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Old Jul 13th, 2013, 10:36 pm
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My bike has been in storage for a year and a half. What is recomended to get this bike back up and running frome it's deep sleep?
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Old Jul 14th, 2013, 12:22 am
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Fresh fuel, and a correct dose of Sea Foam.....Check your oil level, ride it to op temperature then change your fluids...Not a big deal really.

Sea Foam is a magical substance that will stabilize, clean, and otherwise treat your whole system, down to the injector nozzles. Kinda like a Listerine for Gas motors. Techron works good too, and BMW makes their own stuff, but they also approve the Techron. I bought my recent 04 and it had set up for 3 years, with the occasional start and ride around the block. I drained and refilled and used Techron for the first 2 tanks (it was on hand), and sea foam every tank there after for 5 tank loads. PRIOR to sync'ing TBs, etc. The results are immediate and amazing. It went from a rough idle, poor cold start beast to a kitty cat in 1 tank, and my rough 600rpm idle went to 1k and smooth in 2 tanks, THEN I sync'd and fine tuned. Also (I don't know about the newer 1200s) if you hear a rattle internally when cold that doesn't really go away when warm, check your cam chain tensioner. Mine did it and I popped that sucker out and it was cruddy and sticky. Cleaned her up and voila, no more noise (other than the normal Boxer Concert of Purity and Righteousness)

Good luck, and welcome back from wherever the hell you were that caused you to neglect and not take care of your duties as a Boxer Jockey. Poor bike...In that cold dark place with no wind in it's cooling fins....No sweet slippery oil oozing around and caressing its inner most bearings, no spark coursing through it's wires causing it to explode with precise chaos and sumptuous harmony. No subtle manipulation of it's sensitive throttle and curvaceous clutch... Nay...She patiently waited, loyal, proud despite her dusty haze wondering if she would ever feel that torque curve pulsing through her prop shaft ever again.....Never straying, never complaining...If only women had Boxer engines.....


In other words RIDE THE SHIITE OUT OF IT...LOL
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Old Jul 14th, 2013, 6:39 am
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If you have any fuel in the tank I would drain it out. Fuel with Ethanol has about a six month shelf life. Fuel without Ethanol has about a one year shelf life. If the oil in the crankcase has been in use before storage I would change it. Even Synthetic oil has a one year in use service life. Petroleum based oils are less.
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Old Jul 14th, 2013, 7:20 am
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All the above is spot-on but if you prefer...

Check tire pressure...

Start her up and ride down to the gas station and fill'er up with Chevron premium and maybe add in a dose of Techron.

Then I highly advise a good long ride.
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Old Jul 14th, 2013, 12:27 pm
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I'm not sure if this is a good recommendation, but if your bike has just been sitting there without a battery tender, wouldn't it be best to replace the battery after 18 months of being dead? I would, but I'm not sure it's necessary.
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.... Cleaned her up and voila, no more noise (other than the normal Boxer Concert of Purity and Righteousness)

Good luck, and welcome back from wherever the hell you were that caused you to neglect and not take care of your duties as a Boxer Jockey. Poor bike...In that cold dark place with no wind in it's cooling fins....No sweet slippery oil oozing around and caressing its inner most bearings, no spark coursing through it's wires causing it to explode with precise chaos and sumptuous harmony. No subtle manipulation of it's sensitive throttle and curvaceous clutch... Nay...She patiently waited, loyal, proud despite her dusty haze wondering if she would ever feel that torque curve pulsing through her prop shaft ever again.....Never straying, never complaining...If only women had Boxer engines.....


In other words RIDE THE SHIITE OUT OF IT...LOL
Well said Hiram! ...
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First thing is hope you don't have a set of gummed injectors. EtOH containing fuel is pretty good at mucking them up if they sit that long- hope yours still function OK. If it doesn't start of they hang open and it blows fuel you'll know...

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Good suggestions all - I'd check the air filter for critters and change the brake fluid. As I recall, BMW recommends an annual brake fluid change.
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Its actually every 2 except for new bikes which are 1 yr from placing in service, allowing for time since manufacture, etc, probably
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 8:53 am
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Ditto on SeaFoam. Check tires for cracks. Battery. Ride it a good while.
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