Saturday, October 19, 2013

BMW K1300s Service

Today my K1300s went in to Williams BMW for its annual service. It was the 12,000 mile service and cost around £230. I decided I wouldn’t sit around and wit for the bike so borrowed a F700GS to ride home on. Not my type of bike at all, the wind protection on the motorway was very poor and the riding position far to upright for me, felt like I was falling off the back of it. I collected the bike later on that afternoon when they informed me that my throttle bodies were sticking at low revs. They also explained that these weren’t covered under warranty and would require replacements fitting at a cost of £704. As you can imagine I am not best pleased about this, especially as it is a know problem that has affected K1200’s from 2005. I have yet to get them to explain how they diagnosed this problem as it isn’t evident to me. I do remember it sticking once when the bike was cold sat in the garage. So for now I will be leaving it as it is and monitoring the situation.


Nikos 12 November 2013 at 15:22  

I take it you have the extended BMW warranty cover?

I was caught out with this on my GS when my ignition switch failed this summer - "switches excluded"...haha.

I bought a secondhand unit from Motorworks for £30, fitted it myself, and saved £76.

You could always ask for a second opinion and try for goodwill - I find Chester Motorrad a bit friendlier.

Cavturbo 12 November 2013 at 17:56  

Yes and that wasn't cheap either, basically if it's not listed it's not covered. At the moment I can't notice any issue on the bike. Once I find out from Williams the exact issue I will be complaining to BMW. I can change the throttle bodies myself but I shouldn't have to.

Tristan 27 April 2014 at 14:36  

Ouch.. Sorry to hear it isn't an easy fix!

Bennette Cruze 18 May 2016 at 11:39  

BMW is a great brand not just the bikes but the cars also. I myself is a BMW user, having the BMW R 1200 R bike. I real love to drive it also it does not need more upkeep and maintenance. It's running well since 2 years. Thanks for this post on servicing. It was helpful.