What if BMW had made it right on the first attempt?

Lately Product Managment is more focused on spare parts managment rather than motorbike “perfection”

Motorbikes are emotions, passions, flaws, but mostly we especte them not to hide  from you informations that could save your buttocks once you’re out  there in the woods, or in some other city, or even in your own city !

One thing that we biker learn the hard way is how to do proper mantainance  of our vehicle, so, when you don’t find specific info about a part, you  forget that is there, ticking away together with your bike :) fuel filters are one of those small details, well, BMW has decided that  making them not part any more of simple mantainance and making sure no big player would put them on the aftermarket off the shelf, they made  sure that the ticking was not simple life, but was a real bomb going to  blow apart fuel filter and fuel pump.

Yep, since 2006, most Beemers,  doesn’t have a replacement for fuel filters and you simply run your bike, maybe an expensive  K1600 GT  worth maybe more than 26 grands, could refill some contaminated fuel and you will have to  repleace your fuel pump, and no, BMW will not cosider it warranty since 

it was your bad fuel wich “did for the pump”  :)

Here  you can se the evolution of BMW filters, in the middle the classic  1100/1150 R fuel filter, most K (early models)  used the same too, on  the left the latest R1200 R Air/Oil Cooled external  and on the right,  tadaaaaaaaaaa, latest filter unit, to be found on most recent BMW,  F/R/K, you name it….

Now also the R 1200  GS/GSA RT R RS LC has  adopted the KL 315 as in-line fuel filter, and Mahle has put it on the  shelf for us to be bought as aftermarket……… good on yer :)

But  modern model such as the R Nine  T and K 1000 SS still use the same  “wrong” concept of “hidden” filter unit…… protect your fuel pump,  protect your fuel filter, use  a Guglatech neck filter unit.

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