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I still had 6th gear to go too.
I broke down in Germany
On the outside lane moving past the fast cars.. when all of a sudden the engine stopped.. I looked in my mirror to see white smoke shielding my prompt exit to the right and onto the hard shoulder.
Oil was dripping from the bottom of the bike although I think I must have dumped most of it in the fast lane.
My sat nav computer says it 'terminated' at 155mph.
The moral of the story?
£36 for 5 days European break down cover is well worth the money.
Bike gets lifted to local bike shop, continued travel to destination, although I was only 50 miles away from my daughters house, so she came and picked me up.
Left hand drive hire car to Calais, where I changed vehicles to a right hand drive, for my continued journey to Sheffield.
Bike gets repatriated in the next few days.
Bloomin good value.
Last edited by Beemer; 13-09-2017 at 08:52.
Bike not back yet from Germany. I spoke to the bike shop and the owner suggested that they don't diagnose, but wait till it gets back to UK, otherwise they would charge me for the diagnosis. They did try to start the engine at the shop, but the starter motor just clicked, and they surmised that the engine is not turning over.
It has been mentioned to the breakdown insurance that the engine has seized, which would not surprise me the way it slowed down fast, before I pulled the clutch in and coasted.
The oil did pour onto the rear tyre, because it is covered in it, and not much more came out whilst it was stood at the side of the autobahn.
I realise I am very lucky I was not thrown down the road, as all three lanes of the autobahn had traffic on it.. and there were vehicles in the fast lane (way)behind me
No I did not change the oil before I left.
It pulls hard in 5th gear and I was sure it could have managed more once into 6th.
The bike was steady at that speed, due to the excellent road conditions on the autobahn.
I had previously gone past quite a lot of Germans in their high end BMWs, and I am sure they delighted in seeing white smoke coming from the bike when it broke. Not sure how much oil I might have dumped on their cars though.... ooops!
Looking at the bike on the side of the road, I could not see any hole or damage to the belly pan of the fairing, only dripping oil when I eventually pushed the bike to a service area a few hundred metres further down the autobahn.
Somebody else has mentioned that maybe the oil drain plug came out, which would explain why there was only a small puddle when it eventually stopped.
When it comes back it is going into Rainbow BMW Rotherham for a complete damage check.. only then will I know how much it is going to cost me.
If it is a write off, I will be getting the K1300S, as that is the later model. I really liked the 1200, but I believe the 1300 is not as fast.
Although I broke down on a bike, It is worth mentioning that I paid for a 5 day European breakdown cover (£36), in conjunction with my Channel Tunnel ticket.
It was only after I had broke down that I found out it was with the AA.
On the continent ADAC rescued me, but I dealt with a French person on the end of the phone until I arrived at Calais, and once the whole process was in motion, I was well catered for. Getting it in motion was really the only hurdle/gripe.
The scene went like this, with times approximate:
1400hrs - I break down near Gutersloh, Germany. I was on hold for 30 mins, trying to get hold of the number before I gave up and pushed the bike into a service station, where I felt a bit safer and then spent more time on hold (15mins) before getting to speak to someone.
1600hrs - ADAC arrive, and take me to a garage in Gutersloh.
1730hrs - After the garage has closed and gone home, I get picked up by my daughter from 50 miles away (Bueckeburg).
Saturday: On and off contact with breakdown insurance, deciding if they are going to fly me back or give me a car.
Monday: Afternoon decision made they want to give me a Fiat 500 hire car !!!! So I decide to go shopping for stuff I would not have been able to fit on the bike.
During the day I get a phone call from a Minden car hire company who were going to deliver the car to me, but we went and picked it up from them. Turns out, I get a Ford Tourneo car/van thing that looks like a hearse, but has 7 seats, plenty of room for curry ketchup and other German goodies.
Tuesday: I set off for Calais to a pre-determined location to change the hire car to a right hand drive Toyota Auris Hybrid. I have to fill the tank and put Euro 49 in that fills the tank, I have done 400 miles at this point. The Hybrid car has a complex (to me) start system and I hold everyone up at the tunnel booking in point, whilst I try to start the blooming thing. Electric does not make a noise does it? So I was not aware it was ready to go.. doh!
The tunnel company were superb, changing my motorcycle ticket to a car ticket for no extra cost, on production of my breakdown invoice from ADAC.
At the other side I drive the Auris to Sheffield and put £25 of fuel in before I hand it to Enterprise in Sheffield, with nothing more to pay.
I think you will be throwing the bike away, unless you can find an engine from a right off. The parts would be greater than the total it is worth even a couple of years old.
There are a couple of BMW specialists./
Of course there are always the dodgy knocked off ones on Ebay.
Best of luck.
Hope you get it back quickly then onto the fix, doesn't sound cheap sadly.
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