Originally Posted by malloy
Funny thing! When I had the outer seal on the FD of my 2005 R1200GS replaced under warranty in 2007 the dealer refilled it through the 9 o'clock drain plug, without pivoting the FD into the downward position as JVB and others (including the early rep roms?) demonstrate.
Was this dealer ahead of its time?
Maybe only partially as the tech did use 75-140 to do it.
No need to tilt the FD down to fill, never was. The need to tilt it down was to drain the old fluid, and on the older bikes that is still the case. The fact that he only filled to the drain plug only means that he was not following the BMW specs at the time. Even fools are sometimes accidentally correct.