Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Amherst, NH, USA
When I decided to trade in my last bike, a Honda ST1300, I told my BMW sales rep that my biggest concerns were, stability, wind buffeting, and heat management. Regardless of what you may or may not have heard, the Honda ST1300 is an extremely hot bike to ride. It is, also, not particularly stable, either. After I test rode the K1200LT, it was evident that heat was not an issue, and wind buffeting, while not perfect, wasn't too bad. Stability seemed to be very good, but I only rode for a half an hour and, obviously, could only evaluate based on the conditions at hand. So, I bought a brand new '05. I have since put on 3000 miles and have had no real problems and have been happy with the bike and it's performance. That is, until today. At, approximately forty MPH, I took my hands off the bars to adjust my jacket and the bars started wobbling, oscillating, or whatever you want to call it. Putting my hands back on the bars immediately cured the problem. This is a very sensitive area to me. I almost lost my life, a long time ago, when the bike I was riding went into a full tank slapper and I couldn't bring it back under control. If you've never experienced a true tank slapping episode, it is the scariest thing that a rider can encounter other than being interferred with by another vehicle. When I got home tonight, I did a search through this forum and sure enough, there are many of you who have experienced this problem.
I don't know a lot about Gold Wings, but is there a class action going on because of a very similar problem ? I have read the wide variety of fixes that people have posted, but there is one thing I'm fairly certain of. BMW is not going to admit that there is a design flaw which could lead to this type of mechanical behavior and the lemon laws will not protect us from this problem. There is no doubt that there are many fine things about the LT, but seeing this problem, first hand, and after barely living through a true tank slapper, my confidence is shaken. If I were a wealthy man, I would, probably, trade my LT in and find another bike. But, I'm not, so I will continue to ride the one I have. It's kind of like catching your wife, who you dearly love, cheating on you. You might not divorce her, but you'll never, entirely, trust her, again.