Originally Posted by dshealey
For the most part you are correct. BUT BMW has proven to be less than stellar in many cases over the years. Just on the LT we have THREE glaring problems, at least two of them would take little effort on BMW's part to make less problematic, but they have to know how many warranty claims they are spending WAY too many dollars on, and still have done nothing to address them.
Number one, but probably hardest to change, is the rear drive bearing failures.
Obviously, I've noted the discussion here on that. Hopefully, my '06 will not be subjected to that defect.
Number two, and easiest to make less problematic, is the slave cylinder leakage taking out the clutch. Drilling a drain hole will not stop the cylinder failures, but will limit the repair to replacing the cylinder, instead of a much more expensive clutch replacement.
I've read, with rapt attention, your posts on that issue. I'm presently willing to allow BMW to show me they built my bike so it will function without that problem. If that's not the case, I'm gonna' be really unhappy.
Number three, and two people have taken it into their own hands to come up with a repair solution, is the WAY too often breakage of the trunk opening handle.
I've seen all the traffic. I'll surely be in line for one of the aftermarket parts if/when I have that problem.
So, I acknowledge your points. But, I'll just point out that there's not a perfect bike on the face of this earth. They all have issues and idiosyncracies. Would that it were different. It's not.
Far be it from me to think I can best the engineering these companies (and, that's a plural, you'll note, because I've owned many other bikes, and still now own a '04 Goldwing) bring to market. Maybe you can. But, in my little insignificant mind, screwing around with the design of all these production-level machines makes more heat than light. YMMV.