CB -- I said exactly the same thing about my GL1800. I had a GL1500 for nine years, and I just *assumed* that the GL1800 would be the same, wonderful, well-integrating long-haul bike...just better. Then the frame weld recalls, the honked-up saddlebag latches, the stoopid cooling fans that blow the wrong way, and the general schizophrenic nature of the bike caught up with me.
I did read the MCN head-to-head between the GL1800 and the K1200LT in 2004, so when I decided to replace the 'Wing with the Beemer, I knew that the maintenance costs would be higher.
I also had two old airheads (still have the 1977, and the 1972 had 165,000 when I sold it), so I had first hand experience with the "it's a BMW" thinking. The LT is a very different bike in most respects.
Yes, BMW is very proud of their parts. The machine is very high quality--in a BMW sort of way. Hopefully, the reward will be worth the price of admission. If it's not, sell the bike and move on. It's a motorcycle, not your firstborn child.
And, I think you are correct... if you see that the majority of posts here are about the problems people have, you have to take that in the context of the bigger picture. How many people are riding thousands of trouble-free miles? It's the old adage in the commercial aviation industry: they never start the evening news with "12,678 airplanes took off and landed uneventfully today. That makes a total of over 380,000 this month alone!" You only hear about the *one* that didn't.
Originally Posted by CajunBass
If I had done any research at all before buying my LT, I probably wouldn't have bought it. I relied on the "BMW", thinking it was a quality product. Perhaps I've been fooled.
Since I did no research, I have no one to blame but myself.
Now having said that the "logical" side of me knows that the people who report problems are the ones I hear from. The ones who don't have them, have nothing to post about. I tell myself the people who post here and on a couple of other BMW boards I read, are a very small minority of the people who even own these bikes.
It doesn't really help.