Thinking about maintenance while on the road
Generally speaking, motorcycles need regular maintenance procedures performed on them, and because these bikes are subjected to rough roads, inclement weather, and direct sun and heat, its likely that they may suffer occasional performance issues, which also require immediate attention.
When we’re home, in our own community, we can easily visit our local BMW dealer, who is happy to perform just about whatever work we need done. But, when we’re not in our own community, or if we’re on the road, traveling far away from civilization, it may be necessary to perform these routine maintenance procedures ourselves, or we may need to make emergency repairs in order to keep the bike running.
But, it’s a BMW
While it’s true that these bikes are BMWs, and they are very reliable, there will come a time when I’ll have to work on the bike. I’m pretty adventurous, and not afraid to work on my bike, but the results have been mixed. I’ve installed numerous upgrades on the bike, and they’ve all gone well, but there have been a few times when I’ve performed some work, only to discover that I performed it incorrectly, causing some degree of damage.
I can’t afford to perform a maintenance procedure incorrectly while on the road, so I decided to get a little help. Motorcycles of Charlotte’s service manager, Michael Long offered to let me sit with one of their mechanics, and to go over any questions that I might have had about the most common, or the most likely maintenance procedures.
So, on June 18th, I visited the dealer, and began asking questions, hoping to get enough knowledge to stay out of trouble.
Maintenance 101 – The procedures
I created a list of the procedures that I wanted to discuss, and we got right to it.
The procedures in question are
- Replace Air Filter
- Oil Change
- Final Drive Fluid Replacement
- Valve Adjustment
- Spark Plug Replacement
- Battery Connect/Disconnect (For Shipping)
So, we started working on these procedures, not performing them on this given day, but disassembling the bike to whatever degree necessary, to simulate all of the work that would be required.
After about 2 1/2 hours of disassembling and reassembling the bike, I had written down enough information, and gained enough confidence for me to feel like I could safely resolve most issues that might come up, while traveling in the remote regions of the world.
And so, with a smile on my face, and satisfaction in my heart, I bid farewell to Clint, and thanked him for his help.