okay, here's where I'm at and let's try to keep this thing warm and fuzzy 'cuz I'm trying real hard! Took the GTL out for a 2nd ride today to make sure I had it set up like I liked and was familiar with changing options on the fly to evaluate. Much nicer experience, came back to the dealer trying to decide between a slightly used blue (1300 miles) or spring for a new silver contingent upon getting the most for my trades.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I do some more review searching and run across a couple of these:
November 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Got me a new k16gtl and a hand full of problems. Transmission is gone, need a new transmission it will take 4-6 weeks to get it from Germany. Oil leaks and water pump leaks. I am not the only one with a hand full of problems. My original bike is a harley. and yes that’s what I am riding now as the bimmer is resting at the dealer. Get the HD, You will not wait 4-6 weeks for parts.
My HD 2005 60,000 miles no problems, BMW K1600 2012 4000 miles big problems
January 19, 2012 at 7:20 am
I just traded my GTL in on an RT, I rode Harley Touring bikes for 30 years and have never had the problems I was having with the GTL. The GTL was my first BMW and I was very disappointed so I will see if I have any problems with the RT. The GTL started from day one
Ron Miller says:
May 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm
I owened the 1200 touring BMWs, I went back to the Gold wings, I oreded the new GTL but took it out for a test and asked for my money back. Faster than a gold wing but not near as nice, stereo sucked compaired to a Wings, finish and comfort not even close to a wing, now if the wing was faster I would not even look at the BMW but they are not faster and may never be so BMW ever gets there bikes to be as dependable I will buy one, just for the power
I know they are but a few opinions but I've never encountered anything like these in any bike I've previously owned. Still haven't been able to ride a Wing due to the following responses from local dealers:
1)test ride it with one of our staff on a pre-designed route for 15 minutes with the presumption to buy if you can't find anything wrong
2) basically buy the bike and if you find you don't like it within 20 miles, bring it back and we'll buy it back
Both of these options turned me off so I'm in a bit of a quandry. Granted, I've never spent this much money on a bike (14k,twice,though), but is this common place nowadays for dealers to offer this type of "test ride?"
BMW dealer has been great and accomodating but still limited test ride to 30-40 minutes. Help, I'm getting a bike-research-overload headache!!!