How's BMW reliability (thinking 650/800GS) and maintenance?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Lopoetve, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Yad

    Yad yet another dave

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    What happened?

    Mine's never had a hiccup, but it's young - just a year and 9k miles. Whatever's off with these bikes I'd like to hear about it (and ideally try to prevent it).
    thanks,
    dave
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  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    After a higher speed run of over an hour and then running moderate speed (like on a freeway for an hour and then move through a town) the bike just stopped. It started running roughly and then stopped. Twice.

    The fans said it's a known issue fixable with a $400 PC III. Bah. The shifting was always crapppy. The fans said I need to shim the rear wheel because Zook doesn't align the swingarm or the swingarms are bent or something. Bah.

    I tried a Tiger 1050 and then the Strom felt like a piece of farm machinery in compare. So my wife says you really want that Tiger and I'll buy it for you. Goodbye Strom.

    On the good side, the Strom was enormously comfortable.
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  3. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Slide, I did all that bullshit on my strom too with the spacers on the axle, put Wilber springs front and rear...Mine had a habit of turning off at speed but dealer could never figure it out!!! Like I said, I am done with Suk.:puke1
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  4. Yad

    Yad yet another dave

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    Thanks. Can't blame you, that's frustrating. Sounds like Suzuki lets too many bugs get through. My 2007 DL1k has been great, no shims or refueling, but that's not always the case and they should certainly step up.

    love the Tiger. If I bin this one I'd look really hard at one of those.

    Sorry to threadjack, back to your BMWfest! As for my contribution: I know exactly zero about the F bikes but by looks alone, I'm intrigued.


    P.S. Awesome wife ya got there!
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  5. Rustler

    Rustler Happy Camper

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    Rotax makes great motors, so this should be a very reliable bike. Its the first Beemer that has grabbed my attention. I will wait until next summer, after the public beta testers have had a chance to shake out any bugs, before I make a final decision on a purchase.
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  6. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    That's pretty thin skinned of you. Or have you completely lost all sense of humor?
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  7. Monkey_Boy

    Monkey_Boy Los bitchos atacan

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    Hmm, I just did. All I could find was something about women and clothes and wrinkles... :wink:

    Hey pilot, no worries. I sometimes have to ignore myself because I deserve it!
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  8. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Is VegasMick your fake noob?
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  9. Monkey_Boy

    Monkey_Boy Los bitchos atacan

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    Who dat be?

    I don't have a fake noob. Although it sounds like fun. But I already annoy the hell out of myself, who needs a fake noob? :lol3
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  10. Uriel

    Uriel Adventurer

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    Picked it up tonight and it turns out they only charged £40.63, which was a pleasant surprise.

    I mentioned the clonking forks when I dropped it off and they said they've checked everything over and there is nothing wrong with the bike and they've compared it with the other two 800s they had in and they're all identical.
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  11. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Interesting on the 600 mile service. Here in the USA they make a big deal of it and say it typically runs $350.00 USD ... which is considerably more than the USA equal of £40....

    On the folks ... is the clunking on heavy compression or when the forks are "topping out" that is most of the weight is off the front of the bike?

    If it is the later case, I might recommend adding a small amount of extra fork oil to each fork ... maybe 10ml and see if it gets better.
    I have used that fix successfully on my past bike.... I changed fork oil as maintenance item and started getting clunking with forks fully extended ... another 10ml of oil in each tube patched things right up....

    Jim
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  12. Uriel

    Uriel Adventurer

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    Actually, there was something I picked up on when the guy was giving me the invoice. He said something along the lines of "Your contribution for the service is £40". It sounded as though I wasnt' being charged the full amount. The invoice is for a gasket, the filter and oil (Castrol GPD 10W-40). No labour.

    I'm not 100% on the forks. I'll no doubt get a better feel for it as I put more miles on it, but it feels exactly as I'd expect loose head bearings to feel. Like a small 'clonk' whenever the direction of the force on the forks changes...when you hit a bump and they start to compress or if you come off a bump or hit a recess in the road and the forks extend. But only if it's a fairly sharp action. Like if you hit a new piece of surfacing on the road that's higher, it'll do it as you hit the ridge, but nothing when the forks then settle back down.

    I'm not worried about it. I can't feel anything amiss when riding and if I'm at a stand still and bounce the front end up and down with the brake held I don't feel or hear is, as I'd expect if te forks or yokes were moving about in the headstock.
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  13. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Well, you may wish to put the bike on the centrestand or otherwise suspend the front wheel. Then standing in front of the bike, grasp the forks left and right at the place where the wheel attaches (axel). Push and pull smartly to see if you sense any movement.

    No harm in trying.
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