I originally was shopping the new V4 Multi and KTM SD GT as replacements for my 2013 Multi 1200. I haven't eliminated either of those from consideration, but I am leaning towards another option. I've already spilled a lot of pixels on features I am not crazy about on the V4 Multi, so I won't go there, but the pattern of reliability issues with new models is another part of what is pushing me in another direction and towards a two bike garage. My Multi has over 30k miles with no issues. That's not a ton of miles, but the bike will be 8 years old, so things will wear out. Therefore, I am looking at a new Tuono as a second bike. Even though it borrows heavily from the well-established model, the 2021 Tuono is a new bike, so may not be immune to issues in its first year or two of production.I have heard BMW is going back to Brembo brakes for 2022. The Hayes brakes have been a fiasco they had so many opportunities to address that it makes me wonder if they ever really figured out the problem.
My 2018 R1200GS had spokes loosen on the rear wheel while in Europe in August/September/October of that same year. I tightened with a wrench twice but doing so while on a long trip is a get-by measure at best. By the time I got back with 6,000 miles on the bike a spoke was gone and I had half an inch of free play in the rear wheel. And by this time I started to hear a really loud hammering sound from the right cylinder head. Several dealers insisted it was normal and you could tell they just wanted me to go away. I insisted they at least pull the damned valve cover off the bike since it takes ten minutes to do on that boxer. Lo and behold the camshafts had begun to grind down. Short story long is that I had TWO major issues with a 25k bike in under 7,000 miles. BMW insists they fixed the camshaft issue by installing new and improved cams but do you think I'll ever trust the bike again?
I'd like a new MTV4S but my local dealer stopped carrying Ducati as they just couldn't move enough bikes. And the 2017 Monster 821 I bought blew oil out the 2nd time I rode it. They got it repaired in a few weeks and under warranty but that means my last two European bikes have BOTH had serious issues. It is one thing to buy a bike with a kick ass dealer near you (and my prior shop always did me right and didn't want to drop Ducati but it just did not make financial sense) but if I have to pick the bike up 300 miles form home and that is where I go for warranty work, it really makes me scratch my head. But I don't want another BMW either though the F900XR might make a nice lighter weight sporty-touring machine and the Triumph 900's vibrate too much. Gawd maybe I'll buy Versys 1000 or Tracer 9 GT????????? What happened to my reckless days of youth when I would just buy what I want and not worry about practical matters LOL?
The issue with bike problems is threefold; money, hassle and not having a bike to ride. I might not be able to avoid the money and hassle, but with a two bike garage maybe the risk of not having a bike to ride can be mitigated.
I am convincing myself that if I have one older Italian bike and one newer Italian bike, at least one of them should be running at all times...right?