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Mark – 2015 R1200R-LC Exclusive
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It was a rainy day here so a good opportunity to spend quality time in the garage tending to the LC. In this case, it was completing the 90,000 km service, a minor one except for the fork oil change.

It was very satisfying going over the bike, marvelling at how easy it is to service and how little wear has eventuated over the last five years. The engine oil was still a nice honey colour and everything was within spec. My Dimple magnetic drain plug had but the merest smear of metallic deposit on it, and certainly no large chunks resulting from the occasional clunk into first gear. As I poured nourishing (red) Motul 7100 into the engine, I imagined this is what it must feel like for a mother to suckle her newborn.

Being the third fork oil change, and following the notes I made from the first one, I was very sanguine about the process and it all went very smoothly, such that I wouldn't even bother with the dump-n-run technique recently discussed on this forum. Once you have the forks out and predominately drained, there's not much extra effort to disassemble them to remove the springs and set the oil levels, rather than try to catch and measure the draining oil. There was no significant stiction so it wasn't worth prising out the dust seals to grease the oil seals, as also discussed in the same thread. I do have a spare set of All Balls seals on hand, having experienced some episodes of minor weeping (which have responded to cleaning) – having them on hand means I'll never need them.

The fork oil was still a nice golden colour – perhaps due to the gold nanoparticles that must be contained within it, given the exorbitant price BMW charges ($65 per litre). Fortunately only a single litre is required for ESA forks, with about 100 ml left over, depending on how well you can drain the forks. I have a theory that most of the grey you see in the first and to a lesser extent second oil change is from grease on the parts at manufacture. Rear drives are the same – alarmingly dark at the first change in particular (most owners don't see it as it's normally done free by the dealer at 1000 km).

Speaking of prices, I find it curious that the fork oil and engine oil filter prices were exact multiples of $5, being $65 and $35 respectively. US parts fiches are articulated down to the cent, and even allowing for GST and the exchange rate, we're paying well over the odds. Price gouging in a market willing to pay for the prestige brand? Nah, couldn't be ... But in the big scheme of things, $100 for a minor service and fork oil change isn't a huge expense.

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Well done PZ, great job! It is always a nice cosy feeling when you've shown your trusty steed some love and everything works out as planned and no ugly surprises. And perfect weather for it too!
 

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@Panzermann I'm not sure what everybody is congratulating you about - this is down right pornographic, what, suckling mothers and the bloody[Motul] reference - near well vampiric!
You wait till I speak with the moderator of this forum . . . Wait. . . are . . . you . . . yes?!
Well never mind - meant to say fantastic job and you get my vote for automotive poetry! :p
 
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