For the few of you on here that ride the 06 and newer 1200 & 13000 K bikes this may apply to you.
On my recent trip my cam chain broke and the magic of an interference engine cast it's spell.
Need more info, go here for some reading
Go here: http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....and-some-K1300. Note that, at least in the US, BMW is paying the dealerships to open up things up and check to see that the bike has had the jump guard installed. They get paid to inspect or to do the upgrade. Ironically, before I left on my trip I had had the rear flange repaired under that recall.
And the real meat of the issue is here: http://rvbprecision.com/motorcycles/...tallation.html
My '08 GT (62,000 miles) just ate it's valves in Colville, WA and I got a flat bed adventure to the Border with two meth head (self confessed ) tow truck guys.
I was able to buy a used motor for $999 US from Rubber Side Up and the bike is in pieces at present while I wait for this one part to arrive.
Parts to make things right on the new used motor are closing in $1,000. New Cam chain, etc
While the bike is apart I am replacing the front ball joints, and rebuilding the Ohlins. The ESA is long dead and resides in my garage's "special "place. I will likely replace the swing arm bearings as well at this time, fortunately I have already have had the air box upgrade done under warranty along with a myriad of other things.
Ironically, the cam chain let loose on my 03 1150GS Adventure (53,000 miles) while riding in WA State with the same riding buddy who witnessed the latest debacle. Another long tow but no meth heads that time.
I do like riding my GT, however it can be troublesome and spendy on a fairly regular basis.
I plan to ride this one for as long as I can (hopefully another 10 years) and will be looking to acquire on Ebay a running parts bike next year.