Originally Posted by Cruiseman
I am a Goldwing rider and am ready for a new bike. Considering making the move to the BMW world. I like the looks of the GTL and plan to do a test ride soon. I was wondering if there are any GT/GTL owners here that came from the Wing world?
I do almost all my own maintenance on my Wing (oil, filters, etc.) and am concerned about the complexity of the BMW maintenance.
Also, what about extended warranty?
I have had a GL1800 since early 2003, have had a GT, and currently own both a 'wing and an "R" bike (R1200GS Adventure), and have a GTL on order, if I can get my wing sold.
The "R" bikes (two cylinder boxer) tend to be pretty maintenance intensive, since I let my dealer do it all, it gets pretty expensive, but worth it! The maintenance isn't complex, I'm just not physically able to do it.
Since the introduction of the new generation four cylinder bikes ("K" bikes), BMW has gotten a bit more serious about extending maintenance requirements (valve check at 18K miles instead of 6K miles, for instance) It's likely that the new six will continue and maybe even improve on that trend. However, BMW it pretty serious about requiring brake system and cooling system flushes that most goldwing riders pretty much ignore. I doubt that really means that the BMW's need it more, the wing (and most cars) require it, most just don't do it, and few suffer any issues. That may have something to do with the fact that more very old BMW's are still being used as daily riders than most big four bikes. Like a 'wing, BMW's just don't seem to wear out!
The extended warranty is much more expensive for BMW's, at least here in Florida, over 50& more! I tend to wear out tires a bit faster on my BMW's, but I think that's a right wrist issue