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I'm currently in Tanzania heading from Europe to cape town.
I have noticed the play in my rear wheel has gotten worse. I'm riding a 2009 GSA with 90,000km on it. I had the bearing replaced at 20,000 before. Its now moving about 3 mm in the 6 o clock- 12 o clock position. I could feel it while riding yesterday. I know that a 1 mm tolerance is acceptable but how about 3 mm. The wheel seems fine when rotated just a very minute noise.
My question is, would anyone know if this will get me the 6000 km to cape town or am I dreaming?
What would happen if it goes totally, am I going to end up on my ass? I'm really short on time and having one sent here and replaced could take a month at least.
Thanks in advance for the advice guys.
I have been working for BMW for 3 years and we saw plenty of GS going through our workshop.
The free play in the rear wheel bearing is a well known issue with these models up to the 2010 model. We changed plenty of final drives (BMW did pay for this) but we never changed bearings. This because the model you are driving has mechanical design flaw when it comes to the bearing. That's why BMW opted to get faulty final drives replaced with a new version but only if the customers complained and the bearing had too much free play.
To be honest, only twice I actually saw a final drive fall to pieces because of a broken bearing. But much more we had customers driving thousands of Kilometers with 3mm play without any issues. They wouldn't even realize it and only saw the problem when we pointed it out to them.
So IMHO, I wouldn't worry too much. The roads from Tanzania to Cape Town are all Hard Surface (Tarmac) and therefore the stress on the bearing somewhat smaller than on the Moyale strip.
Continue the trip and enjoy the scenery
I'm convinced the bike will get you to Cape Town.
Thanks very much for the advice. I'll just ride slowly and keep an eye on it. Here's hoping I get there. I got about 6000km If I head directly to Capetown. I'll try and stay off the dirt roads even though I enjoy them so much. I'll reduce weight if I can(not sure I'll be able), Keep the water supply up and go for it. I have only 4 weeks to get there so I'll be going pretty much direct anyway. Tanzania, Zambia,Botswana,Namiba and south africa.
Thanks again guys.
Its been a hell of a ride for sure
I'm just guessing its about 3. There has been play in it for 2 years but it just got worse yesterday. I had it fixed when the bike was under warrantee. Well they changed the bearings thats all. I went back for another service a year later and they told me there was play in it. I told them fix it under warantee but the declined saying I had put too much miles on the bike since the last fix ( (40,000) Alaska to Patagonia). They then said it should be fine when they discovered they were liable.
How much oil do you recomend putting in the FD? I changed it about 10,000km ago and put 180-190ml in.
Are you 100% that the problem is bearings?
I am at the moment in Australia where flange (where rear wheel and brake disc are attached) failed from final drive.
I was able to see that centre axle did not move, but rear wheel was moving around 3-4mm.
Only solution for that was to replace complete final drive (new flange had a slack too). Broken down in southern Australia | Where is Hemuli?
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