Bad News: My original K1600GT water pump puked its guts and is now being replaced.
Good News: It did it at 5.5K miles here in my hometown of Chandler and is being replaced as we speak by Victory BMW. "Gisele" is also getting her 6K service and new PR3 tires.
Really Good News: My Son Seth and I are leaving for Alaska on Gisele on June 18 and I was planning on dragging a new water pump along with us. Thanks to this WP failure occurring locally (I'm an Eternal Optimist!) I no longer am fearing a road WP replacement!