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post #1 of 52 Old 07-04-2015, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Brand new K1600 failure- sad story

This is making the LD news and it does not speak well of the BMW brand. Between this and my friend's catastrophe K1600 engine failure, leads to a lack of confidence in the new K's.

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Further testing of the bike at the BMW dealership resulted in the complete failure of the 'DME (?)' to accept any 'updates'. There are much more descriptive efforts and details of the problem in various threads on LDRider.

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post #2 of 52 Old 07-04-2015, 03:07 PM
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Like I said to you in another location...stop fanning the flames!

There are MANY MANY more examples of everyday riders that have no problems and love the K1600...just because it happened to someone on the IBA Rally ride, doesn't make the "Brand" bad, or the latest of several updates bad, or cause the rest of us happy K1600 owners to loose faith in this wonderful machine.

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I'm sure BMW didn't put a faulty ECM in his machine on purpose. There's things out there that happen and while hard to believe are still out of a manufacturers control. I think small computer chips, fall under this category.

Personally..... I would have never taken a brand new, untested machine on a LD trip like that. I would have wanted to put some miles on it first if for nothing else than to shake it down real good. Had this happened 6 months before the rally, I'm sure they could have it fixed and he wouldn't be as down on the machine as he is now.

Why post this here? Not enough attention elsewhere?

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post #4 of 52 Old 07-04-2015, 03:20 PM
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Sad story for sure...

Fact remains, failures can and do happen on any brand of bike.

According to the website, it looks like he finished the 2013 IBR on a BMW...but I guess it's easier to exclude that information...
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The writing of both the owner of the bike and the OP of this thread are extremely sensationalized, but there is no real information about what actually went wrong. While I am the first to say that BMW pushes the envelope in bleeding edge technology which does seem to result in a worse overall reliability, the truth is that in my three plus years on this forum, there are actually very few stories of bikes leaving someone stranded - dead in the water.

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post #6 of 52 Old 07-04-2015, 03:49 PM
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It's very sad to hear that they had this failure but the chap writing this was overly 'flowery' in his description.

Sucks it happened but is it really that bad?
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most electronics fail...within....

Back in the day we turned on new pc's in the computer room and left them on for three or four days solid before giving them to people. It seemed that if a circuit board was going to fail it would fail in the first few days after getting hot. Solder joints, etc,. PC's that would pass this initial test would end up running for years left on 24/7 as long as they weren't on the floor collecting dust in the fan. Electronic failures are not UN-COMMON.

So you bought a brand new bike and decided to enter an Iron Butt rally. Seems like user error on your part. Do you put on brand new tires and go riding down the freeway at + double nickel speeds? To you change the oil, filter , get on and ride 100 + miles and hour and never check for leaks?

Wake up - don't blame the brand, change your attitude and plan for success not failure.

There will be other rallies, put 20K on your bike, work out the kinks then your probability of riding 2k more will be much higher.


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He's been here 2 years and had 2 posts before this one. Trolling much?

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Sorry you had problems but they all break

In the last 40 years my family has owned dealerships in every brand. They all break. The difference between the best and the worst are very small measured in 1 in 10,000 cars. The amount you spend means little. $100,000 BMW's break down and so do $15,000 Chevrolets. they are all mechanical and put together by human beings. Look it up, its true.
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