"Boxer" wrote in message
> > The only thing I've heard of so far is some pannier mountings breaking
> > quite
> > easily.
> > Disregarding what the press say and how good the bike is to ride; this
> > a
> > virtually all-new BMW, new motor, new gearbox, new paralever, new sealed
> > non-servicable rear drive. Going by BMWs previous releases of new
> > technology and what's happened to the bikes I've had, I'd be letting
> > someone
> > else do the experimenting unless I knew the bike was being sold at the
> > expiry of the warranty period and had no intention of keeping it for
> > 200,000kms. They make great engines but often seem to stuggle with the
> > running gear.
> > Al
> Just don't tow a caravan with them.
Way before the camper
K100RT (Mine), shedding teeth on crownwheel, sold bike
R100GS (Mine):Broken 5th gear, replace all gearbox bearings(1), Front
universal joint failure(2), all at less than 65,000kms
K75s(Maries) stripped clutch centre and gearbox input shaft(1), Stripped
driveshaft spline(2), Stripped driveshaft spline and pinion spline on
K100RT sidecar, replaced worn driveshaft before the spline failed, one rear
output shaft bearing (this bike did big kms, the repairs were reasonable for
R1100R (Mine, Maries and back to mine) Oil weeping down the clutch pushrod
past a seal causing a slipping clutch plate @ 40,000kms, major gearbox
rebuild at 115,000kms
R1100GS (Mine) Oil weeping down the clutch pushrod past a seal causing a
slipping clutch plate (discovered first time I took it away, it didnt show
on the test ride, covered under warranty. The bike had done around
60,000kms) , only had it six months.
R1150R (Marie) Leaking diff oil seal (fixed under warranty), stripped clutch
spline and input shaft at 6 weeks after 12 month warranty had run out, no
assistance given as the bike had a towbar. The bike now has another leaking
diff oil seal at around 70,000kms This bike has towed a trailer, but behind
one person only, total weight of rider/trailer probably around 190kg.
K100RS sidecar(mine), diff rebuild and new driveshaft (UJ failure), this
bike did work hard and the diff was used to begin with. I couldnt complain
about the service this bike gave me.
Most of these bikes never towed a thing John, and I dont treat them that
bad. I just think that BMWs image of absolute reliability is ill-deserved.
Especially the attitude when they release new driveline
components/technology, it fails and all you get is "We've never seen that
Buy a BMW by all means (and I'll probably buy another one day), just don't
buy the first one out of the showroom unless you are expecting to get rid of
it when the warranty expires. Or let it run a few years before buying till
people know the fixes for BMWs design fuckups (if they could have rebuilt an
R100GS driveshaft in 1993 like they can now, I would have had it a lot
longer, no way was I paying $1000 for a driveshaft just because you couldnt
replace the uni). The 1200GS has an all-new gearbox and an all new
Paralever, how many new gearboxes have they released since the start of the
R1100 series to try to get them right?
Al >> Stay informed about: BMW1200gs