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Old 09-09-2009, 04:17 AM   #121
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Question Newer BMW longevity

I'm up in Canada right now and ran into a guy riding a Concours 1400. He already has 40,000 Km on the bike and it has been flawless. We were talking about BMWs and he said he bought the Kawasaki because he was told by a fairly knowledgeable (yea, I know) dealer who sold both brands that the BMWs are "not the BMWs of you father's years," that the bearings and running parts were simply not as robust or long-wearing. Where they used to go 200,000 miles before needing much work, now the bikes are lucky to go 100,000 miles before hitting the graveyard, given the same level of care.

Conjectural bullshit or part truth?

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Old 09-09-2009, 04:30 AM   #122
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[...] he was told by a fairly knowledgeable (yea, I know) dealer who sold both brands that the BMWs are "not the BMWs of you father's years," that the bearings and running parts were simply not as robust or long-wearing. Where they used to go 200,000 miles before needing much work, now the bikes are lucky to go 100,000 miles before hitting the graveyard, given the same level of care.

Conjectural bullshit or part truth?

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Yea,

but you also have to think that now we are used to a completely other riding comfort, riding safety, speeds and maintenance than our fathers. They coudn't afford to go to BMW repairer only every 20.000 kms to have oil changed and everything checked. So you either have simple and robust but bad handling and uncomfy bike of yesterday or a well handling, but light, delicate and full of electronic gimmicks bikes of today.

Still it is a shame that a 1200GS or GSA only after a minor accident gets irrepairable damages (frame for example).

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Old 09-09-2009, 04:30 AM   #123
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Just turned 40k miles last week! Bought it with 28k.

I suppose like anything, time will tell on the "new" ones. I'll say it again, this thread was THE CLINCHER for me buying my 1150 when I was on the fence. Granted, Hank's is more a "BMW of my father's" being an 1100, but I'm confident.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:38 AM   #124
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This should put some ease into all the people plagued by worries that their Beemer will self destruct prematurely due to FD failures, warped rotors, main seal leaks, loose bolts, electrical malfunctions, and so on...
I salute you and your magnificent bike. 400K ..who could ask for more?
Uh no... ? ;)
Since people are worried about the NEW BMW's. Not the old ones :P
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:43 AM   #125
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Uh no... ? ;)
Since people are worried about the NEW BMW's. Not the old ones :P
"New" vs. "Old." How are we defining the two? Airhead? 1100? 1150?
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:57 AM   #126
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:32 AM   #127
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Way to go Ara!
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:10 AM   #128
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Laugh

My '06 R 1150 GSA has 84.5 K miles on it without any hickup's. Just replaced the FD pivot bearings. That is it. I don't count tires and brakepads either.

On a side note; I like the 'older' BMW's better too, as it seems, IMHO, that they were made to last. There are few newer BMW bikes with high milage so there is no comparison yet, but in this day and age of mass consumption/throw away society, newer is not always better. YMMV

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:29 PM   #129
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You rule

Thanks you have given me hope my 94 r1100 has 13000 miles due to gremlins electrical ,any how after it gets back from the shop I may have to keep it . Keep on rocking in the free world.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:24 AM   #130
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Stille thinking about keeping my 100.000 miles R 1150 GS or my 37.000 Miles 1200 GS.
For the moment the 1150 is winning this little game

Final countdown started, the answer will be at the end of december
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:55 AM   #131
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For the moment the 1150 is winning this little game
Je veux, oui!

Forza 1150!

R1150GSA now 85Kkm and working better than a Swiss clock! They like the milleage those heavy metal beauty
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:35 PM   #132
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Interesting read.

Way to go Hank! Keep us posted.

My 08 12GS is still getting broken in. 14K + miles. A few warranty recalls, but it is running great right now! My Aeroflow fairing helps out for sure.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:51 AM   #133
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I met you at the equator in Ecuador!!!

Great milage Hank, but I was reading this thread and realized who you were. On my recent trip last year through part of South America in Ecuador I took a cab to the equator and saw your bike in the parking lot. I knew I had to meet whoever was riding that GS. I met you in the eatery, remember. You were in that BMW gear slao. What's up dude? Sounds like your trip was great. Cheers mate.

Here's what I saw when I got out of the cab..........



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Old 02-23-2010, 11:09 AM   #134
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Hey Ryan, yes, I remember meeting you at the equator! I'm always blown away by the people I've meet over my travels. My GS did great on the South American trip, with some small problems but, lucky for me I was always able to sort/fix the problems quickly. My GS is about to turn 460,000. As for me, I working on my own repair BMW M/Cs in South Texas, trying to save for the next trip! Anybody traveling south or coming from the south look me up, motohank.com

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Old 02-23-2010, 12:09 PM   #135
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hell yeah, will do. I had such a good time I will definatley do it again. This time I'll bring the lady along. She'll be on her own bike of coarse. Great stuff man!!!!! Great stuff!!!
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