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Old 02-24-2013, 04:17 PM   #31
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"I've now read about bad bearings, bad stators, cracked gas tanks, leaking valve covers, leaking water pumps, bad fuel pumps and bad suspensions. I know anything mechanical can fail, and I know the Internet sometimes is not the best source of info, but this is crazy."

They are real problems. Somebody had them and posted them up. Then a lot of people talked about themBMW does not post its production number by model, so it is hard to determine if it is "normal". BMW also upgrades the bike without any fanfare so even the dealers are unaware of some of them or can tell you why.

I have a 2009 bike manufactured in 7/08. It had way too many recalls, and upgrades(fixes that did not warrant recalls because they did not endanger your life). Half of my riding is on fire roads and I was not impressed by the suspension.

BMW fixed all but the suspension under warranty. I did that on my own along with an Accelerator module to cure the abrupt throttle. Something you won't notice unless are putting around on rocky terrain at low rpm.

You are buying a 2013 bike that has different forks than mine. That ventilated flywheel on your bike will probably solve any stator issue. I had a cracked fuel tank that was replaced by a newer version. A lot of riders were in a hurry and got old stock only to crack again. Sounds like either old stock or an occasional new tank cracking. Don't worry about it, you have a 3 year warranty and 2 years on the replacement.

BMW made a better/thicker gasket for the valve cover. It is a wear item than riders pay for. Instead running to the dealer, if they had waited until service time, they would have gotten it without paying additional.

I have my own idea on fuel pumps. I don't think it is piss pore design. I ride year round, get gas from stations with a lot of customers and run an occasional dose of Techron in it. It has been fine.

Many of the bearing complaints came early and it was found there was a 2 month period when rear wheels had a constricted bores and not only ruined the original bearing but the replacement. Still a few bearing complaints but probably no worse than any other bike. I just grease mine.

I read about leaky water pumps occasionally, doesn't seem to be too many out there. I did not have that problem.

I have not had an issue in over 3yrs. Change the oil, check the clearance and go. It has never left me stranded.

A shaky start but I like it. So much so, that for much of my fire road travels I use it, instead of my thumper, because it is so much more stable.

It is the Internet, not everything you read is true. Go enjoy your bike
Thanks man. That's a lot of updated specific information on some of the problems I was worried about.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:15 AM   #32
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How long ago did you order yours. I ordered 2/7, and salesman said 60-75 days...so I'm hoping early/mid april. Good choice on color...mine shouldn't be too many #'s behind yours.
Well I talked to him early last week and he said it would be arriving in the warehouse this week. He asked if I wanted to pick it up earlier (being early to mid march) but I declined as there is still snow and I am super busy at work until the beginning of April. No sense in paying for it and insurance and using up warranty time when I can't ride it.
I ordered it last November with an April delivery date in mind. I could have had one much earlier but with work being busy and my sons hockey and my daughters activities it wasn't worth it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:39 AM   #33
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:13 AM   #34
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I have a 2009 bike manufactured in 7/08. It had way too many recalls, and upgrades(fixes that did not warrant recalls because they did not endanger your life).
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I have not had an issue in over 3yrs. Change the oil, check the clearance and go. It has never left me stranded.

A shaky start but I like it.
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It is the Internet, not everything you read is true. Go enjoy your bike.
Itsatdm's assessment is virtually the same as mine with my 2009. Had I bought a 2012, my visits to the dealers would have been less frequent. I would expect the redesigned 2013 to be even better.

As for the suspension, just do the upgrades now, rather than "wearing out" the OEM components. You're buying the bike for recreation and pleasure, right? You will enjoy your expensive bike much more from the get-go.

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:14 PM   #35
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My guess is that you will most likely enjoy the F8GS. Good on two track and goes 130 mph on pavement. Out corners the big sport tourers in twisty stuff. I've got a DRZ 400, an F8GS, and a K1300GT. All do well for what I got them for. If I had to sell two of them the F800GS is the one that I would keep.
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