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#388827 - 09/10/08 04:58 AM alaska and back with one bad accident  
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Earth, for the time being !
I just had a nice chat with a young gal at the supermarket.
I was looking at a kawasaki 650 KLM dual purpose bike in the parking lot when she came out and asked how I liked her bike.
Spectacular I replied. She and a friend had just returned from Alaska. But her friend had to be air lifted to a hospital as her BMW GS650 front forks just snapped and broke away as she was cruising down the highway at 80 MPH. I wont get into her opinion about BMW. How in the world does something like this happen.


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#388833 - 09/10/08 05:09 AM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: yabadabapal]  
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#388834 - 09/10/08 05:10 AM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: yabadabapal]  
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Edited my own post....there's obviously something to this... a long thread about this on another forum, pictures of GS650 forks breaking at axle attachment point in various places out there on the "net".


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#388838 - 09/10/08 05:27 AM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: DaveTheAffable]  
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Earth, for the time being !
Thats what Ive heard and in brief, it is mentioned as an issue of BMW only with the 650GS models. Thanks Dave


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#388875 - 09/10/08 11:07 AM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: yabadabapal]  
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Are we talking about the now-discontinued single-cylinder 650GS, or the just introduced 800cc parallel twin 650GS?


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#388879 - 09/10/08 11:40 AM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: yabadabapal]  
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It was an F650GS thumper, not a new twin

I saw the pictures from that post......they weren't pretty. A big chunk of metal broke out of both front forks right where the axle goes through. They said there was no warning at all......just going down the road and then faceplant


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#388881 - 09/10/08 11:50 AM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Ill bet the lawyers have a field day with this.

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#388903 - 09/10/08 12:59 PM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: bridwell52]  
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#388904 - 09/10/08 01:03 PM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: yabadabapal]  
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Killer has a similar story....

When he wakes he tell us????


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#388913 - 09/10/08 01:34 PM Re: alaska and back with one bad accident [Re: Whip]  
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 Originally Posted By: Whip
Killer has a similar story....

When he wakes he tell us????

Yup, exactly the same thing happened to one of those GSs on my South America trip in 2001. I looked at the bike afterwards, the axle mounts fractured, pathetic design, you could drop a KLR650 off a roof and it wouldn't break like that. My fellow rider broke his neck among other things, we were out of helicopter range and the first ambulance that made it there wouldn't take him because his injuries were too bad. He ended up on a bigger vehicle then having two airlifts and spent several months in hospital down there and a couple more in Chicago but as far as I know he recovered OK. He sued BMW and I believe they settled, the lawyers talked to us all and I told them what I thought of that design, don't know any more details as it was obviously all hushed up by the lawyers. This was on the infamous RT40 in Argentina but the road wasn't to blame for this one.

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