Reality vs reputation
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#1 Jun 7, 2006
I would have to agree with the comments re BMW reliability, in my experience more a case of reputation rather than reality. My last BMW, an R1200C suffered a total and unexpected rear brake failure with less than 10,000kms on the clock. It was also plagued with poor finish, the chrome just fell off the bike including parts replaced under warranty. I live in Western Australia, a hot, dry climate unlike Europe, and yet the bike rusted unlike any Japanese machine I've ever owned.
My current BMW, an R1150GS, was much better, performing faultlessly until recently. The final drive gave out with just over 100,000kms covered. That I could live with but this week my bike suffered a total and sudden front brake failure caused by the hose splitting. OK, so the bike is now almost 6 years old but a brake hose failure is totally unacceptable given the potential consequences and to add insult to injury my bike will be off the road for weeks while the replacement hose is shipped from Germany. Would I buy another Beemer though? You bet, I've just ordered a 1200GS Adventure!! There's still nothing that comes even close to a GS being built anywhere else in the world.
#2 Nov 9, 2006
Clive ... I agree that *nothing* else comes close. Unfortunately, for that money, final drives shouldn't explode, ABS shouldn't fail, paint should still be on the machine 5 years from now, and the service shouldn't cost as much as three months worth of payments ...
I love the GS line, truly I do. I just cannot justify the price of admission ....
#3 Apr 16, 2007
I don't have a bmw bike but have two cars and I must say that their engines are phenomenal and the rest of the car was probably made by Geo.
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