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Question What on-the-road failures can we expect?

As a few of us new GT owners are preparing to head out to CCR in less than 2 weeks, my mind begins to wonder about what failures us GT owner's could experience. Mind you, I am not concerned. As an LT owner/rider, I NEVER worried about a rear drive failure, a clutch failure, a linkage failure, etc... I just rode the thing. Yes, ignorance is bliss.

I guess the first item I would put on the list would be the rear drive, as it is not so different from the LT's rear drive. Then again, the newer LT's sure seem to be having more success in this area. And the fact that the GT is well over 200 pounds lighter has to help even more. Time will tell.

So, what else am I forgetting? I think it's fairly safe to scratch the clutch and linkage off this list, as these are totally different than the LT's. And as far as I can tell, are much more reliable from a design viewpoint.
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I don't think you'd consider this a "failure", but I'd have the radar detector running full blast, just in case.

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I guess the first item I would put on the list would be the rear drive, as it is not so different from the LT's rear drive. Then again, the newer LT's sure seem to be having more success in this area. And the fact that the GT is well over 200 pounds lighter has to help even more. Time will tell.
Last time I checked final drives were failing on the "Oil Heads" also. They are 200 lbs lighter and 50+ ponies weaker.

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Last time I checked final drives were failing on the "Oil Heads" also. They are 200 lbs lighter and 50+ ponies weaker.
But with each new model design, I hold on to the hope that their working on a resolution. Here's to hope!

As far as me "just riding it"...you don't know me very well, do you?
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If you're going to worry about stuff like this, you might as well stay home. Just freakin' ride it.


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In order:
1. Failure to keep speed under control!
2. Failure to notice speed trap while suffering from problem one!
3. Failure to stop for fuel, then running out, due to having so much fun!
4. Failure to remove grin, due to failure one without failure two or three!

OH, on the BIKE!

1. Tire puncture
2. Bulb failure (Low beam or tail light most likely

That's about it. Your bike is new enough to not be bothered yet by any switch failures due to grime or fatigue, and has enough run time to likely be well past the likelihood of any electronic failure, the clutch seems robust, the rear drive is likely a somewhat different design from the LT, prior K-bikes (except the S and R) or R-bikes, so hopefully won't have any issues (anyone heard of a rear drive failure in a K1200R or a K1200S?).

I met a K1200R rider over the weekend that managed to bend the torque arm to the rear drive, but I think he was popping wheelies with it. For sure, listening to him brag, he rides it HARD. (He'd already lost his license, but was riding it anyway!)

Have fun. I'd SO much like to join you guys, it's only a few hundred miles up there (day ride up, and a day ride back), but my work schedule is crushing right now

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But with each new model design, I hold on to the hope that their working on a resolution. Here's to hope!

As far as me "just riding it"...you don't know me very well, do you?
Ah, the subject of our friendly wager!

The "new style" rear drive has already been failing on the GS so look forward to that.

GSs are also throwing con rods but that's unlikely to be relevant to the GT.

My guess is that if you have a problem, it will be related to electronics. There's a bunch of sensors on that bike and a lot of failure modes that mean tow truck action if one goes south.

Don't get me wrong Joe, I actually still love BMWs. I'm sure there's another one in my future at some point. But as complexity increases, the opportunity for failure increases during the initial teething period. First year BMWs have the toughest challenge in that regard because of the innovation we're all so attracted to.

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The "new style" rear drive has already been failing on the GS so look forward to that.
Bummer. I thought these were supposed to be sealed, maintenance-free units. Oh well, back to square one.

And I know what you mean. I love the technology BMW offers, it's their engineering I sometimes have trouble with.

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