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Old 05-14-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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Question Just bought f650 Classic--what to do first?

I just bought my first BMW--a 1997 f650 funduro with 4077 miles on it. I know it is nowhere near needing its 12K service since it has so few miles on it. What are the first things I should do besides oil change and just giving it a thorough inspection for anything ratty looking (and of course riding it!)...? Is there a good maintenance routine to go through when first buying a used bike that hasn't been ridden more than 100 miles in the past year?

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Old 05-14-2006, 10:43 PM   #2
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Flush the coolant and the brake fluid as well as the oil and filter change. The service intervals are every 6k miles. Change all the fluids and give it a good eyeball and you should be set to go.
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Old 05-14-2006, 10:55 PM   #3
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Its a 97 with less than 6k.... if you don't know if the annual services have been done recently then I would just go get the 6k service. Its better safe than sorry.

If you don't want to do that then what he said... change all fluids, have battery checked, check the tires for side cracks, etc.

Lube the chain... a must do.
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:31 AM   #4
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What everyone else said plus, make sure the headlight is aligned/setup for your weight. The difference a proper beam alignment can make at night is startling. A fresh tank of fuel depending on how it was stored, it would suck to switch to reserve and have a mass of sludge and water go into the carbs.

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Old 05-15-2006, 05:21 AM   #5
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Great bike; they have a big fan club.
Join up at the Chain Gang and peruse the FAQs,
that should provide plenty of Classic F-650 info.
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:51 AM   #6
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She's home?!?

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