2002 R1150RT (sold)
I am looking forward to what the major reason for complaints about the K16 will be, down the road, once all the shade-tree mechanics had a chance to screw theirs up. For the Oilheads it was "Surging"......
You have the tools: Do you own a shop with all the proper diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot a modern electronically controlled vehicle? Do you own all the special tools required today for all possible different fasteners?
Do you have all specific service manuals, giving you all the torques, data and other specs for proper maintenance?
I have a masters in mechanical engineering. I raced bikes when I was younger. I still work on most of my classic bikes. There is a certain level of technology that became state fo the art at a certain time and I believe that maintenance of that should not be tackled at home in a garage. The K1600 is shock full of that stuff.
The included tools are a screwdriver and one torx wrench. That should be a clue to not touch.
I'm sorry but the minor service on these bikes is not complex, requires no special tools other than a torque wrench, and yes, I have the factory service manual which is pretty damn complete for all of the service procedures.
I've had too much shoddy work done at a variety of dealerships to think that I'm putting my bike in good hands EVERY time I drop it off.
Just my .02 and probably not worth that.
Well, you are retreating. ALL of the service work is different to MINOR service work, as far as I am concerned.
I have a few bmw bikes and do much of the servicing. But on my k16gt I can only do so much, I do fluid change, lub, brakes and farkling. The rest will be done at the stealer, for now. I'll see how it goes after the warranty. This bike is like a car and the things we can do are limited.
Yes the k16gt/gtl cost quite a bit to buy and service. But it gives a hell of a ride...
I just got my hand on a nice 1997r1100gs, and I think I'll have as much pleasure in working on it as riding it .