Originally Posted by CARNEYM
I donít think anyone answered his question, Just how piss weak are BMWs. Well Dave let me give is a try. I been riding BMWís for years and they use to be about the best you could buy. But now in my opinion they are not so good. The main problem is the company will not own up to issues that plague the bikes. They simply ignore the owners and dealers, they donít care. This usually doesnít work in business, but BMW owners are passionate about there bikes and put up with it. I donít think itís going to change anytime soon.
Also I have been a member of this board for years and some will defend this bike no matter what happens, to the point they even brag about how much they have to spend to keep it going, or the trouble they have go through. They say that it is part of owning a BMW motorcycle, adds to the adventure.
Oh well, I am with you brother, you have the right to be pissed and donít let anyone fool you, if you would have bought new, most likely you would be having the same problems, just not having to pay for it. To me that doesnít make it any more ok.
Every piece of mechanical equipment has the potential to break down. I've had a string of Jap bikes before teh LT, and they all gave me problems from time to time.
I think when you come along to any forum like this one, be it Honda, Yamaha or BMW, you generally find most discussion is about the negative aspects and experiences owners have had with their bikes.
Lets face it, how many of us come home from a great ride where everything has gone perfectly, and then get on this forum to tell everyone about how great the bike was going? But if we experience any kind of glitch in the bike, this is the first place we come to discuss the problem and seek a solution.
Because of that there is naturally going to be a relatively negative bias to the overall discussion topics, and a new prospective buyer could be forgiven for thinking the K1200LT is a piece of crap given that there are generally only "problems" discussed on the forum. (but hey, thats what the forums for).
When I had Honda's they needed maintanence and repairs just like my BMW does, and IMHO my LT beemer is no better, and no worse than the Honda in that respect, but it's heaps nicer to ride.
As for bragging aboout how much it costs to repair, can't say I've actually seen anyone do that here. Yes the costs are discussed, but BRAGGING? I don't think so.
In the end owners will form their own opinions of the LT based on their ownership experiences. My LT is my first BMW, and so far my ownership experience has been predomimantly positive and enjoyable. There is not another bike currently on the market that I'd choose to own in place of my LT.