Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Canberra ACT, Straya
30,000 km is fast approaching, so this topic arises again.
The Haynes manual has been available for a while and takes a lot of the technicality out of the procedure, with just a couple of simple home-made tools required to be fabricated in place of the complex BMW special tool. So it isn't as scary as first thought when you view the BMW manual, even the ESA version.
One thing not mentioned in the Haynes manual is the caution required when removing the legs from the bike to avoid scratching. A work colleague picked up his S1000RR from a service some years ago to find zig-zag scratches on the gold forks.
I note that the Haynes manual doesn't bother to remove the dampers, just pumping them to remove the old oil and letting stand upside down for a while to allow drainage. Once you are at that stage of disassembly, though, removing the dampers isn't much extra effort (just need a replacement washer for each leg).
One puzzling thing, though, is that the BMW manual specifies 7.5 W oil, whereas the Haynes manual states 10 W across all models. I've already bought 10 W oil as part of an online purchase, so am tempted to go with that. My preference is for heavier rather than lighter damping and it seems the damping has softened a little since new anyway - if I don't like it, it isn't too much effort to change it later.
Has anyone done a fork oil change yet, and what spec did you use?
01 June 2015 Thunder Grey Exclusive LC with touring pack, high seat, comfort pillion seat, Techspec tank grips, F800 Sports panniers, Givi V47NT topcase, Evotech radiator guard, Barkbuster Carbon handguards, Possum-Spotter LED running lights, dual USB charging outlets, Zumo 550 GPS, Stop Alert brake light flasher and (for winter) Puig 7651W Sport screen. Die Straße gehört mir!