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post #1 of 7 Old 03-20-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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The end of an era, for me.

I had BMW f650 Funduro. Purely as a winter/daily runaround while my Hornet 9 is tucked up in the garage staying dry/clean and salt free. I maintained the Beemer lovingly and trusted it totally. I did many trips at motorway speeds, and would often have it in the outside lane at 80mph+.

However I was out riding in January. Typical bad weather,rain,wind an all that. I had just entered a right hand bend, doing 50mph. Then it happened. A loud bang, followed by the back wheel locking up, followed by a ding ding ding sort of noise. I managed to wrestle the bike to a stop. I looked down and saw that the chain was wrapped around the back wheel, and not going anywhere near the front sprocket. I removed the sprocket cover to reveal..... you guessed it.... nothing.

I eventually found the sprocket 50 metres away(the ding ding noise). I have since fixed the bike, but the trust has gone.....and now so has the bike.

I have now replaced it with..... another Hornet. A 600 S.

I have to say, this is my third Hornet. and I'd forgotten just how much fun the 600 is. I know it probably shows a slight lack of imagination, having two bikes that are almost the same, but I just love Hornets.

I hope you are all well.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-20-2010, 04:58 PM
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Sounds like it was time for it to go.

A lot harder to get rid of a motorcycle that has proven itself reliable, etc.

When one starts to cause issues, time to move on -

That applies to a lot of things, sometimes we all procrastinate too long before making "the change". Everything eventually does happen when it is supposed to happen.....

Hornets are awesome machines, without question.

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post #3 of 7 Old 03-20-2010, 05:14 PM
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I'm curious. What failed or came loose that led to the sprocket leaving the bike?

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-20-2010, 05:26 PM
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Sorry to hear about your mishap.
Glad you were able to stop it without further complications and are OK.

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post #5 of 7 Old 03-20-2010, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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The front sprocket on the older models is held on by a circlip and not a bolt. This circlip decided to have a day off and leave its post. Apparently its a common problem.

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post #6 of 7 Old 03-21-2010, 06:46 AM
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The front sprocket on the older models is held on by a circlip and not a bolt. This circlip decided to have a day off and leave its post. Apparently its a common problem.
A circlip ???
Yikes !

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-21-2010, 01:56 PM
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leave it to the germans....

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