Originally Posted by Ted
To expand on this briefly - the 4% was really approx 3.6% and was calculated on estimated failures thru 2002. So, imho, to be a "true" 4%er, your bike should be from model years 1999 - 2002.
Beginning w/ model year 2003 - 2007, there have been less than 5 reported LT failures on this site. Not sure how many LT's are produced each year, but the percentage of failures is probably well below 1% now (for 2003's - 2007's).
The original failure rate was told to us by BMW at a CCR meeting. And that happens to roughly fit the rate we calculated based on input from this site and the total number of LT's sold at that point.
I remember failures tapering off as of the '03 bikes, but not disappearing. I also remember a rash of failures on '05 bikes with very low miles. Or was that clutches? It gets kind hard to keep all these failure modes straight after a while.
And don't forget that many of BMW's other bikes are showing the same failure at perhaps a slightly lower rate (GS's, CL's, RT's, etc.).
I think the biggest concern here is the real possibility of injury from a failure, and a secondary concern about being stranded and then being hit with a huge repair cost for many older LTs which are now far out of warranty regardless of the miles ridden.
And the fact that the new design drives on the R-bikes and slant/4 K-bikes are also showing excessive failures, albeit of a slightly different nature.
I know for a fact that BMW has lost a lot of sales over this issue alone, and a lot of long-time die-hard Beemer riders have simply given up and walked away.