Sunday, November 26, 2006

18k Service on the R1200ST

Well, I finally did it, even if it was a few miles late (at 19, 300).

Rebecca came over for bagels and lox on Thanksgiving morning. After finishing breakfast, we headed out to the garage to tackle the service on the R1200ST.

I was fairly confident that the valve adjust would be a breeze. I had printed out the entire section on valve adjusts from my service CD, and also a very good thread from Advrider.

Instructions? Check! Tools? Check! Gloves? Check! Grease smudge on nose? CHECK!

Open engine surgery: this is the scary part.

The valve adjust was even easier than expected. I don't think I'll ever again pay a dealership to do it. Next we moved on to an oil change, draining some very black oil and refilling it with clean Shell Rotella T Synthetic.

Next step: Beg a Twinmax-owning friend to help me sync the throttle bodies.


Rebecca "Squeaky" Nelson said...

I love that first pic! You look so helpless...

Glad I got a chance to learn on yours. Now we can tackle mine one day!

Michael said...

Hmmm. Maybe I'll try mine!

Dea said...

Great report..I'm learning, I'm learning

Biker Betty said...

Awesome!! You rock. I will have to check my service manual to see if it sounds so easy for my Yamaha V-Star 650.

Battlefield Biker said...

I'm very impressed. Wish I would do more of my own work. Cool blog.

Jim Von Baden said...

Hi Rebecca,

Glad my thread could help. There is more info available on my web site as well.

I am about to buy an R1200ST in need of some TLC, same colors as yours. Great bikes, and fun to ride.