GSW waterpump failures?? Fact? or internet hype?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by smitty141, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. smitty141

    smitty141 Been here awhile

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    Well guys I got a real problem. I am about to purchase a new 2014 GSA and I am a bit uneasy with all the waterpump failures I have read about. I would be so pissed if I was on a trip or far from home and had this happen. Is there a large percentage of failures, or is it internet hype.

    I know shit happens on all bikes, but it is hard to spend 20K on something that you know there's a problem from the start. Anyone have the real numbers on this?

    Sorry if this has been posted before, but it is crunch time... I am about to throw out some serous cash next week...

    Help me please...

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  2. Otherworld

    Otherworld Been here awhile

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    Here's some help: just buy the freakn bike
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  3. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    From what I've read..they don't fail per say..they weep from a weep hole..some just keep running them, since it takes months to get new one..and report the weeping stops..if that is because the bike has healed itself or, is out of coolant has yet to be determined..:lol3:lol3

    The switches seem to work now..the front ends seem to be more straightish when they come off the boat, only heard of one with a final drive leak..

    In the grand scheme of things..what could go wrong? :dunno it'll probably be fine.

    Plus..it's a BMW..you shouldn't expect NOT to have problems, it's part of the old world charm and allure of owning one of these fine machines..

    In all seriousness..I'd pull the trigger on a new one at this point after paying a DAMN close eye on how badly the front end is set up..I'll be in th market soon..looking at a new GSA.dependent on what Yamaha shows up with this year..for half the money..
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  4. pistole

    pistole Long timer

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    agree. Buy the bike. Its beyond words.

    as for water pump failures , keep an eye on the LC Problems thread.

    cheers
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  5. Kevin Dixon

    Kevin Dixon Motorrad Abenteurer

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    I think it's all hype. I had the problem on my K1600...ended up riding 7k miles with that pump and it never failed. Just dribbled a bit.
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  6. mountainguy

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    A high percentage of the time, the pump starts weeping and you can ride for a long time before the leak becomes so bad it must be fixed. It takes less than an hour for the dealers to install a new one. Most dealers keep stock on hand for replacement, assuming the part is not back ordered.
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  7. smitty141

    smitty141 Been here awhile

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    Well, thats a little refreshing.... I was thinking when they failed you where stranded . Knowing you can still continue is good to know. I would like to return to Alaska this summer. I did that trip on my 09 GSA in 2011. I also had a 08 model GSA. Both bikes never had a water pump problem...:lol3

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  8. ShaftEd

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    Yep, Mine leaked the first 200 miles and of course I was pissed off. It was only dribbling out the weephole, so I kept an eye on the coolant level and waited for one to come from Germany. By the time, the pump arrived the weephole stopped weeping and it's been dry for the last 4500 miles. Must be some weird break in period or the seal lip finally found it's place. No worries now at 6600 miles with plenty of dirt and high speed rides. I'd ride the thing anywhere and not worry about it.:deal
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  9. JimVonBaden

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    Really? Care to show the statistics on that?:evil

    In fact, they do leak sometimes, sometimes they stop leaking, sometimes they do not. How many? :dunno Just like the infamous final drive failures, you will hear from the same guy on twenty different threads making it look like they are failing everywhere, when that is not really the case.:deal
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  10. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    ^ thank you, Jim.
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  11. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    :stupid :lol3

    :wave Jim
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  12. mountainguy

    mountainguy Been here awhile

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    Poorly worded response on my part. I assumed we were talking about what happens when a pump does leak. The actual number of water pumps that leak is a very small percentage. A high percentage of those that do leak weep very slowly for an extended time. As Jim stated, some seem to self heal. Others go on forever weeping. Some get worse and must be replaced. The small number of reports coming in would indicate it is a minor problem on the R1200GS.
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  13. JimVonBaden

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  14. RichBMW

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    It's internet hype, just like most of the problems with the LC. Things get blown out of all proportion on internet forums. :deal

    Now go and buy the bike.:lol3
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  15. IB1

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    Other than faulty buttons (which were all rapidly replaced) I have experienced no problems.
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    Get A KTM instead :huh :lol3
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  17. JimVonBaden

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  18. runnerhiker

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    Mine started weeping at around 400 miles, it's still weeping at 1100 miles. It's not a "failure" that keeps me from riding, and I would buy the bike again. But it's not hype, it's real enough to me, and it's an issue on something that's a non issue on vehicles today so it is disappointing.
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  19. smitty141

    smitty141 Been here awhile

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    Hey!!! I have a KTM... It doesn't leak!!

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  20. JimVonBaden

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    Yet!:evil
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