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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2009, 7:11 am Thread Starter
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2009 K1300GT Reservoirs

Everyone is complaining about the reservoirs on the new K1300GT. Do you really think that BMW changed them to save a little money? Even if we assume that BMW saved $50 each ($100 total) at their wholesale cost, that's less than 0.5% of the retail cost of the bike.

Considering their low production counts on the GTs (a few thousand each year) and the high total cost of the bike, I just wonder if there might be another reason that they chose the new reservoirs. Could there be an engineering reason for the change?
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Well has anyone ever had a problem (I don't mean non-matching cover screws) with the old ones? Seems the cheapest route would be to keep them the same. Although someone has said these are the same as some other beemer? Saving money would be the only reason I can think of, as I have heard of no real reason to make a change. I bet those Pee cups get UV degraded, like the rear reservoir my K75 had, I had to change mine a couple times in 20 yrs.
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It also looks like universal fitment for the brake and clutch master cylinders on the model lines. The reservoirs are different, but those are the cheap plastic parts to keep in inventory.

I also thought maybe a reservoir volume increase was mandated for some engineering reason.

At least they didn't use that butt ugly white plastic reservoir and rubber mounting system like the GS 800 has.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2009, 9:34 am
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Those new reservoirs do look hideous and cheapen the looks of the bike IMHO. It seems like all they had to do was to use the switch/reservoir setup from the previous year and they would still have a work of art. It is kinda like washing and waxing your car to perfection but you forget the wheels which are muddy and dirty.

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Seems they all turned yellow in a few years on other cheap bikes. Maybe BMW has discovered a non-yellowing reservoir? Next will be Rubbermaid fenders on their cars - and raise their prices too.

Still, they raise the price and lower the cost by cheapening the looks to that of a Connie? Like I said, if Harley or any cruiser, or a Gold Wing appeared with those cups, they'd lose sales.

Maybe they plan on "aftermarket" switch-gear? Probably a couple of thousand bucks or more.

Wonder why they didn't do it on the RT? Maybe a R1300RT?

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Y'all aren't looking at it from an engineering point of view, but I guarantee that BMW is. Those old reservoirs are very difficult to machine, and thus very costly. Also, BMW tends to use a lot of common parts across different bikes. So if they can save $20 per reservoir over 100,000 bikes, that's 4 million/year off the bottom line. If they save $50 each, that's $10 million. And if you think cost cutting isn't important in this economy, ask yourself why BMW and other manufacturers are cutting way back on the Cycle World shows.

Also, the new reservoirs are taller but less wide, which makes a big difference on the sportier bikes with much narrower handlebars. Space counts here quite a bit.

Even though BMW is known for their technical innovations, they are still an evolutionary company, with products being refined and improved over time. Some of those improvements are so good that other manufacturers follow suit (ABS), and some turn out to be not so good (power ABS).

If it wasn't for the constant refinement, we'd all be riding K100's. Or air-cooled boxers, for that matter.

But trust me when I say those reservoirs are here to stay. If that makes some folks feel better about keeping their old bike rather than upgrading, then so be it. It is a free market, after all.

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If it wasn't for the constant refinement, we'd all be riding K100's.
Hey I had a K100. Loved that bike and wish I still had it. A lot of memorable times on that ride.

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If it wasn't for the constant refinement, we'd all be riding K100's.
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I still AM riding my K100RT. I will be waiting to see how my refined '06 GT fairs in 2031.

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Hey I had a K100. Loved that bike and wish I still had it. A lot of memorable times on that ride.
And I rode two K100's all over the US and Europe. They were fine bikes, but just don't compare to the current K-bikes. Not in terms of comfort, wind management, handling, power, refinement, acronyms (ABS, ASC, TPM, ESA, etc.). The current GT is literally a whole generation ahead of the old K100's.

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The current GT is literally a whole generation ahead of the old K100's.

True. Along with all the idiosyncracies none of which the K100RT had. At least not mine!
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