy 82 and then ride the coast highway into Texas.
Happy ending to this story.
After completing my 13,000 mile ride to Yavisa, Panama and back to Wisconsin, I had no further is breakdowns. I had a 6,000 service and new tires at BMW Costa Rica. Their support and service was excellent.
A couple of items after returning home in March. I called Schlossman's BMW to schedule 6,000 service and a new left/f turn signal lamp, broken rear mud guard mount, also noticed a bulge in the front Metzler I had replaced in Costa Rica.
When I was setting up the appointment, I explained all this to Kent Perleberg, Service Manager, and also the story about the ESA shock failure. Kent offered to check with his BMW contacts regarding the shock, that I should bring copies of all the paperwork. He would also check with Metzler about the front tire bulge.
Well, much to my surprise and elation, Kent worked a 70% rebate from BMW for the ESA shock replacement (remember, this was out of warranty repair) and also a full reimbursement for a new front Metzler.
Needless to say, Schlossman's has a very happy customer on board. :wave
Also worth noting, Schlossman now offers free scheduled pickup/delivery of your moto for service work.