Originally Posted by prshguy
"Side case melting heat from exhaust can, telelever seals leaking, front brake pads evaporating, shift cam springs breaking, final drives and drive shafts premature wear and or catastrophic failures, (heard about one new k12Gt after less than 2500 miles!) excessive labour costs for routine maintenance re drive line spline lubes, etc. Do your research. BMW is NOT what most people think, IE they have an undeserved reputation for reliability."
Early, and I mean way early as in 97, 98 early, the left side bag was too close to
the pipe. BMW put a larger cutout in it to help alleviate the problem. That said, I
have one of the original bags I use all the time and have no issues with it. I don't
carry chocolate in it though.
My '98 has 87,000 miles on it. It turns ten yrs' old in June. Aside from normal
maintenance, gas, oil and tires, I've had to do the following.
Left fork seal twice, once at 32K miles ( under warranty ) and recently at
Replaced the clutch at 69K miles.
Shocks, front and rear, replaced with Ohlins at 32K miles.
Two sets of front brake pads, first at 40K miles and the second at 85K.
The rears were replaced once. I replaced a bad front master cylinder with
the second set of front pads.
The valves received their very first adjustment at 85K
Headlight bulbs go at 25-30 K miles. Carry a spare with ya.
This bike requires NO spline lube, that's a feature of the older K bikes.
I've been all over the lower 48 with my bike. It has NEVER let me down or
left me stranded.
If you ride it on a regular basis, it'll run forever. If it's a garage queen that never
gets out it'll suck big time.
Tell your Ducati friends to stick with Ducs, it's obvious they don't know shit