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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2008, 5:53 pm Thread Starter
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normal engine sound

This is my second breakdown in two weeks of owning this new bike. First was the EWS failure at 75 miles. Yesterday the bike displayed an amber triangle with an exclamation mark therein, developed a loud clicking noise either in the engine or gearbox, suddenly appeared to brake on me and died on the expressway almost getting me hit by a truck while trying to shoulder. My K1200 GT had a clicking diesel like noise right out of the dealership, but I thought that was the way they sound as this site talked about that. Is that the way everybody's bike sounds? Anyone had similar problem with a new bike. I seem to be having no end of bad luck with this bike and BMW. HELP!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2008, 8:04 pm
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Was the flashing amber triangle w/exclamation point accompanied by a flashing gas pump icon in the upper left of the computer display screen? Sounds like you ran out of gas.

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Or there was no oil and it seized up. What else was showing on the dash?

BTW, I have 31K on mine now and I have not had any issues with it. There. I've just jinxed myself!

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Could have the oil gallery problem mentioned in the 2008 recall post and the engine has seized. That seems to be a new problem that has snuck in without anyone knowing much about it.

I assume roadside assistance took care of the bike for you.

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Could have the oil gallery problem mentioned in the 2008 recall post and the engine has seized. That seems to be a new problem that has snuck in without anyone knowing much about it.
That's what I was thinking too. Shouldn't hear a clicking since new.

Good luck and let us know what they find.

Least the good news may be that BMW may have solved the rear-end failures as I don't hear as many of those. Never heard much in the way of boxer engine failures either. A K-engine failure seems rare - but if somebody is messing up on the assembly, who knows?


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Wow BobD, I didn't even hear of that recall. Thanks. Yes I rec'd speedy assistance from Roadside contrastingly to my initial experience. As dwsdad also mentioned, it seems to be the engine. Strange enough it hasn't seized because the service manager called me and said he started the engine and heard the rattle. It definitely seems to be and oil pressure problem. What I am interested in finding out is if the rattle sound I had is experienced by other owners with similar engines. I am afraid that BMW might blame me to charge for a new engine. Thanks for replying too bruce2000ltc. I was full of fuel.
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The amber triangle with an exclamation mark therein is a standard warning indicator. Mine goes off for low fuel, but also if my TPM senses low pressure, or I assume if any other fault occurs that would require the rider's immediate attention.

I have heard of one or two cases of transmission failure of the GT, but that's pretty rare overall.

As for the clanking noise on startup or at idle, that is often the cam chain tensioner not getting enough oil pressure to take up the slack. It may be common but it is not normal, it will get worse over time, and there is a known fix for it, including an official BMW Service Bulletin with an upgraded cam chain tensioner.

It sucks that you're still finding teething issues on a bike that's been in production for 3 years now (and the engine longer than that). But when these bikes do run properly, there's nothing else out there that can touch them.

Anyway, I hope they find your problem and get you sorted and back on the road soon.

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Thumbs up Re: Engine Rattle....

Hi GTER,

I have a 2007 GT and notice a odd rattle at 40 to 60mph in 2nd and 3rd gears. No warning lites though... the dealer has replaced the transmission completely which removed a much worse ratttle. I'm going to take an 2008 demo model for a ride to see if this is a normal harmonic ride for the K motors. I'll keep you posted when I find out more! But I think the transmission problem was just a odd defect rather than a trend.

I still absolutely love the bike... It's amazing! As a former owner of lots of bikes (including a horrific vibrating custom HD stroker "softail") exploding gas in cylinders makes noise and shakes no matter which way you point the pistons. But I'm with ya in finding out what rattles are supposed to be normal and which ones will put you shiny side downhttp://www.k-bikes.com/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=113608#

Hope yours turn out to be normal too!

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bringing you guys and gals up to date. The dealer informed me today that the problem that almost got me splattered on the expressway was the failure of the #4 connecting rod bearing. They ordered a new engine from Germany for my iron horse. Said it costs approx 15 grand and wont get the bike back before 4 weeks. That sucks! offered a small loaner with a more aggressive position. Cant wait to hear if the new engine has that same diesel sound. I think they sold me a dud. The bike only has 300 miles and I am running in so haven't gone past 70 and vary speed as proscribed.

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That's really bad luck for you. I also have a new K1200GT with about 400 mi on it in 3 weeks since delivery. I absolutely love my bike and fortunately have not had any problems. I was lucky enough to have learned on this Board that my VIN was one of those affected by the EWS issue, so I knew enough to insist that it be fixed prior to delivery. I think you should try to be philosophical about it (hope I could do the same), and realize that even BMW Motorrad has a bad part or a bad installation of the part occasionally. Hang in there; hopefully your dealer will put it right as it should have been in the first place for you.
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