Join Date: May 2012
Location: Vancouver, , Canada
The recalls will be done free by the dealer if they have not already been done.
The problem are the non recall items... I have been shocked by the lack of BMW support for failure items that would be an instant recall if this was a car. I am glad Ducati has been acquired and will likely look to perhaps compete in perhaps higher volume segments. BMW will have a very rude awakening and may not get any sympathy as a result. To be honest, I will never buy a BMW again but will stick with my bike as I am invested in it. When all problems are dealt with, it is a lovely bike...but only within warranty!
1) Key ring sensor.
It senses the chip inside your ignition key. Mine failed out of warranty on a long trip and the bike would thus not start. BMW dealer said that it is only a recall if your bike is in warranty. Atrocious. Depending on the year of the bike you are looking at, replace it if it has not been done already. If you do mechanical work yourself, it is very easy to do.
In certain models the motor brushes can stick causing the unit not to work and the warning light to be on. The brakes will still work, but with no ABS and no proportioning to the rear brakes when the front is activated. Mine failed out of warranty and I was quoted about $4000 to fix by the dealer. I did it myself for a few hundred dollars. If the model year you are looking at is prone to ABS failure and has not had the ABS replaced, best to consider not buying that bike as the ABS seems to have no pattern as to when it will fail. It is a sudden bill out of proportion to the price of the bike unless you do the work yourself.
3) Fuel sensor strip.
Certain models have a sensor strip in the gas tank instead of a float. Again this seems to fail with no pattern. Mine just did with the bike 6 years old and 18,000 kms on it. Vancouver Dealer quoted me $285 for the part and two plus hours. Regretfully it cannot be done by home mechanic as the sensor strip must be calibrated by the dealer computer. I will not be paying the dealer to do it at this time and may just refill the gas tank based on odometer reading.
4) Chain tensioner and chain guard.
I replaced these last year based on the great advice of the Forum, but of course shortly after it seems BMW has made it a recall.
5) General Maintenance.
Depending on the age and the mileage, it is good to know if the following has been done
Rear Axle fluid change
Air filter, etc
Brake fluid change