I just bought a K16 from 2013 last month, and after buying it I thought : Hey maybe it would have been a good idea to check on the forum what the main issues are...
You ******* scared me !
Half of the topics are overheating problem, the other half is oil consumption, the third half is transmission problem... (Wait... that's too many halfs... Man am I bad at maths...)
Just to say that waiting for the bike to be delivered, I was lurking on this forum and you really scared me.
I thought this bike was not as good as I imagined, that I made the wrong choice and should have stayed with a FJR etc...
Fast forward 14 days after I bought it and the bike is delivered. 3 days to build the trust and I go for a 10 days roadtrip with it.
2k miles later, I had 0 issue...
- No overheating
- No oil consumption
- Oookkkk the transmission makes some noise but nothing preventing me from riding !
About overheating, I know it's a sensitive topic, but I did not experience it despite "tough" condition pretty similar to what DavidMck described on his topic "Not fit for purpose".
2 on the bike, lateral cases full of junk, same for the top case, some more junk ON the top case, and I got stuck behind multiple bus for 7 miles under 35C at 5-10mph...
The temp gauge went to the 7th bar, fan on, temp lowered to the 5th bar... that's all. No overheating issue.
Seeing this many posts about overheating I consider myself lucky I guess...
And I was driving in Germany, so it means cruising at 120mph with 2 people on the bike, bike loaded etc.
So to sum up... It works well ! Very well I would say !
I just wanted to share also good vibes about this bike ! For future owners that don't know the model yet, it's not as "bad" as it seems when you read the forum.
Of course, we tend to post only when we face an issue, so here is a post that balances a bit.
This (my) bike works