Advice on my 02 K12RS
I bought this bike about 3 months ago and have so far logged about 4500 big grin miles (14,500 total miles on the bike). I absolutely love this bike. However, after reading about so many big dollar maintanence issues on this site including clutch failures at low mileage, main seal failures, tranny seal failures, rear brake pads shot at 15K miles, etc. I can't get rid of this sick, nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. It's no fun having a bike that I would constantly worry about. I was lucky enough to find a very clean, little used 5 yr. old bike at a good price, which is the only way I could have every bought a BMW, but there is no way I can afford $1500 plus repairs. It will be a struggle to do the "interval" maintenance because these are so expensive. I always worried about BMW's being expensive to maintain and stayed away from them for a long time (been riding 30 years now), but when this bike came along, I couldn't resist. Sold my Connie (36K trouble free and maintenance free miles, only oil changes and tires) and bought this K12RS. Prior, I had a Bandit 1200S which I put over 30K miles on, all trouble free. Many other Jap bikes over the years, all with no troubles. Obviously, this K12 is light years ahead of those bikes and it is hands down the best m/c I've ever owned. But at what price? Already I have a bad switch that activates the servo to the rear brake (estimated repair at dealer over $100) and the clutch has a bit of minor slippage from a standing start.
It seems like the '03 K12GT has experienced many various failures reported on this site, but it is basically the same bike as mine. Should I expect these same problems? If so, it may require a very tough decision of whether to keep it and keep my fingers crossed, or sell it while it is still low mileage and with broken heart, go back to the old reliable Jap bikes. Of course I realize that any bike can break down but these bikes seem more prone than others and it seems BMW's are more costly to repair than other brands. A shame that this much engineering brillance can be undermined by costly breakdowns.
Any help and advice is greatly welcomed.