Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mount Vernon, WA, USA
Re: MAINTENANCE IS GETTING EXPENSIVE!
He forgot to toss in a kiss. Beemerboneyard will sell you a complete kit with filter, oil etc. for a service. You can find the Malhe filter for your bike out "there" for 10$, buy a couple, they make them for BMW. BMW oil is good but 20 a quart almost. Castrol Power 1 in your weight on Amazon is reasonable, so is any brand name MA2 motorcycle oil. Your bike does not need MA2 but it does need a motorcycle oil rating. You need to look around. Keep the next service on your shelf. Be a consumer. The Dealers and BMW are pricing themselves out into the ozone and the dealers need to revolt along with the consumer. I do believe in supporting them but not get taken advantage of. Part of the problem is the wan BMW Germany makes the dealers present themselves. The overhead is nasty.
So, now your into an oil change. lube your shift linkage ball joints, your clutch and brake lever joints, go crazy and pull your center stand and grease the bushings. Maybe drop the final drive down and grease with some moly your splines. Check your side swing arm play by trying to move the rear end and see if it moves at the main rear fork bearings behind the transmission, or at the final drive pivot bearings, or worse at the final drive housing. Lots to look at servicing a bike.
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I change your tires $40, you buy them on the web.
K13S, S1000R (gone through a few GS's & RT's)