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Notice that BMW reduced their warranty from unlimited mileage to 36,000 miles.Since BMW rates as one of the lowest in reliability I guess it all comes down to whether you get a good one or not regarding cost to own once the warranty is up.
Perhaps a comparison with old and new might be useful.I recently had my 30+ year old, 105,000 mile R100GS recommissioned in Germany after 27 months of inactivity, after my last 2019 Euro-ride had ended in a return to base with an entirely destroyed front brake (caliper piston froze, one pad wore out in 2000 miles destroying the disk). The price including 2 years storage, a new upgraded 300-mm disk, caliper overhaul, adapter bracket, plus full service including all fluids changed, valve adjust, carb synch, new clutch cable and some other odds and ends was Ä1150. The bill was not itemized, a cash transaction, although its obvious that when subtracting 2 years storage cost the remaining maintenance and repair cost for the old GS was quite inexpensive by any measureÖ and yes I do appreciate the good deal. However for comparison, the effort by the same guy at the same time to resurrect a friendís late model 1200GS for the same trip was Ä2200 - at least double the maintenance cost, with no destroyed front brake to deal with and storage cost the same for both bikes.Not scientific data, but it is real. Late model BMWs are not cheap to own. Thereís a lot of stuff to break and it does break occasionally even in storage, these are not Japanese quality products. And when the complex stuff does malfunction the cost is high. The guy that does the work on my bike in Germany is a factory trained mechanic and current BMW factory employee, so given that heís a great guy it makes sense to stick with a BMW. Every so often a good deal on a later model BMW comes along, typically another American wanting to sell his US registered bike in Germany, and I consider replacing the old one. Then I decide not to do so. The guy doing the work agrees with me.Just my observation.
What needed to be done to the 1200GS?
Scheduled service plus some issue with the TPS or other similar EFI sensor. Iím not sure about tires.Edit - Remembering some parking lot talk, I think it may have been a faulty actuator for the exhaust system flapper (which if I recall correctly is like a throttle ahead of the muffler, ECU driven)
The exhaust flapper on wetheads is more a dB killer at low RPM's on the camheads its supposed to add a bit of backpressure for more low end grunt. In reality they serve very little purpose.
<Snapping suspenders>Doing the same on a Guzzi Ambassador:- 3 qts. Sheel Rotella T4: $9.75- brake fluid, what brake fluid? Okay, lube the cables, probably cost as much as the brake fluid. $2 or so- 910 cc of CRC Sta-Lube GL4 Gear Oil: $9-ish- 20 cc of moly additive: $1?- no brand name air filter: $14.58 - oil filter, what oil filter? $36.33. Probably won't need the air filter, $21.75 in that case.
And since you don't drink deduct another $15 to $20 for "liquid wrench" so its like $1.75 to service an Loop......if you don't
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