[Yes, it is snowing here too, so my riding season is on 'hold'.]
Forum's been kind of slow lately so . . .
. . . In multiple threads on this and every K forum I've looked at are discussions about the balky speedometer/tachometer/odometer unit.
Problems often cited include--the wobble, the sticking tachometer/speedometer indicator, the odometer that stops turning, etc. Much valuable information here and elsewhere about the replacement/repair of these units.
My K75's speedometer, even at 13,000 miles, sometimes sticks at speed intermittently, although generally seems to operate well and is of little concern to me (at this time). I bought the bike in 2009 with (what I still believe is) very low mileage. Condition of the bike seems to confirm miles on the odometer, as near as I can tell.
Lately, while dreaming at the computer, I've looked at used Ks on ebay, craigslist, and even the IBMWR forum. This has caused me to wonder how accurate odometer readings are on these used bikes, whether or not the seller is even aware of odometer failure/replacement on the bikes they are selling, and in fact the whole subject of the accuracy of these devices and the claimed long lives of well-maintained K bikes.
Of course, this is an easier thing to gauge when examining a bike in person, but it seems there's an awful lot of faith required to believe any odometer claim made in a listing.
So, my questions to the forum are, "What percentage of used K bikes out there have had their speedometers changed/fixed/replaced?"
"What was BMW's response to early indications of this devices' failure (was there a recall?)"
"What is the general opinion of owners as to the accuracy of odometer readings claimed by sellers?"
Fondly recalling warmer weather and dry, salt-free roads . . .