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    R1150RT Rider's Manual

    I've got an '04 R1150RT that came with the Rider's Manual (US Model). There is another small booklet that I had with my previous '04 R1150RT, but I cannot recall the name of it. I recently ordered what I thought was that item, but it's not. Instead, I got a booklet titled Supplementary Rider's Manual (US Model), Special-purpose vehicles, but all it covers is an anti-theft alarm. Can someone please tell me what the other booklet title is? It covered more technical and mechanical info regarding the bike's service and maintenance. Thanks.

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    I have a booklet for my S entitled "Maintenance Instructions" which contains more info than the Rider's Manual. Could that be what you're looking for?

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    The title is Maintenance Instructions (US Model) on mine. The part no. on the back is 01-47-7-680-177. My 04 is a early 04 and it came with the manuals for the single spark model. I believe there is a newer version of the manual for the dual spark model. If I'm not mistaken the fuse layout is different for single and dual spark models.
    2004 R1150RT 183,000 miles , 1991 K100LT 128,700 miles, 1982 R100RT 106,900 miles
    Total 418,600 BMW miles
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    If you find a Maintenance Instruction manual for the dual spark I'd like to know the part number so I can get one.
    2004 R1150RT 183,000 miles , 1991 K100LT 128,700 miles, 1982 R100RT 106,900 miles
    Total 418,600 BMW miles
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    The cheapest thing on a BMW is the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.

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    R1150RT Rider's Manual

    Quote Originally Posted by kioolt View Post
    If you find a Maintenance Instruction manual for the dual spark I'd like to know the part number so I can get one.
    I have a dual spark R1150RT (Birth date Feb 2004). The Maintenance Instruction manual part number that came with my bike is "01 47 7 683 807" just below this part number looks to be a publishing date of "04.2003" and just below that is "3rd edition US / RF".
    Jim "BewareBoy" Snyder
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    2004 R1150RT

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    Thanks for the dual spark maintenance manual part number.
    2004 R1150RT 183,000 miles , 1991 K100LT 128,700 miles, 1982 R100RT 106,900 miles
    Total 418,600 BMW miles
    AMA,BMWRA,BMWMOA
    The cheapest thing on a BMW is the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.

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    Usually the manuals and their part numbers can be determined using realoem.com. Enter using your VIN.
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    Manuals for '04 R1150RT

    Quote Originally Posted by 35751 View Post
    I've got an '04 R1150RT that came with the Rider's Manual (US Model). There is another small booklet that I had with my previous '04 R1150RT, but I cannot recall the name of it. I recently ordered what I thought was that item, but it's not. Instead, I got a booklet titled Supplementary Rider's Manual (US Model), Special-purpose vehicles, but all it covers is an anti-theft alarm. Can someone please tell me what the other booklet title is? It covered more technical and mechanical info regarding the bike's service and maintenance. Thanks.
    Thanks to all who provided that information. Now I know what to order, AND with a part number.

    Mike Todd.

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    where do you order the maintenance manual.
    The only thing I have been able to find is the Riders manual (from AS Cycles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal View Post
    where do you order the maintenance manual.
    Your friendly neighbourhood BMW dealer would be a good place.

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    AFAIK, BMW sells owner manuals and rider manuals. The maintenance manual that came with my 1100RT is really nothing more than a log book that states what should be done and when. By a dealer though, not by you so there are no detailed instructions on how to do things if that is what you are after.

    BMW also sells factory maintenance manuals. These are great technical references and I have one (paper) version and the pdf version which I carry on my phone. But be aware that the factory maintenance manuals are intended for factory trained BMW technicians. They do not explain step by step how to do things. They assume you're a trained mechanic so they give you procedural steps but not what to do to accomplish that step. You are supposed to know all that already.

    Here is an example. This is a cut and paste of the factory instructions for adjusting your 1100RT valves:

    Checking/adjusting valve operating clearances
    (Inspection I, II, III)
    Check valve clearance with feeler gauge and, if
    necessary, correct with adjusting nut/lock.
    Adjust valve clearances with the engine cold (max. 35C):
    Inlet.......................................... 0.15 mm ( 0.006 in)
    Exhaust .................................... 0.30 mm (0.012 in )

    Tightening torque:
    Locknut........................................... ............... 8 Nm
    Check valve clearance again; it must be possible
    to insert the feeler gauge between valve stem
    and rocker with only slight resistance to movement.
    Assemble in reverse order (Oh I just love this one... )
    Caution:
    Make sure that gasket is correctly seated. Gaskets
    and sealing faces must be free from oil or grease
    X Tightening torque
    Cover screw............................................. ...... 8 Nm
    Spark plug (without lubricant) ....................... 20 Nm

    There is also a nice picture of a feeler guage (one only) inserted between the valve stem and rocker to show the mechanic where it goes. We know from experience that it is much better to do it with TWO feeler guages inserted at the same time which produces a much better result and a host of other little tips and tricks to get them just right. None of this is mentioned, just the steps because again, they assume you know what you are doing.

    The Haynes and Clymer type manuals go into a lot more procedural detail and attempt to explain the "how to" part. They don't do it all that well in a lot of cases and cannot be relied upon for accurate torque values and specs sometimes as they seem to just copy the same mistakes over and over but they are good for general use. On my airheads I find myself double checking the skinny Haynes and the big fat Clymer back and forth quite often to see if torque values agree (often they don't so I go to Snowbum's page) and also to understand what they mean in a given procedure that is just not clear to me at first reading.

    I use the factory manual for torque values and specs for everything on the 1100. The only error I know of is they state the coil secondary should measure 13K ohms when in fact a good one measure about half that. Normally around 7K ohms. The Haynes and Clymers manuals have more errors in specs and torque values so a good idea is to check other sources and keep your own notes.
    MJM - BeeCeeBeemers Motorcycle Club Vancouver B.C.
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