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post #1 of 4 Old Feb 28th, 2011, 5:48 am Thread Starter
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Buddy, can you spare a dime?

A couple of tips for my fellow Mark II LT riders:
  1. Buy a centre-stand pump and rebuild it yourself, using Ari's guide, and put it on the shelf. They cost 625 pounds from BMW and the fitting is another 100. I kept the old one and that's now on my list of jobs.
  2. Brake calipers are not part of the routine maintenance schedule. I had a front one stick on and it brought the bike to a standstill. It freed off and I managed to get it to my dealer, where they found that both front calipers were in a real state. That cost me the repair time - they needed a complete strip on the bench - plus a refill and flush of the hydraulics. Unless an owner requests it, calipers are not maintained. I was told that BMW policy is that it is unnecessary, even though dealers regularly request that it be added.
The bill, including my MOT test, was 873 pounds! Beware!

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A couple of tips for my fellow Mark II LT riders:
  1. Buy a centre-stand pump and rebuild it yourself, using Ari's guide, and put it on the shelf. They cost 625 pounds from BMW and the fitting is another 100. I kept the old one and that's now on my list of jobs.
  2. Brake calipers are not part of the routine maintenance schedule. I had a front one stick on and it brought the bike to a standstill. It freed off and I managed to get it to my dealer, where they found that both front calipers were in a real state. That cost me the repair time - they needed a complete strip on the bench - plus a refill and flush of the hydraulics. Unless an owner requests it, calipers are not maintained. I was told that BMW policy is that it is unnecessary, even though dealers regularly request that it be added.
The bill, including my MOT test, was 873 pounds! Beware!

Keith
A bit steep Keith but nothing else you can really do when your in that situation.I find it strange that they dont test maintain the calipers aswell I had to take my rt for its yearly service today.
Full fluid change and the various other checks came to £308 that included a brake fluid change on a 12month old bike.
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Re: Buddy, can you spare a dime?

The bill's not too bad if you take out the cost of the pump, leaving a couple of hundred quid for the MOT, stripping both calipers and doing the brake fluid and a couple of hours to actually swap the pump over.

All fluids should be changed every 24 months on an LT, I've been told, but it doesn't come up as a reminder on the mileage-related maintenance schedules so they have to remember to check the date of registration and mine got missed several times. It was five years before they realised they'd not done it and I only triggered that check by complaining that the clutch was a bit spongy. No harm done, thank goodness..

It's ridiculous that they don't include caliper maintenance but BMW won't add it in. All they're supposed to do is check the pads for wear. I suppose seven years isn't too bad. I'm sure most people swap their bikes before that, which may be why BMW don't include it. Who knows?

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Re: Buddy, can you spare a dime?

If ANY of you guys wants to refurb your brakes or learn how to do it - come on over for a weekend at mine

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