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Old 09-07-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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My BMW Warranty Sucks forS1000RR Thread

In July on 2011 I took delivery of an S1000RR brand new. Ordered in the factory colors and had to wait to get it. Since then I have ridden it just under 18,000 miles. Most of those have been track days at Summit Point, VIR, and NCBike. To say the bike has been ridden hard is an understatement. But hey that is the way BMW markets the bike and the reason I chose it over the KTM RC8 I was considering at the time.

For the first 2 years, 11 months and two weeks it was bullet proof. Requiring nothing more than tires, oil changes every third track day, new brake fluid every third track day, and front brake pads. When I say tires I mean A LOT of tires. Track days eat a Dunlop GP 211 at a rate of a set of tires every 2 track days. And when ridden at NCBike I have worn out a rear in one day. But hey that is the price I chose to pay for enjoying the ever loving poop out of this bike as I believed it was mean to be ridden.

I was very happy with the bike. That was until June 28th at Summit Point, WV. I was coming down the front straight at between 160 and 170mph and started braking for turn 1 which is a nice right hand turn that is run between 90-100mph. As I down shifted from 3rd to 2nd at about 110 mph and let out the clutch I heard the rear wheel start to squeal. I said to myself, "self that aint right and has never happened before..." The slipper clutch has been very effective at preventing rear wheel lock when down shifting. But this time it did not prove effective at all. I immediately squeezed the clutch somehow missed the riders I had just passed or were getting ready to pass me at corner entry (racer group, anything goes). Gathered up the bike and control and coasted to the outside of the track against the wall. Myself and a corner worker pushed to bike back to an opening in the wall and waited for the session to end. I got hauled back to the paddock. The bike would not turn over or do anything when to start button was pushed.

I loaded the bike in the TH and headed back to the house. There I tried to start it again and nothing still. I stripped off the plastic and hauled it to Morton's BMW in Fredericksburg, VA where it still sits today.

When I got it there I took it in to the shop where they immdeiatlkey checked the charging battery and it was at 100% with no issues, but still would not turn over when the Service Manager also tried to start it. Locked up tighter than a tick's ass. That was until 2 minutes later when I hit the start button again and it started right up. It ran and rode with no issues. WTH???? We thought something was going on so I left it with them to assess the potential issue and do a valve check.

Oh here are some shots of how it has been ridden for the past three years for reference:



Coming back from Indy MotoGP in 2011



Some of the sights during the Corner Marshall Track walk on Thursday.



Ready for its first track day!








OK so you get the idea. It has been ridden hard....more to come.
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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Is this some sort of weekly serial thread?
We know a lot more about you and your bike but nothing regarding
warranty issues.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:07 PM   #3
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Yeah it feels like half of your post is missing.... how long is the warranty on an S1000RR anyway?
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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Yeah it feels like half of your post is missing.... how long is the warranty on an S1000RR anyway?
BMWs have a 3 year -36,000 mile warranty in the US
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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you lucky SOB what hell are you complaining about-thank your lucky ass stars you can do that
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:15 PM   #6
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Maybe it's a bad ground. What have other S1000 owners said about it?
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:37 PM   #7
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So what's the problem? You had a problem while still in the warranty period? What a cliffhanger.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:45 PM   #8
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This thread is kinda like be rode hard and put away wet.............
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:46 PM   #9
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It's got to be a bad final drive.....and they all do that.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:16 AM   #10
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:30 AM   #11
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Are warranties invalidated by track use?

Sounds like it seized then released when cooler.

I remember the Nissan GTr had a chip that would record useage 'beyond that intended to be covered by the warranty' or some such catch all.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:39 AM   #12
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I believe that the ECU records events as well..
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:43 AM   #13
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Was the engine seized?

Did the starter engage and crank the engine and it turned over but would not fire up?

Have you done an oil analysts?

Lots of questions.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:07 PM   #14
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:21 PM   #15
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I would be surprised if the warranty covers track use..... thats not to say it doesnt.

My room mate works at a very large BMW (car) dealership and you'd be surprised at how often they get cars towed in from Lancaster (very close to Willow Springs) with blown engines.... and BMW cars are not covered under warranty for track use.
As it turns out, they have rev limiters on the way up, but NOT the way down....who knew?

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