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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it happened...

My drive shaft broke and not at home either. No signs or warnings. Stopped at a light to turn left, let out the clutch and gave a little gas, and grind grind grind. Couldn't get it to go period. Ended up having to push the 2+ miles on a hilly road to get it home. Once I got to a safe spot, I turned it on and put it in gear and could feel the entine length of the driveshaft area vibrate right down to the axel hub.

So, this means my bike will be laid up at the shop getting fixed under warranty. So much for progress.

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that sucks bro!! sorry to hear this....but at least you have warranty coverage.
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that sucks bro!! sorry to hear this....but at least you have warranty coverage.
Yeah, and my riding season was just shot down. Who knows how long it'll be before I get to ride again.

At least I know what's worse than the bike breaking. Pushing a broken bike up a hill for half a mile or so.

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Just curious how you have warranty coverage

Edit: Oh - and I'm sorry to hear it happened. That sucks dude



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Just curious how you have warranty coverage

Edit: Oh - and I'm sorry to hear it happened. That sucks dude
I had the bike financed and the extended warranty was a requirement. It's really good coverage, too. No deductible, no hassle. They will even pay to get the bike hauled to the shop when the time comes.

Last bit of work involved the balancer dampners. Would have cost me over $1100 out of pocket. However, with the warranty, I only paid $86 out of pocket. Basically the cost of parts if I did it myself.

When I get some time, I'm gonna crack open the rear-end and see what is grinding. It sounds like it's coming from front bezel area, but it vibrates the whole shaft. Additionally, I can shift thru all the gears sitting still.

It's just odd that it happened while I was making a left hand turn. Like I said, there were not any signs or symptoms of it failing.

Oh well. One less thing to break later. Now if only the stator would die...

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I don't think it's too hard to get a stator to take a dive.

In a way, it's good to see a warranty like that paying off.

I'll put my money on the rear driveshaft splines.

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I had the bike financed and the extended warranty was a requirement. It's really good coverage, too...............When I get some time, I'm gonna crack open the rear-end and see what is grinding....
Don't know that that would be a good thing. You tampering with it can void the warranty.
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Come buy my 96. I'm itching for a V-Rod something fierce...
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Come buy my 96. I'm itching for a V-Rod something fierce...
Keep on itching then. I'm getting mine fixed and will not endorse hardly's. Might wanna keep a few tissues about incase your "v-rod" does something unexpected.

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So, what do all think is the most likely to have broken: 1. Coupler 2. Gear in rrat hub 3. Front bezel gear 4. Shaft itself.

At this point, it makes no attempt to grab anything. It just free spins with a nice grinding noise.

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