- Sep 30, 2019
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- San Diego, California, USA
I had a 1992 BMW K75S that I bought in 2002 with 36K for $3,600 - it had the dry car style clutch replaced at a cost of $1200 and the PO was scared-straight! I though well that is out of the way what else could go wrong? 2 months later - aluminum gas tank started leaking at the base - rubber cushions wore and I replaced the right away but the damage was done. $1,400 for a new tank + fuel pump etc needed to be swapped. 3 trips to the welder and the tank had no more leaks - there were two cracks. Water pump seal, starter seal, battery $100, Upper fork tubes, and too many things to list. at 64K the final drive went $1200 (add 40% to prices for inflation). I sold it with 64K miles. BMW - never again.That is great mileage.
I only ever once saw such mileage on a bike and that was a BM R100GS. ... forgot to mention the other 100,000 Kms to the purchaser. He was one reason (among others) why I never owned a BM again after the one that replaced the GS.
Bought 2012 Honda NC700X with 33K for $1,600 . Needed all regular maintenance, and some minor damage + tires, chain & sprockets, battery, front brake pads, (clutch is about 85% worn), all fluids, valve adjustment, etc. Would take this bike any day over the BMW or nearly any other bike.