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15-May-2019 02:12 PM (800)
Sundodger My first GS, a 2002 1150 needed a final drive rebuild at just over 100,000kms. I realised there was a problem when the drive began to leak oil. The service manager at Auto Classic in Perth, a BMW master tech, rebuilt it for me on a Saturday morning and I did the remove/replace so a relatively cheap repair. My next BMW, a new 2006 GSA, had the drive fail in under 10,000kms. Apparently a number of early 1200 GS's and GSA's experienced the same issue. This time around I found it by giving the rear wheel a bit of a shake and there was noticeable side to side movement and a slight knock. Drive was replaced under warranty.
My 2011 GSA goes to its new owner today and 56,000kms, no issues and hopefully the 2018 GSA Rallye which I now own will be equally as reliable. Only time will tell.
My experience with BMW dealerships has generally been positive as long as the bike has a decent OEM service history and hasn't been flogged within an inch of its life. Just my two bobs worth.
15-May-2019 05:27 AM (436)
sgbikerboy Greetings from Singapore! My 2014 1200GS LC experienced the dreaded catastrophic final drive failure at 73,000km (45,000mi) earlier this month! Needless to say, my confidence on the reliability of the machine had just dropped like a steel ball released from a 10-storey building. Wham bam!
02-Apr-2018 07:39 PM (027)
MrDodgie
2015 r1200gs lc k50

Greetings from Australia! I wanted to contribute to the discussion on Final Drive issues. I'm onto my 3rd GS. The 1st 96 model blew a final drive seal at 130,000 kms (74,500 miles). The 2015 model has just suffered catastrophic failure at 68,000 kms (42,250 miles). I'm located on North Coast New South Wales and was riding with a mate on Easter Sunday. Luckily we have a great retrieval service "Manbulance", and Chris was there in 20 minutes to pick me and the bike up and deliver us home 20 kms away for $75.00!!! Best service ever!!!

I read a similar situation from the owner of a liquid cooled model in Brazil; same symptoms and same result. The dealer offered him a good deal on a trade in which he followed through with, so needless to say I'm pretty nervous about the results from the workshop (Ballina Motorcycles) once they pull it down to make assessment. Obviously it's out of warranty, but in my books it's an early failure and I hope that BMW have my back on this considering I've been an outstanding client!

I'll post results as they come to hand for anyone that's interested.
17-Mar-2017 02:20 PM (806)
JetSpeed
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Originally Posted by RandyB View Post
Dropped the 2009 GSR1200a off at BMW Salt Lake city for rear brake pads and a oil change , later that afternoon I received a phone call informing me the bike was done but they found a bad Final Drive , and it needed to be replaced at $ 2400.00 plus labor, I only have 38K
on the bike, and have everything done through BMW authorized facilities, Now this trip will cost me 4K , when done , Now I'm being told this is a common problem, that they tried to fix from the factory level but still cant get it right , kinda like the fuel gauge perhaps third times the charm...

You spend several thousand dollars to get the best on the road. but when issues like this occur it makes you consider your choices , I
don't think you would see the issues on the Yamaha or the New Honda but we will see.....
One of the worst BMW Motorcycle dealers (service dept wise) in the country from my experience, certainly the worst I've ever dealt with.
17-Mar-2017 01:54 PM (787)
Bumblebee
Unexciting post.

The post is always more fun when something has gone wrong.

BUT,

In my case nothing has. Since 1988 I have had: K100RT, R-1000GS Airhead, F-650, R-75/6, R-1100, R-1150, R-1200 and now R-1200GSLC.

Other than normal wear and tear and things wearing out, in better then 400,000 miles of riding nothing has gone wrong.
I am a fan of BMW.

I told you this wouldn't be exciting.

- John
16-Mar-2017 06:40 PM (986)
bobbit Hi! does anyone encounters stalling on your GS1200? I have a 2008 GSA1200, It worries me alot when in twisty roads and the engine might fail, It could cause an accident... also my gas gauge is erratic, so Im depending on my estimate mileage. thanks...
17-May-2016 05:08 AM (422)
marty hill
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Originally Posted by RandyB View Post
Dropped the 2009 GSR1200a off at BMW Salt Lake city for rear brake pads and a oil change , later that afternoon I received a phone call informing me the bike was done but they found a bad Final Drive , and it needed to be replaced at $ 2400.00 plus labor, I only have 38K
on the bike, and have everything done through BMW authorized facilities, Now this trip will cost me 4K , when done , Now I'm being told this is a common problem, that they tried to fix from the factory level but still cant get it right , kinda like the fuel gauge perhaps third times the charm...

You spend several thousand dollars to get the best on the road. but when issues like this occur it makes you consider your choices , I
don't think you would see the issues on the Yamaha or the New Honda but we will see.....
I assume you confirmed what they told you by inspecting the bike?
16-May-2016 06:30 PM (979)
slowriding Sorry to hear you have a FD failure. Knock on wood, this is my 5th BMW and have had a variety of flavors, RT, LT, 1200GT, '07 GS, 1600GT and GSW. I'm not sure how many miles I have ridden these bikes but it is in the hundreds of thousands of miles and never had a FD fail on me. That being said I have had switches, ABS module, water pumps, coils and some other issues but I keep buying these bikes since I have found nothing better that delivers what I want in a motorcycle. I hope you get many more years of use and enjoyment out of your GS.
16-May-2016 02:33 PM (814)
RandyB
I must be the once per year owner...

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Originally Posted by LDrider View Post
A tech at a large metro dealership said he sees about 1 premature drive failure per year across the whole BMW line. He said a leaky seal is more common but that rarely results in failure unless ignored.
Dropped the 2009 GSR1200a off at BMW Salt Lake city for rear brake pads and a oil change , later that afternoon I received a phone call informing me the bike was done but they found a bad Final Drive , and it needed to be replaced at $ 2400.00 plus labor, I only have 38K
on the bike, and have everything done through BMW authorized facilities, Now this trip will cost me 4K , when done , Now I'm being told this is a common problem, that they tried to fix from the factory level but still cant get it right , kinda like the fuel gauge perhaps third times the charm...

You spend several thousand dollars to get the best on the road. but when issues like this occur it makes you consider your choices , I
don't think you would see the issues on the Yamaha or the New Honda but we will see.....
27-Mar-2012 01:25 PM (767)
marc Partially incorrect... The flange is an interference fit onto the splines of the axle. If the flange is bad or cracked it can be replaced. Been there, done that.

However, if the flange is loose on the splines a new flange will not be any better. The fix is a new gear set. Installing a new gear set is beyond the ability of most dealers and if not the labor to do so makes it a very expensive task... so expensive that an entirely new FD is cheaper.

Loose flanges were an issue with a very small number of bikes built in 2004. It hasn't been a commonly reported problem since then. FD issues tend to be:

1) leaky seal
2) cracked flange (not really an FD issue, but often reported that way)
3) pinion bearing
4) main bearing

BMW changed the housing and pinion bearing in '06 or '07. The housing has been changed several times since the bike was introduced.
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