Originally Posted by 2WheelieADV
For some reasons, the majority of travelers choose BMW GS's (from 650 to 1200) and until they get to Argentina they make a numerous dealer (stealer) stops in-between, plus all sorts of road repairs.
Yet Jap bikes are so low-maintenance. Are they really more reliable than the German bike, and the bimer is just a trend, or is there something else in there?
Every BMW rider I talked to on this trip had what I consider a major repair along the way (except for the Dakar 650, it was just shedding parts like a molting bird sheds feathers.) There were GS 800s with blown engines, bent rims, blown shocks, screwed up electronics, and an intake system that fell apart and got sucked into the engine.
they ALL had their bikes into a dealer at least once trying to get things fixed.