Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Barcelona, , Spain
Hey, this is my first post to this forum, I hope is not the last, my name is Martin, From Barcelona, Spain. the forum is great. Hello to all members.
Answering your email: Never Mind, I have a K bike since 1989, I just swapped my old K100RS by a GT past May 2005.
I put on my K100 125.000 miles on 15 years...reliability ? you simply can't put these miles on a Japanese bike.
I had 2 Yama for 5 years before BMW, you need to simply waste the complete bike after 30k-50K miles (Plastics simply broke, electric components simply doesnīt resist -wires are not properly isolated, connectors get wet when raining, ), engine, mechanics...simply forget, the engine lost the whole adjustment, start with a lot of noises, loose power, lacks oil...and the worst is that the manufacturers doesnīt offer support to keep your bike healthy, they simply design the bike to donīt last, so, after 5-8 years you simply canīt find part replacements to repair critical parts (I experienced personally all this issues with a Yam XT600, with 50K miles on it, and previously with a Yam DT80).
Regarding the K Bike, of course is not free of maintenance and some issues, but nothing that is not due to the regular usage (Change Tires every 7.5K, Change Batteries every 3 to 6 years depending on weather, some lack of oil, shaft renew at 100K and many other small things, all due to a daily high usage, with the bike always on usage winter, summer, etc...) but the good thing is that BMW design the bike to last and provide parts to renwe all these parts after 15 years owning it. So, engine perfect, frame perfect, plastics, electrics, etc... I just sell the bike to enjoy a new GT model but it was perfect !
By the way, the 2005GT is great, with just 3K on it, is amazing!