Maintenance - Service intervals & Schedule

Service intervals - mileage:

BMW maintenance is grouped into two parts, a minor and a major service, which must be carried out at the following intervals:

Minor service every 10000 miles (15000 km) starting with the first 5000 miles (7500 km)

Major service every 10000 miles (15000 km) starting with the first 10000 miles (15000 km)

Therefore minor and major services should be carried out alternately at every 5000 miles (7500 km)

Service intervals - time:

If the machine is not used regularly, or does not cover a high mileage, BMW recommend that a major service be carried out each year to preserve the machine's performance and reliability. Therefore, the minor service should be carried out every six months, the major service annually.

Additional recommendations:

  • Engine oil - in normal use the engine oil should be changed every six months at the latest. If the engine is used in temperatures below O °C (32 °F), or for short, local journeys only, the oil should be changed every 2000 miles (3000 km) or three months at the latest.

  • Gearbox oil - must be changed at least once annually.

  • Final drive case oil - must be changed at least once annually.

  • Front fork oil - must be changed at least once annually.

  • Hydraulic brake fluid - must be changed annually.

  • Coolant - must be changed every two years at least.

  • Fuel filter - must be renewed every 20 000 miles (30 000 km) in normal use, ie every second major service, but if the full is dirty or of poor quality it must be renewed at every major service.

  • Wheel and steering head bearings - if conditions are very severe these bearings and the twist grip must be cleaned and packed with new grease every 20 000 miles (30 000 km). Refer to the relevant Sections of Chapters 7 - Frame & Forks and Chapters 9 - Wheels & Brakes.

  • Battery - should be checked at least every three months.

  • Air filter - should be cleaned and renewed at more frequent intervals if the machine is used in very dusty or severe conditions.

Maintenance

after
1000
km
every
7500
km
every 15000
km

Change of engine oil and filter

X

X

X

Check and adjust the valve clearances
(16V-engines: every 30.000 km)

X

 

X

Check cooling system for leakage, control coolant level

X

X

X

Check coolant concentration
(Change coolant every two years !)

X

 

X

Check fuel system for leakage

X

 

X

Check and adjust choke and throttle cable

X

 

X

Change fuel filter

 

 

X

Check and adjust idle speed and CO percentage

X

X

X

Renew air filter element

 

 

X

Adjust spark plug gap

 

X

X

Renew spark plugs

 

 

X

Adjust clutch and clutch cable

X

 

X

Lubricate clutch cable and stand pivots

 

X

X

Change gearbox oil

X

 

X

Change final drive case oil

X

 

X

Clean speedometer impulse transmitter

X

 

X

Change fork oil

X

 

X

Check tires

X

X

X

Check and lubricate wheel bearings

 

 

X

Check brake system for leakage

X

 

X

Check brake fluid level (front and rear).
Change brake fluid every two years !

X

 

X

Check brake system (front and rear)

 

 

X

Check and adjust ABS impulse transmitter clearance
(front and rear)

 

X

X

Check and clean ABS impulse wheel

 

X

X

Check function of electrical side stand switch (angle)

 

X

X

Check and adjust bearings of steering head, swinging arm pivot and paralever

 

 

X

Check tightness of nuts and bolts

X

X

X

Check battery fill level

 

 

X

Renew the plastic-faced guide blades of the camshaft chain every 60,000 km

The final inspection of every maintenance includes the check of tires and wheels, tire pressure, signals, check lights, clutch, gear-shift, brakes, ABS, steering, dashboard and a density control of the front fork.

Periodic maintenance as published at BMW´s service guide 1.91,
Item no. 01 70 9 789 890.

The history of BMW

1928

Engine of the R52 from 1928

1928

Engine of the R63 from 1928

1936

Engine of the R5 from 1936

1937

Engine of the R35 from 1937

1941

Engine of the R71 from 1941

1953

Engine of the R67/2 from 1953