The coolant, brake fluid and spark plug are all good to go since
they were recently done.
The first thing I decided to do was to lube the SHB and replace the
... simple enough. I watched my DVD from
regarding the SHB. The fork oil is simply 600cc in each fork.
I used 10 wt oil instead of 7.5. I think 7.5 is too squishy.
And I even bought a measuring cup just for the oil... (read between
the lines here...)
The two picture below show more of the SHB.
The first if the top bearing with newly packed grease. I used
high-temperature synthetic grease... pretty good stuff. The
second picture shows the un-lubricated lower bearing. As you can see,
there is very little grease left bearing after 12,000 miles.
Although the BMW maintenance schedule calls for this service every
12,000 miles, I think I will do it every 6,000 from now on.
there it was onto valve check, and everything was in spec. Spec
is as follows:
... so I didn't have to change out any shims. While
changing the shims is a pretty simple to do (in theory), not having to
do it is a blessing. Not only does it take a bit of time, you
also have to pray that the dealer has
has the particular size shim you need in stock.
But, would you look at this.
That would be my throttle (accelerator) cable. It is actually worse
than it looks in the picture. As you can probably ascertain, I
will be making a trip to the dealer to purchase a new one to replace
then proceeded to disassemble the rear end and all of the linkage so I
could lube the needle bearings.
I also removed the front and rear sprockets and the chain, since I
will be replacing them with the new ones I got from Prof.
My existing chain and sprockets only have 12,000 miles, but the
chain is a bit stiff, and both sprockets show signs of wear.
here she sits until morning.
In the morning I have to go to the
store and pick up the new cable, then lube the needle bearings in the
rear (linkage, etc.).
I also have to put on the new sprockets and chain, and put the rear
end back together.
I also need to fill the engine with oil (I already drained it),
install a new air filter and fuel filter.
Then I have to install the new cable and then put together all of
the bits and piece that go in and around the cable back together,
install the new battery, which, by the way, is larger than the stock
battery, so some slight modifications will need to be made.
I guess somewhere after all of that I need to start it and ride it,
but I don't see that until tomorrow evening.
It was 3:35PM on
Friday when I got started again. I got my new throttle cable
from Gulf Coast BMW for about $15.00. It was the first thing I
After that, I mounted my new battery.
It is a bit wider than my stock battery, so I had to do a little
modifying, but as you can see below, I got it in there. Since it
is a maintenance -free battery, there'll be no more
acid drips or water levels to check.
Once I got all
the bearings lubricated for the swing arms and linkage, I put the rear
Then came the time to install the new
sprockets and chain. The front sprocket went on with no problem.
The rear sprocket is a tad bit thinner than the original, so the bolts
have to be reversed so they do not
come in contact with the hub.
Well, this didn't work on my
motorcycle, because the bolts were
in contact with the arm itself when reversed.
So, I switched the
bolts back they
way there were originally and simple put some spacers (washers) in to
stop the bolt coming in contact with the hub. Pretty simple.
The new chain looks be some bling bling... knowhati'msay'n?
My "Gold-tooth display."
Everything is all buttoned up and it looks, runs, and handles good.
Definitely a different sound from the new chain and sprockets.
Sounds really smooth. Good stuff!
I did make a mistake going into Gulf Coast BMW... They have a
Speed Triple on the floor. What an awesome motorcycle...
Anyway, all done for another 6,000 miles.