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Re: rear wheel offset
- From: Robert Silas <robert.silas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 19:36:52 -0500
- Subject: Re: rear wheel offset
Thanks for taking the time to read my write-up.
Some people says that their bike does not pull, these are later bikes, mine is a Beta-bike a '94 but made in '93, one of the first ones. Service knows nothing about this and I have no knowledge that neither BMW nor Volkswagen ever admitted anything but perfection.
Do not misunderstand, I love the bike and this is the reason I am trying to make it suit me better. In a short ride I am not bothered by a bit of "pull" but 10,000 miles in 2-weeks is hard on the elbow from forcing the bike running straight when it wants to weir-off to the right leaves a mark. Forcing the bike to run straight is the force which produces extra friction between tire and road surface, which eventually wears front tires unevenly.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Kiefer
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 2:03 PM
Subject: rear wheel offset
I read with interest Rober Silas' nice web site from the oilheads-digest posting on fixing the
BMW pull-to-the-right problem. Congratulations to Robert, it must feel sweet. I
have put 35K miles on my R1100RT and it has annoyed me since 2000 when
I bought the bike new. Like you mine climbs the wrong side of the road
crown, requires constant steering input, and wears the left front tire
tread quickly. I have posted comments about this on this forum several time. The dealers won't acknowledge the
problem. They say it's within normal tolerance and not a safety
issue. We've heard the usual bogus excuses about why it happens,
i.e., motor rotation torque, crown in road, drive shaft weight on
right. One BMW dealer even gave me a document repleat with drawings
that shows why they are supposed to be off balance. What hog wash. It
wasn't an official BMW document otherwise I would have written the
Not all RTs pull. Motorcycle Consumer News had an article several
years ago that listed problems reported by buyer's. As I recall the
PTTR problem was reported by about 10 - 15% of owners. We are among
these "lucky" ones. BMW is quite capable of designing and building a bike
that runs true. It's my guess that something occurs during the factory
assembly with the engine as a structural member that goes wrong.
Moving the wheel over is one way you and others have fixed/improved the
problem. I contacted Computrak who said they could realign the frame
to fix it. I have not been as dedicated or determined to fix it so I don't have much to offer but it makes me feel better to vent. The
times when I load 20 lbs in the left saddle bag give me a glimpse at the smooth light
touch possible. Gradual turns to the left aren't a fight with the handlebars. I love everything else about my bike. Maybe one of
these days I'll do something about it instead of harping.
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 17:46:51 -0500
From: Robert Silas <robert.silas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RS rear wheel offset
Hello Clive and all:
Detailed write up with pictures can be viewed at:
End of oilheads-digest V4 #131
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