Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Jericho, Vt, Usa
k1300gt reliability issues
I'm thinking about buying a bike, after a long hiatus. Back in the halcyon days of my youth, riding a BMW was always an aspirational goal. I'm at a place where I can finally think about buying one--kids out of the house, finances mostly stabilized. Both my bros have been riding BMW R series bikes for decades now. In short, I've only been looking at BMWs.
I'm currently driving my car 35K/yr, mostly highway, of which I think I can siphon off around 10K for cycling (30 yrs ago I put 75K on a KZ550 over 10 yrs, so I have a clue as to what it takes to pack on this sort of miles). This is leading me towards BMWs sports-touring bikes.
So I'm looking at K1200GTs and K1300GTs.
However, I'm spooked:
o consumer reports gives BMWs the worst reliability by a long shot
o I read that there are significant reliability issues, such as FD, clutch and transmission
o when I look at EBay and Cycle-trader, the bikes for sale are mostly 20K-30K miles on them, I don't see many war-horses with 60K, 80K, 100K
I'm looking for a bike that is going to go 10K yr for the next 10 yrs, not something into which I'm going to be pouring $10K/yr for the next 10 yrs.
However, there could be sample bias going on--a plausible explanation for why there are so many bikes for sale w/25K miles on them is that people aren't putting 10K miles on a year, they're putting on 5K, and after 6 or 7 years people are looking for an upgrade. 20K-30Kmiles/yr riders are few and far between, but they're our there, just not selling their bikes.
A plausible explanation for why the forums are filled with people talking about reliability problems is that: that is what forums are for. The riders with 60K on their bikes that are working without any major mechanical problems just aren't making much noise.
So the question is: is a 2009/2010 K1300S going to go the distance, or is it going to be in the shop most of the time?
Sorry if this horse has been flogged before, if so just point me to the threads and I'll go and read'em!