BMW R1200RT made in eastern Europe?

Yes, I got my BMW R1200RT in July. Got around 4000km on the odometer now. The bike rides like expected but...

It seems that this bike was build with eastern European quality standards and, let's say, less motivated employees. A short list:
  • Some screws (Torx) could be removed by hand. No tools necessary.
  • Some other Torx screws were destroyed, possibly putting to much force or slipping tool during manufacturing.
  • It took extreme force to remove the left pannier from the frame.
  • The mudguard on the back is not aligned with the center of the bike and it is damaged due to the friction to the sidepanel.
  • The panniers are mounted asymmetric, one is only one millimeter away from the buddy handle.
  • The buddyseat frame is already rusty.
  • The right mirror (the glass) just fell off, luckily for me in my own garage and it dropped on a soft surface.
  • The radio lid, left of the tank, blew off. That one I had to replace.
  • There is some strange noise (a sharp bang) coming out of the rear drive shaft so now and then.
  • The front lights were adjusted way too high, blinding all upcoming traffic.
  • The cruisecontrol sometimes decides to select its own speed which means here full speed.
Most of these issues I repaired myself (which should be part of the bike fun) but I didn't expect this from a EUR22k bike. My previous bike, a Honda Deauville/NT700VA (build in Spain), was not perfect either, but that list and severity was much shorter than the Beemer. The Honda was also half of the price of this bike...

The BMW dealer tries to make the best out of it but I'm not sure that this BMW R1200RT and me will become friends.


Dit stukje is niet geschreven door een intellectuele negerin uit de Bijlmer

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(De Telegraaf, iPad editie, 2 september 2011)

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