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I had an opportunity to visit a a German BMW-specialist Matthias Krist who serviced my bike in mid May 2010.
This was the most useful day in my entire life as far as BMW bikes and their service are concerned.

If you have time, read the story and look at the pics here:

http://picasaweb.google.fi/pozoizquierdo/AVERYEDUCATIVESERVICEVISIT#

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Thanks for writing that up and sharing. I'm headed down to the garage to continue my re-assembly and I've now got a few new things to check.
Some great insights in there.
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Ari... thanks for sharing your experience. I'm left with the impression that I should continue using only BMW OEM maintenance parts, filters, etc. despite the somewhat higher cost. Are you of that opinion now also?

Thanks again for sharing (all of) your insight.
 

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Sounds like the education was well worth the 920 euros Ari and the bike feels better too. Just another good reason to stick with OEM filters. Now I wish I had replaced that breather hose when I did my clutch job. Thanks for sharing.
 

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BOHICA.............

Love the Avatar............(bend over...................) :cool:
 

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Thanks Ari, some very important lessons here. Sounds like Matthias really knows his stuff.
Interesting insights about OEM parts too. Nothing beats doing the job 100%.
Glad he found the low oil for you and also the reason behind it. :confused:
I'll make sure to include a visit during our EU wanderings.
Enjoy the Treffen, and a big hi to Irja.
Cheers R & H :wave
 

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Ari, as usual, an Excellent post with great pictures. Several good lessons for those who still look for the cheapest fix. Thanks for sharing the great pictures. How did you'all ever get your bike dissembled with all of your extra wires and options?
 

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Thanks Ari for a great write up, very educational.

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Thanks Ari, the pics and the sharing of the wisdom learned from this mechanic is priceless, especially for all of us who try to do our own service.
 

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yes great write-up. Most shade tree mechanics would have never figured out (or even noticed- and this is not a put down- as engineers/ mechanics/techs from other specialties.. you get the drift...Experience talking there- and that information is INVALUABLE)some of these Items the Tech brought up..

Nice to know we all learn something new if open to the information.
I did. :D
 

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Make sure to tell Matthias next time you talk to him, that he may be able to make a cross country (US) trip. I for one would LOVE to have him look up Barbara's skirt! She likes the way I do it, but hates the cold clammy hands of the stealer...Matthias, I have a feeling would make her feel warm and fuzzy all over again!! :D
 

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Ari,

I had a incident somewhat related - took a friends bike apart who was complaining about poor idling conditions. When we got to the injector rubber boots found that the "factory installer" pinched and folded the boot improperly under the hose clamps. It took several years but the rubber materials fatigued, cracked and finally started leaking. 2 of the 4 boots - from air box to top of the injectors were wrong!!! I can't remember if we took pictures but I do know he took the parts back to the dealer to show them . . . never heard anymore!

Looks like I need to schedule a tear down on mine maybe in the winter to 2010 to look around and perform some "preventative" maintenance.... thanks for the inspiring post as always!!
 

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Thanks Ari, very interesting, especially regarding the oil and air filters.

I use OEM stuff on the LT but installed a K&N on my R1200C. I wonder if I should revert back to standard.

Will be interesting to hear your opinion regarding the BRISK plugs.

With (out) your permission, I have published the link on our LT ( www.bmw-lt.com ) site.
 

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Glad to read that I am not the only one that thinks the K&N filters should have gone away when carburetors did. My experiences are from the automotive side, but a fuel injected bike uses the same technology.

As far as aftermarket VS OEM goes there are the aftermarket products that fit but were not designed for the application, there are knock-off's,Than there are the same parts, by the same manufacturer sold thru different channels. The last category are companies that actually improve on known short-comings of OEM parts and often make a better part for less money. With some careful research you can get bargains, without sacrificing quality. I'll stay away from the first two categories.
 

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Excellent post Ari, thanks for your ongoing contributions. the only part that raised my eyebrow was the implication that BMW did not design for synthetic oil. At least in the early 2000's BMW required their motorcycle dealers to carry their own branded BMW synthetic and the dealers recommended their use as of 12,000 miles. As I have not had much dealings with the dealers since then I would be interested to know if they are still selling the BMW labeled synthetic and what the dealers are told to recommend. I of course have over 180,000 on my '99 using synthetic, (several brands over the years), and continue to use no oil between changes, (5,000 miles) and gas mileage has been consistant since new at 45 mpg. It may be, as in many parts of my life, that ignorance is bliss:)
 

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Ari,
Thanks for a great group of pictures and write up. Did Mathias say what the white marks on your number 2 spark plug wire were? When I changed my spark plugs a couple months ago, my wires had a substance that looked and felt like powder. It came off when wiped with a cloth. I'm wondering if this is the same as what you had.

Did Mathias say why to use mineral motor oil other than the engine was designed for it?
 

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Simply a SUPERB write up with pics---thanks a million for taking time out to be so detailed...and send Mathias our way :)
 

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Yes, thank you. Interesting. When I was putting mine back together, I installed the intake clamps as you did, but was oiling the linkage, and luckily noticed the interference. Got that switched back real quick.
 
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