Originally Posted by walkingdude
I recently purchased a well-kept 2002 K1200 LT. I was drawn to the Beemer because of the reputation of quality and reliability. Now, I hear rumors of serious rear-end failures. However, so far that is all they are, rumors. I would like to see some statistics verifying the frequency of failures and if there is a common element to the failures. Until then, I really cannot take them seriously because there is not supporting data showing the model and years of the bikes affected, mileage, maintenance records, and failure occurence per number of bikes. In other words what is the percentage of failure.
Before purchasing the Beemer, I rode Harleys for 30 years and found them fairly reliable, if meticulously maintained. However, when I sold my 86 FXRD, I had experienced mechanical failure of cam bearings, drive sprocket splines, lifters, cam shaft, and armature splines. As far as the belt being fail safe, not so. Several friends had belt failures at low miles, one came apart on the first ride. So far, I really like my LT, it handles well and is a joy to ride. I do not want a germ of fear nagging at my mind when I am on highway 50, 100 miles from a town. Please give me some firm data on the frequency of these failures.
your in the wrong place for this!
BTW I've worked on Harley that long and owned them myself that long, there is no issue with drive belts on HD, period, been around way too many high mileage HD's
we also have close to 300k miles on bmw's now to boot since 2002
want to minimize the chance of final drive leaving you stranded?
I suggest changing the Final Drive fluids with 80-90wt Valvoline GL-5 Dino lube with ever 6k oil change, it costs pennies to do so, lets you keep a eye on the fluid to see if your getting any metal flakes in it.
and while traveling I put her on the centerstand and feel the rear wheel every morning, it should be nice and smooth,
That is how I kept from getting stranded when my meticulously mainted LT's final Drive went bad at 52k miles (oh btw I bought the bike new) I felt a little vibration and roughness in the wheel, dropped the fluid and saw flakes of metal, it was then trailer back to Ga.
this final drive now has 100k miles on it, too bad the new style final drives are failing as well
edited - I almost forgot!
this is GarUnteed to work - or not for you
only time will tell