Running down the highway a week ago and picked up a severe knock in my engine. I got it pulled over and called for a tow. Thankfully, I was only about 80 miles from home.
I trailered it to the shop the next day and put it in for warranty repair. Best $1950 I ever spent was to buy the 7 year, unlimited miles warranty when I bought the bike 6 years ago.
Well, I got to go in and take pictures if the damage today. It's pretty bad, new engine type of bad.
Rear intake lifter got jammed in the case and started tearing things apart.
It was hammering on the cam lobe so hard that it broke part of the lifter near the roller.
Here's what the cam lobe looked like.
That sent metal throughout the engine. Here's the inside of the oil pump.
Both piston skirts are badly scored and the rear connecting rod does not move freely on the crank pin.
While the tech was in this far, they checked the transmission. The shift shaft was loose in the bushing. At least the gears were good, but the shift forks were badly worn, so they are going to be rebuilding the transmission while they have the bike.
The tow home was another story. I have AAA and have usually had good luck with them. This time was a nightmare. Dispatch and the service center were fine. I got an idiot for a tow driver.
He had no idea how to tow a bike. He shows up with a flatbed, OK, I can work with that. Then he wants me to ride the bike up on to the flatbed, while it is at a steep angle. I object, tell him it's an engine issue, but he is insistent. I should have quit here, but didn't, I just wanted to get home. So I rode up on the flatbed and put on the brakes,then promptly slide all the way off the flatbed, backwards! It was so covered in oil and tranny fluid that the tires had no traction. At this point I insisted that we use the winch on the truck.
Well, he proceeds to try to put the cable through the spokes of my front tire. I explain to him that the wheel needs to roll and a cable through it will prevent that. He can't figure out another spot so I made him get a couple of straps to put around the forks. This got the bike on the flatbed.
Strapping it down was another nightmare. I had to correct him multiple times, but he finally got it strapped down. When we finally got it home and unloaded, I noticed that the left turn signal is at an odd angle. He had put the tie down straps around the fairing mounts and the left one tore the bolts out of the fairing.
He insists that I told him to put the straps there. I told him to put them on the engine gaurd, next to the fairing mount. Did I mention his English is very broken?
Of course, he does not want me to report it. I took plenty of pictures and was on the phone with AAA as soon as he left. First estimate is about $2300 to replace the inner/outer fairing and color match the paint.
It was a tough day, but everything can be fixed. Now I can breathe.