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    Had 32000 on 13, traded it for a 16. No Problems
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    Update to Rubber Bumper

    Rusty pulled one of the bumpers from stock and measured it, confirming that it was the same size as my missing one. It should arrive next week.
    Chuck Berry
    2013 R1200RT Anniversary Edition, 2015 R1200GSA (retired), 2009 G650GS,
    MOA #94523, IBA #27506 National Parks GOLD (still OLDEST at 69 in 2007) and again in 2016 at 78, SS1K at 76 & 77, Lighthouse GOLD Extreme at 77

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    Chuck Berry cberry's Avatar
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    The replacement bumper arrived on Friday and is an exact replacement. Its purpose, along with the 2 other bumpers, are to serve as 'feet' when the top case is removed. Thanks to this thread (henzilla), Max Bmw, and Rusty this story is over and it ended with a happy ending.
    Chuck Berry
    2013 R1200RT Anniversary Edition, 2015 R1200GSA (retired), 2009 G650GS,
    MOA #94523, IBA #27506 National Parks GOLD (still OLDEST at 69 in 2007) and again in 2016 at 78, SS1K at 76 & 77, Lighthouse GOLD Extreme at 77

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    15 - 1200 GSA - Long Term Reliabilty

    I have 70,000 kms on the bike now and so far oil and tires. The valve are all holding and the next service I will check the valve timing, just to make sure. I do all my own maintenance simply because I can't afford to pay someone else to do it. I just switch fro Anekee III to PR4 Trails and they are wearing a lot more even, less cupping on the from and flattening of the rear. I have 13,000 kms on them and have more tire left yet, so far I am pleased.

    I'm not a fan of the clutch function, mine like most does not release well after the oil heats up and foams up a bit. I'm now only putting 3.5 liter's in at oils changes in stead of the spec 4.0, to partially relieve this issue. This engine does not use oil so not an issue.

    Otherwise normal maintenance checks and that's it. I would recommend this bike to any long distance riders.
    Dave Nicholls
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    2010 1200RT

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    28,000 miles on a 2015 RT. No problems

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    High Mileage Wet Head

    Quote Originally Posted by 22893 View Post
    Anybody got alot of miles on their wetheads yet?

    How has the reliability been for those high milers?

    I assume most of those were replacements for older beemers. Do you like your wethead better?

    Not a troll, still considering a 2017 r12rt (would want the abs pro). I haven't ridden a new RT yet although I did ride a r1200rs. Naturally I would spend some time on one before I pulled trigger.

    (One of my current bikes is a 2000 r1100rt, fwiw)
    My 2014 R1200RTW is approaching 60 k. No real issues other than water pump, leaky seal ( coolant from weep hole) and 4th headlamp low beam bulb. The bike has been trouble free.
    2014 R1200GSA has 19k w/ zero issues.
    Have fun and ride safe,

    Steve

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    Chuck Berry cberry's Avatar
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    My High Mileage '15 R1200 GSA is for SALE

    I have a couple of posts in this thread about the reliability of my GSA. It has been a really great performer, but, its time has come........for us to part ways. I'm 78, and have used my R 1200 RT and R1200 GSA extensively over the past 10 years. The RT, with 125,000 miles on it, was traded for the GSA. It was love at first sight. Until the '15 models came out the only thing lacking on the GSA was electronic cruise control. When I saw the new ones on the floor I was hooked. That's when I switched. Do I have any regrets?

    Maybe one or two minor ones. The first is that the RT with its after market windshield was absolutely quiet. The GSA, with its louder exhaust and smaller windshield is noisier. The other regret is that when I drop the bike the first thing I have to do is look for some young stud-muffin to help me pick it up. I never had that problem with the RT. I keep telling myself that it's because the bike's CG and weight just make it harder to pick up. But in reality, my relative age while owning the 2 bikes may have something to do with it.

    Anyway, both the RT and the GSA have been very reliable. I used the RT for mostly hard surfaced road travel. When I ran out of new places to visit with it, I shifted to the GSA for a little more dirt/gravel capable bike which enabled me to go beyond the end of the paved road. It served me well when I rode the Iron Butt Lighthouse Challenge Tour, and has now just been ridden for the Key West to Prudhoe Bay, AK ride and the National Parks GOLD Tour. That's ten years and 170,000 miles with no interruption to any of the rides due to failed equipment. I think that says a lot. If you look around, you may find an ad for my GSA "For Sale". Look for me on my '09 G650GS.
    Chuck Berry
    2013 R1200RT Anniversary Edition, 2015 R1200GSA (retired), 2009 G650GS,
    MOA #94523, IBA #27506 National Parks GOLD (still OLDEST at 69 in 2007) and again in 2016 at 78, SS1K at 76 & 77, Lighthouse GOLD Extreme at 77

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    Quote Originally Posted by cberry View Post
    I have a couple of posts in this thread about the reliability of my GSA. It has been a really great performer, but, its time has come........for us to part ways. I'm 78, and have used my R 1200 RT and R1200 GSA extensively over the past 10 years. The RT, with 125,000 miles on it, was traded for the GSA. It was love at first sight. Until the '15 models came out the only thing lacking on the GSA was electronic cruise control. When I saw the new ones on the floor I was hooked. That's when I switched. Do I have any regrets?

    Maybe one or two minor ones. The first is that the RT with its after market windshield was absolutely quiet. The GSA, with its louder exhaust and smaller windshield is noisier. The other regret is that when I drop the bike the first thing I have to do is look for some young stud-muffin to help me pick it up. I never had that problem with the RT. I keep telling myself that it's because the bike's CG and weight just make it harder to pick up. But in reality, my relative age while owning the 2 bikes may have something to do with it.

    Anyway, both the RT and the GSA have been very reliable. I used the RT for mostly hard surfaced road travel. When I ran out of new places to visit with it, I shifted to the GSA for a little more dirt/gravel capable bike which enabled me to go beyond the end of the paved road. It served me well when I rode the Iron Butt Lighthouse Challenge Tour, and has now just been ridden for the Key West to Prudhoe Bay, AK ride and the National Parks GOLD Tour. That's ten years and 170,000 miles with no interruption to any of the rides due to failed equipment. I think that says a lot. If you look around, you may find an ad for my GSA "For Sale". Look for me on my '09 G650GS.
    Chuck

    The best post I have read in a long time. I'm 64 and you give me hope that I can ride for a bunch more years. I ride about 17-20,000 miles / year and hope to do that for a bunch more years. I recently sold my RT for GSA. I may just have to get another RT to compliment it.

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    50,000+ on my 2014 R1200RT and other than the stupid low beam bulbs, it's been just fine.

    I'll be needing a battery by New Years though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADulay View Post
    50,000+ on my 2014 R1200RT and other than the stupid low beam bulbs, it's been just fine.

    I'll be needing a battery by New Years though.

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    88k on my BMW paint code BLACK 2015 rtw

    While at last years swamp scooter rally( great gumbo)I had a intermittent charging problem.The guys at Baton Rouge BMW couldn't find a problem but i bought a voltage regulator anyway and never had the charging light come on again. Low beam bulbs only last about 14k so i have them replaced as routine maintenance.Checked the valve timing recently with Lee Farling and they were in time .Still have not had to adjust the valves.Even with the oil level 1/16" above the dot it doesn't always seem to shift as nice. At 80k I had my dealer install new Tractiv shocks from Ted Porter and can feel the difference.My old ones didn't leak or feel terrible,I just didn't want to have to have them go bad at an inconvenient time. I LOVE this bike.MY 7th BMW and by far my favorite. If I go more than 2 days without riding it I get grouchy.

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    I've had my 2015 for 18 months. It was a demo before I bought it. I am at 22,000 km (14,000 miles), almost all in trips of a few thousand km each. No problems.
    Will
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbem View Post
    At 80k I had my dealer install new Tractiv shocks from Ted Porter and can feel the difference.My old ones didn't leak or feel terrible,I just didn't want to have to have them go bad at an inconvenient time.
    I wonder how long u-joints are expected to last. With the one report here of front u-joint failure at 73,600 or so miles it made me want to look up the cost of replacing the entire driveshaft w/ 2 u-joint sets which came out to around $1,150 or so as an assembly. Problem is, I have no idea what to expect on u-joints service life in a wethead RT w/ very little exposure to rainy weather or high humidity, ridden one-up w/o luggage most of the time.

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    I checked cam timing and valves on a 15 RT with 87,000 on it. Cam timing and valves were perfect. The owner reported no issues to me. That is the highest mileage I have seen first hand on a LC RT.
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