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    I have just purchased a BMW F800 GS, 2015 model, with 32 000km on the clock. After the first few days or riding, I had to send it back for the back brake pads to be replaced. I've had the bike for a month and I've had to replace the back brake pads 3 times. The shop I bought it from, Perry Bikes, say there is nothing wrong with the braking system but why do I need to repalce the brake pads every 300km? Is this a common problem. Secondly, the chain and sprocket already needs replacing. What is the average life span of a chain and sprocket on these bikes? I padi R90 000 for this bike and am having these problems alreadin the first month? Is this normal or was I ripped off?

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    32000 km for replacement for the first chain/sprocket set is not too bad, I think. I would consider this 'normal' wear.

    But replacing rear brake pads every 300 km is certainly not normal. What was the reason for replacement? Were the pads worn down completely? .

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    I recently had to pads and a rotor on a 3000 mile F800GS. We determined that the rider was riding with his foot pressing on the rear brake lever a bit. Now he's aware and rides with his foot off the lever. End of problem.

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    Sure, but only 300 km for rear brake pads to be replaced is something more serious than just touching the brake lever.... That kind of wear is exceptional.

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    Yes, pads are worn down. Regarding the chain and sprocket. surely the dealership should have put on a new one before selling the bike to us at R90 000 and now a month later we have to replace it at R4000?

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    I ride with my foot turned out and not even touching the rear brakes. I'v never had this issue on any other bike I've owned over 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dopykzn View Post
    ...surely the dealership should have put on a new one before selling the bike to us at R90 000
    If you did not ask for it or had it agreed with the dealership before the sell, I would not count on it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dopykzn View Post
    Yes, pads are worn down.
    Pads worn down completely in 300 km's? If you have been riding for 20 years, you must know that this is absolutely beyond any normal wear. The rear brake should have been checked thoroughly the first time the pads had to be replaced.

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    As the others have said, that mileage is fine for the chain and sprocket life, and I would never assume a dealer did extra work. If they did, they'd be telling you all about it during the sales process. As for the rear brake, my guess is that someone screwed with the pushrod adjustment trying to move the pedal position and now the brake is dragging. The pedal is not adjustable and messing with the pushrod without knowing what you're doing will cause the rear brakes to wear out extremely fast.
    FWIW, did you get a copy of the service records? With that many miles on it, the bike should have been through all it's major services at least once by now and you should be halfway to your next major service. I'd ask before you have any more 'surprises'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dopykzn View Post
    I have just purchased a BMW F800 GS, 2015 model, with 32 000km on the clock. After the first few days or riding, I had to send it back for the back brake pads to be replaced. I've had the bike for a month and I've had to replace the back brake pads 3 times. The shop I bought it from, Perry Bikes, say there is nothing wrong with the braking system but why do I need to repalce the brake pads every 300km? Is this a common problem. Secondly, the chain and sprocket already needs replacing. What is the average life span of a chain and sprocket on these bikes? I padi R90 000 for this bike and am having these problems alreadin the first month? Is this normal or was I ripped off?
    That brake uses a floating caliper. The guide pins that are supposed to allow the caliper to float may be sticking. I had a R1200RT that did that. Disassembled and cleaned and greased the pins.

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    I did a poor adjustment on my rear brake on the ST. Don't know how many miles I went before I realized the rear brake light was on all the time. The pads and disk were shot.
    3 times during a short interval, that dealer is one to avoid.

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    So I just did a quick lookup of what R90 000 is in USD and I think you got a pretty good deal even with the surprises. That works out to under 6k USD for an F800GS with less than 20k miles (32k km) on the clock, that is certainly below what I'd expect to pay from a dealer,, that's even low for a private sale. You service dept may suck, but you didn't get screwed on that deal unless there are more substantial issues yet to be found.

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