i got a 2010 r12r which loves me
but it probably ain't gonna be replaced with another bmw. weak dealer network is one issue but let's face it... bmw's just ain't all they're cracked up to be. there may be emotional or 'image' reasons for buying one but few if any technical reasons.
in any case, for the kind of riding i do i'm really, really liking this machine. its got all the emotional/ technical/ dealer support stuff i would ever need need.
fwiw, i really think a retro bmw would sell well in the u.s.
2009 BMW R1200RT Main Bearing Failure
The precision bearing of which the main bearing is comprised, has a grease seal that broke down and ultimately allowed the grease to leak out (resulting in the cage that holds the bearings in place disintegrating), and into the body of the FD. The question that I have is whether the bearing seal failure was as a result of other components failing such as the seals within the FD failing and causing oil loss (the pinion and ring were in perfect shape BTW), or if the bearing failure subsequently led to the catastrophic failure of the seals based on the compromised state of the drive (and subsequent lateral movement of the hollow driven axle shaft that is attached to the flange to which the wheel is attached). Anyone who has experienced FD failure and has anecdotal evidence is welcome to chime in here. Those who have the vintage 2005-2013 R class bikes I would be particularly interested to hear from in this regard..