The ride of Life
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Belmont, Calif.
For me service issues are almost nill.
Got my first BMW in 1988, a K-100 still have it, runs strong. Nothing has ever gone wrong with it. A complete dealer service on that bike is about $600.
The next was a R-100GS Airhead. Never any issues. Full dealer service on that was about $450.00
Next an F-650GS Dakar. Full dealer service on that about $800.
Next an R-1150GS. Never any problems. Full dealer service about $500.00
Next a R-1200ST Complete dealer service about $600
Next R-1200RT Never any problems. Complete dealer service about $700.00
Now R-1200GSLC. Now at 6000 miles. Service cost about $700.
What drives the price up is simply time spent by the mechanic.
So, the BMW motorcycles that I have had have been completely reliable.
From riding buds, one was a certified BMW mechanic - regarding the GS, "a good bike but not unbreakable, it seems as though some of the owners go out of their was to abuse them." Another one was in the business of renting bikes, "The biggest issue I have is people falling off of them or running into things. Yes, if you go by the book BMW service is expensive." He had a mechanic that worked for him part time and did the maintenance. BTW, I was his mechanic during a period of under employment.
The biggest issue was flat tires. The second was small riders trying to handle large motorcycles, like the GS. Most renters were very careful with the motorcycles, other than normal wear and tear most were returned as rented. Once in a while we'd get some yahoo that would do some stupid things and the bike came back damaged, sometimes in not so obvious ways.
This guy had BMW's (RT and GS) Hondas (Goldwings, CB-750's and Rebel 250's) The Rebels would get run out of oil. The rider of the rebel would try to keep up with the Goldwings running flat out for hours, the 250 motor would burn (more like regurgitate) oil at sustained redline RPM's and eat it's two quarts up in about 400 miles. He dropped them from his offerings when both of the 250's did the grande thing.
All of his GS's were 1100's at that time, we quickly discovered that an unacceptable small number of riders actually fit them, we installed low seats and lowered the suspension. We added R-1100R's to the stable as well.
Also after about a year he added to the rental agreement that the bikes would not be taken off the pavement.
When he sold the business he had over 40 bikes in the rental fleet. He would do a commercial lease on them for three years, after that they were returned and replaced with new motorcycles, so the fleet was always fresh.