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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 2011, 4:59 am Thread Starter
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Angry Stranded in the Alps (Transmission or Drive shaft?)

I am stationed in Germany and my wife and I joined a buddy of mine for a weekend touring the Alps through Switzerland and Italy on my 2007 K1200GT (US Specs). My bike has about 15,000 miles on it. While trying to pass some slower motorist is when I first noticed that the bike would not get up past 55-65 MPH no matter what gear I was in. Also at this time I noticed at 5000 RPMs that the tac would jump to 8000 RPM with no aceleration. After stopping to check fluid levels and look for any obvious signs, we continued on with the problem getting worse to the point that I the bike would go into gear, the clutch would disengage, but go nowhere. Thank god for ADAC (German AAA). 2 weeks later the bike was delivered to the BMW shop in Manheim Germany, and I am still waiting to here what the exact problem is, and was told that it would be probably August until the bike is even looked at due to a backlog in the service department.

Does anybody have any idea what may have gone wrong and is it a common problem?

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I am stationed in Germany and my wife and I joined a buddy of mine for a weekend touring the Alps through Switzerland and Italy on my 2007 K1200GT (US Specs). My bike has about 15,000 miles on it. While trying to pass some slower motorist is when I first noticed that the bike would not get up past 55-65 MPH no matter what gear I was in. Also at this time I noticed at 5000 RPMs that the tac would jump to 8000 RPM with no aceleration. After stopping to check fluid levels and look for any obvious signs, we continued on with the problem getting worse to the point that I the bike would go into gear, the clutch would disengage, but go nowhere. Thank god for ADAC (German AAA). 2 weeks later the bike was delivered to the BMW shop in Manheim Germany, and I am still waiting to here what the exact problem is, and was told that it would be probably August until the bike is even looked at due to a backlog in the service department.

Does anybody have any idea what may have gone wrong and is it a common problem?

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Sounds like a clutch but ive never heard of another story like this one on one of these bikes.
Just one question, you didnt by any chance change the oil before your trip? if so what did you put in it?
While it must be very frustrating for you it gives me small comfort to know that even at the other end of the planet BMW service departments are as hopeless at understanding the process of prioritisation as they are here.
The guy who is booked in for his 1000klm service gets the same priority as someone stranded 1000 miles from home.
Good luck, I hope that it turns out to be something simple and low cost.

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Thanks. Still the same oil from the 12,000 miles service. Talking with some fellow riders(non-BMW), the best we can figure it is the clutch, drive shaft, or transmission. Just frustrating that I will losse the better part of a riding season and don't know exactly why yet.
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Thanks. Still the same oil from the 12,000 miles service. Talking with some fellow riders(non-BMW), the best we can figure it is the clutch, drive shaft, or transmission. Just frustrating that I will losse the better part of a riding season and don't know exactly why yet.
It is so hard to believe that the backlog on emergency work is almost 2 months from the mothership BMW itself!. This is not good PR for anyone that wants a BMW. So far, BMW North America is a slight bit more responsive. Most of our dealers, which are provately owned, so step up and get things repaired ASAP

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I'll see your Alps stranding and raise you Death Valley!

Sorry to hear it man, but could be worse. And yes the whole wait forever to get your bike fixed thing is just the icing on the cake and a slap in the face Spend boocoo bucks on the machine and get treated like shit. Just more of the same really. BMW's quality and reputation for excellence has long gone away. Buy one of their machines nowadays and it's a crap shoot. August is only 2 months away though. My bike spent 6 out of what was maybe an 8 month riding season last year in the multiple shops so I feel your pain. Hope you get it resolved sooner. Let us know what the outcome is.

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On the RT side, there have been instances of the driveshaft delaminating and spinning freely. I think the rubberized "torque/shock" bond breaks or something, but it usually results in the drive shaft tube getting beaten up too. Dunno. Maybe clutch?

But egad! Two months to even look at it? That has to be a record for shop slowness. If they are that slow, their parts procurement and repair time is going to be maybe another month? They need to hire some more mechanics. My local has only one BMW mechanic (for a multi-line dealer) and if he's sick it can get dragged out but not 3 months, three weeks maybe.

I'd like to see them try that same service concept thing with their car owners.


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No driveshaft problems yet, but my bike has been in the BMW shop for 5 months 3 weeks waiting for cam chain, valve guides and valves. Seems like BMW K1200GT heads, I wonder why on such an intermitant problem.
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I hope it is not the clutch, They may tell you it a wear item and not covered under warranty. Cost me over 2K. Love my bike when its working good.Too many problems. Just got my bike back yesterday after a cam chain problem. Of course not covered. Last BMW for me.....

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Could the extended wait have something to do with it being a US model?

I know dealers here (in the US) don't want to touch anything outside the US market with a ten foot pole...

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You would think they would at least have the decency to diagnose the problem

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