Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Re: Past history on my LT? -> BMW contact
You can call BMW North America at 800-831-1117 and find out if any recalls are still outstanding (also, it's good to register your name with them, so that you can get future notices).
Service entries in the booklet are unreliable because your previous owner may have done a lot himself - and a good job at that. No cute stamp in the booklet, though.
Remember, we BMW owners are a crazy lot: we expect previous owners to have all service by the dealer, well documented, but we want to save money ourselves by doing all maintenance at home. Go figure...
Here is my take: I base my used-bike purchase on how I feel / what I know about its past history - and thus expect that most service was up to date until about 1/2 year ago.
On the other hand, I fully expect that the most recent service is neglected: would you do big maintenance intending to sell your bike soon? Be realistic.
So, when I get a used machine (I never bought a new one, yet), I immediately do basic maintenance: oil, FD, trans, brake fluid, coolant, etc..., all filters. Depending how skilled you are, that is about two weekend days. Ripping apart the Tupperware also lets you find out the real shape of the bike and learn about assembly - a good idea.
Then, at leisure, I'd do recommended service items scheduled for last pending interval - in your case that would be 12K, I believe. At such low mileage, there should be not much left after you did the fluids and filters. All that can be done by you.
That's it. Ride away. Have fun. Don't worry. Don't forget to change FD fluid with every oil change.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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