View Poll Results: Have you had at least ONE fuel strip fail?

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  • YES - 2005 model year

    57 6.75%
  • YES - 2006 model year

    44 5.21%
  • YES - 2007 model year

    98 11.61%
  • YES - 2008 model year

    121 14.34%
  • YES - 2009 model year

    160 18.96%
  • YES - 2010 model year

    64 7.58%
  • YES - 2011 model year (R1200R only I think..)

    23 2.73%
  • YES - Multiple fuel strip failures - please note model/year in a comment

    75 8.89%
  • NO - fuel strip failure. Please note year/model in a comment

    257 30.45%
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  1. #1
    A bozo on the bus deilenberger's Avatar
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    Fuel strip poll

    This is a simple poll to try to gather some info on what the failure rate of fuel-strips for various year bikes was.

    Since this will include some years where BMW used both strips and a float assembly, I'll try to take that into account. If you've had multiple fuel strips - please note that in a comment.

    * I'm making this an open poll, so usernames will be visible (if you care) for the poll results.

    * I'm also allowing more than one selection since some members may have more than one bike in the years covered.

    Right at the beginning - I'll sticky it so it stays up top. Once it has served it's purpose it will be un-stickied.

    UPDATE: I accidently forgot that the 2012 R1200R still was delivered with a fuel strip. If you have had a failure - please log it under the 2011 model, and make a note in a posting. I'd edit the poll, but I think that clears it of all results..

    UPDATE #2: This seems to have not been clear enough, so in case anyone actually reads this before voting:


    • Example: If you have a 2007 R1200xyz and a 2008 R1200xyz - and both had failed fuel strips - you should check both off.
    • Example: If your 2007 R1200xyz had more than one failed fuel strip - you could check off the option for multiple failures. That selection should only be clicked on IF you had multiple failures on ONE bike.
    • Example: If you also own say a 2009 R1200xyz and haven't had a fuel strip fail - you can check that off also (and please note this, with year/model in a comment/posting after voting.)

    The intention of the poll is to get an idea of the yearly distribution of failures. It is not intended to be scientifically valid, since that's impossible with the simple polling mechanism Vbulletin allows. I also do not have the numbers of bikes sold each year with fuel strips - so that is also a consideration. Some models were not produced in some years, which will additionally skew the results.

    Thanks for voting, the results are interesting (but not scientifically conclusive by any means) so far.
    Last edited by deilenberger; 10-29-2012 at 04:24 PM. Reason: Missed a model year..
    Don Eilenberger
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    '12 R1200R - I love this bike!

  2. #2
    A bozo on the bus deilenberger's Avatar
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    Comment example

    I have an '07 R12R - 4 strips to date. All on BMWs dime.
    Don Eilenberger
    Spring Lk Heights NJ NJ Shore BMW Riders
    '12 R1200R - I love this bike!

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    Proud Veteran SteveAikens's Avatar
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    07 - on the 5th. One on BMW - three under Extended Warranty. This last one craps out - it's on me.
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  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveAikens View Post
    07 - on the 5th. One on BMW - three under Extended Warranty. This last one craps out - it's on me.
    Check recall they may cover up to 12 years. BMW dealer changed my 06 rt last month

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    Question fuel strip problem

    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    I have an '07 R12R - 4 strips to date. All on BMWs dime.
    I have a 2005 Rt and I had purchased the bike in 2011 with 5500 miles on it. I had it for 3 months then the strip went. Didn't bother to replace the strip back then because BMW wasn't paying the $335 to replace it. Lived with it until 2014 when at 18000 miles BMW said they would warrant it for 12 years after date of inception. Gave me a warranty until 2017. Less than 500 miles after bikes they repaired it ,the strip went again. Now it's june 2015 and they're going to repair it when I get it to the shop.
    A German tour guide on a motorcycle trip in Italy told me something that makes a lot of sense. BMW never repairs a problem as soon as it happens. Here it is 2015 and only recently have the 2014's been replaced, so I have heard, with a new fuel strip or float sensor. From 2005 to 2014 they just keep replacing these things and never try to fix the problem or find any solution to the problem. This is german engineering ?!?!

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    Not one thing in 17k miles

  7. #7
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    Bloomington, IL

    09 r1200gsa

    On strip number 5 at 35K miles.
    Chuck Manley
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    SURVIVOR akbeemer's Avatar
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    Big Sky Country
    No 2008 R1200R

    No 2007 R1200RT
    Kevin Huddy
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    Registered User Woodbutcher's Avatar
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    Austin, TX
    I voted no, but I suspect that is really "not yet" Over the last year I've seen a couple of funky results and have been expecting it to go. Hopefully it will go before the factory warranty runs out.

    2009 BMW R1200GS Adventure.
    Austin, TX
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    2009 R1200GSA 2013 K1600GT

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    Watch This!!! junkjohn's Avatar
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    Cape Cod, MA
    08 GSA 18000 miles Original strip.
    John Simonds
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    If it ain't broke, fix it 'till it is.

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    05 R1200RT 25000 miles on original strip.
    Last edited by j.castiglia; 11-05-2012 at 10:26 AM.

  12. #12

    8 strips failed

    08 R1200R 6 strips in 12 months
    08 1200GS 2 strips failed in 4 months 1st lasted 24000 miles

    Thanks Don for doing this


  13. #13
    R1200RT Artiee's Avatar
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    Northern Virginia

    No Fuel Strip Failure

    2005 RT....

    Now that I've said it, I'm probably jinxed.....

    100,000 miles
    Experience IS NOT the best teacher! Someone else's experience is the best teacher.

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    Kern Valley CA

    no strip failure

    2006 RT traded in with 68000 miles
    2018 R1200RT W - Continent traveler
    2016 S1000XR - Smile Maker
    1976 R90/6 - Just Plain Fun

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    Registered User hrvatin's Avatar
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    Salem, Ohio
    2008 RT, currently on number 3, I paid for #2, and #3 was under warranty.

    Approx 9,000 miles now.
    Northeast Ohio
    2008 R1200RT
    1984 R65

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