So back in October I bought a very broken BMW R1100RT from a dealer while knowing just how broken it was. It was $1250 worth of broken.
I gave it to an independent BMW technician with over 40 years of experience to fix "everything" and then I patiently waited 2 months for it all to be completed.
I finally collected it and paid the $2900 bill only to look down and see that oil was pissing past both the heads and all over my boots. A fork seal also had gone pop after being replaced, so back it went.
I collected it a second time and then soon after took it on a 1000 mile ride across France in an effort to prove something.
Soon after that it started to leak from the back of the gearbox and my local dealership diagnosed that a gearbox output shaft seal had failed.
Helpful though that was they informed me that they don't have the tools or the experience to dismantle the entire back end of the bike so someone else would have to do it.
As the bike has over 50,000 miles on it the clutch may well need replacing so my mission began to find someone to do the job -
No1, I dropped into another independent BMW tech and pointed out the leak and asked for a quote but he appeared utterly disinterested in working on it and was so indifferent I'm amazed that he has any customers at all so I rode home with a flea in my ear.
No2, I emailed a local independent dealer for a quote. They sell used BMW's so I assumed that their techs can work on a RT but no reply has arrived after a week of waiting.
No3, I called my closest franchised BMW dealership leaving a long and detailed message when no one answered the phone and that about a week ago. Nothing yet.
No4, A friend of mine works at the Parts Dept at another franchised dealership about 4 hours away and he said he'd try and get a quote also. Nothing yet.
No5, Another friend of mine is the Health and Safety Executive at another group that has two BMW franchises to choose from and he also said he'd enquire with the After Sales Team as to costs and availbility. Yup you've guessed it. Nada.
Attempt No6 will be on Friday when the Moto Guzzi and I are going to track down another independent, just for shits and giggles.
Now I want to give people money to fix my bike because to ride it's pretty bloody amazing when it works so why isn't anyone in a rush to work on it ?
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