Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Seals leaking from sitting to long is an urban myth resulting from history of much older vehicles (think old British, MG, Triumph, BSA, etc.) where the seals were made of very different materials from modern compounds and really did "dry out". Add to that a few unlucky folks who have had seal leaks and vehemently report their conclusions that the leaks were caused by their bike sitting too long. I would submit that they really don't know what caused the leaks. Unbalanced condition at the clutch, improper assembly, improper lubricants, improper oil addititives, lots of possible explainations.
If we had good, valid stastistics I think we'd find that low mileage older bikes don't have seal leaks at any greater frequency than frequently new bikes or frequently ridden older bikes.
BMW's seals really aren't any different that any other manufacturer's. They buy them from seal manufactuer's. Okay, maybe they contract to have "BMW" stamped.
I have BMWs that are 30-40 years that sat for years before I brought them back to life. The seals don't leak. Modern BMW seals are inferior to those?
BMW does screw things up, they don't build perfect machines.
The machine you are looking at may have problems someday. But I wouldn't hesitate to buy it just because it is low mileage. For me, that is a reason to go for it.
It would be one thing if 1 seal went, but almost every important seal on my motorcycle has gone bad.. You can't say that is a coincidence..
Every tech in northern Colorado that I have spoken to confirms what I am saying.. Urban legend is a great way to explain away something that you don't agree with...
Colorado has very, very low humidity and I am sure that it has contributed to the problem. But, you just can't make a statement like that and poo poo it away.
Improper lubricants: let's see, BMW Motorcycle oil all its life then a conversion to Amsoil at 18K changed at 5K intervals with BMW filters", BMW Gear, Amsoil Severe Gear...
Improper Additives: Uhhhhh... BG44K in the engine or none...
Improper assembly??? Hmmm... That is one that would hard to validate.. The dealer disassebled the engine to repair the other seal problems.. Guess it is their fault.
Sorry, you are wrong !!!!
****** WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING *******
DO NOT BUY AN LT OR ANY BMW MOTORCYCLE THAT HAS JUST BEEN SITTING FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME NO MATTER WHAT THE SERVICE HISTORY SAYS !!!!!!!!!
The seals will be toast !!!!!!!! Bad Idea... Pass on the bike !!!!!!!