Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Re: Brake hose failure registry?
A lot of items on all early 2000s German vehicles proved to be poor quality, thanks to influence of Jose Ignacio Lopez, whose ideas regarding squeezing suppliers on price became widely held in the industry.
On BMW bikes of the era, wiring harnesses are problematic along with brake hoses. Note that all current BMW bikes have braided steel lines. And, CANBus has replaced most wiring. Things do get fixed on later models, but there's no evidence the manufacturer "knew" the part would have an unusually limited life at the outset. In the Nuke industry where I worked, many items are environmentally tested for decades, but they still are installed--you couldn't afford a bike with components tested in this manner.
Nevertheless history shows that when an item is widely known throughout the industry to have a limited life, there will not be a recall and it's the responsibility of the vehicle owner to maintain the vehicle regarding this item. Being a DIY person oblivious to industry information is not an out. The only way to be compensated for items like this on an old bike is to keep buying warranties.
'12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S