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post #1 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 10:25 am Thread Starter
 
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Preventative "medicine"?

I love my LT! BMW makes a he!! of a product! It's a technological marvel by motorcycle standards! Because of it's complexity, it can be a bear to fix, but more importantly it can be VERY VERY EXPENSIVE to have it fixed at a dealer..
i.e. clutches, slave cylinders, rear drives, electronics, trannies etc.

What important pieces of maintenance advice can be shared by this well versed intelligent LT community that can save the rest of us future major expenses?
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post #2 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 10:40 am
 
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I'll start off with the cheapest/easiest measures...
Change your oil/filter every 3,000 miles, instead of every 6,000.
Use synthetic in the rearend, and lube your shifter linkeage at least every 6K.
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post #3 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 10:48 am
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Don't ride when "impaired". The bike can't handle that variable.

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How often does anyone change the brake and hydraulic clutch fluids?
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post #5 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 1:42 pm
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Annual on the wheel circuit and 2 yrs on the control circuit. Don't skip it - I was surprized to see the color difference after just one year on the wheel circuit. 2 yr on the clutch.

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post #6 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 1:44 pm
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change

brake and clutch fluids every two years is Colorado's dry air. SAme with Coolant.
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post #7 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 3:47 pm
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BMW (through the dealer) says coolant is up to four years now.

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post #8 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 3:56 pm
 
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How often does anyone change the brake and hydraulic clutch fluids?
Every two years on the LT. Every year for my Ninja...because it's just so darn easy! (STUPID BMW!)
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post #9 of 9 Old Mar 21st, 2006, 5:59 pm
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Thumbs up Follow the BMW Schedule...

I follow the attached, published BMW Maintenance Schedule. It is very comprehensive AND if you keep receipts and records you will have no issues with verifying your work on the bike should any warranty claims or issues materialize.

I do try to check the FD a bit more often, say at 3K, but if you do find misc. steel bits in there it probably means you've just been lucky!

As to the other items of concern on your original list, they are generally rather long-life parts. One of the main problem areas other than the FD is the Slave Cylinder, Dave Shealey, IIRC, sez if you get it to 65,000 miles CHANGE IT!

Again, the idea you've been lucky.

I just did my first valve adjustment at 36,000. They were okay at 30K and now ALL intakes were out. After the job the bike ran better and my mileage increased?? I suspect many miss the valve deal.

Working on your own scoot really gives you insight as how it is running and takes away much of the mystery under the plastic. Should a real issue arise, you will probably be in a more informed state than many who have all their work dealer performed.

Most of us have found the LT to be robust and able to take us far and wide with NO problems. But, alas, a small percentage have had nightmares. It seems that the real problem bikes have more than one issue.

My bike has had zero issues. Knock, knock, knock...

One last thing, I don't think I would own this bike if it weren't for this forum. It makes ownership a joy not a dealer induced headache. (Thanks everyone!)

Good luck and Happy Riding!
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