MKL’s 2004 BMW R1150RT Oilhead Maintenance Log

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MKL’s 2004 BMW R1150RT Maintenance Log

January 16, 2010 66,542 Miles . The RT went to Tom Rubber Chicken Racing for a JL Paralever Bushing installation documented for an upcoming article in Consumer News . While some Bikevis Bullets installed, also for an upcoming

JL Paralever Bushing Kit installed

33-17-2-335-139 FD Boot Strap 2) — required after JL installation

Final Drive Change with Castrol GL5 80W/90 — required JL Bushing installation

November 28, — 66,026 Miles . the RT to Tom Cutter’s Rubber Chicken Garage for its 66k Service. The original side EZY-Mount shelf finally broke, so it was replaced the new thicker bracket EZY-Mount to me in October 2008.

Replace bracket for Ezy-Mount shelf

8, 2009 — 63,014 . I decided to change my oil early, this summer has already one track day and an MSF course as well.

29, 2008 — 59,568 . Took the tupperware off to perform minor maintenance. First, I and lubricated the starter, which was serviced 30,000 miles ago and again began producing the grinding sounds after the starter button. As before, the assembly and plunger mechanism absolutely caked with black crud, so I cleaned up and re-lubricated without disassembling the starter.

Second, I replaced a left-side bracket from the shelf which holds my driving lights. The Ezy-Mount a lifetime warranty, so the good there sent me new brackets . Finally, I installed a modified of BMW’s + Battery Post kit to the The post had to be bent to fit the Enersys and I drilled the bracket itself so it now serves as the tie-down point for all of my

In this way, accessing the is infinitely easier than to reach the battery’s + terminal.

left-side bracket for Ezy-Mount (PICTURE)

Install modified BMW + Post kit (PICTURE)

August 15, — 58,442 Miles . the right-side stick coil in the left one now gave out as well. was a lumpy idle, easily by replacing the old left-side coil a new one.

Bosch Oil Filter p/n

April 15 , 2008 — Miles . The OEM brake pads finally near the end of their so I replaced them with new Lorraine brake pads

Carbone Loraine A3+ Front Brake Pad Set installed calipers)

Carbone Lorraine RX3 Rear Brake Pad Set installed

8 , 2007 — 52,100 . The front Metzeler ME880 tire developed a series of cracks along its right I contacted Metzeler, but never got any back. Although the tread had plenty of life left, I to play it safe and replace the tire.

The date code the tire is less than 1 old, and now has close to 10,000 on it. I replaced it with my original of choice, a new Z6 Roadtec.

Transmission Change with Amsoil Gear 75W/140

Final Fluid Change with Severe Gear 75W/90

4 , 2007 — 49,055 . Well, now we know the erratic condition in the wet wasn’t the Ignition Further investigation revealed a bad seal in the oxygen sensor Replacing that o-ring to have solved the problem.

New seal for oxygen sensor

19, 2007 — 47,690 . An erratic running condition wet was difficult to diagnose because of its nature. The coil packs both corroded, so the terminals cleaned and I bought a spare new one to around. I also had the Hall replaced for safe measure.

One of the fog lights burned out, so I them both with new Xtreme White H3s.

BMW BMW Ignition Sensor

PIAA White H3 Bulb (Qty 2)

25, 2007 — 46,842 . I added a nifty liquid-filled stick-on thermometer with a face that can easily be at night. It fits perfectly in the between the RT’s speedo and

June 14, 2007 — Miles . Cross-Country BMW in Metuchen the balance of the 48,000 mile There were no open This service included a new filter.

Also, my cracked front turn signal (victim of a stone chip) was

June 9 , 2007 — Miles . Time for an overdue change. The dealer will the rest of the service due sometime this month.

07-51-0-395-257 Final Drive Fluid with BMW Synthetic 75W/140 2)

May 29, 2007 — 42,309 . En route from Kansas Kentucky on our Short Way ‘Round country tour, I decided to the condition of my Metzeler Z6 tires in the parking lot and was horrified to find the threads showing through . The bad was this was on Memorial Day and no shops open, so we lost a riding The good news is I discovered in the parking lot of a Hyatt instead of the way!

The next morning, the folks at Mid-America Powersports in were kind enough to me into their queue and got me out noon with a new mounted and set of Metzeler ME880 Marathons. the Z6s routinely last over miles here on the east the roads out west (plus the weight of all the luggage I was carrying) their useful life to 7,900 miles!

51-16-2-309-607 BMW Wave Washer 2)

51-16-2-328-287 BMW Nut (Qty 2)

March 28, — 32,998 Miles . My Aeroflow Aeroscreen developed a over the winter, likely to due the mounting hardware upon installation by the bike’s previous This crack eventually to the point where replacement was Being completely satisfied the original Aeroscreen, I installed

Aeroflow Aeroscreen installed

27, 2007 — 32,885 . A Z-technik carbon fiber protector was added to protect the gas paint from my jacket’s and buttons.

January 28, 2007 30,897 Miles . A second Compact Nautilus Air Horn was to compliment the first one installed in October. A full test was to measure performance. In addition, I got around to producing a suitable for my new Garmin Zumo 550 GPS.

I fabricated a simple bracket of aluminum stock, made to fit the two handlebars. I spray painted the black, and then used longer bolts (left from Terri’s Aeroflow install ) to install it. Finally, I it off with a diamond-shaped RAM Mount, will connect to the Zumo’s cradle and RAM.

Garmin 550 GPS

January 20, 2007 — Miles . For two weeks now, the starter has been producing a grinding sound for a few seconds releasing the starter button. I to take a look inside. As the shaft assembly and plunger were absolutely caked thick black crud.

I to clean everything up and re-lubricate going to the extreme of disassembling the starter. Most of the black blew out with compressed and the rest was degreased with an I applied a sparing amount of lube to the plunger, shaft, and

The whole operation took than 30 minutes. After the dreaded grinding sound has

January 16, 2007 — 30, 642 . I replaced the tired Exide / BMW battery in the bike with a new Energy Genesis XE16X We use these Hawkers at work in our UPS Systems, and they are very to the vaunted Odyssey battery sells for motorcycles. The battery a metal casing for extreme against shock and vibration, as as extended operation up to 60 degrees

Expected lifecycle is 8-10 rated at 25 degrees ambient. is about double what you see out of the gel cells normally sold by BMW for the Our controller here at work has had one in his since 1997, and it’s going strong!

And best of it was free. Perks of the job.

27 , 2006 — 29,698 . I swapped fluids, and installed a new magnetic oil drain plug in the I also installed a new Signal Dual LED License Plate (wired as additional running and brake lights) for added

Transmission Final Drive Change with Amsoil 80W/90

Wunderlich Magnetic Oil Plug p/n 1854012 (PICTURE)

Dynamics Dual LED License Frame (Black) p/n 02029

October 24 , 2006 — Miles . Cross-Country BMW in Metuchen the balance of my 24,000 mile and checked for any open recalls, of there were none. the tupperware was off, I had them the stock Bosch horn a Stebel Compact Nautilus Air The small, self contained horn fit easily without any issues, and provides an incredible in horn volume and clarity to stock.

Definitely useful for commuting days on the NJ Turnpike!

Mile Service Completed wheel circuit and control brake fluid change, as as clutch fluid change 81-220-142-156 BMW Brake Fluid Dot 4)

2, 2006 — 24,522 . Has it been 6,000 miles I changed the fluids after weekend’s trip to Niagara Canada. The dealer will the rest of the 24,000 mile sometime later this

07-51-1-469-908 Oil Change with BMW 15W/50 Motor Oil (Qty 4)

28, 2006 — 23,462 . New Metzeler Z6 Roadtec tires mounted and balanced by Cross-Country BMW in The old Z6s has been on the bike since miles and still had some left on them, but I’d be safe than sorry a long trip to Niagara coming up tomorrow. The Z6s continue to me with their excellent of wet weather performance, dry grip, and longevity.

Metzeler Z6 Roadtec Rear Tire

September 22, — 23,059 Miles . I a JJ Cyclepass bracket to mount my on the RT’s Ram Mount. Having it out in the like this should to fewer false readings as I through the EZ Pass lanes.

JJ KLE-016 E-Tag Mount

September 17, 2006 — Miles . On September 16, my friend (on his R1200RT) and I completed an Iron Association Saddlesore 1000 traveling through 4 States PA, OH, and WV) and logging on 1,129 odometer in approximately 18 hours, including all for food, gas, bathroom, The RT performed flawlessly, delivering MPG in the process.

On September 17, I replaced the blue light lenses came on the BMW Auxiliary Rear Light Kit (63-21-1-468-253) with red lenses I bought from a stop. The new red lenses are legal and feature built-in reflectors, the OEM blue lenses.

2.5 Red Marker with Built In Reflectors For Use BMW Auxiliary Rear Running Kit 63-21-1-468-253 (Qty 2) (PICTURE)

, 14 2006 — 21,551 . The stock 1157 type that came with the turn signal RUN-N-LITES replaced with Sylvania 2357 (Long Life) These are the same candlepower as on low filament, and about 20% brighter on filament. They also are to last twice as long.

A cheap way to increase conspicuity.

2357 Long Life (Qty 2)

August 14, 2006 19,550 Miles . I installed a Rider 14×14 pad to increase on longer rides. So far, it has effective in reducing hot spots.

14 x 14 Pad (PICTURE)

August 11, 2006 19,265 Miles . I installed a helmet lock on the rear of the system case.

Motion-Pro Helmet Lock

August 7, — 19,062 Miles . I a Kisan Technologies P115W-H7 modulator to modulate the low beam. is an excellent conspicuity upgrade.

25, 2006 — 18,035 . Time for a fluid change! went according to the service nice and easy. The dealer perform the rest of the 18,000 service sometime in early when they have a spot to look at my bike.

23, 2006 — 17,869 . After a soggy BMWMOA in Burlington, VT, I decided to add one of Bob’s BMW feet to lessen my dependency on old cans lying about the I also added a pair of Bungee Buddies to each case, so packing will be next time around.

RK-4 Black 3M Reflective Tape Kit for BMW System Cases

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