If you’re lucky enough to have your own garage, and the talent to fix things then pay no attention, but for us who have no clue which end of the motor is the head, read on.
I hadn’t touched my motorcycle for a few months, because we had been working hard, family visiting, life getting in the way, but most of all there was some maintenance and repair to be done that I wasn’t up to the task of taking care of. I had a little first hand account with Baja sand a few months back and did my clutch and brake levers in pretty good, not to mention a front brake lock up situation that we couldn’t quite seem to find the answers by reading forums online. Unable to get the front brake from staying unlocked would mean getting a trailer to take the bike in for service.
Our temporary home of Southern California has a plethora of BMW dealers, but it seems over the years when we’ve been in a pinch, usually coming to and from Baja, Irv Seaver of Orange has been there for us, with parts, service and fitting us into their busy maintenance shop.
They do seem to cater to us travelers, those of us who don’t know where they are going to be next Tuesday. We would usually call in the week before and ask if they could fit us in, and usually, it would be no problem.
We loaded the bikes up, and made the drive to Orange to give them both some TLC. Joe’s F800GS was in for a full Level 2 service and Beau, a perfectionist, did everything with German precision and efficiency.
My bike, also needed a Level 2 service, but with the addition of chasing down the problems with my clutch and brakes. Just to be cautious, I replaced my scored brake pads that suffered some heat when they suddenly locked up in Baja, a new chain and sprocket set was also in order along with any other goodies that I dented up good in the crash.
Each task was performed quickly and as the day started to come to the close there was one last task at hand: the brake on my G650GS. After many attempts to get the brake right, bleeding, re-bleeding, fiddling with leaver and master cylinder, they finally wheeled another G650GS and cannibalized the master cylinder off it. Boom, problem solved.
With five minutes to six, a test ride was all that was standing in the way of us being able to cart our motorcycles back home.
The mechanic returned from the test ride, all systems go! We got the beasts loaded up, and let out a sign of relief that we wouldn’t have to come back to get the maintenance finished up. Thanks Irv Seaver and you team for making our motorcycles safe for the next time we travel, which I hope is a lot!