I think James hit the essence of K16 ownership and forum life. Owners post what they're passionate about, and "bad" is usually high on the list. I'm personally guilty. I've done my share of bellyaching about engine issues. But I don't believe what I've experienced is normal. I believe I'm in the minority, but the minority bitch the loudest, giving the impression that the K16 sky is falling. For every "me", I'm sure there are dozens who have almost no issues. Focusing on the positive, my experience is that BMW steps up to the plate in most cases. It's irritating that their cupboard is sometimes bare when it comes to key parts, and Mothership attitude towards customers could use an improvement, but they mostly come through. I'm not ready to throw in the BMW towel yet.The thing is that for many of us they do. I've owned three BMWs now and my friends have owned them. I've had two boxers and not this big thing. The boxers were bulletproof and I rode them really hard. So far this bike has also been trouble free. But no one manufacturer has a perfect track record. These bikes are ever more complicated and that means more things that will break.
The trouble with forums is that you only see the bad. And BMW isn't going to submit a defect rate publicly so we don't know how many of our bikes have major (or minor issues).
I agree that their main goal should be to produce a bike worthy of the cost.