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K1300S - First Month Report
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:40:56 pm »
After 38 days the K1200S was sold back to the supplying Dealer  - I'd thoroughly enjoyed the bike and, dire fuel consumption and lumpy low speed running apart, it was a fine bike.

8 days later on December 8, the vacant garage slot had been taken by a Sapphire Black K1300S Sport. 8 years younger, similar mileage but with FSH (the big 18K just completed) and 2 years of BMW warranty. Smiling faces all round.

The first 500 miles were fine. Decent weather helped, the fuel consumption was much improved over the 1200 and I busied myself buying panniers & a very sexy carbon hugger (thank you David), centre stand, AC Schnitzer bars, rear rack, 4 button Garmin mount and a combined alarm/TPMS unit from Motorworks.

I went to give them all a good run out to Helmsley on New Years eve returning the long way back through Stokesley - very enjoyable wearing my new Keis heated jacket.

And then........

Why was the left side of the rear tyre all black and shiny? Why was the disc and calliper dripping oil all over the garage floor? How had I got back home in one piece?

The BMW rescue service rates 11/10. Having called them at 0845 on January 2, the bike was at Allan Jefferies before 1100 that day.

It turns out that a rear wheel bearing has failed, destroying the oil seal and emptying the recently changed FD oil as described. All covered by the warranty and expected back with me on Friday. Excellent.

Whilst with them, I'd asked if they could investigate a stray ½" washer I'd noticed on the bottom of the headlight unit a few days earlier. This turns out to be a part of the headlight adjustment system. Sadly NOT covered by the warranty. I've authorised some investigative work to see if they can rebuild whatever it is that's fallen off/apart. Does anyone have any experience of this and the likely chances of success without a complete new unit?

Oh, and the BMW diagnostic system apparently won't talk to my combined Alarm/TPMS unit so I can't get that coded in either.

Looks like an expensive start to the New Year.



 

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 08:16:04 pm »
Well, there's alot of stuff for one month...

New headlight from memory...back to Motorworks or James Sherlock for that.

Rear bearing/seal failure fairly well documented.

Tell 'em to give the diagnostic system a good kicking. Should just be plug and play... 8)

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 10:24:24 am »
Well isn't that a fine how do you do!

So I read your post and shouted "aha, snap!" My cat briefly made eye contact then went back to staring out the window.

In any case, I had the oil over one side of the rear tyre, and feeling like I escape death... twice!

First time they said "yeah really rare, we replace we good yeah." And everything was good. For 6,000 miles more. Then it happened again. This time they had a new garage technician head chief chef guy who calipered some spacer thing and found it was, if I remember correctly, something like 1/3rd of a mm too large, and was pushing some cogs together which heated up and caused something to fail. Or something. I probably wrote a more accurate thread at the time.

Anyway, if you can make sense of my words, maybe suggest they check, or live with paranoia now you've read all this. Mine is a 2015 February bike btw.

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 10:57:04 am »
That seems like a whole lot of excitement for the new bike, following on from the excitement of the 1200, and not all of it good.

I hope the gremlins are sorted soon and that you can settle down to enjoying the bike for what it is - the (second) best sports tourer ever. The black ones are pretty fast, almost as fast as the Motorsport ones, so once things are settled, you should be on a good bike. :D

I'm looking forward to hearing how you get on with it once things settle and the weather improves.
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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 11:16:33 am »
Well isn't that a fine how do you do!

So I read your post and shouted "aha, snap!" My cat briefly made eye contact then went back to staring out the window.

In any case, I had the oil over one side of the rear tyre, and feeling like I escape death... twice!

First time they said "yeah really rare, we replace we good yeah." And everything was good. For 6,000 miles more. Then it happened again. This time they had a new garage technician head chief chef guy who calipered some spacer thing and found it was, if I remember correctly, something like 1/3rd of a mm too large, and was pushing some cogs together which heated up and caused something to fail. Or something. I probably wrote a more accurate thread at the time.

Anyway, if you can make sense of my words, maybe suggest they check, or live with paranoia now you've read all this. Mine is a 2015 February bike btw.

LOL - apologise to the cat for me please - and is there a general cat theme running through this forum?

I can live with "spacer thing pushing cogs together" - I'll ask them to check that whilst there are bits everywhere and stock up on Prozac in the meantime.

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 11:27:14 am »
I hope the gremlins are sorted soon and that you can settle down to enjoying the bike for what it is - the (second) best sports tourer ever. The black ones are pretty fast, almost as fast as the Motorsport ones, so once things are settled, you should be on a good bike. :D

I'm looking forward to hearing how you get on with it once things settle and the weather improves.

And talking of coincidences, my route from Helmsley to Stokesley on NY eve took me along the excellent B1257. Gently bimbling along behind a black Peugeot we crested a blind rise to find a whole flock of deer running across the road just out of "oh sh*t range" - there would have been 20-30 I guess and impossible to miss all of them had we arrived a fraction sooner or a little bit faster.

That moment and staying upright despite my own personal oil slick probably used up the last of my luck for 2018.

Thank heavens for New Years. 

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2019, 01:33:34 pm »
And, although I NEVER follow cars for longer than I have to, I would be buying the Peugeot driver a bottle or two of something festive for holding you up  8)

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2019, 12:47:52 pm »
Things happen for a reason they say.....

As an update, those nice people at BMW paid for the rear bearing/seal repair as expected but also stumped up the material cost for the new headlight that was required - some £500 I believe. Williams BMW have agreed to cover the £60 or so labour for me so pretty good all round.

That just leaves the alarm/TPMS which Jefferies couldn't code in for me - that was £50 spent on top of the £85 for the unit from Motorworks. Question is, is the unit faulty or is it (as Motorworks suggest) just that the BMW software won't allow coding of a "used" unit. Does anyone know if the GS911 can "teach in" alarm units? Is it even always/ever necessary?

Roll on the better weather so I can try it all out again.

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Re: K1300S - First Month Report
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2019, 06:54:55 pm »
When I fitted a used TPMS/alarm unit to my K13S it worked immediately iirc.

Great news about all the free stuff coming your way. The beers are on you now  8)