Originally Posted by bsodt
Just bought first BMW bike, it has 50k miles. I would like to know what I need to do for maintenance. I did oil and all brake pads. Seems to vibrate too much for a luxury bike at idle. Are spark plugs at 50k needed? Anything for sure to check?
As noted in posts above, these bikes make nosie, injectors, driveline clatter (K-bike rattle), etc. BUT... BMW specifies a maintenance interval for these bikes. Just search this site for a maintenance schedule, or better yet, purchase a service manual. Many folks are happy with the Clymer manual for the bike.
In short, BMW calls for a "BMW Service" every 6,000 miles which is basically a crankcase oil and filter change. A "BMW Inspection" is called for every 12,000 miles. The "Inspection" calls for air and fuel filter changes, spark plug change, valve check and adjustment as needed, tranny and final drive lube change. Because removal of body panels (called tupperware around here) and removal of the gas tank is required, it makes sense to do all these items at the same time.
Coolant, brake, and clutch fluid changes are recommended annually for some model year bikes, longer intervals on others, I'm not sure about those differences, again, check a manual.
If the bike is new to you, and you don't know the service history, I'd suggest you do the BMW "Inspection" which will get you familiar with the bike and you'll know that all the service items are done.