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    1999 R1100RT - 12,000 mile service - how long should it take/cost?

    So, my 1999 R1100RT is due for the 12,000 mile service. Wondering what it's going to cost me when I take it to the dealership. Any estimates on how long it should take?

    I can and will change the various oils, lube and check everything else on the standard list myself. The only parts I don't want to do myself are:
    • synching the throttle bodies
    • adjusting the valves
    • replacing the generator belt (which they tell me should be done because the bike is so old)


    Anyone know what I should be looking at?
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    Without tupperware removal and replacement, about 2 hours give or take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by discoboy View Post
    So, my 1999 R1100RT is due for the 12,000 mile service. Wondering what it's going to cost me when I take it to the dealership. Any estimates on how long it should take?

    I can and will change the various oils, lube and check everything else on the standard list myself. The only parts I don't want to do myself are:
    • synching the throttle bodies
    • adjusting the valves
    • replacing the generator belt (which they tell me should be done because the bike is so old)


    Anyone know what I should be looking at?
    Have you asked the dealer service writer to have a reference for comparison??

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    I always call and ask the shop what a service or repair will cost.
    I never take a bike in for a full service so I tell them what work I want the shop to do.
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    Nice bike at just over 600 miles per year. My reply isnít much help to you but Iíd like to ask if you are the original owner or was it a find?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flhfxd View Post
    Nice bike at just over 600 miles per year. My reply isnít much help to you but Iíd like to ask if you are the original owner or was it a find?
    It was a find, and I'm really happy with it. A long story, and I won't go into all of the details. I'm the 2nd owner. The original owner and his wife were active BMW riders for many years but had to pretty much stop for personal reasons. I picked it up this April with 5,600 miles on it. So, in addition to simple miles, I have to contend with potential age issues and problems related to sitting around unused too much (rubber things, seals, etc.). Still had the original tires on it (dry rotted of course). So far so good. I went into this expecting to deal with some issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Without tupperware removal and replacement, about 2 hours give or take.
    So what is reasonable for remove/replace the tupperware?

    The dealer is estimating 5 hours for the whole job, which seems excessive to me, especially at their rate.
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    I would add another hour for the fairing removal and replacement, but the shop might have a standard rate for that which is longer. The things you listed as not wanting to do yourself are really pretty easy and only require basic tools to do. Think about getting the JVB video.


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    If you go to a reputable and recommended dealer, whatever the cost ends up being, its worth the money to have an expert look it over. At nineteen years old, there will be probably be some hidden issues that they may find that wouldn't be a part of the usual 12000 mile service, as age has as much a factor in maintenance cost as mileage. That being said, it would be to your advantage to either spend a couple hours yourself checking over nuts and bolts, hoses etc., before taking it in, or have a friend review it, so you have a better idea of what work will be needed. The money you spend in preventative maintenance could pay huge dividends down the road in deferred towing costs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    If you go to a reputable and recommended dealer, whatever the cost ends up being, its worth the money to have an expert look it over. At nineteen years old, there will be probably be some hidden issues that they may find that wouldn't be a part of the usual 12000 mile service, as age has as much a factor in maintenance cost as mileage. That being said, it would be to your advantage to either spend a couple hours yourself checking over nuts and bolts, hoses etc., before taking it in, or have a friend review it, so you have a better idea of what work will be needed. The money you spend in preventative maintenance could pay huge dividends down the road in deferred towing costs....
    Agreed on the once-over. I'm trying to do everything possible to ensure this bike is in good shape starting out. That being said, I also have a local non-dealer BMW guru in mind who I'm thinking of taking it to. The reason for this thread is to find out if 5 hours is a reasonable estimate for the work.

    I'm trying to learn what I can, do what I can. For this purpose, though, I'm concerned about the "unknown unknowns" problem. Hence the reason to have an expert look it over. As for towing costs, I have the BMW MOA insurance as well as towing coverage on my bike's insurance policy. Of course, the last thing I want is to be stuck by the side of the road somewhere, especially due to something that could have been prevented with proper maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azgman View Post
    I would add another hour for the fairing removal and replacement, but the shop might have a standard rate for that which is longer. The things you listed as not wanting to do yourself are really pretty easy and only require basic tools to do. Think about getting the JVB video.


    BTW: It is too bad that Frank didn't run for President!
    Thanks for the heads up on the DVD. Just placed the order.
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    Also, thereís a full PDF maintenance file available on the internet. Very helpful. Google is your friend.

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    When I purchased my 2000 R1100RT, it had 107k on it and the guy I bought it from (3rd owner) had done a single oil change in 2 years of ownership albeit with about 2k in mileage. I did the annual myself after getting the needed items from Beemer Boneyard. Total outlay was about 100 bucks (including shipping) and perhaps 4 hours. That time included the work and checking everything listed to check for the annual. I'd say 5 hours is a bit on the high side and perhaps, as someone mentioned, a flat time for a standard job.
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