Is BMW uber-wasteful or is this just m/c's in general?
Over the past nearly two months, I'm going through a transmission failure and timing chain failure on my K1200R. When I hear of the parts involved to fix it, I am amazed how a "little" thing blows up to be a big thing.
Two cases in point: I lose second gear on the transmission (popping out) and BMW states to replace entire transmission, even though I just *really* need a couple of gears and maybe a fork replaced. In the second instance my cylinder head has a couple of valve guides that were damaged as a result of the unfortunate meeting of the pistons/valves. Again: BMW's procedure is to replace the ENTIRE head.
There's no core charge for the majority of the component that is good, there's no refurbishment or remanufacturing of parts, and it seems an awful waste and expense to the end user. I'm curious, is this the law of the land for all motorcycles or is this just a BMW thing? I just hate the fact that thes big (and pricey) items have to be replaced for what otherwise is fine less a fraction of it being damaged.
Just kinda curious I guess. Might be a hella opportunity for a machine shop to get into!
Edit: well with some googling around I think I may have answered my own question that it seems to be the way all bike makers work and there seem to be only a few shops out there properly equipped to do head or transmission work on bikes.
Last edited by EvilGenius; Nov 20th, 2010 at 5:27 pm.