I bought from a dealership. I have had no interaction with the previous owner...
And thanks. I've always loved the RS/LT family of bikes. My first encounter was a LS or GT in 04.. and been drooling over them since. Saw this on the lot at the dealer.. who doesnt even deal with BMW's and asked. They took it in on trade, had 10870 miles on it, was a 98.. garage kept the whole time and one owner. They wanted 2500.. I was like.. you have my full attention..
It's definitely a great way to get back into 2 wheels, but there is a learning curve. I have no manual, so I'm figuring stuff out on my own.. like the auto cancelling turn signals. My last bike was an 86 vt1100c (honda shadow).. so this bike handles completely different. It's more willing to lean, but I find that at a more aggressive lean angle, I'm still not turning as sharp as the honda did (as I remember.. 8 years makes for foggy memory).. so I'm finding myself shifting off the seat to get my COG shifted and turns tighter. All in all I love the bike. I fear I'm going to be burning through tires pretty quick. I've only had it a few days and my chicken strips (there were still some on the tires when I bought it) are gone.. and I didn't THINK I was riding very aggressively...
I plan on lurking in this forum a LOT and learning every thing I can. Other than a full fluid change.. which will happen this fall as they look clean and good right now... steel brake lines.. are there any other maintenance things I should be looking out for? Tires will probably be replaced next spring, its got a 10 year old set of pilot road 2's on it now. No signs of rot, unstability, cupping, or much wear really..
Any good tutorials for bleeding the brakes with the abs system?
Also, I know I'm flogging a dead horse, but just looking for opinions.. what it says in clymer and/or MOMS till I can get one.
1. Engine oil - not a wet clutch, so a high end synthetic for cars ok or stick with bike rated oils (I get the friction modifiers for the wet clutches.. but will a normal synth handle such a high revving engine.. not that I get it above 6k very often..)
2. Trans/Final Drive oil - 75w90? Anything I should be explicitly looking for?
3. Brake fluid - any dot 4.. whats mom say on this? I know its a nogo to mix types.. Where is my rear resevoir?
4. Clutch fluid - same as brake?
I know, some of these are questions that will start civil wars.. I'm just looking for opinions. Of course the correct answer will always be what BMW has said in the owners manuals (source for these?) and what it has said in subsequent tech bulletins after release... If all I get in regards to these answers is quotes from those or links to them.. I'll be ecstatic.
Thank you again gents..
Last edited by scythefwd; Jun 12th, 2018 at 6:00 am.