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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-01-2018, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Blew the engine on my 2012 FLTRU

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.
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Wow - sorry to hear so much trouble. Hope they get you fixed up and running soon.

How many miles on your engine?

Good luck!


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I had the same issues with towing and it was through HOG. Flatbed, guy had no clue what to do. wound up destroying my front fender. Now if I need a tow, i call the closest dealer, since they'll usually send a trailer. Glad you had the extended warranty.


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Why did they pull the trans apart on a motor failure? Were you having some other issue?

Does the warrantee run it through the reman program, or replace with new?


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It will be a new long block. 78k on the bike, 19k on that motor. It was replaced at 59k for a failed cam tensioner.

They opened the tranny because the shift shaft was loose in the bushing and leaking. They wanted to make sure there were no deeper issues.

AAA towed my daughter's Sporty with no problems. Sent a guy in a 1ton with the motorcycle lift in the back. Worked like a charm. I expected the same type of tow.

My mind wasn't fully engaged because the motor died on the way to a friend's funeral. I should have told the driver to pound sand, but just wanted to get home.
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Oh man what a shitty situation

Keep us all posted on your fix

Hope everything else is well after a bad day like that

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All will be good. I know that. It was just a bad day, that got worse.
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After my first HOG-provided tow on the back of a flatbed, I learned to keep a set of soft ties in my bag just in case. In the future, I set the straps, not the tow driver.

Good luck with the repairs and engine rebuild.

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Dang dude. Sorry for your many losses. A friend, an engine, and then bodywork to the bike makes for a really screwed up day. Glad you can relax now.
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Good luck on the repairs! It looks like your going to get a new drivetrain for $50. Hope they get it fixed soon so you can get some riding in.


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