Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
Re: Just Venting
Living in Los Angles area you should be able to find an independent mechanic who can do the work that you cant do yourself. Your bike is still pretty new. After warranty it becomes truly a expensive toy to maintain, not like GoldWing. Honda's are basically bullet proof, thats why non-mechanical riders like them. I would suggest you do as much as possible yourself since you are in the auto business or have access to mechanics. What you cant do, find a independent, he will charge much less than a authorized BMW shop. I just had my brakes done and flushes for fluids at about 60% of the BMW shop rate. I'm not that mechanical but will be hard pressed to pay someone $80+ hour to do something that I can learn or do myself with a limited tool box On the upside, the K1200LT bike is certainly more fun to ride than a Wing with regards to open road sports handling and cornering. The Wing is simply a saddle seated corolla with 2 wheels. I know, after renting one in San Francisco last week for 3 days, not even a contest, except with regards to power,,1800cc. BTW, its OK to vent, we hear ya bro. Most of the LT owners on this Forum are BMW die hards or mechanical tech heads. After owning a LT motorcycle, it would never occur to me to buy a used BMW car, my pocket book just isnt big enough.
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