I will hit 82K miles on my '02 this weekend. I have done no major repairs, nada. (Not counting a knock over by errant cage driver, cosmetic) Of course I have gone thru brake pads, tires and such. Things I will need to do soon is replace the heated grips, they are worn down really bad, the right had the heating element broken, I have repaired it 3 times, time for new ones. Also my rear rotor will need replacing when it is due for rear brake pads. At 82K miles the stock pipe has a nice sound to it. Replaced throttle cables last year. All else is pretty good.
I've got 18,700 miles on my '04. It was new in Feb of '05, so she gets ridden almost daily. No problems whatsoever. It's cold as hell here in VA and it has no cold-related problems (like ECU). How did I ever live without heated grips? My Widder gloves seem to have crapped out and the grips are a life saver, even down into the mid 20's so far. All in all she's really rock solid. Granted, she's heavy but for me, this machine was custom-made.
Purchased a 98 used in 2002 with 17000 kms on it.
Replaced both rads and thermostat
Heat grip controller replaced
Timing cover leak
Turn signal controller replaced
Timing cover leak again
Steering damper replaced
Rear brake seized on. Everything melted.
Timing cover leak again. Timing cover replaced
ABS system lights fail to reset. Computer indicates failed ABS computer. Part about to be ordered when suddenly the system does reset itself and ABS is working.
Heat grips are not working again.
Fan does not come on.
Throttle return not working.
Owning a BMW has become an eye opener, not to mention my wallet.
Wow! I think that's pretty unusual...makes me wonder how well the previous owner took care of it.
Anyway, 24,000miles on my '04....only had the ECU replaced under warranty.....average 42mpg.
You guys replacing your grips may want to try wrapping the new ones with tennis/racquetball grips....looks good....grips are fatter, softer and have good grip....I have 10,000 miles on mine so far and they show minimal wear....easily replaced if/when needed.
Voxmagna, I initially let the shop do the maintenance. I have done my own since about 24K on the bike. The bike is really dependable, I was towed only once due to breaking a quick disconnect about 100 miles from home. previous thread discussed this. I consider that minor. Really no major problems. I run AMSOIL synthetic in everything, do oil and filter changes every 10K. Next summer I will most likely do the valve check and replace cam chain tensioner. I had shop do valve clearance check at 12K, since then no others, runs great.
I turned 73,00 on my 01 yesterday. The timing cover oil leak was fixed at the 1st service. I've done all work since. A couple years ago after a 2 up trip to Nova Scotia (just plain awful roads) the left fork seal was leaking. I replaced it, but it started leaking again. This spring my rear main seal started to leak. It's not that bad so I haven't done anything about it yet. It took 5,000 miles to use up the 1/2 quart of oil left over after the last oil change. It still runs like new, so a little oil leaking here and there isn't much to complain about. Remember the old saying IF IT'S GOT TIRES OR TITS SOONER OR LATER YOUR GOING TO HAVE TROUBLE WITH IT!!!
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