as you remember, exactly one month ago, forum member and cool dude Websterize
shared with us a problem that our bikes have with rust on the fuel filler, all because for some reason Beemer decided to cut that corner.
The best $3 you can spend on your R12R -- Abdeckring tank cover
After following his thread, I decided I didn't want to spend $9.00 shipping on a $3.00 item so I ordered one with my dealership.
One week after that it arrived and because I have being extremely busy growing grey hair with help of my architect, contractor and DOB, it took me this long to install it.
At first, I thought it would take 3 minutes, pretty straight forward procedure, remove 4 screws, install gasket, replace 4 screws.
Good thing I followed Clem's curiosity and removed the red filler just to make sure everything was ok. Oh what a nasty surprise.
Please consider that I keep my bike indoors at all times, I rarely ride on the rain and NEVER wash it.
I really don't know why Beemer didn't just put that gasket, or at least some kind of rust proof coat, or at least just paint it, it's just the naked pure steel down there, it makes me think they just want to secretly make some money after few years when we need to replace the whole tank and the warranty has expired.
They know that the gasket is the same for few bikes and the R1200Rs before 2010 has it, so why did they just decided on cutting this corner?
I know the well known fuel strip problem is annoying but as long as you keep track of your mileage, you'll be fine, many bikes years ago didn't have fuel level readers at all, but non of them where predisposed to rust. I'm sad, mad and disappointed.
In this first picture there is no sign of any damage whatsoever, last time bike saw water was before winter.
This is how much it really cost for us, the costumers, how much did BMW saved by cutting this corner.
Here is the thing
The only tool you need (plus whatever you attached that too)
Remove the 4 screws on both sides.
Remove the top fuel filler cap.
At this point you can just place the gasket, replace the filler and screws and you are set.
If you wish to see the condition of your tank, then go ahead.
Remove the remaining 3 screws.
Remove the red filler
Remove this gasket
Somehow it was wet.