Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > BMW Tech
BMW Tech BMW Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to BMW riders only.
Photo by James Duncan, Universe Camp, Uyuni Salt Flats

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by James Duncan,
"Universe Camp"
Uyuni Salt Flats



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 31 Jul 2022
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 7
Preventive maintenance

Hi all,

I'm in the process of getting ready for a next big tour (3 months Middle East from Western Europe). My bike is a 2016 BMW R1200 GS Adventure with 40.000 km.

Is there anything in particular I should pay attention to in terms of the bike maintenance? It will get a full service but would you recommend any 'weak' parts that are worthwhile to replace, just to be sure? Someone mentioned the alternator belt, any thought?

Many thanks,
Oskar
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 1 Aug 2022
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Posts: 1,045
Look in your owner's manual for the work that needs to be done on a major service, there will be a service that needs to be done every 30 or 40k (in addition to more frequent services). Get all of that done - then you should be confident that you will only need routine wear items for the next big interval.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 1 Aug 2022
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: West Yorkshire UK
Posts: 1,785
Get the recall done?

https://www.visordown.com/news/indus...-1250-gs-bikes

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 4 Aug 2022
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 5,660
The 1200GSLC is a wildly complicated and sophisticated machine. Just make sure you have breakdown cover.

From my experience, there are a few weaknesses to check.

Have the cardon shaft removed, checked and greased.

Spokes... They are known to come loose. Have them checked. They should "ping" when tapped with a screwdriver.

RDC pressure sensors. The aluminium stalk is very fragile. Treat it like glass or it will snap and leave you with stranded with a flat tyre.

Rear shocks. It's a weakness on the bike. They are known to fail with frequency. Especially the ESA model. You can still ride the bike but it will be very bouncy.

Your bike is six years old now. How old is the battery ? Fit a new one if its the original.
__________________
Did some trips.
Rode some bikes.
Fix them for a living.
Can't say anymore.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 7 Aug 2022
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: UK
Posts: 415
Send your rear shock to this guy - DenzO on this thread:
https://www.ukgser.com/forums/showth...ebuid-by-DenzO
Tell him your weight.
Enjoy the trip
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 27 Jan 2023
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 2
So how did the bike hold up?
Planning long trip with a 2016 GS as well.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 30 Mar 2023
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: UK
Posts: 415
Quote:
Originally Posted by chamade View Post
So how did the bike hold up?
Planning long trip with a 2016 GS as well.
There’s hundreds of South Americans riding round South America at the moment and the vast majority of them are on modern, water cooled, GS/As. So if your planning to go there you’ll be fine
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How rigorous are you with chain maintenance? Wheelie The HUBB PUB 58 10 Apr 2024 11:46
Maintenance of modern bikes (DL) Erik_G Suzuki Tech 17 3 Mar 2022 06:40
Tyres & Maintenance Advice zenbiker Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 19 18 Jan 2018 19:13
Homage to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Ian T-J Ride Tales 8 3 Feb 2014 09:36
Electrician / Property maintenance engineer looking for work! jonnypanic Money Saving Ideas, making travel money 1 20 Aug 2013 20:01

 
 

Announcements

Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.

2024:

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

 
World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)



Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


 

What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!



Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.



Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 14:46.