Re: Why Buy This Bike?
You've whacked the hornets nest and now you can go back to your Gold Wing or Connie forum and yuck it up about how you really threw it at us. HA HA HA HA!!!
Now, for some real, unadulterated personal facts. I have now owned 4 BMWs, ALL shaft drive.
#1 is a 02 R1150RT with 108,100 miles on the odometer. Those are actual miles, not a fictitious number. I have the ORIGINAL final drive in it and have only had to lube the clutch splines at 68,000, replace the HES at 96,000 and replace a fuel pump at 102,000. I just completed a ride from Knoxville, TN to Yuma, AZ and back in April. The bike runs just as good as it did the day I bought it.
#2 is a 00 K1200LT and I just traded it for my 1600GTL two weeks ago. Emil had 94,837 on him when I dismounted for the last time at the dealer. I rode it in with the ORIGINAL clutch and the ORIGINAL final drive. Also, I NEVER had to do anything to the bike other than replace a broken shift linkage; and that I was still able to ride it home but only in third gear. The bike NEVER stranded me in nearly 95,000 miles. I do know that others have had final drive failures, and I make no light of their misfortune. I can't tell you why mine didn't fail, even traveling heavily loaded with the spouse and later even pulling a trailer with it. Once I made the decision to pull the trailer I did change the final drive fluid every 6K along with the engine oil.
#3 is a 10 K1300GT. I bought it a year ago July and rode it 10,110 miles before trading it in also for the GTL. Of course, with only 10K on the clock the bike never gave me any trouble whatsoever.
#4 is a 12 K1600GTL. With only 2K on it in 10 riding days I'm still getting used to it but no issues. Before you start flaming the bike, perhaps you should do a little research on it first. You won't read any of this on your Gold Wing site, but the final drive is SIGNIFICANTLY heavier and more robust. Does that mean it won't fail? Not at all. But, for the record we could go on about the frame cracking on your Gold Wing, the heat issues and piss poor rear brakes on the Connie 14, the high speed instability on the ST1300, and on and on. Truth is, every bike has it's strenghts and weaknesses. Every bike!! I, and thousands more just like me, are living proof that the BMW motorcycle is a very robust, long distance machine. I dare say, it is the most comfortable, best performing, best handling and capable of the longest distance in a day, motorcycle out there.
So, I'm sorry you don't like your bike, and that's assuming you even do own a BMW, (a big assumption at that). Sell it, take the money and buy yourself a cracked frame GW or get a Connie or FJR nut roaster and go have yourself a ball. I'll be sure to wave at you as I pass you by. Hell, I might even use all four fingers.
"Loud lives save pipes"
00 K1200LT (Emil) 94,840 trouble free miles. Gone, but not forgotten
02 R1150RT (Artie) 109,000 miles. Favorite bike. With me to the end.
10 K1300GT (The Phantom) 10,110 miles. Like flying a T-38 on 2 wheels. Gone.
12 K1600GTL (Johnny 5) 3,500. A great compromise between the LT and GT
A gaggle of Japanese bikes, then I woke up.