Originally Posted by Av8rPaul
There are LOTS of these 1150's running around with big miles on them. These things have been in police service around the globe forever. If they've been maintained (like any other bike should be) the RT is as good a bike as there is and probably one of the best. I wouldn't let the worst doomsday scenario scare you off from buying an affordable excellent touring bike.
I completely agree as long as your finances can withstand the hit. A friend of mine has done three clutch spline replacements for friends of his in Kentucky. Crazy high percentange considering three failures just among his riding friends. The bike has to be split in two to remove the tranny and then the tranny has to come apart to replace the shaft. One of the problems is the shaft is too short from the factory and the replacement is the same part exactly when you buy it from BMW. There is a guy making correct length shafts that's only a few hundred more than the $600 part from BMW that is too short.