Day 18 – Service, Storm and Sick Dog


Day 18 of my X Country trip was spent mainly at MAX BMW in Brookfield, CT.  I needed a 20,000 KM service but decided to wait until I get home to have the valves inspected on my bike.

Cool dealer, they have loads of classic bikes on the show room floor as well as all the new models.

The service included, air filter, oil filter and oil change, top up fluids, inspection.  The Master Tech found my output Shaft Seal to be leaking oil and was replaced under warranty.  I got new front and rear brake pads, a new DID gold chain and sprockets.  Mainly preventive measures I am taking.  My tires, chain and pads all had some life left in them but I still have over 4000 miles to go.  I adjusted the ergo’s of my handle bars a bit and with Dan we tilted them back in my risers just a touch to make my reach a little closer.  Felt good afterwards when I was riding. Continue reading “Day 18 – Service, Storm and Sick Dog”

New Chain & Sprockets Installed


To be honest we have neglected some maintenance on our bikes because we really thought we would be the owners of the Triumph Tigers at the end of the trip. 

Since that did not happen on with the up keep of our bikes.  Recently I got new steering head bearings installed by the dealer but Cheryl will do her own.  Before our trip at about 38,000 KM my chain had it and a new DID and sprockets were installedI have gone through one throttle cable and my bike now has over 43,000 KM since I bought it March 2010.  Cheryl’s bike now has 32,000 KM since December 2009.  

We do our own oil & filter changes as well as brake pads.  Today I needed new front pads and Cheryl also installed them.  Galfer pads are our choice these days as well as Lucas oil and K&N filters.  We want to just have BMW do the major things like the dreaded valve inspection.  Mine is due but will wait a bit longer.

With a little help from a manual, Cheryl has completed her first chain and sprocket installation.  I think Cheryl is pretty amazing, she tries anything and always figures it out!

Of course a little DIY video to come later.  Cheryl got 32,000 KM out of her OEM chain and sprockets.  I got 38,000 KM but that was really pushing it.  It was very apparent after this weekends ride it was time for Cheryl to get new one’s for herself.

Sprocket Center

Sprocket Center is where we bought our DID chains and sprockets.  Decent price and great online service.

TEST ride a success!

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