Tuesday, September 25, 2007

92,300 miles

North Bay Motorsports, Santa Rosa, CA

Replace front tire

Metzeler Tourance 110/80VR19 $120.95

(Match on-line pricing, almost.)

Tax: $9.68
Tire disposal: $2.00
Mounting and balancing: $10.00

Total: $142.63

Note: Replaced the "Dunlop D607 Trailmax" that originally came on the bike. That tire had roughly 21,000 miles on it! Incredibly long-wearing, but I still much prefer the handling of the Tourance.

Friday, September 21, 2007

91,904 miles

BMW of San Francisco

Major (24,000-mile) service

1 ea. Oil filter #11-42-7-673-541 $12.08
1 ea. O-Ring #07-11-9-904-950 $2.40
2 ea. Gasket #11-12-7-673-087 $12.10
2 ea. Gasket #11-12-7-673-086 $29.40
4 ea. Spark plugs #12-12-7-671-301 $44.48
1 ea. Air filter #13-71-7-672-552 $15.92
2 ea. (no description) #13-54-1-460-594 $3.52
1 ea. Alternator belt #12-31-7-681-841 (from my stock) $0.00
4 ea. 20W/50 oil $20.00
1 ea. Brake fluid $3.95

Labor: $243.75
Supplies: $20.00

Requested they check front fork fluid and fork operation. No comments at conclusion of service.


Replace rear brake disc and brake pads

1 ea. Brake disc #34-21-7-664-102 $159.20
1 ea. Mounting #34-21-7-671-876 $12.48
1 st. Brake pads #34-21-7-660-281 (from my stock) $0.00

Labor: $56.25

Note: mechanic states rear axle seal is not leaking. Rear drive fluid level is correct. So, where did the gear oil that was on my rear brake disc and wheel come from? They have no idea.


Replace right side mirror mount

1 ea. Clamp support #32-72-7-664-677 $31.23
1 ea. Bracket, right #32-72-7-684-576 $8.24
1 ea. Fitting #51-16-7-673-982 (No charge)

Labor: $49.75
Tax: $29.84

Total: $730.61

Thursday, August 23, 2007

90,970 miles


Sierra Buttes, California

Dropped bike on Forest Service road

Broken right mirror
Broken right handguard brace

Monday, August 20, 2007

90,500 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Rear brake disc severely worn

(Surface shows warping or what might be called "cupping")

Friday, June 01, 2007

88,378 miles

Northbay Motorsport, Santa Rosa, CA

Mount new rear tire on alloy rim (off bike)

1 ea. Rear tire, Metzeler Tourance 150/70VR17 $129.36

Tax: $10.35
Labor: $10.00

(They again matched on-line price from American Motorcycle Tire.)

Removed the spoked rim with the old Metzeler. That tire has 12,768 miles, but still has life on it. I'll keep it mounted on the spoked rim as a spare.


Remount front cast alloy wheel with original Dunlop Trailmax tire

This tire has over 17,000 miles on it, but still shows decent tread


Mount new front tire on spoked rim (for spare)

1 ea. Front tire, Michelin Anakee 110/80R19 $153.99

(Purchased at Hi-Tech Motorsports, Billings, MT. No tax - gotta love Montana!)

Labor: $24.00
Disposal: $2.00

Total: $329.70

Thursday, May 10, 2007

83,576 miles

Essex Center, VT

Front brake discs warped

Will need replacement upon return to California, if not sooner. (They were beginning to show signs of warpage at 75,000 miles, before I left.)


Oil service

1 ea. Oil filter #11427673541 $15.10
1 ea. Seal #07119963252 $0.60
4 qt. 20W50 engine oil $22.16

Labor: $41.25
Chemical charge: $3.00
Tax: $2.27

Total: $84.38

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

80,785 miles


Touch of Class Motorcycles, Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Replace front and rear struts

Installed used BMW struts (taken from owner's personal bike after 200 miles' usage)

1 ea. Front Strut (used) $200.00
1 ea. Rear Strut (used) $500.00

Labor: $115.00
Tax: $4.03

Total: $819.03

Monday, April 23, 2007

80,400 miles

Massachusetts

Rear strut failure

Seal blew, releasing all fluid

80,233 miles

Frank's Motorcycle Sales, Essex Center, VT

Parts purchase

1 st. Rear brake pads (for spares) #34212335465: $65.25

Tax: $3.92

Total: $69.17

Sunday, April 22, 2007

80,200 miles

Waterbury, VT

Replace fuel pump electronics (self-service)

Replaced original unit that had previously failed once (due to moisture.)

1 ea. Fuel pump electronics #16147694378 $83.79

10% shipping charge: $8.37
Sales tax: $7.37

Total: $100.27


(Purchased at Ride West BMW, Seattle, WA. Note charge for shipping. This is quite annoying. BMW dealers stock relatively few parts these days. They assume the customer can wait for delivery, and pay for the shipping cost! This part in particular should be a stock item, since it has been a common problem for the R1200GS.)

Friday, April 06, 2007

75,970 miles


Napa, CA

Fuel pump electronics failure

40 miles into my cross-country trip. Bike died. Not getting fuel. After pushing two miles, had bike towed home to Santa Rosa. Re-installed an old unit that had failed in Mexico two years ago (due to moisture.) Bike started right up.

Read more about it at timtraveler.com.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

75,610 miles

Northbay Motorsport, Santa Rosa, CA

Replace rear tire (off bike)

1 ea. Rear tire, Metzeler Tourance 150/70VR17 $129.36

Tax: $10.35
Labor: $10.00
Tire disposal: $2.00

Total: $151.71

(They matched on-line price from American Motorcycle Tire.)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

74,800 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Replace rear axle outer seal (self-service)

1 ea. Shaft seal #33117679863 $15.99

Tax: $1.24

Total: $17.23

Note: the new seal is a much different design, with rubber "baffles". (I later recalled that the seal used in Chile was not an OEM seal.)

Topped up rear drive oil: about 2 oz. 75W140 Super Synthetic

Topped up transmission: about 4 oz. of same

Thursday, February 22, 2007

74,600 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Low beam failure (self-service)

1 ea. Bulb #63-21-7-160-797 (from my stock) $0.00

Sunday, January 21, 2007

73,688 miles



Santa Rosa, CA

Rear drive seal is failing again

This seal failed in Chile, at around 37,000 miles, and was replaced in Santiago.