Late model BMW servicing in Western Sydney?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by me, Sep 5, 2005.

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    me Guest

    Hi people

    I just bought a second hand R-series BMW (oilhead) and would like to know
    the inside gossip on recommended service centres for it in Western Sydney.

    Mick Dyer Motorcycles in Penrith is the nearest to me but I don't know how
    good he is and whether he sticks to the recommended book services, or has
    the fancy diagnostic computers (and does it matter anyway?). Does anyone
    here get their BMW serviced there?

    There are only 2 official BMW dealers & service centres now in Sydney, now
    that John Fretten in Blacktown no longer deals with them.
    me, Sep 5, 2005
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  2. Mick Dyer doesn't have any of the special equipment, but he will service
    oilheads. Took my wifes R1150R there once, he wasn't any cheaper than going
    to Procycles etc anyway (though we live in the west, Hornsby isn't too far
    from where she works, so its still reasonable).

    To my knowledge there are only Procycles in Hornsby, Tom Byrne in St Peters
    (which is part of Procycles anyway) and Motohansa in Punchbowl, not a
    dealer, but they do have trained people and the right equipment.

    Nobody in western syd advertises they work on BMs except for Mick Dyer to my


    Alan Pennykid, Sep 5, 2005
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    IK Guest

    For the benefit of the uninitiated... how big a deal is that? Is there
    something about BM's which demands that they be looked after in a
    special way, and, if so, what is it?
    IK, Sep 5, 2005
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    Smee R1100s Guest

    Mainly the motronic efi computer which supposedly needs specialised
    diagnostic instruments.
    The rest of the service work can be done by a trained chimp.
    Personally I prefer to take my BMW to bmw trained mechanics who do most
    work on BMW's much like most ducati owners take their machines to ducati
    Most of your suyamondasaki bikes are so similar in servicing they can be
    done by most mechanics.
    Smee R1100s, Sep 5, 2005
  5. In on Mon, 05 Sep 2005 23:51:36 +1000
    Many mechanics don't like to work on bikes they aren't familiar with.
    Even if said bike is utterly basic.

    I was amazed at the number of spanner-twirlers who were unsure about the
    MZ, must have been way too long since their first year at tech I guess.

    Anyone riding a Euro bike will have found this. Mechs not wanting to
    know. And a modern Beemer is fractionally more complex than a single
    cylinder points-ignited piston port 2 stroke...

    Zebee Johnstone, Sep 5, 2005
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    Boxer Guest

    Why would anybody contaminate their BMW by allowing a UJM mechanic to work
    on it.

    Boxer, Sep 5, 2005
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    Nev.. Guest

    Which unique components of an internal combustion engine do BMW bikes have
    which any other mechanic wouldn't be able to service?

    '03 ZX12R
    Nev.., Sep 6, 2005
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    Boxer Guest

    BMW servicing requires access to the BMW plug in diagnostic computer to
    determine many faults with the fuel injection and ABS computers (although
    this may not be required at you standard oil change). Changing of brake
    fluid requires specialist equipment on many of the later models fitted with
    "Power Assisted" ABS Brakes. Access to Service Bulletins from BMW that are
    not made available to your average bike shop are needed for many issues
    identified during a models service life.

    I am sure you are well aware Nev that a motorcycle is not just components of
    an internal combustion engine. Specialist mechanics in general have a better
    knowledge of issues with the motorcycles they work on and in my experience
    prove to be cheaper in the long run that you average all rounder at your
    local motorcycle/lawn mower shop.

    Having owned 8 BMW's over the last 15 years I have formed the view that
    exclusively using the one specialist BMW mechanic over that time I have
    saved a significant amount of money and had better service due to his
    knowledge and the loyalty built up between us over that period.

    Boxer, Sep 6, 2005
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Der horizontallen pistonrodden.

    And the heated handgrips.
    Theo Bekkers, Sep 6, 2005
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Having purchased just one Guzzi during that period I suspect you've spent
    significantly more money then I. Of course, the more you spend , the more
    you can save, (just ask your wife).

    I have known my Guzzi mechanic since he started his apprenticeship at age
    16. That was at least 25 years ago.
    Theo Bekkers, Sep 6, 2005
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    sharkey Guest

    As someone who's gone from working on his own Hondas to working
    on his own BMW Airhead ... well, there's lots different.

    Especially the electrics: BMW's motto seems to be "Why simple
    when complex works?" ... and the colour codes are all different.

    sharkey, Sep 6, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    Just wait 'til you get to the charging system......

    The brushes in the alternator are "fun"

    Moike, Sep 6, 2005
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    sharkey Guest

    Oh, come on, everyone knows that you can't use Japanese blinker
    fluid in a BMW ... BMW's use _left handed_ blinker fluid.

    (Did you know you can't take the front cover off an airhead
    engine unless you disconnect the battery?)

    sharkey, Sep 6, 2005
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    IK Guest

    While Triumph use Whitworth...
    No, but, apparently, the speedo drive seal on the gearbox isn't
    watertight, I hear.
    IK, Sep 6, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    Yes you can.

    And if you're lucky, it doesn't catch fire. (ask me how I know)

    Moike, Sep 6, 2005
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    Gary Woodman Guest

    Not after 10 years, no.

    Gary (new ones are $5.50)
    Gary Woodman, Sep 6, 2005
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    Smee R1100s Guest

    Which part of my conveniently snipped post did you miss Nev?
    Come on try a bit harder to bait this one's a failure.

    here's a reminder just in case you didn't read it

    "Mainly the motronic efi computer which supposedly needs specialised
    diagnostic instruments.
    The rest of the service work can be done by a trained chimp."

    POlease try harder Nev.
    Smee R1100s, Sep 6, 2005
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    Nev.. Guest

    so EFI computers on suyamondasaki bikes are all identical?

    '03 ZX12R
    Nev.., Sep 6, 2005
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    J5 Guest

    ah so BMW uses water in their gearbox

    J5, Sep 6, 2005
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    moike Guest

    And sometimes in the driveshaft and final drive......

    (don't ask)

    moike, Sep 6, 2005
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