Details,,, you want details
I appreciate all your comments, good and bad. Since i did nothing to insult any of you, besides not being happy with a BMW (which I akin to the King's New Clothes Syndrome), i would like to say to the people who had nothing nice to say,,, get a life and relax! I do not have a lot of time to spend on these sites and will get on when I can. Also, I'm not here for your abuse, I got married for that purpose. As you noticed, I can be a little sarcastic too, so read on with a grain of salt and enjoy my misadventures! Just for the record, I am 47, riding since I was a kid, Licensed and riding every day since 16. I am a MSF Rider Coach and currently own 20 (soon to be 21, pssst don't tell my wife, I learned forgiveness is always easier to get than permission!) They range from small to large, old to new, 2 and 4 stroke, 2 and 3 wheel (5 if you count the trailer), 1 to 6 cylinder and a rotary thrown in for good measure, so I am up on riding. Here are the details of the BMW, I bought the bike new, with 17 miles on it (didnt want to buy any one elses junk). A friend also recommended it (who later sold his BMW and bought an 06 Wing and LOVES it! (We're NOT talking anymore, just kidding) Then I swallowed the dealers horror stories of the new Goldwings hook line and sinker and heard every good thing short of Ed McMahon coming to look for me if I bought the LT! It now has just under 18K with all services, including 18K (except for oil and filter, which I did with dealer purchased supplies and at 2K intervals except for 500 and 1000 miles the first two changes). I also changed the Rear oil at 200, 500 and 1000 miles and again at every oil change hearing of those horrors before hand. You should have seen the crap that came out at 200 miles, no wonder there are so many problems you hear about. I have since gone to synthetic in the rear, and it is clean every time, well worth the money in my opinion. Motor oil is still BMW 10-40 (non synthetic) except for one time trying 20-50 with no improvemnt in the smoking condition. The cruise control did not work from the time it left the parking lot, and a new one was ordered and installed. It still does not work properly under 40 degrees, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. I ride every day I can year round, except for snow and the day after because of antiskid. The Goldwing now shows 160K (thankfully I did not trade it) with just regular maintenance and a head gasket going while pulling a sidecar, a camper trailer and 3 people aboard on a HOT summer day last season. Back to the BMW... At 2 weeks in, and 400 miles, i hit a bump in the road, not a pot hole, a bump, and BOTH mirrors fell off scraping the road. When I returned to the dealer, i was told, "they do that"! they do that??? why wasnt this relayed to me BEFORE plunking down 18 grand of the banks hard stolen, errrr, earned, i meant earned money for this? Having a Goldwing with 100K on it at the time 80K of it mine), and the only thing that ever fell off of that was ME!!! Anyway, 2 dealer installed tie wraps on new mirrors and Im back in business,, so i think. A week later I return to the dealer, with what i think is a problem, the gas gage does not seem to ever go empty (dont you hate that?) The dealer reassures me I am just not used to the better gas mileage the Fuel injected bike gets over my 48 mpg Goldwing. Well, to make a short story long, a week later I run out of gas on the freeway with half tank on the gage and have to push the old girl almost half a mile to a gas station where it takes 6.02 gallons of gas. I return it to the dealer where they find the sender is crimped. For the record, the onboard computer says Im getting 34 MPG one up. I was notified of a recall and returned it for the work, something about fuel lines. When i got the bike back it would not run, it would stumble and stall and had NO power. I returned it 3 times for that and it still ran like crap. I also noticed the bike was smoking when you first start it. YES, i park it on the side stand, but why put one on if you cant use it. I do not have the strength to lift it in the center stand and I'll live with the "puff" of smoke. The "puff" got gradually longer and longer to the point where it smokes a half an hour PROFUSELY before tapering off. It will leave a thick trail of smoke for 5 miles when starting out. The dealer assures me this is normal for this bike and BMW will not authorize anything unless it is using 1 qt in a thousand miles. Now add to this, the shifter falling off, (again the dealer saying this is normal, he even gave me an extra part in case it happens again, guess i have to keep a cordless drill with a left handed drill bit in my toll case too now), the seat heater switch malfunctioning, frying my butt on a summer day to where I had to finsih the ride to the dealer riding on the passenger seat, the windshield stopping working, the radio cutting out (but never for the dealer according to them), the rims made of some sort of cream cheese, (i never saw a rim bend like these!), the continual saga of the dropping mirrors (how many times do yours fall off a day?), the front fork seals leaking, to which the dealer response was IMPOSSIBLE!!! I said then the turn signals must be leaking, would you just please fix it! Would you be happy with a bike like this? I can get on ANY of the other 19, (2 strokes included) and not have to put up with any of the grief this thing continues to plague me with. Now I ask again, what problems have you had, I know if I paid 18 grand for a bike I wouldnt want to admit to it either, but there must be others who's bikes have one or more symptoms like this.