[QUOTE=DigDug68]Im new to the BMW community, just bought an 09 LT 3 weeks ago. But after reading all the post on here Im wondering if I should of stuck with HD.
I had to chuckle when I read that you went from a "Hardley Abelson" to a BMW and now you're worryng about reliability.
When I'm touring I will stop and offer assistance to a fellow motorcyclist who is broke down on the side of the road. In all of the years of doing this, I would say 90% were Harleys. I've never had to help a Goldwing rider and I never had to help a BMW rider.
What does my own experience mean? Absolutely nothing.
There is not a motorcycle made that is totally immune to mechanical issues. As several have noted above, on any forum you're going to read about mechanical problems that are associated with that bike. I've been on forums for Harleys, Honda Goldwings, Honda ST1100s, Triumphs, and Yamaha and if all you did was read about the problems, you'd think the bike was a breakdown waiting to happen.
Relax and enjoy your "new" motorcycle. I'm a firm believer in meticulous maintenance and change the oil and filter regularly, and all filters and fluids once a year. Others will claim you don't have to do it that often but as I've said before fluids and filter are cheap, breaking down is not.
By the way, never had a breakdown on any of the 5 BMW's I've owned since the 1970's. (But then again, never been stranded on any of the 4 Triumphs I've own.
Only breakdowns were on a Yamaha TX650 and a Honda 750K-- Go figure).