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post #1 of 12 Old 02-07-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Are bmw's more expensive to fix than an average bike (i.e. honda, yamaha)?

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Yes. The shaft drive models are notorious for having to need parts every 30k miles or so.

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Yes. The shaft drive models are notorious for having to need parts every 30k miles or so.

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Ill be getting the f650gs. Chain driven. So that shouldnt be a huge deal.

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Not true. Put 70,000 miles on a 99 KRS with nothing more than tires, fluids changes and brake pads. Got 16,000 on my current 2011 K1300S with zero issues. I know several other BMW's with over 100k without problems. Yes, all shaft drives. Maintenance is key.

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If it weren't an issue there wouldn't be dozens of threads about it (maybe not your specific model) but there are several models with premature failure, well within maintenance intervals.

Just one thread of many: The dreaded final drive failure. - BMWSportTouring Forums

Fellow at work has one and he has mentioned the need for extra care and maintenance on the shaft drive due to prone to failure.

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I saw one of the flagship six cyl touring bikes eat 4 pistons in under 20 miles.
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Check over on Advrider.com. Many, many threads about issues and pricey service work.

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I saw one of the flagship six cyl touring bikes eat 4 pistons in under 20 miles.

OOPS 20K miles
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OOPS 20K miles
I was gonna say... how'd it keep running after losing the first few?

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Yes but many of us would jump at the chance to have a cheap vintage BMW cafe project.
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Ill be getting the f650gs. Chain driven. So that shouldnt be a huge deal.
old single or newer twin? For the most part they are not that bad to maintain either way. They are slightly more than the japanese rivals albeit the Japs don't really make anything to compete with the f series bikes that they sell in the states.. The hardest part is parts availability. If you have a good dealer near by this won't be an issue if not you might have to wait a bit for parts.

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