Who has had problems with cross spoke wheels?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Beemer Rob, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Beemer Rob

    Beemer Rob Stuck in Ohio

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    Tell us about your issues with the spoke wheels on 1200GS BMW's.
    Wobbles?
    Vibration?
    Tire blaming?
    Tell us how you got yours repaired by BMW.
    Replace wheel?
    Was it good?
    I know Woody's can fix them. but who pays when your bike is under warranty?
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  2. Ken Fritz

    Ken Fritz Long timer

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    over 40,000 miles, including lots of loaded and 2 up riding, on my GS with spokes and no problems at all.:D
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  3. SiouxsieCat

    SiouxsieCat Been here awhile

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    09 GS with spoked wheels. Only 3,000 miles, but no issues whatsoever. Street and highway for the most part.
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  4. Gimpinator

    Gimpinator Core Dumper

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    The spoke wheels on my '05 12GS are great, but the factory clear anodizing is fragile. It's a bit cloudy after 58K miles. Dirt hides it well.
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  5. White Tenere

    White Tenere 42 years on two wheels

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    I've had a 1150 ADV and 1200 ADV and never had one issue with the spoked wheels..
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  6. LoCoMatt

    LoCoMatt Busy

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    What exactly is "tire blaming"? I may have this problem and not even know it!
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  7. "Spaniard"

    "Spaniard" Adventurer

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    is when you are "blaming" your tires for your own lack of skill:rofl
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  8. LoCoMatt

    LoCoMatt Busy

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    Oh, right ... I definitely have that problem! :D

    Damn cross spoke wheels!
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  9. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    Beemer Bob,

    First you have a GS not the Adventure and I did not know they came with spoked tubless BMW wheels..

    Next "repaired by BMW"? for what? Hmmmmmm...my spoked wheels ['07GSA] have been 110% so far and that is about 95% off road with a load...great setup and wonderful bike... I would for off road riding like a 21" front wheel, but even as it is the bike exceeds my ability to ride it!

    And Woody is #1...but so far I have not needed his handycraft...

    Ps...Your profile mentions a dream of a GS with no rear wheel play...care to explain?
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  10. TaterHarry

    TaterHarry Redneck Emeritus

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    26,000 hard miles on my GSA spokes. Lots of offroad, rocky, bumpy, overloaded miles. I have a small wobble (Left/Right, not a hop) in the rear wheel I noticed last tire change, maybe 3/8" total wobble. I haven't noticed it affect handling yet so it's very low on the priority list for fixing. Maybe this winter? :dunno
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  11. Disco Dean

    Disco Dean Long timer

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    49,000km not a problem.
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  12. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    200,000 miles on 1200 gs's and 650 gs's. No problems. Feel free to get one now.
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  13. jeffs900s

    jeffs900s Prophet of Doom

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    No problems on either GS with the spoked wheels. What is tire blaming anyway?
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  14. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    Had 4 loose spokes on my front at the last scheduled service, but I'm not surprised. The FS roads around here took a real beating this past winter.

    I get a lot of compliments on my wheels, typically followed by, "Are those tubeless tires?"
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  15. ricohman

    ricohman Marinoni man

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    Beat the hell out of them and no problems at all.
    I don't like the color though!
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  16. ADVSaint

    ADVSaint Been here awhile

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    Bob:

    My '07 laced wheels have always taken a year's run from a small lead mine to balance. So I had my Dealer look at this before my warranty expired. Guess what?!! My wheels are just 'within spec' according to BMW.:huh

    Woody's can correct this for a reasonable fee and, no, BMW will not be footing the bill.

    Good luck! :D
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  17. webwalker

    webwalker Monitor monitor

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    They do for an extra $500.

    Spokes on my '05 and now on the '10. No problems so far. Well, other than than the EXPs that came stock on the '10. Now the rear is worn out in 5k miles. Damn spoked wheels!
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  18. mitch

    mitch Long timer

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    No trouble with the spokes bent a rim, broke the fog light bracket and the tab on the snorkel to the airbox, all on the same pot hole, but the spokes were fine :cry
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  19. marcus-st12

    marcus-st12 frenchy

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    60000km on my 06 gs and seem to have a flat spot on the front wheel...tought it might be bad balancing, so rebalanced with new tires and still a wobble at about 60km/hr....will be taking the wheel apart and sending it to woody this winter because my bmw dealership said they recomend changing the wheel but way too pricy....
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  20. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    2005, 30,000 miles, Cracked front rim at the seam. Replaced by Woody's.

    Both rims were out of true and round. Never off-roaded the bike.
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