+1 John. If you can't wrench stay away from BMW.
As I have posted in the past and also recently, this issue is NOT ONY about BMW motorcycles, it is about any vehicle (2 or 4 wheels) that is:
- fairly complex with many systems,
- AND , the vehicle age is 10 years old or more,
- AND/OR may not have been maintained well OR not ridden all the time (too much storage time).
Too many potential buyer want "something-for-nothing".
They assume they can buy a complex / fancy vehicle for about $ 4,000 to $ 9,000 that would cost NEW $ 25,000 (or $50 K for a car). They also assume their only loss in this deal will be the fact the vehicle paint is not perfect and that they are not the 1st owner - so they say: "so what, it is not new, but I can live with that". They forget some of the risks, cost and complexity involved to repair it at the dealer if needed.
Basically they expect this 10+ years old vehicle to be as reliable as new with just a bit of external apparent wear. Maybe sometimes you are lucky but NOT everyone is when buying 10+ years old vehicle. If you cannot maintain it yourself, ask for a best and worst case scenario in terms of cost estimate from experience owners OR from a good dealer.
I rest my case ;-)