Wednesday, June 29, 2005

15,360 miles

Windshield rattle becoming progressively worse

Stock windshield mounts (plastic pins to which the screws attach) quickly wear out resulting in excessive windshield vibration and noise. An after-market "Touratech" replacement set (costing over $30) eliminates the problem.

Lewistown, Montana

I stopped at the "Ace Hardware" store and purchased four small rubber o-rings for $2.94. Larry Saenz at BMW of SF suggested using these as a fix for the windshield rattle that has grown progressively worse over recent weeks. Fitting an o-ring to the two plastic pins attaching the windshield to the lower swivel mount completely eliminated the rattle. Thanks, Larry! (And to BMW: you need to find a better solution!)

4 ea. O-rings $2.94

Saturday, June 25, 2005

14,723 miles

Blackfoot Motosports, Calgary, Alberta

Replace rear tire

(Customer-supplied. Purchased in Anchorage, Alaska and carried until Calgary)

1 ea. Metzeler Tourance 150/70HR17 $0.00
Labor: $40.00
Supplies: $4.00

Tire life: 8,896 miles

Additional parts

1 ea. Headlamp bulb, H7 #09471-12188-CDN (spare) $11.47

Tax: $3.88
Total: $59.35

Thursday, June 16, 2005

12,000 miles

The Motorcycle Shop, Anchorage, Alaska

12,000-Mile Service

Asked for a "12,000 mile service". The service manager asked me what I wanted them to do, "change the oil?"

"I guess..."

1 ea. Oil filter #11427673541 $14.95
1 ea. Crush washer $0.75
4 qt. BMW 10W40 engine oil #07511467607-1 $17.00

Supplies: $4.90
Labor: $70.00

Brake lamp failure

Replaced bulb, though the filaments had not burned out. The technician said "the computer is sensitive."

1 ea. Bulb 12V21.5W #07119978384 $2.95

Additional Parts

1 ea. Rear tire, Metzeler Tourance 150/70HR17 $212.95

Total: $323.50 (no tax in Alaska!)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

10,613 miles

Deadhorse, Alaska

Along Dalton Highway, mudguard broke from vibration. One bolt snapped off, others worked loose.

Detached and discarded. (Probably advisable to use thread-lock on these bolts!)

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