I’ll see if I can get a comprehensive list of the repairs that were made on our bikes during the trip, and a list of repairs that are now needed as a result of this trip. Shawn can let me know if I have forgotten anything.
If we had replaced my wheel bearings, belt, and brake pads before leaving, I may have gone the whole trip without needing anything other than a headlight & tire plug. The rough roads were really hard on our bikes. We knew our parts weren’t new, but they still looked to be in good shape when we left. We did find that the shipping costs were high for overnight parts & we would have been much better doing a few of those things before going on the trip. Live & learn. It was still fun!
Our bikes are not new & overall we felt well prepared for the ‘common’ problems we have heard of other Buellers having. Shawn’s Uly is a 2006 and yesterday he rolled over 80,000 miles on it. My bike is a 2009 and has over 47,000 miles on it.
I am glad I brought my mechanic with me! He kept us rolling down the road & in most cases he had the tools & parts we needed to do a quick fix the same day. All repairs were done on the side of the road & we never had to visit a shop. When we had to tow Shawn’s bike, we just towed it to the hotel where a belt arrived the next morning. We installed it in the parking lot. That is the only time that we didn’t have the parts on hand when something broke.
The repairs that we still need to make are:
- SSH – front fork seal
- HJH – front brake pads
- HJH – broken tail light
- HJH – side luggage rack / passenger foot peg? – something is bent from the last time I dropped my bike
- HJH – I have a hole in my new belt from a rock I picked up. That is disappointing. They cost about $180 each so they are pricey!
Luckily our bikes can be easily jacked up by balancing them on the kickstand & sliding something under the muffler. You’ll see a log under my bike in one of the pics below.
Repairs we made on the road:
- SSH – the bike was cutting out when it got wet. He took a used piece of rubber hose that he got for free at a service station & made a sleeve for the plug wire which fixed the problem
- HJH – headlight burned out
- HJH – belt #1 on the way to Salmon Glacier
- HJH – belt #2 (which was a used spare) on our way back from our ride up the Dalton Highway
- SSH – belt that broke near Banff
- SSH – melted battery fuse
- SSH – blinker relay
- SSH – motor mount (first a temporary creative fix with washers from True Value, then a correct fix)
- HJH – rear wheel bearing. The wheel bearing repairs required some resourcefulness because we didn’t exactly have the correct tools. I wish I had taken pictures of that process!
- HJH – front wheel bearing
- HJH – rear brake pads
- HJH – tire plug due to the incident with the bungee cord