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    Spoke Wheel Question

    My new to me 2013 GS has the spoke wheels. I am wondering if the spokes have to be re-torqued on a regular basis as part of the scheduled maintenance? My bike has just over 30K miles on it and all services/maintenance work was performed on a regular basis at BMW by the previous owner.

    Looking at the wheels, it should be pretty easy, using a toque wrench and a Torx socket. My concern would be if the factory used threadlocker on the spokes which I wouldn't want to disturb. My wheels are true and perfectly balanced. Maybe I am just overthinking things and should leave well enough alone since I didn't see anything in the service schedule addressing the spokes and a search here didn't come up with anything. If it matters, the bike has seen very little if any off-road use.
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    Yep, you are overthinking it. Unless there is an issue with the wheels, leave them alone and enjoy riding!
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    It's In The Tone

    Howdy,
    On my last spoked motorcycle I would quickly check the tension of the spokes by sliding a small box end wrench over the spokes, not enough to damage them but enough to get them to "ring". A tight spoke will have a musical ring when touched a loose one will have a very distinct thud sound.
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    Thanks for the input. My mind is at ease now and I am not going to mess with it.
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    Chief, adjusting spoke tension is not a job for a rookie. Checking for a loose spoke by sound is one thing but tightening, adjusting and making a wheel true is a black art best left to the pros.
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    I know there is an art to it replacing spoke or trueing a wheel and you need a stand and probably a dial indicator; although I have those tools I wouldn't attempt doing it. I was just wondering if it torqueing spokes is a scheduled maintenance. You hurt my feelings when you called me a rookie..........just kidding.
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    The owners man. for a 2017 GSA says to tap spokes with a screwdriver handle and listen, you will hear a loose one does not sound the same as rest.
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