Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Boston Area, MA, USA
Re: R1200RT service costs
I just did my 12k and posted this little writeup on the MOA forum ... maybe it'll help for next time:
It was time for the pricey service ... the 12k, the annual, I needed tires, oh my... I decided to see what I could accomplish myself to take the bill down a bit. This is the first time I've done any work on the RT.
I ended up changing the air and oil filter and flushing all of the fluids myself (Final Drive, Transmission, Clutch, Brakes, Oil). I left the spark plugs and the valve check / adjustment for the dealer.
I thought my newbie observations might be helpful for someone...
* The bike comes apart so quickly it's almost like the transformers movie. I put a blanket down on the garage floor, and in less than 20 minutes I had every panel I wanted to remove off of the bike. I actually took off more than I needed to.
* Coming from HD and internal combustion engines in general the air filter and snorkel has to be the most restrictive POS ever. Yes I know it works, but please don't tell me it's optimal...
* Even though the clutch is "lifetime fill" I decided to bleed it any way. As the cap warns, you have to use the pricey mineral oil and nothing else. My old stuff was green, I noticed the newer stuff was blue. I like blue, so I guess it was worth it.
* Be careful what brake fluid you use ... while any dot4 will work, the BMW stuff is a different color, and I'm re-bleeding mine rather than cause a potential warranty finger-point later on.
* Bleeding the brakes is no different than any other bike, easy to get to. The clutch is tough to reach being in the middle of the bike.
* I was pretty intimidated by the FD change, but pulling off the silencer and the rear tire was really easy.
Like many others have recommended I used beemerboneyard, and the "kit" worked perfectly. The little tapered bottle to do the tranny and FD is essential to having it go well. Unfortunately they still don't have plugs or valve gaskets for the camheads, but hopefully soon..
All in all I carved off close to 4 hours of labor and it cost me about $100 in fluids, an evening playing in the garage, and a cheap oil pan, etc to do it. The only mistake was a little Exxon Valdez spill because my bike on the center stand + my park'n'move + the oil pan I bought just didn't fit well ...