After extensive travelling away from my garage (oooh, and family too...
) I finally got to spend some much anticipated quality time with my newest bike and first real tourer! Intention to fix all "must do's" and some "like to do's"... Having dug into as much as possible shared knowledge here and elsewhere during my absence I am fairly clear on the "must do's" so started with taking of most of the fairings and what not to find some 'sceleton' underneath, almost naked not even then in any way comparable to any of my other more 'normal looking' bikes...
So, now have enjoyed working on this in comparison giant bike and can relate to some of the BMW quirks that I recognize from my old '92 BMW 850iA V12 car, why engineer logically...? hahaha...
Bike is a European 2001 with some 53k km's on the odometer by now, already changed brake lines and to start with the rear damper to an ÷hlins and fairly recently tires also so that done at least a couple of things less to do. Bike's been well fairly well serviced and just prior to buying it PO did a change again of all oils including brakes (iABS) so that is feeling quite OK. PO sold it due to possible brake problems but not as serious as it seems so hopefully good there too!
So, the "must do's and to do's" then...
- epic... hahaha... PO lived at the end of a gravel road...so even though not more than 50k km's lots of gravel up in between...everywhere...
Oils and filters;
- engine oil (higher zinc content type) and filter, check
- rear drive, check
- gear box, to do
- quick disconnects, to order
- fuel filter change, to order
- spark plug change, check
- air filter, wash (K&N), check
- anti-freeze change to special type, check
- all new headlight bulbs, check
- instrument cluster lamps change to cool white, ordered
- brake pads control front and rear, check
- move top box rearwards, check
- steering damper control, check
- cut brown wire, check
- install new Z-Teknik passenger rests, check (found a brand new set for USD 200 so...
- front 5,25" GAS high power stereo speakers change, in progress
- install dual USB charger in cassette compartment, check
- radio antenna resistance measuring, check (poor radio signal but some corrosion so...)
- reinstall by PO specially fabricated GPS mount over instruments, check
- install power supply outlet for GPS, check
- install wiring for new USB/power output for GPS with fuses, to do
- buy all three BMW bags for luggage, check
- finding replacement spark plug cover plate, to do
- speedo jumps a little so will check for cable damages to rear drive
- cruise control only worked a few times, verified that all micro switches work as they shall so now going to look for proper throttle cable adjustment to ensure that is OK to start with as throttle cables were changed by PO
Enjoying this immensely, comfortable in knowing that the shared and extensive knowledge and experience here and by people like yourselves and the likes of Kirk J will take me further, if stopping for whatever reason...!!!
First one of my bikes that the missus actually looks forward to come along on...
Doing this in parallell with three other 70's bikes so now once back for some time it's full speed ahead...
So from a now very happy LT owner in Sweden wishing All out there a Good start of the New Year and some serious quality time, in the garages as well as safely on the roads!!!