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by Mokkybear Published on 08-28-16 11:00 PM
The cam chain on the F800 series is continuous, requiring the engine to be taken out of the frame and the oil pan removed from the engine in order to replace it. This takes something like 24 hours work.

The GS Adventure riders have discovered a suitable master link that enables the chain to be replaced without removing the engine - split the old one and new one, join them temporarily with the master link, pull the new chain through using the old chain, then remove the master link and use it.....
by Mokkybear Published on 04-02-14 08:51 PM
For those whose TPM sensors have stopped working due to age (flat battery), the following threads/links might be useful if you are prepared to have a go at replacing the batteries yourself:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpjz0cDjnK4 (Includes useful comments by N4HHE)

In summary, the batteries can be replaced by digging out the pot material that seals them in and...
by Mokkybear Published on 01-28-14 04:57 AM
I recently fitted some Ricor Intiminators to the ST. I’ve not been unhappy with the front end but others on the forum who have them fitted swear by them so I thought I’d give them a go seeing as they have recently come down in price (A$234 delivered). http://store.ricorshocks.com/

They slot in under the spring and you replace the 10W oil with 5W so that the effect of the stock damping valves is greatly diminished and the new valves dominate. The insert is claimed to have an inerti...
by Mokkybear Published on 01-08-14 05:21 AM
If your bike has some distance up, the grips might be showing some wear. Rather than replace the whole grip including heating element, at a rather exorbitant price (of course), there is an alternative.

Ariete make a replacement rubber grip - but you need to carefully remove the old grip without damaging the heating element in order to fit it.

The only source I have been able to is ProCycles in St Peters, Sydney NSW.
by Mokkybear Published on 12-11-13 05:21 AM
I need to replace the steering head bearings on the ST and conventional wisdom if you search enough posts is that it is bearing No 30205, available from any bearing supplier (suits S, ST, R and GT).

Stick to recognised brands rather than cheapies - they're not that expensive, and much cheaper than buying from the BMW parts counter.

Dimensions 52 x 25 x 16.25, and of course you need two sets of bearings (with cups).

Unless you don't damage the bottom cover plate (large thin washer with.....
by Mokkybear Published on 11-29-13 04:50 PM
Just a bit of info on the final drive:

The F800 belt is a Conti Synchroforce Extreme.

Part numbers for the S/ST and GT are different due to the longer swing-arm on the latter:
S/ST: 27 72 7 719 371
GT: 33 83 8 521 719

Part numbers for the pulleys are identical between S/ST and GT.
by Mokkybear Published on 06-06-13 04:59 AM
The only tricky part to changing the fork oil on the S/ST is getting the circlips out. The Haynes manual instruction says something like "depress the cap and remove the circlip" - yeah, right.

I found the easiest way is to use a flat bladed screwdriver to both lever the cap down and at the same time stop the circlip from turning. Then use a sharpened tool to get under the circlip.

Once you have the circlip out, grind a taper from the outside to make it easier to get a tool unde...
by Mokkybear Published on 12-15-12 12:25 AM
Owners handbooks in pdf format are available from here:

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