1bmwfan wrote:Yep. My bike died this weekend. Cause? Failure of the switch cluster.
Bike was ridden to the 1st Aid course I was teaching with no problems. Came out in the afternoon after the bike sat all day and the bike would not start. Turns out that the kill/start switch failed. Fortunately, I was teaching the class at the dealership and my wife had driven the car as we needed it for all the supplies so I had no need for a tow or a call for a ride.
Per my dealer, it is a known issue and there are new parts being manufactured and put in the system. The bad news is that it will be approximately 2 weeks until the bike is fixed due to no parts availability at this time.
Oh well, guess I'll have to ride the GS.
troutmill wrote:I picked my K1300GT up on 4 May having traded in my RT. 10 days later I was touring Ireland with some mates - weather was atrocious (same w/end as NW200). 2nd day all electrics failed on l/h switch. Most worrying was that l/h indicator kept switching itself on and would only switch off after the 10 sec delay - very scary on left hand drive roads! Reported it to dealer and 4 days later was in getting it sorted - they changed the whole unit and wires back to main loom (BMW had instructed them to do this) but they also were very careful to show me the part and explain it may not be 100% waterproof. The problem seems to be the bus system they use to connect the switches to the main electical system relies on plugs and sockets housed in a plastic box with a simple slide-on cover held in place with 2 clips. This cover is on the front of the main box which gets all the direct wind and therefore water. Watertightness comes from the slide mechanism - there are no rubber or sealing strips. What's more the main wire enters the box through a rubber grommet - this is not completely encased as it enters the main box and again on most bikes I have looked at you can see exposed wiring.
Now I don't choose to ride in torrential rain but it is a fact of life and if this £14k bike can't cope then I am seriously wondering if it is 'fit for purpose'. Reading the various comments below it seems this is not an isolated case. Any ideas on how we bring to BM's attention?
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