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Old 08-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #1591
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Pete,

You just gotta send a letter or email to BMW customer service on this one. I'd like to see their official response!
Ha! Last time I contacted them with some general bike questions, they sent me right back to my local dealer. Useless bunch...
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:48 PM   #1592
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Uh-oh....Fred is serious.

Shucks, now it's not funny anymore.

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Old 08-06-2013, 07:34 PM   #1593
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Put your kickstand on a short piece of 2x4. The oil level will either meet the max line or maybe slightly above. The bike holds over 3 quarts of oil. Do you really think a few ounces one way or the other really matters much?

All these worries and most people don't even buy a repair manual, instead they rely on some anonymous internet source.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:36 PM   #1594
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Put your kickstand on a short piece of 2x4.
Brilliant! Thank you.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #1595
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What is the proper way to check engine oil level?

I'm reading the manual of my F700GS, and it says to put it on center stand which I don't have. So the next best thing is to keep the bike in a vertical position. So, am I to understand that I need to be pulling out the dipstick with one hand while holding the bike upright with the other hand or while sitting on the bike??? Seems a bit awkward.
That is correct, easy money. You could stick a 2x4 or something under the kickstand, I did that for a while. Maybe that was the 800R, it will work just the same.

As long as the oil is somewhere above the min mark you are OK. That dipstick is about as accurate as the fuel gauge.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:50 AM   #1596
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Uh-oh....Fred is serious. Shucks, now it's not funny anymore.
Fixed.

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Old 08-07-2013, 05:18 AM   #1597
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Sheeeez.....you can't Nuke your post, Freddy.

That upsets the space continuum. We're headed into a black hole.

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Old 08-09-2013, 08:54 AM   #1598
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Is there no recommended tire pressure placard anywhere on the bike? Or am I blind?

I know the numbers are in the owner's manual, but most vehicles usually have it listed on a label somewhere, too...
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #1599
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Is there no recommended tire pressure placard anywhere on the bike? Or am I blind?

I know the numbers are in the owner's manual, but most vehicles usually have it listed on a label somewhere, too...
Mine is on a sticker on the bottom of the seat - same bike as yours so check there. :)
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Thanks. Mine doesn't have that sticker there, even though that's exactly where it's supposed to be according to the owner's manual. Oh well...
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:49 AM   #1601
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Thanks. Mine doesn't have that sticker there, even though that's exactly where it's supposed to be according to the owner's manual. Oh well...
Weird.. you could write it on the bottom of the seat with a Sharpie I guess. :)
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Weird.. you could write it on the bottom of the seat with a Sharpie I guess. :)
I wrote it on the wall in my garage with a Sharpie!
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:16 AM   #1603
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Is there no recommended tire pressure placard anywhere on the bike? Or am I blind?

I know the numbers are in the owner's manual, but most vehicles usually have it listed on a label somewhere, too...
Under the seat and inside the back cover of your manual.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #1604
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Thanks. Mine doesn't have that sticker there, even though that's exactly where it's supposed to be according to the owner's manual. Oh well...
Didn't see this one... maybe the seat isn't the original from the factory? When I bought my comfort seat it didn't have the sticker. But the pressures from BMW (2.2/2.4 bar [32/35 psi] f/r light load and 2.4/2.8 bar [35/41 psi] full load) only apply to their 'approved' tyres - if you have other tyres best to check with the manufacturer. For example Heidenau recommend 2.7/3.0 bar (39/44 psi) on the F800GS for the K60 Scouts when travelling with a full load at high(er) speeds. Although the K60 Scouts are so stiff in the sidewall you could probably ride them with no pressure and not notice.

FYI the 'approved' list is as follows:
  • Bridgestone Battle Wing BW 501 G
  • Continental TKC 80 Twinduro
  • Metzeler MCE Karoo 2 (T) Front/MCE Karoo (T) Rear
  • Michelin Anakee 2
  • Pirelli Scorpion Trail

I thought the scorpions were utter rubbish on anything other than dry tarmac and I changed them with 50% tread at 3,000 miles. But the next person may love them, tyre performance is dependent on about a million factors unique to the way you ride.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:40 AM   #1605
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I wrote it on the wall in my garage with a Sharpie!
I did that, too, before my garage was modernized! Now it would bloody sacrilege.

Since I have a poor memory, I use my iPhone to take photos of critical pages in my owners manuals. It's easier to find them on my iPhone than to dig under the seat, etc.
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