Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Portland, OR, USA
To Buy, or NOT to Buy... a K1200S; Issues ('05-'08)
I'm a self-admitted internet research geek looking to move into a nice sport/sport-touring bike from my 2009 Ducati Monster that I bought new. I thought I wanted a Honda VFR800 for it's stellar reputation as a great all around bike. But then I discovered the BMW K1200S....
From all the looking I've done, it would seem this is one fast but comfortable sport-touring bike perfect for a 40 something rider such as myself. Not really well-heeled, I was pleased to find used 2005-08 models are going for $7-8,000 nearby with 10-20,000 miles of wear. But then I bumped into A LOT of complaints in the forums, this one and others. Stories of too many failed transmissions, scary brake issues, a host of nagging electrical issues, etc. is scaring me off. From the looks of it, this model has been plagued with problems from the start. And they seem to have not been well-sorted either as years passed. Lots of folks state "but all was covered under warranty," even if it took half a Summer to get parts from Germany.... Well, I would not have the luxury of a warranty in most cases, nor would I want to risk it anyway from what I've read.
I take all of what I read online with a grain of salt, realizing most who take the time to post on a forum are either: discontent claiming the sky is falling or, at the opposite end of the spectrum - the elated who are proud of their new bikes.
Now onto the meat of what I am asking:
How significant and wide-spread are the issues with the K1200S series bikes? I'm not talking about independent cases here, but a real statistical analysis. Has anyone seen the tabulated data after all this time? If so, where can I access this from a reliable source? It's hard to get a bead on the real matters at hand without a broad perspective.
I really am trying to talk myself into the brand here! But am finding myself quite reluctant given the glut of negative comments so easily found on the various forums. I'm not particularly hard on my bikes, quite the contrary I suppose, but I do expect an expensive machine like the BMW to perform near flawlessly for at least 10 years or 100K before deserves the only slot in my garage.
At risk of offending an unusually proud crowd of brand loyalists (yet open to suggestions),
Jason of Oregon