And you obviously don't realize that the K16 is easier to do basic maintenance on than the K12 is. Sure, there are two oil drain plugs, but there's no separate tranny drain plug that's blocked by the centerstand. The K16 air filter is easy to get to, without removing the entire fuel tank like on the K12. And there is no fuel filter to mess with, unlike the K12 that requires removing the entire pump assy from the tank (good thing you've already pulled the tank out for the air filter, right?). Changing the final drive gear oil is a wash, except that the K16's FD doesn't come grinding apart at random . . .
Nor do you have to change out frayed throttle cables, crappy "factory" intercoms, leaky clutch slave cylinders, broken trunk latches, or failed power ABS units. (Does that count as criticizing the brand?
I'll give you that the valve check is more involved because you have to pull the radiator, but that's only every 18K (or more, as the Slant/6 valves hardly ever move at all). And if you want to be pedantic, the Boxer valve check is much easier that the LT's anyway . . .
Sure, my two K16s have had minor issues, all dealt with quickly and easily under warranty. Unlike my two LTs, which both left me stranded far from home with major repairs that I had to pay out of pocket. The reasons I went away from the LT are still justified, and pretty common knowledge based on the amount of similar failures I've seen on this board over the years . . .
It's not about rationalization, unless you're talking about rationalization of how horrible it is by folks who don't own a K16.
As an engineer and a lifelong gearhead, I understand on a deep level many of the design tradeoffs that BMW has made, why they did so, and what benefits it offers to the rider.
I truly enjoyed both of my LTs, and put 135K quite enjoyable miles on them across two different continents. But there's no way I'd trade my K16 for an LT.
I'm much happier with the K16's superior power, handling, gadgetry, and comfort, most of which can be directly attributed to many of the design choices that BMW has made.
If it's not the right bike for you
, that's fine. Meanwhile, many thousands of us are putting many millions of miles on these fantastic bikes, and will continue to do so, no matter how or why you happen to rationalize keeping your "old" bike.