A 1995 BMW GSPD Classic (one of 150 manufactured) suffered
a catastrophic mechanical failure on the way to the Start of The Last Broke
Bike Mountain Ride leg of the 2022 ‘round the world rally, September 6. At 70 mph on Interstate 90, 30 miles west from
the Start point in Boise, Idaho, the drive shaft grenaded at the lower end where
it connected to the rear drive unit. The
rider escaped serious injury by miraculously staying upright as the rear wheel clunked
and attempted to lock up at speed, which it did at slow speeds. The BMW was a DNF (Did Not Finish), but more of a
Did Not Start. A few days later, after a truck ride to its home near Seattle, the
Broke Bike was sold. Potential buyer(s) beware! This Classic has had all of the classic BMW failures: drive shaft, two engine bolts stripped, electric rotors (3) replaced, and rear shock blown. On the plus side, it should have a solid transmission with the C clip installed at the factory, and has new Avon tires with less than 1,000 miles on them...and it has the superior Tea Pot side stand.
The 1992 highly modified BMW R100 GS of entrant # 69 (photos above)
was also a DNF, in the Canadian leg of the Alcan 5000. Zigging when it should
have been zagging over a serious risk avoidance section of high speed gravel
caused the entrant to throw in the towel and limp back to California. The rider
was unscathed but the meticulously prepared BMW was bent, scratched and then parked
for extensive cosmetic repairs.
The 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 of # 9 suffered a drive chain loss at
65 mph on interstate pavement, eight miles from Anamosa, Iowa. An Indian Motorcycle owner
came to the rescue and with the help of J & P Cycles, the KLR was back on
the road a day later. In Wyoming, off-pavement, the heavily loaded KLR 650
proved its true dual-sport nature, navigating some serious gravel and dirt sections.
The KLR of # 9 did suffer a small fall down into the
front of a stationary SUV when the owner was checking the oil level and the motorcycle
rolled forward, down a slight incline. Alone and unable to lift upright
the KLR because the front wheel was pointed the wrong direction, the owner used
a Hi-Lift car jack to upright it to a near vertical position. No serious damage was suffered in the "bike fall down" slow speed adventure.
Earlier DNFer Richard Livermore (# 7, aka Dick C.
Nevermore) had a similar “bike fall down” in Chile in January, 2016 when he
lost control of his parked Honda GL 650 in front of his motel room and broke
his windscreen and a front turn signal. He had been attempting to park his motorcycle on the sidewalk in front of his room for what he thought was security, versus leaving it parked in the parking slot in front of his room.
Livermore was able to repair the windscreen
damage with cable ties and the turn signal with duck tape and a spare turn signal he wisely carried two of, as he had broken the another one in an earlier crash/spill in Colombia.
One entrant in late September, 2022 opined, “Maybe
Livermore’s crashing in North America once and South America twice, his motel
bike-fall-down, and then self-DNFing in Africa, put the jinks or bad
mojo on our 2022 adventures?”
In the spirit and style of Livermore’s Indiana-farm-boy-English,
and after researching the mystical world of Toto's Kansas and the etymology of certain phrases and words Livermore often used, # 9, ever the existential motorcyclist, looked skyward for a circling
Edgar Allen Poe described raven for some seconds, and then said, “Okey dokey, you betcha, and the crashing and DNFs this year will be cosmically blamed on the psychologically
dark world of the nevermore.”
[Saul Bishop posted November, 2022]