Originally Posted by stickysidedown
FWIW the respected independent BMW mech I used on one of my road bikes said not to even consider reverse flushing the fuel filter when my f800s played up, he said in his experience over any number of bikes with an issue just using a proprietary cleaner through a half dozen or so tanks did the trick, or the problem was something else.
In saying that he did himself out of paying work (but assured himself of my future business) and you know what he was right, the issue wasn't the filter!
Originally Posted by GazzaFish
Can i assume that if my filter blocks up that my bike will run poorly but still manage to get me home? If so, then i'd rather wait till it fails and do it then. It the problem causes me to be stranded with a bike that won;t run AT ALL. Then i'm more interested in preventing it...
The bike can go from running to not in under 600km (~450 miles) in the Australian outback that is not a whole lot of range. When I had it happen it was even less, the bike gave a little splutter and within 100miles I was stuck on the side of the road. I actually pulled the fuel the pump out on the side of the road, rinsed it and blew sound air (from my mouth) back through it and was going again. I was very surprised it fouled that quickly I would have expected at least 20,000 miles out it, but it was filthily. Interesting to hear your Russian experience, I found the fuel there cleanish (especially in the East) but it certainly smelt odd at times.
The guys running them in Aus do so to avoid failure in Middle of nowhere, people don't realise once away from a major centre you are more isolated in Aus than Mongolia. They are developed to avoid failure in really shitty places.
I can see the cost, but you only have to save two changes and you have paid for it. If you need to get them overnighted to somewhere (like I did) the cost equation becomes even less.
All that said I can see why people wouldn't want to pay for one. For me when I hit Africa later in the year, I will be happy to have one fitted.