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I am new to the site and have been reading a lot about the problem with the rear seal and back bearing. A friend also has a BMW and his bike left him stranded in MN. I want a K1200LT but might settle with a Goldwing.
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post #2 of 11 Old Aug 24th, 2008, 6:12 pm
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I have never owned a Gold wing ...But i am sure if you go to the gold wing site you can find owners there mad and disappointed about there product...its human nature to complain when things go wrong....take everything you read with a grain of salt...

This is a great site to learn from and to share experiences with and for other BMW owners to gather information with....


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I am new to the site and have been reading a lot about the problem with the rear seal and back bearing. A friend also has a BMW and his bike left him stranded in MN. I want a K1200LT but might settle with a Goldwing.
Jim,
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There have been many posts to this site regarding comparisons of GW vs LT's. GW's have mechanical issues as do all bikes.

Realize that not every LT owner is a member of this site and those that have reported rear drive issues have estimated that 4% of those have had issues at one tome or another.

I can't speak for the GW's, but I'll ride my LT till it won't ride any more. Great machine.

Check out these posts for GW final drive issues.

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post #4 of 11 Old Aug 24th, 2008, 7:54 pm
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Hi Jim.

I've got a first year ('99) LT which I bought used with 9,000 miles on the odometer. 56,000 mile now and it hasn't let me down in any way.

I did have the rear bearing changed to the new style just for peace of mind, but the original one may have been fine. I don't worry about it and change the fluid every 6,000 miles. It is always very clean.

I'll have mine paid off next year and was thinking about adding a smaller bike for some of the gravel roads around here. I went to one of the web sites about Suzuki v-strom 650 and read about lots of problems there too.

I think that's the nature of motorcycle model specific forums and they must be taken with a grain (or two) of salt.

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Hi jim Bad news always gets a lot of press. like others have said take it with a grain of salt. If its mechanical and made by man it will break. Never owned a GW but understand they have there problems too. I bough a 03 LT new, it just turned 84,000 mi. on the clock. In that time I replaced one front fork seal ($128) parts and labor and did a preemptive change on clutch slave cyl. ($112) parts, labor at tech sesson. It is with out a dought the best and cheapest motorcycle I have ever owned.
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Hi Jim,

The debate between GL1800 and K1200LT has been going since the discovery of fire. Both bikes are great. Bottom line for myself and most people should be which one feels better to you when you ride.

I came off 120,000 mile with both 2001 and 2004 year GoldWings. No issues with either.

For me it was time for a change, and right now I am enjoying the suspension and feel of the LT.

Do I worry about a 4% chance or so of FD failure, no. I actually worry more about the higher service costs over the next few years if I do not have time to do them myself. But not worried very much.

Ride them both and decide.

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Love my LT and will stick with it but the reality is that when a big bike breaks down in the middle of nowhere, you are more likely to find a Honda shop. Maybe the biggest mistake BMW has made is forcing out their smaller dealers in more remote areas over the years.
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Every machine will fail eventually. If you're looking for the perfect bike, buy a model and put it on the shelf--but make sure it's protected--because somebody will surely knock it over and break it.

Buy an LT because it is the best engineered 2-wheel conveyance and sure to satisfy nearly every urge to splurge: it's a sport bike on steroids, it's graceful, and the envy of just about any rider riding anything "less".

If you're looking for outs... the cup holder costs 150 bucks.. the 12K inspection will probably run you 1K.....

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Been riding for over 300,000 miles and been left stranded by every bike. Always been able to find a work around. Plan your way out and be aware that you could have the same problem with a car, truck, rv, plane, bicycle, or any other means of transportation short of your feet (they can have there own problems). Life is short, ride what you love and live with what happens (my wifes cancer has helped me to get even better at this).

Happy to say the LT has left me only once on the roadside 7 miles from home in 166,000 miles.

A bit of history, I spent 19+ years as a traveling salesman averaging between 60,000 and 80,000 miles per year and the great north country of the dakota's and minnesota, and have my fair share of learning experiences regarding vehicle problems.

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I am new to the site and have been reading a lot about the problem with the rear seal and back bearing. A friend also has a BMW and his bike left him stranded in MN. I want a K1200LT but might settle with a Goldwing.

Well, may I make the discreet observation that the Honda-Davidson shops seem to all have "service" departments? Yes, they sell more than Taiwan chromed bits, bawdles and clothing?

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My 01 wing was hot, uncomfortable, and the rear left bag lock broke. That was on brand new wing.

My 99 LT ,used, I bought in 04 with 15K now has 54K, replace the shaft, but otherwise problem free.

Took it to Alaska and back in 07, travelling trouble free 12060 miles. I love my LT and would not ride anything less.

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