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Old 06-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #346
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Don't let the fear of a small chance of an issue let your ruin your enjoyment of your bike. Go ride!

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I'm with jim, ride it...

But on the other hand, caveat emptor. Seems to me that if you are just finding out about these issues now, i would guess you did very little research before buying the bike.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:19 PM   #347
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Worried? I just returned from my second fun ride in europe. First time I visited 12 countries in 8 weeks and rode 8k miles at age 70.

This time 9 countries in 5 weeks and 4k miles at age 76. Both were solo rides. If I were you I'd probably ride the new GS and forget about the worries!

PS, I hope to do it again in the future. Both times I rode my GS.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:47 AM   #348
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Worried? I just returned from my second fun ride in europe. First time I visited 12 countries in 8 weeks and rode 8k miles at age 70.

This time 9 countries in 5 weeks and 4k miles at age 76. Both were solo rides. If I were you I'd probably ride the new GS and forget about the worries!

PS, I hope to do it again in the future. Both times I rode my GS.

Glad to hear this. I wish more that ride there bikes would post up and maybe the others would stop being so worried about things that might or might not happen. These are very good bikes. I feel there are more that don`t have problems that do. That being said, I did have to work on mine, at 128,000 miles. My bike is rode hard and has been a lot of places it probably should not have been. When I did have to work on it, I felt it coming and worked on it at home. It has been the most fun bike I have ever owed and would not want any other. I have been riding for over 40 years and ride about 35/40,000 miles a year. With this much on the go, I feel any bike is going to need to be worked on every now and then.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:45 AM   #349
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NHSTA Opens Investigation into BMW Final Drive Failures

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Worried? I just returned from my second fun ride in europe. First time I visited 12 countries in 8 weeks and rode 8k miles at age 70.

This time 9 countries in 5 weeks and 4k miles at age 76. Both were solo rides. If I were you I'd probably ride the new GS and forget about the worries!

PS, I hope to do it again in the future. Both times I rode my GS.


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Old 06-14-2012, 07:01 AM   #350
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I have just been roaming around the web and found this explanation of the mechanics, with diagrams, of the FD in a thread on engine braking. It would seem that there is a consensus that the design is problematic and that all the variants of acceptable riding practice have little or minimal effect on FD wear. Another recurring theme, as expressed in the citation and other responses, is technician failure to properly shim the final drive bearings when initially repaired the first time.

http://davedragon.rilysi.com/2008/12...al-drives.html
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:32 AM   #351
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I have owned 4 1200 gs's and 6 oilheads for over 100,000 miles. One seal leak fixed under warrenty. Otherwise no problems. With 5,000 miles plus on my 2012 Triple Black, it is the best bike I have ever owned.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #352
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I'm just going to ad my .02 to this thread here.

2009 GSA, 18,500 miles, kept up on all maintenance, suspected FD starting to fail. I've got a slow oscillation in the handlebars that increases with speed and play in the rear wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock. I've got an appointment on the 3rd of July to confirm. Thankfully still under warranty.

Love the bike but slightly pissed off at the moment.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:42 AM   #353
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If you ride much and it is the FD, you'll know well before July 3... Just say'n.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:05 AM   #354
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I dunno about that.. it seems to me a lot of the "FD failures" posted here are nothing more than a leaky seal from the middle hole. Was the hole form over function? One thing's certain, BMW got rid of the hole on the K1600. It remains to be seen when the watercooled boxer comes out if the FD has the hole or they do away with it. I'd be in favor of one less seal to leak, and many fewer of the sky is falling / my FD is leaking threads
Unfortunately not all BMW riders are swimming in cash. If they have an expensive issue it is over-at least for the season.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:06 AM   #355
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I have just been roaming around the web and found this explanation of the mechanics, with diagrams, of the FD in a thread on engine braking....
How nice, he reprinted my article as an explanation of why his R1200 FD failed twice, when it is a totally different design. Thanks for the link; I think I'll report it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:23 AM   #356
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How nice, he reprinted my article as an explanation of why his R1200 FD failed twice, when it is a totally different design. Thanks for the link; I think I'll report it.
Anton,

Is there an article comparable to your R1150 FD article that explains weaknesses in the R12 FDs? Your 1150 article was excellent and photos greats.

Thanks...
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:32 AM   #357
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:09 AM   #358
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What has been your view of 1200 FD failures? More or less than the 1150s?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #359
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Not yet.
Thanks...would begging you to author one work?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:27 PM   #360
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Tom Lowdermilk the host of sidestandup.com just turned 200k on his 1200RT... if it'll stand up to his maintenance schedule (hahaha) and riding style... I'M GOOD

Sorry Tom just had to use you as an example.
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