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    I replaced my drive shaft at around 120K as...

    I replaced my drive shaft at around 120K as preventive maintenance. It was notchy at both ends. As Paul said, failures tend to be at over 100K.
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    It's a struggle. I take off the right side...

    It's a struggle. I take off the right side fairing and sit on the floor to get at it from underneath. Lots of light helps. Don't pull the bulb holder too hard when it hangs up or you will pull it...
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    You can see the back pads with a mirror and...

    You can see the back pads with a mirror and flashlight and the right bag removed.
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    I use a Sigma bicycle speedo for accurate...

    I use a Sigma bicycle speedo for accurate information on my R1150RT. To add an interesting tidbit, I've noticed that the BMW speedo has less error in really cold temperatures.
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    Hi GN, The best way to see the thickness of...

    Hi GN,

    The best way to see the thickness of the brake pads is with a small mirror and a bright flashlight. The mirror can go where your head will not. You can bounce the light off the mirror onto...
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    Loooking at the chart, the automotive 15w50 has...

    Loooking at the chart, the automotive 15w50 has pretty good levels of phosphorous and zinc, the same level at the motorcycle 10w40. The motorcycle 20w50 has even more.
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    They are big in the upper midwest and northern...

    They are big in the upper midwest and northern Rockies. They have a website with station locator. It's a privately owned company.
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    Auto Zone sells Mobil I 20w50 motorcycle oil....

    Auto Zone sells Mobil I 20w50 motorcycle oil. Some Walmarts have motorcycle specific oil. Any brand dealer will have motorcycle oil.
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    Consensus seems to be to use 80w90 dino in the...

    Consensus seems to be to use 80w90 dino in the final drive. Synthetic in the tranny should be fine.
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    Yes and yes.

    Yes and yes.
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    I believe the pint measurement on oil is from the...

    I believe the pint measurement on oil is from the bottom of the glass to the top.
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    Comfortable riding posture seems to be very...

    Comfortable riding posture seems to be very idiosyncratic. Many riders favor an upright posture while others prefer to lean forward. Often it takes trial and error to find what works best. Long...
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    You might try a Throttle Rocker so you don't have...

    You might try a Throttle Rocker so you don't have to grip the right bar tightly. Hanging your index finger over the clutch lever in a relaxed manner will keep you from gripping the left bar too...
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    Guess I also should have asked about high mileage...

    Guess I also should have asked about high mileage oilheads that did not fail.
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    Oilhead driveshaft longevity

    My R1150RT is getting long in the tooth so I'm thinking of replacing some parts this winter. I'd be interested in hearing at what mileage you or a friend had a drive shaft failure. My concern is they...
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    Ethanol containing gasoline is bad for engines...

    Ethanol containing gasoline is bad for engines that sit like boats, lawn mowers, antique cars, and carbureted motorcycles. I don't know why, but the complaints of people who needed engine repair are...
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    That article is a good overview of the issues....

    That article is a good overview of the issues. It's over five years old so it did not have Exxon as a Top Tier gas which it now is.
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    The 4% number comes from the reduction of energy...

    The 4% number comes from the reduction of energy in the fuel. In the real world many people see a greater reduction because their engines were designed to get maximum power out of gasoline. Reports...
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    Last week I was able to fill up with ethanol free...

    Last week I was able to fill up with ethanol free premium gas for the first time in years. I've put 250 miles on that tank, and I can't believe how well the bike runs. I may be kidding myself, but it...
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    There's hope. Congress has dropped the ethanol...

    There's hope. Congress has dropped the ethanol subsidy.
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    We can thank ethanol for some of those fuel...

    We can thank ethanol for some of those fuel system problems.
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    Most places I've been the price difference for...

    Most places I've been the price difference for name brand gas and discount gas is two cents. That's about a dime a motorcycle fill up. For a dime I'll go first class even if it's not a sure...
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    I've always heard that what you want to avoid is...

    I've always heard that what you want to avoid is putting a long one into the top of the tank. I don't know if that could reach far enough to damage the tank.
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    Going back to dino gear oil and not over filling...

    Going back to dino gear oil and not over filling may solve the problem. Clean everything up and give it a try. A little bit of oil can make a big mess. On the oilheads a leak past the pinion gear is...
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    The battery has been installed for three years....

    The battery has been installed for three years. The guy who recommended it to me (BMW Mick) says he just replaces them at three years as a preventive move. That works out to about $15 a year. This...
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