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Old 18 Apr 2012
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BMW Front Damper - been waiting 4 weeks

My damper dumped its oil in TDF. Got it to Santiago and after a few recommended shops said they couldn't do it, I took it to BMW main dealer.

the was 4 weeks ago. Was told they had to order the part.
Last week they estimated I would be able to pick the bike up today. So I contacted them

The part has not arrived and they expect it will be another 2 weeks!!!!!!


Anyone else had this problem? Are they pulling my chain or is it really that mad?

Depressed is the word!
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Can't offer any help but can provide (virtual) tea and sympathy.

I had a breakdown today, in the Atacama desert. Miles from anywhere.
Stopped to take a few pictures and the bike wouldn't start up again. No neutral light or anything.
Eventually I took all my luggage off and started taking the bike to bits. It turned out that the positive connector to the battery had rattled loose and there was no power to anything.
It was an easy fix but it's a good reminder of just exactly how far we are from home when something goes wrong.

Good luck with the shock, can't really offer any more than that.

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My damper dumped its oil in TDF. Got it to Santiago and after a few recommended shops said they couldn't do it, I took it to BMW main dealer.

the was 4 weeks ago. Was told they had to order the part.
Last week they estimated I would be able to pick the bike up today. So I contacted them

The part has not arrived and they expect it will be another 2 weeks!!!!!!


Anyone else had this problem? Are they pulling my chain or is it really that mad?

Depressed is the word!
You didnt buy a replacement BMW damper did you?
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On the bright side Delb, at least there's a chance the Salar de Uyuni will be dry enough to ride by the time you get there. I really wanted to do that and there was just too much water and the surface too soft for me to risk it.

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Well Delb,
I'm stuck in Arica with a buggered starter clutch. Apparently 3AJ starter clutches are like hen's teeth and the newer 3TB parts won't fit although from the parts fiche, my parts look more like 3TB.
I could be here a while waiting for bits and it's likely I'll have to abandon the 'leccy boot and have a kickstart kit sent over from Blighty.
Just so you know it's not just you having a hard time.
If I'm likely to be here a while and you fancy a beverage or two somewhere between here and Santiago, drop me a PM or email.

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problems one the roade

wheal i had to whait four 10 days four a front sproket and whas just about to leave when i got rely sick had a smal stomic operation i guatemala city life one the roade ful off surprices but when yuo back one the roade its al whorth it
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but when yuo back one the roade its al whorth it
It is indeed. These are the days that must happen to you. Paging Dan 23. Dan 23 to the lobby please?
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Still stuck Delb?
I eventually found a starter clutch and ordered it this morning. It's going to be two or three weeks before it even gets to Blighty and can be couriered over to Arica.
There's not much to do in Arica but at least it never rains here. Maybe it's time to take those Spanish lessons.

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I think everyone has stories about getting stuck in spots. We are currently trapped in Rurrenbaque while it rains as its turned the only dirt road out into complete mud.

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No major issues with the 660 Ten yet after 10,000 kms - currently in Mendoza for a couple of rest days before heading over to Chile again. Heard the pass was closed today though, so we´ll see.

Sorry Delb - I´ll be avoiding Santiago if I can, but Dunc I might be in Arica while you´re still there - who knows...

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Don't avoid Santiago! It's really nice if you go yo the right places. Im from there and i realice that now when Im far from home. Im in my first long trip, with my girlfriend two up in my klr650 and we had our first "stuckment" in Brasilia: 5 days for a rear sprocket. The most common bike for long travels it doesn't being sell in Brasil but Kawasaki Brasilia found one in sao Paulo. Tomorrow we will arrive to Porto Velho and than manaus!

Duch: in Arica you can go shopping to Tacna, Peru, you can go by shared taxi.

Good luck guys in your wait
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I'm waiting for my sprag bearing ...
Several tens of thousand Pesos in my hand ...
I'll get me coat.
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sorry not been in posting recently but thank you for the virtual support.

I am off to collect my bike today, hopefully it is all good and I will be able to head north at last!

dunch etc - I expect it will be Peru before we are near each other again.

I plan to go via Bolivia and cross from La Paz (unless anyone tells me that is not a good idea)

all th best

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sorry not been in posting recently but thank you for the virtual support.

I am off to collect my bike today, hopefully it is all good and I will be able to head north at last!

dunch etc - I expect it will be Peru before we are near each other again.

I plan to go via Bolivia and cross from La Paz (unless anyone tells me that is not a good idea)

all th best

Delb
Hope all is OK with the bike now mate. I also plan to cross Bol to Peru - but stopped in Antofagasta with a nasty noise. Hopefully will get it sorted tomorrow, if it is what i think it is. Will do a full service same time methinks.

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Bike is all good now - thank goodness!

I am glad the Damper was a warranty job - the parts alone were £3,000!!!

I will head up to La Serena on Saturday as I want to visit some of the observatories.

I keep getting conflicting suggestions - go straight to Uyuni or go via Salta.

What to do?

pat - i hope your noise is not serious and that a general service does the trick

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