Not only does BMW not put engine and bag gauards on them, you can't even get aftermarket guards
until some mfg tools up for them. BMW will not even offer them as an option. When I was looking at buying my last bike, I looked at BMW, Goldwing, FJR, and Harley Ultra. Well, you guys know I bought the Harley, but I was SOOO close to buying a Goldwing. I crossed BMW off the list almost immediately. I rode the R1200RT and was just not comfortable on it, and I was surprised by it's lack of Power, as advertised. When I came back to the dealer and asked if he would include engine and bag guards in the deal, he said the don;t even make them yet! Too bad! I'm NOT spending that kind of money on a bike that has no protection for cosmetics and parts.
The Goldwing was eliminated because of lack of service facilities. My local dealer only has about 3 mechanics working there, and it sells all Honda products too! Imagine how long even a routine service visit would take. Now, I understand that is COMPLETELY a local issue for me, and that that probably will not apply to a general range of buyers.
The Harley dealer has more SERVICE WRITERS than Honda has service MECHANICS! It really wasn't a contest.
I like the Wing and understand it's appeal. All bikes have their strengths and weaknesses and some bikes just don't appeal to some people for lots of reasons...performance, looks, maintenance, aftermarket parts, etc, etc, etc, but that's different than just spewing nonsense about something.
Engine and bag guards have been available for the GTL from multiple sources for almost 5 years.
Lack of power on R1200RT? Really? It has at least 8 more HP at the rear wheel than the Wing
with 1hp/5.3 lbs of weight to the Wing's 1hp/9.05 lbs of weight...and the RT has a higher torque/weight ratio. And the RT has over 40 more wheel HP than the optional HD engine. Your perception is not based on reality.
To be fair, the BMW's don't need $2500-3000 for suspension upgrades right out of the box like the Wing does. Beemers are much easier and cheaper to do an air filter change on. Oil and rear drive changes are no more difficult or expensive than for a Wing. I DO agree with you regarding Honda Dealerships and their total lack of continuity from shop to shop. Every BMW dealer will work on every BMW model...Many Honda dealers don't have a Wing or ST mechanic or even stock air filters or tires and there is no price or parts source parity.
Sure, there were a concerning number of final drive failures a decade ago, but there were a higher number of Wing frame failures over a decade ago....as well as an ongoing linked brake problem that took Honda over 5 years to acknowledge. So let's be fair about past model "reliability".
Also to be fair, I seriously doubt that those making the repeated remarks about reliability have no first hand knowledge and have not owned one. I also doubt that those who claim the BMWs are not comfortable for rider or passenger haven't ridden them any length of time or distance to actually experience how comfortable they are for weather protection, ergonomics, suspension comfort, and much less head buffeting for rider and passenger than the Wing.