Looks like there is something right past the hole. Maybe it’s the rubber valve which got pushed inside, if that’s possible?I completed the 12,000 mile service today for my 2022 GS. I looked under the final drive and found a hole, but no rubber vent.
Looking into the hole I saw what appeared to be a piece of rubber. I used a dental pic to try and remove it, but it got lost. I wonder if there had been a rubber vent and maybe it tore while riding through some trails.
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Happened during acceleration shifting from 2'nd to 3'rd at good speed. Luckily the rear wheel didn't lock up. Long way home in shame though (200 + Km)As a farmer I am very familiar with PTO (power take off) shafts which is very similar to the drive shaft in the photo. It’s a means to transfer power from the tractor to a piece of equipment attached to it which requires power. I have only seen a PTO shaft fail once. I used a light weight shaft to do a heavy weight job, which wasn’t a total surprise to me but I didn’t have a suitable shaft to hand so I thought I would give it go 🙄. The damage was nothing like as extreme as in your photo 😳.
The service manager I talked to yesterday said it was a "service bulletin" and not a recall. The press release I read indicated it was not urgent and should be performed at the next service interval.As far as I can tell, my 2022 GSA has the nipple installed and thus the recall doesn't apply. I just had my "first service check" and they stated that there was no recall work for my bike and when I asked about lubbing the rear splines they told me they'd be happy to do it for C$150. I said "no", the bike is under warranty so if anything major happens I should be covered.
I had the same thought. They've opened the question of what is normal wear and failure and what is part of the service campaign. An expensive question at $1500 each!I presume that if ANY R series boxer engined motorcycle, manufactured after 2013, which has a cardan failure before, as a result of or after the ‘service campaign’ will be fully repaired at BMW‘s expense 🤔🤔🤔