Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
there have been problems, but imo they have been worked out for the most part by the time the k13 was rolled out. yes, you hear about the occasional final drive failure, transmission problem, fuel connector problems but I would imagine that the numbers would be comparable to a japanese brand (post k13 introduction).
as far as the swiss watch reliability, i think all manufacturers that push the production limits of engine, chassis performace with ultra high compression ratios, lightweight aluminum/magnesium materials, etc. will experience failure once in a while. It's inevitable.
Sure they could create a tank, but then it would weigh, well, like a tank.
I'm tearing into a 1977 yamaha triple and everything in that engine weighs twice what it does in the k1300 engine it seems. Except the clutch. It;s much smaller likely due to about 1/2 the power.
Would I buy another BMW? Probably not. At least not new. They command too much of a premium. Used maybe. Do I love my K12R? YES! I don't think I'll ever trade or sell the bike. Even at 8 years old, the chassis and engine performance is as modern as I need.
'06 K1200R- in pieces
'73 Honda CB500F- slow but fun.
'77 Yamaha XS 750 triple- kinda