R1200GSW 6,000 Mile Service

Saturday, Jan 11 2014 [6,164 miles]

I received my bike on July 11. Apparently I’m averaging 1,000 miles/month as it is January 11 and time for the 6,000 mile service. I took a quick ride to warm up the oil before putting the bike on the lift. I skipped checking fault codes as I’d recenly read and cleared all codes as part of GS-911wifi testing.

dirty oil

dirty oil

dirty oil
Bash plate and hardware

Bash plate and hardware

Bash plate and hardware

The bike hadn’t sat long before I took the dirty oil picture. Not all oil had drained back into the sump. Before starting the ride the level was at the top of the red circle.

This is somewhat remarkable as I’d not added any oil to the bike since the 600 mile service. It did come back from the dealer 600 miles service slightly over filled. Still… the bike isn’t using any oil to speak of.

Draining old oil

Draining old oil

Draining old oil
New filter and crush ring

New filter and crush ring

New filter and crush ring
Removing old filter

Removing old filter

Removing old filter

The drain plug is magnetic. The picture was taken before I wiped the magnet off. Pretty clean (as expected). Once the oil was mostly drained I removed the oil filter. Note to self… the bike is going to smell of burnt oil once the exhaust gets hot. Next time use your moldable funnel to direct the oil away from the pipes.

Filter gasket stuck to case

Filter gasket stuck to case

Filter gasket stuck to case
Clean, ready for new filter

Clean, ready for new filter

Clean, ready for new filter

The oil filter gasket stuck to the case. I removed it and cleaned the area before installing the new filter. I lightly oiled the gasket of the new filter and installed it hand tight.

Oil

Oil

Oil
Clean oil

Clean oil

Clean oil

The sight glass picture shows the level after dumping in 4 quarts of oil. The bike hadn’t been started, yet, so the filter is still empty. I’ll add the remaining .2 quart after running the bike.

Charging battery

Charging battery

Charging battery

I checked coolant level, lights, tires, clutch and brake lines, brake rotors, side stand, center stand, engine start supression, and put the bike on the charger to check the battery. I’ve an always hot SAE plug that I used to connect the charger. The charger indicated that the battery was fully charged within 15 minutes. That’s always a good sign. The front brake pads and rotor are fine. The rear pads and rotor are wearing fast. The rear rotor was 4.89 mm, down .11 mm from new (assuming it started at 5.0 mm, something I didn’t check).

I fired the bike up and checked for leaks. All OK. I added some more oil to bring the level to the max mark. Next up is a brake bleed. But that won’t happen until after a Sunday ride to breakfast. I’ll check the rear pads a bit closer when I bleed the rear brakes.

 

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