So, I had a 2007 R1200RT and at around 16k miles my crown bearing went out, luckily BMW covered the cost.
Now I have a 2008 R1200RT and at around 19.5k mile the whole final drive went out and had to be replaced. About $1900 on my dime. Both bikes were service regularly with recommended lubricants.
This has gotten me wondering, two bikes, two final drive problems.
Is my riding style causing final drive problems or is it bad luck?
Now I mention my riding skills because one of the riding techniques I've learned is to apply the rear brake with a little throttle while traveling at very low rates of speed to help control the bike which makes it "standup". This is a skill that is especially used by motorcycle officers to control the bike a low speeds. I believe many of the motor officers use this skill in their riding competitions as well.
Is it bad luck, faulty design, my riding technique or a combo of all that is causing my final drive problems?
If it is my driving style, applying brakes with a little throttle, then perhaps others who are using this technique, i.e., police motor units, would see a ongoing problem with their final drives as well.
Anyone have any experience, thoughts or ideas about that?