Originally Posted by Meese
I don't see that at all. What I see is that more '07 GT's were sold than either '06 or '08, or really, that more '07's were reported on in those polls. Now if the polls said:
Then you might have something.
I wonder how many were sold of the various years? When the '06 came out, you had a hard time finding one in California. Maybe too new and too different. They were sold as soon as they hit the showroom and test rides were almost impossible. They had a high-percentage interest rate on them as well (i.e. BMW seems to lower the interest rate on slower-moving models).
The '07's were awaiting sales when they appeared. Of course, they also had stuff like HID lighting, traction control, and the Tire Pressure Monitor that didn't make it in the '06 and they removed the powered-assisted brakes. One would think they' move faster.
The '08's still sitting around might be the economy downturn to show anything significant in the polls...yet. And some dealers still have '08's on the floor. Their 800's and cheaper models seem to be moving as most dealers can't hold onto them long enough.
The '09's are also sitting on the dealer's floors so it may indeed be the economy or maybe gun-shy buyers? Price too high? Dunno.
I was also looking over the entire PDF on the "84 differences" thread (84 not really shown and sort of skewed back to the original GT Gen. I models of '02), and very little is mentioned of the final drive on the new K1300. It looks to be the same thing, except it's now in heat-absorbing black housing (! ? !). Most is fuel mapping and shock design mods. They do speak of the driveline as being changed, but that part rarely seems to fail.
I'd like to know what, if anything, BMW has done with the final drive on the '09. Their engines - almost all of them - hold up well with the exception of fuel issues and rarely outright die (hmm..? With the exception of the R-series Hall-Effect sensor's heat melt/failure issue), but their final drives have been a very weak link for more than a decade now and even 10% is too much.
Sideline, I've contacted a bearing manufacturer asking about aftermarket ceramic bearings for the bike. I hope to hear something from them since Googling "BMW final drive failures" brought up 35,600 posts on the matter. A final failure will leave you stranded. I can live with fueling BBS, backfires, and minor stuff like "slow-to-crank" battery issues as it's still rideable, but a final I can't deal with - especially when an oil analysis report throws up a red flag like excess iron in the oil. Add to the insult as why BMW NA extended the final drive warranty on certain models of '07's and not the same courtesy to the '06's who got shafted by their "Maintenance Free Final" claim when new.