This is part 3 of the MC adventure through Europe, starting out with a prayer, bike fixing and then a nice day’s worth of city exploring.
A welcoming turn – a trip to a MC Doctor
Woke up Saturday morning, not too early, am sure much thanks to the German beers and food from the night before. Shaking off sleepiness thoughts centered around the problem situation and the “sick puppy” parked in the hotel’s garage. Traveling with that situation was not something I was looking forward to. Actually I’d made up my mind to stay in the city until it was fixed.
Ate breakfast and waited for the MC dealer to open. Mumbled a prayer, read a bit on the net, surely others must have had the a similar experience? Sure thing, but the stories were many, lots of variables, lots possible scenarios.
You know how this works, internet it can be a tremendous source of information, that also can lead you completely astray. Finally it was 9AM and I called, first got an answering machine, then through, possibly as the first caller that morning.
I explained my situation to what apparently was a sales guy, at first it seemed this wasn’t going to be a success. Pressed a little bit more, the guy then set me over to the workshop. Voila! In Germany they actually have mechanics and technicians at work, on a Saturday!
Talked to a nice guy, explained the situation to him. Sure, just come on over, he said. My spirit raised, looked the problem was going be fixed!
At the MC dealer – relief & a solution
The GPS led me a little out of town, up a hill, Along some winded roads that would have confused me without one.
Found the authorized dealer at the end of a street, went in and found a guy who spoke little English. He got the gist though, so was told to take the bike into their workshop. There I met a nice guy who spoke English very well, most younger Germans do. He got right onto analyzing the problem.
A few seconds was all it took, turned out to be a known problem with the BMW R1200RT/GS models from the period 2005-2012. But to fix it, the rear wheel with crankshaft and everything had to come off. Definitely not a job I would have liked to do.
Decided (wisely) not the hang around and disturb the guy so I wandered off into their showrooms, to look at bike and stuff. The entire job took about 2-2,5hrs. He also checked over the bike and discovered it’d used quite a bit of oil.
This I was told, was quite normal, especially if going in excess of 130-140km/h and faster over a longer period of time.
Been thinking about buying a BMW MC?
It might be well worth to consider this if you buy a BMW RT, or any BMW with a boxer engine. Some are known to use quite a bit of oil, especially if they’ve not been ridden tough. Or enough. Reason being, the piston rings and cylinder requires some time to adjust.
This might last til 30-40k kilometers, or even longer. All depends. After this consumption should drop. Also important is to stick to one oil type, as changing from one type to another can lead to periodically higher consumption. Or so I’ve heard from people who should know what they’re talking about.
Anyways, where was I… ah yes. So finally, all was set for the rest of the vacation. I thanked the guy and made him understand he’d been my savior. So what did that special service cost me? Around EUR120, including the culprit part! I can only speculate what they’d charged me in Norway. The O-ring you can see on the right side.
If you ever ride past Wurzburg, have a BMW, needs or wants it checked, or maybe take service, go here!
Friendly advice to whoever who buys a BMW GS or RT model year 2005-2012. If you haven’t, get this part (o-ring) changed!
Würzburg – for another day
Big sigh-o-relief, the problem was fixed, and the bike totally ready for the rest of the adventure. Since I had paid upfront for two nights (got a better deal), went back to the hotel, parked the bike, hopped into shorts’s sandals, and decided to wander off into the city. Knew I’d make it to the Alps the following Sunday, so why rush?
Weather was great, temperature in the region of 30’ish C, so not too hot for city-sightseeing by sandal-foot. Below some “observations” from hours of wandering about.
The main street, just off the old bridge
Residenz Würzburg – Würzburg Residence
View across river Main
Gate at the garden of Residenz Würzburg – Würzburg Residence
Residenz Würzburg – Würzburg Residence – from the garden
The next day I started on the leg along Der Romantisches Strasse, or Romantic Road, towards The Alps, which you can read about in another, coming blog post 🙂