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Damir, that oozing is some minor weepage from the large o-ring around that middle drive, and not too much to worry about. Who knows if Yamaha lubed the assembly before they inserted the middle drive or if the o-ring has now become lubed with use. I suspect if you wipe it down, it may just go away.
There is a large seal around that output shaft also, which could also weep but that bit of oil will fling off the u-joint behind it, and there may be some residue inside the plastic u-joint cover. Again, if it's minor and no dripping on the ground, I'd not worry about it as a drop of oil getting by a seal with a rotating shaft in it isn't a big deal, call it normal?
RBEmerson, if your weepage is at the joint of the rear pumpkin to swingarm joint (4 nuts on the flange), I believe there is a weep hole on the bottom side... again, minor weepage from the pumpkin seal to driveshaft as long as no dripping on the ground... just wipe it off and don't worry about it too much. Easy enough to pull the pumpkin at your next tire change and have a peek to satisfy your curiosity.
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I have a good riding buddy with a 1600. In the first 2 months the reverse went out, but BMW fixed that and doubled his warranty (No Japanese co would do that) and now at 22,000 miles it has been recalled (transmission I believe). None the less, it's his dream bike and he loves it.

We were out in Colorado riding passes and canyons on our CB 1100's and were eating dinner at a small steak house when a guy on a 1600 pulled in with full Akrapovics. By buddy looked at it and listened to it and said "I'm going to get one of those", and he did, Akrapovics and all. Dreams can come true lol. Plus he found 2 guys in his town that are hard core BMW riders he has hooked up with.They rode out to Alberta last summer and he had a blast. He's totally hooked in the BMW lifestyle now. He would have never considered a BMW flat twin.
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I went to a BMW rally summer before last on my FJR and I wasn't the only one there on an FJR. Me and another guy were standing around looking at the bikes when he said..."Those (R1200RT) are just so but ugly!". I thought about that for a moment and had to agree.I know I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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OTOH my '17 FJR has developed a lubricant leak that may be related to the rear suspension. At least it looks oily. It's about as viscous as cold differential oil but isn't coming from the "banjo". Given there's under 5K (sigh...) on the clock, that ain't what I expected. Grrr...

My 2018A had the same issue. The seal went on the rear shock and had to be replaced. Rather than put another OEM shock, I went with a Penske, which I like better anyway. But, just pointing out that there is something going on with the recent rear shocks.


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Hmm no issue I've noted on my 2018A with 22,500 miles on it, but then I'm not that attentive/observant. Nothing has dripped on the ground since I bought it new. I can assure you of that.

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Funny I so wanted to like the RT but the longer I ride one the less I care for them. By the end of a day on a boxer Im really ready to be done with it. Exact opposite is true for my FJR. I had a hard time warming up to the bike but it just works and I enjoy riding it. Every time I get on it I just want to go and go.
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Cycle Springs in Clearwater, FL has a brand new 2018 FJR 1300A for sale at $16,400, and I'm quite sure you could get it for $16k.
That's a couple hundred dollars more than what I got my brand new 2019 "ES" for in September.

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I have a good riding buddy with a 1600. In the first 2 months the reverse went out, but BMW fixed that and doubled his warranty (No Japanese co would do that) and now at 22,000 miles it has been recalled (transmission I believe). None the less, it's his dream bike and he loves it.

We were out in Colorado riding passes and canyons on our CB 1100's and were eating dinner at a small steak house when a guy on a 1600 pulled in with full Akrapovics. By buddy looked at it and listened to it and said "I'm going to get one of those", and he did, Akrapovics and all. Dreams can come true lol. Plus he found 2 guys in his town that are hard core BMW riders he has hooked up with.They rode out to Alberta last summer and he had a blast. He's totally hooked in the BMW lifestyle now. He would have never considered a BMW flat twin.
I know I’ve posted my experiences before, but I will again. I had a 2013 and a 2015 1600. I kept them both three years and a combined 60,000 miles. I did have a few of the well known problems, but nothing that kept me off the road.

They were very nice bikes, and I would tell anyone that if the bike trips your trigger, buy it. I ultimately went back to the FJR as my long distance bike for four basic reasons.

1). $10,000 cheaper. I’m retired now. Money matters
2). The 1600 is a much roomier two up bike. But my wife never rides with me any more.
3). Im more confident keeping the FJR much longer and I’m able to get the YES warranty for about $400. I can rack up a lot of miles feeling better about the reliability, and even if I have to sell the FJR for practically nothing five years from now my overal cost of ownership will be far less than the 1600
4) The FJR handles the twisties better. The 1600 would keep up with it, but the FJR simply feels subjectively better pushing through curves.
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Hmm no issue I've noted on my 2018A with 22,500 miles on it, but then I'm not that attentive/observant. Nothing has dripped on the ground since I bought it new. I can assure you of that.

No drips on the ground, just a bunch of dirty oily accumulation at the bottom of the shock where the adjustment ring is. I don't know how common it is, but the dealer told me I wasn't the first.


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1). $10,000 cheaper. Im retired now. Money matters
2). ... my wife never rides with me any more.
3). ...feeling better about the reliability,
4) The FJR handles the twisties better.

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