Thread: Rear Wheel Play
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FWC FWC is offline
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Folks, maybe I'm missing something, but I thought the whole point about owning a shaft-driven bike is that they require little or no maintenance. But throughout this thread, I've been reading about too small pivot bearings that fail after 25K miles, special, high tech grease, propane torches, heat guns, the need for an extra set of hands...! Whatever. My '85 Honda Sabre shaft driven bike has 93K miles on it (bought it new) and has only needed its gear oil changed every now and then. No other maintenance required. Ever.

About the R1100S rear drive bearings... I have friends with BMW R1150GS and K1200LT bikes who have had those large ring bearings fail inside the rear drive itself. They said that BMW has upgraded this part from one with 19 ball bearings to one with 17 ball bearings. Does anyone know which of these bearings the R1100S bikes use, and is this also a weak area on the S?

Old 07-12-2006, 07:57 AM
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