Dead-On-Road The Whole Story
I left Houston a few weeks ago and rode my 2011 KLR650 out to Dell City, TX to start on the New Mexico Backcountry Route NMBDR.
I rode the first 250 miles to Cloudcroft, NM and then learned it would get down to 7 degrees in 24 hours. So, I bailed and headed for Las Vegas to spend Thanksgiving with my son and daughter.
Along the way I kept hearing noises like a loose balancer chain. So, at my sons house I pulled the left outside engine cover to check the balancer operation. The Eagle Mike torsion spring was working fine and returned the doohicky to the left when I pushed it to the right. But there was only 1/4 inch of travel room remaining on the right side of the slot that the adjusting bolt goes through. I buttoned it up and had some turkey and fixings (yum).
After the leftovers were gone, I rode down into Mexico, but the chain noise kept getting louder, so I left Mexico at Nogales and head home to Houston. About 40 miles south of Van Horn, TX on hwy 90 I heard a loud pop and the front tire blew out and the bike started vibrating heavily. I checked the tire and it was good as was the rear. I restarted the engine and found the vibration was from the engine and the temperature gauge climbed from mid range to max quickly.
My theory is the loud pop was the balancer chain breaking. The vibration is from the balancer shafts not turning. The rapid heating is because the front balancer shaft is not turning the water pump. I think I am right and when I get it home, I will report back with my findings.
Things always seem to go well for me. There was a road maintenance crew 100 feet from where I pulled off the road and it was quitting time for them. They had an empty trailer and took me and the bike 40 miles to a motel. I had left my truck keys with my neighbor and he is heading out in the morning to come get me and the bike.