Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Re: K1300GT Oil Consumption
Thanks to everyone for your feedback, this is very helpful.A little more background on my issue as I was purposely vague in my original post.
My 1300GT has about 4700 miles on it right now, and has used 3 quarts of oil since the 600 mile service. The consumption rate seems to be rising vs. falling as the motor breaks in, which is counter-intuitive to what you would expect from a motor. At this point it is using roughly a quart every 750-800 miles. There are no visible leaks or oil puddles, no oil misting on the bike bodywork or the exhaust tip, and I haven't noticed any smoke from the exhaust, but have not followed the bike to check that more closely. This is an excessive amount of oil usage and no other BMW I've ever owned has ever used oil at this rate. My Harleys didn't even consume it like this!
I have been working with San Jose BMW on this for a few weeks and opened a PUMA ticket to begin the investigation through the corporate chain of command. BMW NA's initial response when it was a 1/2 quart every 800 miles was this was "in spec" for this motor, albeit just. I am sure that I am now out of that spec. I've also contacted BMW Customer Relations (including the people who helped with the buyback of my 1200GT) to escalate this on their side as well.
I am pressuring them to get moving quickly on a resolution as CCR is a month away and I intend to ride this bike there. But at the current consumption rate I would need to carry almost 2 gallons of oil along to cover the trip. Needless to say, that ain't gonna happen. I do have the 04 GS Adventure as a backup but it's new to me and not rigged for the road how I would want /need it (suspension, seat adjustments, wired for all my crap, etc.), and I don't really have time to get it ready before the trip. Obviously if backed into a corner I would do what I have to do, but that's not my first choice for this.
I'll keep you posted on how things go. Thanks again for all of your input.
San Jose, CA
2010 R1200RT Polar Metallic
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