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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemerdons View Post
    +1, Gunny; unfortunately, that seems to be the case!
    Good News and Bad News Joke!

    Bad News: My original K1600GT water pump puked its guts and is now being replaced.

    Good News: It did it at 5.5K miles here in my hometown of Chandler and is being replaced as we speak by Victory BMW. "Gisele" is also getting her 6K service and new PR3 tires.

    Really Good News: My Son Seth and I are leaving for Alaska on Gisele on June 18 and I was planning on dragging a new water pump along with us. Thanks to this WP failure occurring locally (I'm an Eternal Optimist!) I no longer am fearing a road WP replacement!
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    Well, I have 2,000 miles on my GT. I am planning a 1800 mile trip in July. What should I do? Run the risk or.....???

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSimon View Post
    Well, I have 2,000 miles on my GT. I am planning a 1800 mile trip in July. What should I do? Run the risk or.....???
    Hi Mike, how have you been? Are you traveling where you will be near any BMW dealers?

    If so, if your case winds up being like mine, you may have a 1K window before it scatters!

    With we Stanley Boys after we pass through Kelowna, BC the next shop is in Anchorage!!!
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    I wouldn't worry about til it starts seeping. Put 1400 miles on mine after it started weeping and reservoir was barely off of max. I don't think it's the sort of thing that will strand you.

    Just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemerdons View Post
    Hi Mike, how have you been? Are you traveling where you will be near any BMW dealers?

    !!!
    Mmmh! I guess I better check the dealer network list.....


    I am fine, thanks! Still enjoying the GT!

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    The K1600 water pumps are the same, just have new vendor, per Victory BMW in Arizona.

    I find it so incredibly amazing that BMW has not issued a recall on these water pumps yet.

    Water Pump - Part #: 11517721959 - $277.20; Three O-Ring Sets - Part #'s: 11518523124 - $74.40; for a Parts Subtotal of $351.60. Naturally this is under the BMW Warranty and I've no idea if the labor rates were included in the $382.54 with tax.

    Now here's the kicker, both Victory BMW and Scottsdale BMW have now replaced every K1600 they've sold that's reached 6K miles, every single one. This means that they have NOT replaced the water pump on sold machines with only a couple of thousand miles on them, but if our K1600's are reaching the first major service then the pumps are failing!

    4 days from now Son Seth (15) and I are leaving for a 8K mile ride to Alaska and back, can you imagine how incensed and livid I would have been if this had failed on our ride!

    I'm so baffled that BMWNA is not being proactive on this, only just waiting for the failures!
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    Well I have a little over 3,000 miles on mine and while I am not worried about the pump leaking, I am keeping a close eye on it. We will see I guess....

    Rick H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemerdons View Post
    Now here's the kicker, both Victory BMW and Scottsdale BMW have now replaced every K1600 they've sold that's reached 6K miles, every single one. This means that they have NOT replaced the water pump on sold machines with only a couple of thousand miles on them, but if our K1600's are reaching the first major service then the pumps are failing!
    Help, here! Are you saying that the dealers have replaced the WHOLE BIKE, (as in a trade-in) or just the water pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSimon View Post
    Help, here! Are you saying that the dealers have replaced the WHOLE BIKE, (as in a trade-in) or just the water pump?
    No Mike, just the water pump itself! BMW should be replacing these under their own recall.

    We stopped for the night in Panguitch, UT and all is well/dry! We'll make Montana tomorrow.
    Don Stanley; aka Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemerdons View Post
    No Mike, just the water pump itself! BMW should be replacing these under their own recall.

    We stopped for the night in Panguitch, UT and all is well/dry! We'll make Montana tomorrow.
    Very jealous! How about some pics so I can live vicariously

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    Well, BMW MOA Club #89 in now batting 100%! Everyone of the K1600's in our Group has now had a water pump fail. BMW Quality my big fat butt!

    From Enrique: That Damned Princess of mine wanted to stay for Elvis week I'm sure; water pump failure. I will be traveling two up on my GS from now on. Also will see how BMW's roadside pays. $1600.00 in airline and $700.00 car rental so far.
    Water pump on our Gisele failed at 5.5K miles, just before Son Seth and I left for Canada and 5K trip.

    BMW sure tries an owners patience, if it isn't failing final drives and transmissions: It's water pumps!

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    Went to my dealer yesterday to buy an Airhawk. When I was outside talking to another owner I looked down and saw the dreaded blue mist. Knowing I had detailed the bike that morning I knew the blue was new. I had their service dept check it and they confirmed what I already knew. Good news is that it will be fixed and they put me on their GTL demo until it is repaired.

    This brings me to another point. Buy from your local dealer. BMW Grand Rapids is awesome. They gave me a good deal and sure I probably could have scoured the earth for a bigger markdown but then would they do for me then? A good dealer appreciates a good customer and a good customer pays profit. Blane and the guys at BMW Grand Rapids made this easy for me on this repair and I highly recommend them based on this and other good experiences I have had with them in the past. They have stood behind the gear they sell and always treated me well which is why I bought this BMW from them. I don't regret that decision as I am reaping the benefits of that decision.

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