South America Blog

   This is the journey I have always dreamed of,  to ride my motorcycle across the Americas. 

   Follow me as I travel south from Texas to the tip of South America on my BMW GS.   

    Here's a view of the  Map 

Getting ready, the transmission

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    The transmission:  Like the motor this transmission has been here since the beginning.  Sometime around the 190k mile mark I thought I might need a new clutch,  so at that time I replaced the clutch disc and while I was there I also replaced the bearings.   I was amazed to see the used disc to be in almost as good shape as the new one.   Well fast forward  230k miles and here I am again replacing the clutch disc not because it had worn out but because it had been some time  since.   This time I replaced the clutch disc & pressure plate,  all  the bearings , all the seals and the input shaft of the transmission.  The input shaft with 420k miles finally had enough wear that it need to be replaced.  I almost forgot to mention that I also replaced the shift barrow,  this guy was pricey!    In fact,  it was because of the shift barrow that I thought to have a look inside the transmission.  I had started to have some problems with the shifter staying stuck in 5 gear in hot weather.  I figured that maybe some wear had gone to far causing the shifter to stick and that was exactly what had happen.  Again to my amazement the other items were not that bad looking give the mileage.  The thought in my head was do it now rather than some roadside fix somewhere in Bolivia.