I work for a living so I can't do 6,000 mile trips on a regular basis, so for me the GT is my daily driver to work, only 20 miles but its daily, rain or shine. I do have several cars for the really bad days but being in S. Calif. I can go the entire year without driving a car, my wife or daughter drive them to keep them charged.
Dealer is 70 miles away. Got the GT on a Saturday and quickly put the 600 miles on it for the oil change, took a day off work and took the bike in at 600 and they also updated the software, got the <!> warning. Next week took another day off work so they could fix the <!>, nope not fixed. 3 weeks into brand new bike ownership, I go out in the morning and it won't start, take a car to work, get home and find the battery is dead, wont hold a charge even on the workbench, talk to BMW and my dealer says of course he will put a battery in it on warranty if I get the bike there but he recommends I buy a Odyssey anyway so I do, ended up driving the car 4 days total, back on the bike. About 3 weeks later, dealer asks if I can bring the bike in to fix <!>, so another day off work, nope still not fixed. Very next week I get the recall for the switches, another day off work. About 6 weeks later, ESA stops working, another day off work and dealer fixes it and tries one more time to fix <!>, nope still there, I now have have 3,000 miles on the bike and since the <!> is always on I check the oil as its been about 1,000 miles since I checked it, oops low on oil (still above MIN but barely), bike is now burning a little less than a quart every 1,000 miles, another day off so dealer can poke around the bike. On the way home, ESA not working again luckily its a holiday weekend so no day off work and dealer once again fixes it by hooking it up to computer, claims there are no error codes but a reset fixes it. Last week the light warning on the dash, burned out taillight bulb at only 5 months old.
Still driving with <!> on the dash.
5 months, 4,500 miles, 5 days off work driving a very boring 70 miles to the dealer, absolutely nothing major bad, nothing major wrong, but certainly not what I expected from BMW. My last bike was a Victory, 2 years, 18,000 miles, it went to the dealer twice, once for its initial oil change and 200 miles later for a bad fuel pump, this BMW has been to the dealer way many more times.
Do I still love the bike ? ABSOLUTELY, the bike just feels planted and stuck to the road, it just inspires confidence on the road (hopefully not OVER confidence
) I really believe what I have read here many times, when it works there is nothing that comes close to being as perfect as this bike. Will I get rid of it before the warranty is up ? hell no, will I keep it beyond the warranty period ? most likely not and certainly not if it does not stop going to the dealer for little things (or big things). Will I get another BMW ? most likely not, I think the K16GT will be to big and too heavy for daily driving and it will still be a BMW but I have 2 more years of warranty to see how it comes out. Right now, my next bike is a Triumph 1050 Sprint GT but even that is not out yet, it looks good in pics but not sat on one yet and I still have 2 awesome years left with my K13GT under warranty.