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    K1600GT Service questions

    I am really thinking of pulling the trigger and get me a K1600GT. how bad are the service's to do you're self? how much would i need to invest to say do my own valve adjustments. (GS911 tool is already in my to get list of i buy the bike.) i know on this k bike i think i read you only need to check them 24,000 miles I ride a R1100RT currently that i maintain and service myself. I want to keep doing them myself. And thank you in advance for the reply's

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    Are you serious? You are thinking of buying one of the best and most advanced sport-touring bikes on the market, shell out north of $25,000.- and you want to save on service by doing it yourself???
    I own 3 Honda CBXes (late 1979, early 80s six-cylinder) and one of the most common complaint I hear in the community is, that Honda dealers do not want to work on it anymore.
    Sometimes, I have a hard time understanding my fellow BMW owners.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSimon View Post
    Are you serious? You are thinking of buying one of the best and most advanced sport-touring bikes on the market, shell out north of $25,000.- and you want to save on service by doing it yourself???
    I own 3 Honda CBXes (late 1979, early 80s six-cylinder) and one of the most common complaint I hear in the community is, that Honda dealers do not want to work on it anymore.
    Sometimes, I have a hard time understanding my fellow BMW owners.....
    I applaud the gentleman for taking the initiative to want to do it himself.

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    I don't have a K1600. I don't even have a K1600 service manual. But I would venture that the valve check and or adjustment is ridiculous, but that other than that routine service would be very straightforward. Oil and fluid changes, new brake pads, tires, shocks, etc ought to be straightforward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St0mP121 View Post
    (GS911 tool is already in my to get list of i buy the bike.)
    I don't think the new GS-911 is available at this time for the K1600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I don't think the new GS-911 is available at this time for the K1600.
    To the best of my personal knowledge, I believe Lee is correct regarding the lack of availability of the new GS-911 for the K1600!
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    Quote Originally Posted by St0mP121 View Post
    I am really thinking of pulling the trigger and get me a K1600GT. how bad are the service's to do you're self? how much would i need to invest to say do my own valve adjustments. (GS911 tool is already in my to get list of i buy the bike.) i know on this k bike i think i read you only need to check them 24,000 miles I ride a R1100RT currently that i maintain and service myself. I want to keep doing them myself. And thank you in advance for the reply's
    The 1600 GTL/GT is a pretty straight forward bike to work on for basic maintenance. It's when you get into the more complex issues that things can get a little testy. Valves are checked at 18,000 miles and isn't a big deal as long as you have the service manual. However if a valve is out of spec than it gets much more involved. Re the GS911, I don't think it is even in the foreseeable future. Also, you will have to visit your dealer after every service to have the service reminder re-set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdons View Post
    To the best of my personal knowledge, I believe Lee is correct regarding the lack of availability of the new GS-911 for the K1600!
    Stephan said he hoped to have one for sale at this years rally. Fwiw

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    Quote Originally Posted by St0mP121 View Post
    I am really thinking of pulling the trigger and get me a K1600GT. how bad are the service's to do you're self? how much would i need to invest to say do my own valve adjustments. (GS911 tool is already in my to get list of i buy the bike.) i know on this k bike i think i read you only need to check them 24,000 miles I ride a R1100RT currently that i maintain and service myself. I want to keep doing them myself. And thank you in advance for the reply's
    I did my own work on my RT. Here is my experience so far on the K1600GTL:
    I let the dealer do the 600 mile service in case they noticed any break in / set up / recall issues.
    I did the 6K - basically an easy oil change. changed my own tires to PR3's.
    Im letting them do the 12K tomorrow, because I want the latest software update.
    I plan on letting them do the 18K which is the valve check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEGRASSPICKER View Post
    I I did the 6K - basically an easy oil change. .

    Elaborate, please. Supposedly the oil change is not as "easy" as on any other bike, e.g.: drain and refill. Is there a specific procedure that involves restarting the engine in the middle of the oil change to ensure proper filling of both oil reservoirs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSimon View Post
    Is there a specific procedure that involves restarting the engine in the middle of the oil change to ensure proper filling of both oil reservoirs?
    Here's instructions for the oil change. http://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw-...ools-tips.html
    After filling the oil tank, you need to run the engine a short time to make room in the tank for the full quantity of oil.
    I have to do the same thing on our K1300Ss.
    Last edited by Lee; 05-06-2013 at 01:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Here's instructions for the oil change. http://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw-...ools-tips.html
    After filling the oil tank, you need to run the engine a short time to make room in the tank for the full quantity of oil.
    I have to do the same thing on our K1300Ss.
    Whether spelled out in the manual or not, you need to do the same thing on the F650 single bikes which also have an oil tank. This is not new to the K1600. It was true on my '97 Funduro and my '01 Dakar 650s.
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    Sorry to say but i can't pull the trigger on one as of yet. Took one out for test ride Saturday. I fell in love with it. But in search for the tools/diag equ. etc. and reading on so many people seem to miss the bike once it leaves their position, My R1100RT I have. When it is replaced even by another bmw. So i'm no longer willing to trade mine in. Maybe down the road ill get one and keep my RT as well. Starting to see how BMW motorcycles multiply and good to know on that oil change as well i could see little differences like that really screwing me over. makes me kinda want to get a older K bike first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St0mP121 View Post
    makes me kinda want to get a older K bike first.
    You can't go wrong with a K1200RS/GT with the brick engine.
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    I purchased the official repair CD and most normal maintenance looks pretty straightforward. Not much worse than other BMW's I have had. Just a lot of bodywork to disassemble to get to filters and drain bolts. The only thing I will think twice about is the valve adjustment. The CD has many pages on it, and it looks do-able if one has an entire day or two to do it slowly and therefore properly. At least that is how I would do it. I saw a K1600 with its valve cover off at the dealer, the valves look like metallic jewels and also very intimidating (look at all those dozens of tiny parts!).

    I have done a valve check on my F800 and it wasn't too bad. But correcting an out of adjustment valve is much more involved. I might get some practice on my F800 before I think about the K1600.

    I expect maintenance cost to be high on the K1600, just a part of ownership and its fantastic performance. But I hate to be saddled with a $600 valve adjustment and an entire day gone while the bike is at the dealer. I actually enjoy being my own mechanic. I know it is done right and I get satisfaction from my work.
    Andre Boening
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