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Old 06-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #2821
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Hello Sertao owners,

I've been seeking my new bike out for a while now and just had a few questions on this one. Do you guys typically maintain the bike yourself or take it to a bmw tech? How much are the services for the bike? What are the weak points in the bike? (Bad seat, poor stock tires, etc?) Any regrets with the sertao?

Thanks for the help, new bike time is quickly approaching
I don't do any self maintenance... yet. This is my first bike so I let BMW handle it. One day I'll learn how to do it since Ive always done my own cars... can't be that much different.

I forget what my first service cost, but my second, the 6k mile one cost me $237 (military discount always helps ).

Absolutely no regrets. The seat hurts after a while, but doesn't keep me from going farther.. no other complaints.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #2822
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Re battery, why not move to the Lithiums, take a look at the AntiGravity, take 3 kgs out of the weight of the top of the machine and have a larger capacity battery as well. It makes a big difference in how the machine feels
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:28 PM   #2823
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I replaced my stock with a Ballistic evo 2. It weighs 1.2lbs. Definitely noticed the weightloss when getting on the bike.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:37 PM   #2824
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Dom -- I guess I have to learn how to do my own oil changes and minor repairs
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:53 PM   #2825
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I imagine its easy as hell.. honestly the only thing I'm clueless on is the valve adjustment.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:32 AM   #2826
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Wunderlich sells the Blue Air Filter. Not "foam", but washable. I got that.

Combine it with a better exhaust and a rest of the adaption values and you'll have a machine that gets heads turning.

Swamp - I'm in a bar in some town I can't remember the name of. The town is having their annual "passage into womanhood" ball. All the girls, about to become women, are dressed in prom/stripper attire. I need to get the hell out of here for everyone's safety! Maybe a few more beers and I'll take some pics!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:04 PM   #2827
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I imagine its easy as hell.. honestly the only thing I'm clueless on is the valve adjustment.
I watched a bmw tech check my valves before departing for my ride to Panama. They were in spec . I wrote the specs on top of my valve cover with a paint pen . The valves have a wide tolerance spec (I guess thats the correct term ) . The tech told me that the valves on these bikes rarely need adjusting. They are solid motors.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:09 AM   #2828
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Check back with me in a month.. I'm getting a different wind screen (taller) down the road.
Do you ship to France? Merci!
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:40 AM   #2829
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...so where are those stripper pics ? Or was that a drunk post
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:17 AM   #2830
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A good place to splice into the tail harness is just behind the tail harness connector. The connector is located front right under the seat (or just aft of the fox tank, on the right side). The tail harness runs from the tail light assembly along the left side of the frame member and crosses over to the right about mid-seat location, and then it connects to the main harness at right front seat location. If you are to connect a small load item (I have LED topbox lights on it), you can just connect your stuff to the harness there by splicing. But, if you going to put a substantial load, you should wire a relay, as suggested above.
The connector has 4 wires:
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Blue/red
  • Green/red

Do I splice into the blue or green to get the Ignition ON/OFF?

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Old 06-29-2013, 10:23 AM   #2831
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The connector has 4 wires:
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Blue/red
  • Green/red

Do I splice into the blue or green to get the Ignition ON/OFF?

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It's been a while since I did it. I don't remember the colors. But someone, who did it after me, did write down the colors. You only need to look back in this thread. Or you can trace the colors from the tail light assembly. Use the wire for the running light. Don't use the brake light or the blinker wires.

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Old 06-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #2832
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The wire colors there go not give ignition on, one of the wires will give ignition on and park on (the one going to tail light)

Green/Blue is normally ignition on, on that section I think (from memory) green/red is tail light but suggest you refer to the wiring diagrams. The ones for the single and dual spark F Series will be good enough to show you the colors, BMW is reasonably consistent between models and the F and G's vary only slightly
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:49 PM   #2833
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What gas are you guys using?

I've been putting 91 in since day 1. Saw a couple guys with regular 650's filling up with 87 this morning. I coulda sworn the manual said 91 but I don't have it on me right now.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:37 PM   #2834
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The BMS firmware for the earlier single spark models was split into 2 components, the first was the basic system and the second part was the data part which determined which fuel type was to be used (and other things like market EU or US)

With the dual spark models it has become less clear whether the dealer can change a setting to change the fuel type but I would expect it to be possible

The ability to change fuel type with either a setting change or loading a different data set has been a problem for owners to know which fuel to use on older models purchased as used. A GS911 can be used to get the firmware version and this can be used to determine fuel type at least on earlier models

An example is my own machine, after purchase I had the dealer program it to use standard unleaded (US 87) as that was the only fuel I could reliably get in some of the places I was going here in Oz but there is no place it is marked on the machine that the programming has been changed.

It would be worthwhile to ask dealers whether the new model fuel type programming can be changed
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:40 PM   #2835
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What gas are you guys using?

I've been putting 91 in since day 1. Saw a couple guys with regular 650's filling up with 87 this morning. I coulda sworn the manual said 91 but I don't have it on me right now.
US 2012 Sertao can use 87, as per owner's manual. This is what I use with no issues.
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