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    Pre-trip check

    I am planning my first 1000+ mile trip since getting my '98 R1100RT (56k) earlier in the year. It has been running great.

    At the end of 2013 (55892 mi), it had the following done:
    - trans oil change
    - final drive oil
    - new plugs
    - alternator belt
    It was then ridden maybe 500 miles until...

    At the end of 2015, it had the following done:
    - ECU changed
    - new fuel pump
    - new breather tank hoses
    - plugs replaced
    - Oil and filter change
    - Valve adjustment

    Then I bought it and have put about 2k on it since February; it now has 58600 mi.

    I would love some input on what I should check before I head out. I know to check oil, tires, brakes and shock preload, but is there anything else recommended?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlla70 View Post
    I am planning my first 1000+ mile trip since getting my '98 R1100RT (56k) earlier in the year. It has been running great. I would love some input on what I should check before I head out. I know to check oil, tires, brakes and shock preload, but is there anything else recommended?

    Thanks!
    Has your HES (Hall Effect Sensor) been upgraded/rewired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Has your HES (Hall Effect Sensor) been upgraded/rewired?
    No, I don't believe it has...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlla70 View Post
    No, I don't believe it has...
    Well, if it hasn't already, you DO want to get this done. There are people on this forum who can do this for you at a fraction of the cost a dealer would charge. And, using simple hand tools, its really quite simple to remove and replace yourself.

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    Also - stop messing with it two weeks prior to your trip....
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    HES...Spare

    GSAddict here does mine. I always carry a spare. I have had to use one on my bike and I have been able to help others out who did not have a spare with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrasspicker View Post
    Also - stop messing with it two weeks prior to your trip....

    Some wisdom right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlla70 View Post
    I know to check oil, tires, brakes
    How old are the tires?
    There's a 4 digit number on the side. First 2 numbers are the week, last 2 numbers is the year.
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    The tension on the alternator belt should be checked about 6,000 miles after installation.
    After that, no further checks necessary until it's time to R&R it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    The tension on the alternator belt should be checked about 6,000 miles after installation.
    After that, no further checks necessary until it's time to R&R it again.
    I check them after 1000 miles if possible. They do stretch slightly initially and will squeak on cold startup if not re-adjusted.

    It is interesting the the OE manual has the following stated:

    Renew Poly-V belt *)
    renew Poly-V belt every 60 000 km (36 000 miles); do not adjust
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    With that kind of miles check for play on the rear wheel, pivot bearings etc. Bike on centre stand, bike in neutral, put your hands at the 9 & 3 o' clock position and push and pull to see if there is any play, and then place your hands at the 12 & 6 o'clock position, push and pull and see if there is any play. If you feel any sideways or up and down play, then do a search on this site or just use Google. Lots of info out there on this topic and no need for me to repeat.

    If everything is fine with the above checks and the pivot bearings haven't been physically checked, in the life of the bike, then put that on your to do list when you get back. Enjoy your trip.
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    If I read your post correctly, it appears that the 2013 (55892 mi) service was done prior to you buying the bike. It did not include a brake-fluid change and there is no mention of one since, so we should likely assume that the brake-fluid is at least 4+ years old.

    Time for a fluid flush/change to be on the safe side. as much to avoid/stop internal corrosion from moisture contamination as anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanColes View Post
    If I read your post correctly, it appears that the 2013 (55892 mi) service was done prior to you buying the bike. It did not include a brake-fluid change and there is no mention of one since, so we should likely assume that the brake-fluid is at least 4+ years old.

    Time for a fluid flush/change to be on the safe side. as much to avoid/stop internal corrosion from moisture contamination as anything else.
    If the bike still has the original black rubber lines they should be replaced with SS Teflon ones before riding anywhere.
    These rubber lines are a major safety concern - they either balloon without warning and/or deteriorate inside and block the braking system & ABS Pump.
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    Thanks for all the input. Very helpful..!

    Also, upon checking to see if there was any play on back wheel (none!), I noticed that the rear tip of my right side footpeg mounting plate is snapped off (a previously unnoticed result of a little accident I posted about a few weeks ago). It is all good, except that the little support for the bottom of my side case is now gone - the truck that swiped me hit the side case and I see now that it broke the tip of that plate.
    Anyway, the case is still on there strong, but it hangs just a bit closer in than it had. It doesn't seem like a big issue, and I would rather not spend the $430 for a new plate. Can anyone think of a way to rig a little extra support until I can find a used one? (Beemer Boneyard etc have none in stock)

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlla70 View Post
    Thanks for all the input. Very helpful..!

    Also, upon checking to see if there was any play on back wheel (none!), I noticed that the rear tip of my right side footpeg mounting plate is snapped off (a previously unnoticed result of a little accident I posted about a few weeks ago). It is all good, except that the little support for the bottom of my side case is now gone - the truck that swiped me hit the side case and I see now that it broke the tip of that plate.
    Anyway, the case is still on there strong, but it hangs just a bit closer in than it had. It doesn't seem like a big issue, and I would rather not spend the $430 for a new plate. Can anyone think of a way to rig a little extra support until I can find a used one? (Beemer Boneyard etc have none in stock)

    Thanks again!
    Pictures of where its broken off would help.I have repaired a couple with aluminum backing and SS pop rivets.
    It also can be welded with a new piece, I can send you the plastic cap for the cost of postage.

    You may want to email Joshua Buck and ask if he has a used one. I have sourced used from him. Good guy.
    PM'd you his email

    Another place to check - http://www.re-psycle.com/
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