F800GS Service Schedule

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by CrazyMike, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. rich1kim

    rich1kim n00b

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    My bike has never had a service reminder show up in the 5,000+ miles that I've had it. Actually I've never gone back to the dealer so far.

    Rich
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  2. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I like to keep up the dealer maintenance. Might cost a little more but at least I know it gets done properly.

    The only problem I've had is the potentiometer on the gear indicator was messed up...they replaced it under warranty.
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  3. picard

    picard engage!

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    I noticed there is no coolant change scheduled? Are we running forever-coolant?
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  4. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    The guy told me the service reminder never comes up because I've been diligent about coming in before it's required and they reset it from that point onward.
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  5. RidingAgin

    RidingAgin Been here awhile

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    I believe BMW has the coolant change as a 2 year item.

    I am going to do it on my 2011 soon. I have only changed the oil and filter on the bike and of course oil clean and lube. And brake bled after 1 year, so it is also due again.

    My son had the bike for the summer commute and put on 8ooo miles. It has a total of >12k miles. No problems yet.

    Rear tire is getting close to be replaced. I had knobs on for about 1K, TKC 80s but put the originals back on as my son was doing a lot of highway riding. Bike is easy to work on. I have a GS-911 for the service reset. Kinda fun to turn the fan on with the computer/GS-911.

    D
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  6. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Disconnect your battery.
    Reconnect it.
    Presto!
    There it is.
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  7. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    Are you suggesting that will reset my "Service" indicator for another 6000 miles... If so, I'll have to try that. I do my own, but my OCD would really like to turn off that "Service" indicator. Otherwise, they are not getting money to turn off a light ;)
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  8. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    Hmmm interesting. I am thinking of doing this at the same time I pull the wheels for new tires. Is it easy to get the "seal" off of the Sealed Bearings?

    I like this idea better than replacing the bearings. Do tell if there is a trick to make this easy. - Thanks!
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  9. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    No this will actually bringing it up. Otherwise this would be the easiest fix ever. As he says "THERE IT IS".

    Some dealers don't charge anything to turn the light off. Need to ask yours. Mine usually does it just before his lunch break time when there aren't too many folks around.
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  10. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Loutre, thanks for explaining that, though I thought it was pretty clear LOL!
    Yes, indeed, if anyone is wondering what a service message looks like, just disconnect and reconnect the battery...and there it is.
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  11. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    This will not reset the "service" light.

    Just use a pick or scribe or tiny screw driver to lift the outside of the seal and pull it out, then push it back in with your fingers.
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  12. MikeMike

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    Of course it won't. The other poster had said he had never seen it, I was simply telling him how TO GET IT TO APPEAR.:deal

    Once you've ridden with the service light because you do your own service, you learn to ignore it. We need to start a "Worry less and ride more" thread.
    Motorrad makes a lot of money off of retentive worry wart owners.

    Spandau's pool of genius engineers still cant, after 6 years, design a fuel tank cosmetic cover that wont crack, but they can design a service light! And let some dealers charge you money to reset it, knowing full well that your only other option is that you purchase a $300 imported aftermarket tool.
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  13. ADKADVRider

    ADKADVRider Wannabe Adventurer

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    But tell us what you really think? :D
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  14. MikeMike

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    I think the basic F model platform is a good bike but BMW as a bastion of corporate greed, corruption, ambivalence to the end user consumer ie the owner rider, and as practioners of pre-historic customer service, sucks scissors. For them, the bike you have purchased is a mere prop that they will use to bend you over. But hey! Its the 21st century and who am I to judge if some people find that to their liking. There are clubs full of these people and they will attack anyone with the ferocity of a marauding pack of roving poodles, who dares to question the absurd fetish practices of some BMW owners. From the upper eachelons of Motorrad down to the lowliest dealer level parts chasers, they actively support and encourage them by way of clubs, rallies, and even higher parts prices.
    Avoid this by using the bike for what it is intended and flip off the lifestyle peddlers. They are the reason why BMW dealers have parts areas full of golf accessories with Mini Cooper logos and your fork circlips are backordered 6 months to Germany.
    That's what I think and it is very liberating!
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  15. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I don't have that service light anymore. when turning the thing on it only says service and that's it. then it gets small and hides somewhere on the obc screen :deal
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  16. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    I learned a trick from a government bureaucrat! You simply do not ever acknowledge that it even exists!
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  17. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    MikeMike. In my experience it comes down to the local dealer. We are lucky to have a couple of pretty good dealers here in Wellington. (New Zealand)
    I understand what you are saying about BMW as a corporation. Sounds like any number of international companies. There may be some truth in that.

    Aside from the club members you mentioned, most people buy the bikes they like. In my case, it happens to be BMWs, mixed with Hondas and Aprilias.

    I always service my own bikes, even from new. I still get great support from my local dealer. I had x-challenge from new. (Last one for sale in NZ - from another city) When I went to my local dealer, shopping for bits, they took down my details. They later contacted me, pro-actively, and got me to bring the bike in to replace battery and fit a couple of recall parts. No cost to me.

    My current bike is a high mileage, ex-rental, F800gs. Well out of warranty. Purchased out of town again. The local dealer hooked it up and installed the latest firmware (engine management code). Again this was pro-active, and no cost to me.

    In my opinion, it is down to the dealer. I had similar experiences with the previous dealership. They now sell Triumph bikes and I expect their customers are looked after too.

    I service it, and ride it. No worries.

    p.s. regarding the service light. I use the GS-911. Not the cheapest option for sure. I bought it to help in rebuild of a crashed R1200GS and kept it.
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  18. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Indeed it does! My beef is that Motorrad not only let some dealers get away with things, but they actually condone it, too. Motorrad will actually award a dealer that is so bad, people hang up the phone when they do the Quality control service phone call post-dealer repairs. They then give the dealer top marks because there have been no complaints.
    Spandau thinking...quite enterprising in a diabolical way.:deal
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  19. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    Yep. That's how it all works now days. I guess we just make the best of what we get.
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  20. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Kind of like last minute World Cub qualifying, no?:wink:
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