Originally Posted by smiller
That is exactly what was said about the slant-K when it first came out.
And they were right. The Slant/4 bikes are a generation ahead of the old Flying Brick bikes in many ways.
The fueling issues (which were solved in the K13 bikes), and final drive and valve train failures (which were solved with quality control and updated parts) remain a cause for concern on many of these now-used bikes that haven't received all the latest updates. More so on the 1200's than the 1300's.
But through forums like this one, these issues and their fixes are well known, so a rider can make a well-informed decision when contemplating the purchase of one of these machines.
Sure, I think that BMW could've handled these issues much better. But as a manufacturing engineer, I understand why they handled things the way they did. Not that I always agree with their actions (hence my avatar), but I'm not terribly surprised, either.
BMW has a reputation for pursuing leading-edge technologies, but sometimes, they overlook something so glaringly obvious that it puts an unsightly blemish on an otherwise beautiful machine. And on BMW's vaunted reputation for engineering excellence, and deservedly so.
An informed rider will either accept that and work with it, or sell the bike in disgust and leave the brand altogether.
The question then becomes, where do you and your bike fall?
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles and counting...
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#145, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032
All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .
Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...