BMW Luxury Touring Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: High Mileage congratulations to .... Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
Aug 10th, 2012 12:55 pm
LittleJoe
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Most definitely 200K on any bike is a BIG deal!! Kudos
Aug 10th, 2012 11:03 am
ErnieA
Re: High Mileage (how I do it)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sailor
QUESTION for Ernie, Tommy (bikertz),

A few more maintenance questions - if I may...
Assuming you both kept track of all valves adjustments (on the original engine), do you have data on:

1) Total number of buckets (shims) replaced,
2) The smallest bucket (shim) size you had to put as the mileage was going up.
I replaced 4 total shims in 209k. My smallest was 2.75mm.
Aug 10th, 2012 11:00 am
ErnieA
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Quote:
Originally Posted by LittleJoe
Engine swap????? part of normal maintenance???

I think I missed something. Bike looks great.
You did miss that I had a severe engine overheat and the original engine started using oil so I tore it down to rebuild it. I found a barely used engine on Ebay for $375 plus shipping (sellers mistake = my bonus) and I put that engine into my bike. I'm still going to rebuild my original engine which had some piston damage and oil ring wear. I'm pretty sure the overheat did the damage. I still think getting over 200k on any engine is pretty good, don't you?
Aug 10th, 2012 9:25 am
LittleJoe
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Engine swap????? part of normal maintenance???

I think I missed something. Bike looks great.
Aug 10th, 2012 8:43 am
sailor
Re: High Mileage (how I do it)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ErnieA
Sure!
  1. Oil and filter changes every 6k with synthetic oil (20/50 summer and 10/40 winter).
  2. Mid grade or premium fuel (brand varies for each region I travel but Chevron or Texico with techron)
  3. Air filter and fuel filter service every 12k (might be a bit of overkill but it works)
  4. Valve checks at every 12k
  5. Trans and rear drive fluid changes every 12k
  6. Center-stand, side-stand and shift linkage clean and lube every 12k to keep them working smooth
  7. Ohlins shock rebuilds as needed (equals about once a year of 25k) which is one of the more spendy things I like to do for performance handling
  8. I switched to Speigler brake lines this past winter when I did the engine swap. I had 209k on the original brake lines and the brakes seemed fine until I got back on the bike with the new lines (whoa!) and what a difference!
  9. I use BMW front and rear brake pads but will be trying EBC with my new EBC rear brake rotor I just installed
  10. Brake flush (and clutch slave too) every 24k with ABS unit flush every 48k or so as its worked out
I do all of my own work now (except the Ohlins rebuild) but the first 25k I had the dealer I bought the bike from do it and soon realized I couldn't afford this bike unless I got serious about learning to do the maintenance myself. I bought a Handy Lift from our friend Raffy and went to work learning my LT. I hosted a few tech sessions to learn from the "experts" and then I was off and running to learn from my own mistakes as well. I quickly learned that the fear was in taking off the tupperware and putting it back on correctly. Once the bike is naked it is just another bike.

I can feel the difference every time I finish a 12k service with the trans shifting and handling, and feel confident that our machine is going to make the trip without any major issues.

I hope this helps and doesn't scare anyone away from learning to do their own maintenance.
QUESTION for Ernie, Tommy (bikertz),

A few more maintenance questions - if I may...
Assuming you both kept track of all valves adjustments (on the original engine), do you have data on:

1) Total number of buckets (shims) replaced,
2) The smallest bucket (shim) size you had to put as the mileage was going up.
Aug 9th, 2012 7:36 pm
LTFan
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Thanks Ernie and Tommy for sharing your experiences. I am at 40K right now and counting. I will keep seeking help from all of you as I progress. With the two 12K services I have performed till now I have felt more confident on the bikes capabilities every time after the service.
Aug 7th, 2012 11:23 pm
Sit
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Aug 7th, 2012 1:03 pm
ErnieA
Re: High Mileage (how I do it)

Quote:
Originally Posted by LTFan
I would like to know more about the maintenance performed to keep the bike running for so long. Air, Fuel, Oil & Oil filter change frequency would help.

How does the bike feel/handle after 100K miles or 200K miles? Is there a difference in the gear shifting, engine breaking performance?
Sure!
  1. Oil and filter changes every 6k with synthetic oil (20/50 summer and 10/40 winter).
  2. Mid grade or premium fuel (brand varies for each region I travel but Chevron or Texico with techron)
  3. Air filter and fuel filter service every 12k (might be a bit of overkill but it works)
  4. Valve checks at every 12k
  5. Trans and rear drive fluid changes every 12k
  6. Center-stand, side-stand and shift linkage clean and lube every 12k to keep them working smooth
  7. Ohlins shock rebuilds as needed (equals about once a year of 25k) which is one of the more spendy things I like to do for performance handling
  8. I switched to Speigler brake lines this past winter when I did the engine swap. I had 209k on the original brake lines and the brakes seemed fine until I got back on the bike with the new lines (whoa!) and what a difference!
  9. I use BMW front and rear brake pads but will be trying EBC with my new EBC rear brake rotor I just installed
  10. Brake flush (and clutch slave too) every 24k with ABS unit flush every 48k or so as its worked out
I do all of my own work now (except the Ohlins rebuild) but the first 25k I had the dealer I bought the bike from do it and soon realized I couldn't afford this bike unless I got serious about learning to do the maintenance myself. I bought a Handy Lift from our friend Raffy and went to work learning my LT. I hosted a few tech sessions to learn from the "experts" and then I was off and running to learn from my own mistakes as well. I quickly learned that the fear was in taking off the tupperware and putting it back on correctly. Once the bike is naked it is just another bike.

I can feel the difference every time I finish a 12k service with the trans shifting and handling, and feel confident that our machine is going to make the trip without any major issues.

I hope this helps and doesn't scare anyone away from learning to do their own maintenance.



Aug 6th, 2012 8:46 pm
bikertz
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Quote:
Originally Posted by LTFan
I would like to know more about the maintenance performed to keep the bike running for so long. Air, Fuel, Oil & Oil filter change frequency would help.

How does the bike feel/handle after 100K miles or 200K miles? Is there a difference in the gear shifting, engine breaking performance?

Oil and filter change around 6,000 miles
Air filter changed maybe 3 times after warranty expired
Fuel filter maybe 3 times after warranty expired
Mostly used GTX 20W50 oil
Mostly used 87 or 89 octane fuel
I've changed the rear shock twice, the front once
Aug 6th, 2012 1:51 pm
norton
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Ernie and Tommy your both Da Man. I am always amazed at some of the huge miles some of you guys put on your bikes. Even if I had the time to ride I don't think I could do it. I bow in honor of you iron butt heroes, good luck on the 300,000 mark.
Aug 6th, 2012 12:47 pm
LTFan
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

I would like to know more about the maintenance performed to keep the bike running for so long. Air, Fuel, Oil & Oil filter change frequency would help.

How does the bike feel/handle after 100K miles or 200K miles? Is there a difference in the gear shifting, engine breaking performance?
Aug 5th, 2012 11:56 pm
clayton
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Ernie,

Congratulations are certainly in order. But it would seem you may have a little competition. Looks like it may be time to rake on some miles soon and little less hard work out in the shop.
Aug 5th, 2012 1:16 pm
bikertz
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Quote:
Originally Posted by clayton
Tommy,

What major repairs have you performed on the bike? Is the engine and trans original also.
That mileage is amazing. My 03 LTE has 112k so it must still be like new.
So far the only major repairs (besides the 6 final drive bearings) was the clutch replacement due to leaking seal. Engine and transmission are original. I did have a problem on my way to the National, bike running on 3 cylinders. Cory, at BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge, finally found that it was a faulty spark plug wire. Made it to the rally and went on to Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota. Traveled 5000+ miles with no other problems.
Aug 4th, 2012 12:50 pm
clayton
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Tommy,

What major repairs have you performed on the bike? Is the engine and trans original also.
That mileage is amazing. My 03 LTE has 112k so it must still be like new.
Aug 3rd, 2012 7:28 pm
Zeke
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Quote:
Originally Posted by bikertz
And I thought I was the only one with over 200,000 miles on an 02 LT. I just recently returned from the national rally and extended trip to Wyoming. During that trip, I crossed over the 250,000 mile mark on my LT.

Theres more than you know. You got me by 8000k, Watch out i'm coming for you. LOL
Aug 3rd, 2012 6:42 pm
Foiler
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Congratulations to both of you
Aug 3rd, 2012 5:46 pm
bikertz
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Quote:
Originally Posted by ErnieA
Thanks Dick! I'm over a 5th of the way there on our LT. All of my BMW miles have been on this (our only to date) K12LT.
And I thought I was the only one with over 200,000 miles on an 02 LT. I just recently returned from the national rally and extended trip to Wyoming. During that trip, I crossed over the 250,000 mile mark on my LT.
Aug 3rd, 2012 2:09 pm
will3hawks
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Well done sir!

Regards,

Will
Aug 3rd, 2012 9:11 am
BennyBob
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Congratulations! ...and Happy trails.
Aug 3rd, 2012 5:38 am
DerVerge
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Way to go Ernie. Keep on rolling!
Aug 2nd, 2012 10:42 pm
hschisler
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Congratulations!
Aug 2nd, 2012 10:31 pm
LTFan
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Congratulations. Lots of memories collected. Keep riding.
Aug 2nd, 2012 10:21 pm
olddog1946
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Very cool
Aug 2nd, 2012 8:38 pm
saddleman
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Way Kool Ernie
Aug 2nd, 2012 8:32 pm
deputy5211
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Ride, Ernie, Ride!
Aug 2nd, 2012 8:24 pm
Zeke
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Great Job Ernie. Keep going strong.
Aug 2nd, 2012 7:10 pm
wa1200lt
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Geez Ernie! Congratulations! 200K miles! Quite an acheivement.

Loren
Aug 2nd, 2012 7:04 pm
ErnieA
Re: High Mileage congratulations to ....

Thanks Dick! I'm over a 5th of the way there on our LT. All of my BMW miles have been on this (our only to date) K12LT.
Aug 2nd, 2012 6:14 pm
Dick
High Mileage congratulations to ....

.... ErnieA. 200,000 plus miles on BMWs. Saw the honor kudos in the latest issue of BMWMOA ON in the Mileage Award pages. Headin' for 300,000, Ernie??

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome