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    106K miles on R1200RT

    Should I be concerned with age problems at 106K on my 2016 R1200RT? The bike has had all of the recommended services at Big 1 Motorsports in Birmingham and their service department has always done an excellent job. I traded my 2004 R1150RT with 84K miles and the 2007 R1200RT at 92K - no big problems with them. Opinions appreciated.

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    Wow and I thought I rode a lot! What have you had to have replaced, so far? I'm interested because I have a 16 RT.

    If it's running good, my advise would be to keep riding it!
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    I don't know about the new fangled bikes, but Fred Tausch had over 600,000 miles on his R60/5 and I met a feller at the 40th anniversary gathering of the R100RS a couple of years ago that claimed that his RS had more than 1,000,000 miles on it.

    You might need to replace some worn parts now and again.

    How is the suspension holding up? What do the wheel bearings feel like? Any stripped fasteners? If you use the BMW gps, can you still get it on and off the mount easily? How is the wobbly wheel on the left handlebar holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesodle View Post
    Should I be concerned with age problems at 106K on my 2016 R1200RT? The bike has had all of the recommended services at Big 1 Motorsports in Birmingham and their service department has always done an excellent job. I traded my 2004 R1150RT with 84K miles and the 2007 R1200RT at 92K - no big problems with them. Opinions appreciated.
    No one is really sure how 'consumable' the drive shaft w/ its two sets of u-joints that are part of the assembly is, but we have read of a couple that needed replaced around 72K-80K miles, both due to rust. The theory goes that it is moisture in the housing from a couple potential sources. I plan on replacing the one on my '16 if n when I get to 80K miles even if it's still good because I'm not fond of the idea of what can happen when one fails while riding. Expensive though--about $1200.

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    Dang! From MAXBMW on-line parts fiche -
    33 73 8 531 102 DRIVE SHAFT 5.53 1 $1226.22

    The drive shaft doesn't look like anything special. There were problems with the longevity of the drive shafts in the R100GS bikes and other folks came out with alternatives (e.g., Ted Porter stocks a rebuildable driveshaft for the R100GS for about half of what the RTW shaft costs). I expect that such will soon be the case if the RTW drive shafts don't last the life of the bike or fail in a few years.

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    I think water entry is the only real reason why the drive shafts fail. My friend's went at 30k and it was rusted and clearly had been exposed to water. I pulled mine out at 88k to replace the rear transmission seal and it looked brand new. Hardly any noticeable wear. I think it will easily go to 200k without a problem so long as the boot stays sealed.
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    2016 R1200RT Ebony Metallic - 12k miles
    2012 R1200GS Rallye - 18k miles
    Previous BMWs: 2013 R1200RT 90th, 2011 R1200RT-P, 2007 R1200S, 2006 R1200RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsryder View Post
    Dang! From MAXBMW on-line parts fiche -
    33 73 8 531 102 DRIVE SHAFT 5.53 1 $1226.22

    The drive shaft doesn't look like anything special. There were problems with the longevity of the drive shafts in the R100GS bikes and other folks came out with alternatives (e.g., Ted Porter stocks a rebuildable driveshaft for the R100GS for about half of what the RTW shaft costs). I expect that such will soon be the case if the RTW drive shafts don't last the life of the bike or fail in a few years.
    It doesn't except that the u-joints aren't replaceable which is the unfortunate part. Let's hope that Ted Porter or another 3rd party will step up as there are surely plenty of wet head driveshafts to make a market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natrab View Post
    I think water entry is the only real reason why the drive shafts fail. My friend's went at 30k and it was rusted and clearly had been exposed to water. I pulled mine out at 88k to replace the rear transmission seal and it looked brand new. Hardly any noticeable wear. I think it will easily go to 200k without a problem so long as the boot stays sealed.
    That's very good to know thanks though at what point do the bearings eventually go, w/o rust I wonder. What was involved in replacing the rear transmission seal? Was it leaking oil?

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    106K miles on R1200RT

    Quote Originally Posted by poco183 View Post
    Wow and I thought I rode a lot! What have you had to have replaced, so far? I'm interested because I have a 16 RT.

    If it's running good, my advise would be to keep riding it!
    Both struts had to be replaced at about 50K, and a bunch of H7 bulbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsryder View Post
    I don't know about the new fangled bikes, but Fred Tausch had over 600,000 miles on his R60/5 and I met a feller at the 40th anniversary gathering of the R100RS a couple of years ago that claimed that his RS had more than 1,000,000 miles on it.

    You might need to replace some worn parts now and again.

    How is the suspension holding up? What do the wheel bearings feel like? Any stripped fasteners? If you use the BMW gps, can you still get it on and off the mount easily? How is the wobbly wheel on the left handlebar holding up?
    Both struts were replaced at about 50K. All bearings and seals good. I've never had to add oil between services. No problem with GPS. Lots of broken tabs on Tubberwear and Velcro had to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesodle View Post
    Both struts were replaced at about 50K. All bearings and seals good. I've never had to add oil between services. No problem with GPS. Lots of broken tabs on Tubberwear and Velcro had to be replaced.
    What was the cost of the strut replacement?

    Sounds like she is just getting broken in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by poco183 View Post
    What was the cost of the strut replacement?

    Sounds like she is just getting broken in!
    About $6000 but was covered under long term warranty.

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    2016 GSA here, 132,000 miles. Regular maintenance although I am extending oil changes to about 10K, based on oil analysis. I've had the valves checked at the recommended intervals but they have never needed to be adjusted. Ever. I replaced the suspension with Traxion Dynamics units from Ted Porter's Beemer shop at about 110K, better and cheaper than OEM. Other than a weeping outboard seal on the final drive at 92K, taken care of no fuss, I've never had a mechanical issue with it. I finally replaced the OEM battery last week. I'm on my 17th rear tire and 11th front.

    At this point I can't imagine anyone would want to buy my newish bike with high miles, and no dealer would be interested in it unless they wanted to add it to their loaner fleet. I figure my only choices are to (a) ride it until one of us dies, (b) part it out, or (c) buy another bike with no trade. I like it so the only real option is (a).
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesodle View Post
    About $6000 but was covered under long term warranty.
    Is it leaking fluid that lets you know that struts need replaced if you will? That's insane, $6k at 50K miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    2016 GSA here, 132,000 miles. Regular maintenance although I am extending oil changes to about 10K, based on oil analysis. I've had the valves checked at the recommended intervals but they have never needed to be adjusted. Ever. I replaced the suspension with Traxion Dynamics units from Ted Porter's Beemer shop at about 110K, better and cheaper than OEM. Other than a weeping outboard seal on the final drive at 92K, taken care of no fuss, I've never had a mechanical issue with it. I finally replaced the OEM battery last week. I'm on my 17th rear tire and 11th front.

    At this point I can't imagine anyone would want to buy my newish bike with high miles, and no dealer would be interested in it unless they wanted to add it to their loaner fleet. I figure my only choices are to (a) ride it until one of us dies, (b) part it out, or (c) buy another bike with no trade. I like it so the only real option is (a).
    How much for Traxion Dynamics? Front and rear? But no new drive shaft w/ u-joints that's encouraging.

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