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Rider's Manual
R 1200 GS

BMW Motorrad

The Ultimate Riding

Motorcycle data/dealership details

Motorcycle data Dealership details

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Colour code Phone number

Date of first registration

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(company stamp)
Welcome to BMW authorised BMW Motorrad
dealer will gladly provide ad-
We congratulate you on your vice and assistance.
choice of a motorcycle from
BMW and welcome you to the We hope that you will enjoy
community of BMW riders. riding your BMW and that all
Familiarise yourself with your your journeys will be pleasant
new motorcycle so that you and safe.
can ride it safely and confid-
ently in all traffic situations. BMW Motorrad.
Please read this Rider's
Manual carefully before
starting to use your new
BMW motorcycle. It contains
important information on
how to operate the controls
and how to make the best
possible use of all your
BMW's technical features.
In addition, it contains inform-
ation on maintenance and
care to help you maintain your
motorcycle's reliability and
safety, as well as its value.
If you have questions con-
cerning your motorcycle, your
Table of Contents
You can also consult the in- 3 Status indicators . . . . . 21 Tyre pressure monitoring
dex at the end of this Rider's Multifunction display . . . . . 22 RDCOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Manual if you want to find a Warning and telltale On-board computerOE . . . 48
particular topic or item of in- lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 BMW Motorrad Integral
formation. ABS warning lightOE . . . . . 22 ABSOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
1 General instructions . . . 5 Function indicators . . . . . . 22 Automatic Stability Control
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Warnings, general . . . . . . . 23 ASCOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Abbreviations and Warnings issued by the Emergency off switch (kill
symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 tyre pressure monitoring switch) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 system (RDC)OE . . . . . . . . . 30 Grip heatingOE . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Technical data . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ABS warningsOE . . . . . . . . . 35 Adjusting windscreen . . . . 56
Currency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ASC warningsOE . . . . . . . . . 37 Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
2 General views . . . . . . . . . 9 4 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
General view, left side . . . 11 Ignition switch and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
General view, right steering lock . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Electronic immobiliser Turn indicators . . . . . . . . . . 60
Underneath the seat . . . . . 15 (EWS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Front and rear seats . . . . . 61
Handlebar fitting, left . . . . . 16 Hazard warning Helmet holder . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Handlebar fitting, right . . . 17 flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Instrument cluster . . . . . . . 18 Odometer and Spring preload . . . . . . . . . . 64
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 tripmeters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Shock absorbers . . . . . . . . 66
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
5 Riding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 7 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . 97 Protective wax
Safety instructions . . . . . . . 70 General instructions . . . . . 98 coating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Toolkit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Laying up the
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 motorcycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Running in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Brake system, Restoring motorcycle to
Riding off-road . . . . . . . . . . 76 general . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Park your motorcycle . . . . 77 Brake pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 9 Technical data . . . . . . . 135
Refuelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Troubleshooting
Tyre pressure monitoring Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
RDCOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Threaded fasteners . . . . . 137
Brake system, general . . . 81 Rims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Brake system with BMW Wheels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Riding specifications . . . . 141
Motorrad Integral Front-wheel stand . . . . . . 113 Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
ABSOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Electronic engine Air filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Final drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
management with BMW Jump start . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Running gear . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Motorrad ASCOE . . . . . . . . . 85 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
6 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . 89 8 Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Wheels and tyres . . . . . . . 143
General instructions . . . . . 90 Care products . . . . . . . . . . 130 Electrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Power socket . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Washing the Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 motorcycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
CaseOA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Cleaning easily damaged Weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Luggage carrier . . . . . . . . . 94 components . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Paint care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
10 Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
BMW Motorrad
service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
BMW Motorrad service
quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
BMW Motorrad Service
Card: on-the-spot
assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
BMW Motorrad service
network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Maintenance work . . . . . . 151
schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Confirmation of
maintenance work . . . . . . 153
Confirmation of
service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
General instructions

General instructions
Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Abbreviations and symbols . . . . . . 6
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Technical data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

General instructions
Currency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Overview tect your motorcycle against Item of technical data.
1 Chapter 2 of this Rider's
6 Manual will provide you with Specific instructions on OE Optional extra
an initial overview of your how to operate, control, Your motorcycle was
motorcycle. All maintenance adjust or look after items of assembled complete
and servicing work on the equipment on the motorcycle. with all the BMW
motorcycle is documented in Indicates the end of an optional extras you
General instructions

Chapter 10. This record of item of information. ordered.

the maintenance work you
have had performed on your Instruction. OA Optional accessory
motorcycle is a precondition You can obtain option-
for generous treatment of Result of an activity. al accessories through
goodwill claims. your authorised BMW
When the time comes to sell Reference to a page Motorrad dealer; op-
your BMW, please remem- with more detailed in- tional accessories
ber to hand over this Rider's formation. have to be retrofitted
Manual; it is an important part to the motorcycle.
Indicates the end of
z of the motorcycle.
a passage relating to EWS Electronic immobiliser
specific accessories or (Elektronische Weg-
Abbreviations and items of equipment. fahrsicherung).
Indicates warnings that Tightening torque. DWA Anti-theft alarm (Diebs-
you must comply with for tahlwarnanlage)
reasons of your safety and the
safety of others, and to pro-
ABS Anti-lock brake system in this Rider's Manual, you will We hope you will appreciate

ASC Automatic Stability

find these features described that no claims can be en- 1
in separate manuals. tertained on the basis of the
Control. data, illustrations or descrip- 7
Technical data tions in this manual.
RDC Tyre pressure control
(ReifenDruck-Control) All dimensions, weights and
power ratings stated in the
Rider's Manual are quoted

General instructions
Equipment to the standards and comply
When you ordered your BMW with the tolerance require-
motorcycle, you chose vari- ments of the Deutsche Institut
ous items of custom equip- für Normung e.V. Versions for
ment. This Rider's Manual individual countries may differ.
describes optional extras (OE)
offered by BMW and selec- Currency
ted optional accessories (OA).
The high safety and quality
This explains why the manual
standards of BMW motor-
may also contain descriptions z
cycles are maintained by con-
of equipment which you have
stant development work on
not ordered. Please note, too,
designs, equipment and ac-
that your motorcycle might
cessories. Because of this,
not be exactly as illustrated
your motorcycle may differ
in this manual on account of
from the information supplied
country-specific differences.
in the Rider's Manual. Nor
If your BMW was supplied
can BMW Motorrad entirely
with equipment not described
rule out errors and omissions.

General instructions
General views

General views
General view, left side . . . . . . . . . 11
General view, right side . . . . . . . . 13
Underneath the seat . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Handlebar fitting, left . . . . . . . . . . 16

General views
Handlebar fitting, right . . . . . . . . . 17
Instrument cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19


General views
General view, left side
1 Adjuster, spring preload, 2
front ( 64) 11
2 Socket (OA) ( 90)
3 Adjustable windscreen
( 56)
4 Adjuster, beam throw

General views
( 60)
5 Clutch-fluid reservoir
( 105)
6 Type plate
7 Filler neck, engine oil
( 100)
8 Luggage carrier ( 94) z
9 Seat lock ( 62)
10 Power socket ( 90)
11 Adjuster, damping, rear
( 66)
12 Indicator for engine oil
level ( 99)

General views
General view, right
side 2
1 Filler neck, fuel ( 79) 13
2 Brake-fluid reservoir,
front ( 103)
3 Vehicle identification

General views
4 Air filter (underneath tank
cover) ( 120)
5 Adjuster, spring preload,
rear ( 65)
6 Brake-fluid reservoir, rear
( 104)

General views
Underneath the seat
1 Helmet holders, left and 2
right ( 63) 15
2 Battery ( 126)
3 Toolkit ( 98)
4 Seat holders ( 62)

General views
Handlebar fitting, left
2 1 Control, odometer
16 ( 45), Control,
on-board computerOE
( 48)
2 Pushbutton, ASCOE
( 53)
General views

3 Pushbutton, ABSOE
( 52)
4 Pushbutton, horn
5 Pushbutton, left flashing
turn indicators ( 60),
Pushbutton, hazard
warning flashers ( 44)
6 Switch, high-beam head-
light ( 58), Switch for
headlight flasher
Handlebar fitting, right
1 Emergency off switch (kill 2
switch) ( 55) 17
2 Pushbutton, starter
( 72)
3 Pushbutton, right flashing
turn indicators ( 60),

General views
Pushbutton, hazard
warning flashers ( 44)
4 Cancel button, flashing
turn indicators ( 61),
Pushbutton, cancel
hazard warning flashers
( 45)
5 Grip heating switchOE
( 56)
Instrument cluster
2 1 Speedometer
18 2 Rev. counter
3 Warning and telltale
lights ( 23)
4 Multifunction display
( 23)
General views

5 Telltale light, anti-theft

alarm (OE) and sensor for
instrument lighting
6 Control, odometer
( 45)

1 Low-beam headlight 2
2 High-beam headlight 19
3 Parking light

General views

General views
Status indicators

Status indicators
Multifunction display . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Warning and telltale lights . . . . . . 22
ABS warning lightOE . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Function indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Status indicators
Warnings, general . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Warnings issued by the tyre
pressure monitoring system
(RDC)OE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
ABS warningsOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
ASC warningsOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 z
Multifunction display 7 Fuel-gauge readings (OE) ABS warning lightOE
3 ( 22)
The way in which the ABS
22 warning light indicates status
Warning and telltale can differ in some countries.
Possible national variant.
Status indicators

Function indicators
Quantity of fuel (OE)
1 Clock ( 46), Panel for The horizontal bars be-
RDC status indicatorsOE low the fuel-pump sym-
( 48), Panel for oil-level bol indicate the remaining
informationOE ( 51) quantity of fuel.
2 Panel for warnings 1 Telltale light, left turn in- The display shows larger bars
z ( 23) dicator at the top, if the motorcycle
3 Panel for the on-board 2 Telltale light, high-beam is not fitted with an on-board
computer's status indic- headlight computer. In this display
atorsOE ( 48) 3 Warning light, general mode the bar at the top
4 Gear indicator ( 23) 4 Telltale light, neutral corresponds to about half
5 Engine-oil temperature 5 Warning light, ABS (OE) the available tank capacity,
display ( 23) and the next bar down
6 Telltale light, right turn
6 Odometer reading indicator corresponds to about a
( 45) quarter. The smaller bars
provide a more accurate
estimate of the amount of fuel reduce torque. The warning the critical situation has been
left in the tank. light flashes for one second dealt with. 3
longer than ASC intervention
Gear lasts. This affords the rider Warnings, general 23
Shows which gear is en- visual feedback on control in- Mode of presentation
gaged. tervention even after the crit-
General warnings are
If no gear is engaged, the ical situation has been dealt
displayed by means of
gear indicator shows N and with.

Status indicators
texts and symbols in the
the 'neutral' telltale light also
Off-road ASC multifunction display. In some
lights up.
intervention (OE) cases, they are accompanied
Engine temperature by the 'General' warning light
General warning light
showing red or yellow. If two
The horizontal bars quick-flashes yellow.
or more warnings occur at the
below the temperature
Off-road ASC symbol same time, all the appropriate
symbol indicate the engine
shows. telltale lights and warning
symbols appear. Warnings in z
The off-road ASC has detec- text form alternate.
ASC intervention (OE) ted a degree of instability at
General warning light the rear wheel and has inter-
quick-flashes yellow. vened to reduce torque. The
ASC symbol shows. warning light flashes for one
second longer than ASC in-
tervention lasts. This affords
The ASC has detected a de- the rider visual feedback on
gree of instability at the rear control intervention even after
wheel and has intervened to
Warnings, overview
3 Mode of presentation Meaning
24 Lights up yellow The EWS! warn- Electronic immobiliser active ( 26)
ing appears on
the display.
Lights up yellow The FUEL! Fuel down to reserve ( 26)
warning appears
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on the display.
Lights up yellow Appears on the Engine electronics ( 26)
Flashes red Appears on the Insufficient engine oil pressure
display ( 27)
Shows accom- Engine-oil level too low ( 27)
panied by the
Lights up red Appears on the Insufficient battery charge current
display ( 28)
Lights up yellow The LAMPR! Rear light bulb defective ( 28)
warning appears
on the display.
Mode of presentation Meaning
The LAMPF! Front light bulb defective ( 28)
warning appears 25
on the display.
Lights up yellow The LAMPS! Bulbs defective ( 29)
warning appears
on the display.

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Appears on the Ice warning (OE) ( 29)
The DWALO! Battery of anti-theft alarm (OE) weak
warning appears ( 29)
on the display.
Lights up yellow The DWA! warn- Anti-theft alarm battery flat (OE)
ing appears on ( 30)
the display. z
Electronic immobiliser Lack of fuel can result Engine electronics sym-
3 active in the engine misfiring bol appears on the dis-
General warning light and cutting out unexpectedly. play.
26 Misfiring can damage the
lights up yellow. The engine is running
catalytic converter; a hazard- in emergency operating
The EWS! warning appears ous situation can result if the
on the display. mode. Engine power might
engine cuts out unexpectedly. be reduced and this can
The key being used is not au- Do not run the fuel tank dry. cause hazardous situations,
Status indicators

thorised for starting, or com-

The estimated residual particularly if you attempt to
munication between key and
range appears on the overtake other road users.
engine electronics is disrup-
ted. display. Engine power level might be
lower than normal: adapt your
Remove all other vehicle The fuel tank contains no
style of riding accordingly.
keys from the same ring as more than the reserve quant-
the ignition key. ity of fuel. The engine electronics control
Use the reserve key. unit has diagnosed a fault. In
z Reserve fuel exceptional cases, the engine
Have the defective key re-
placed, preferably by an stops and refuses to start.
authorised BMW Motorrad Otherwise, the engine runs in
dealer. emergency operating mode.
Refuelling ( 79) You can continue to ride,
Fuel down to reserve but bear in mind that the
Engine electronics
General warning light usual engine power might
General warning light
lights up yellow. not be available.
lights up yellow.
Have the fault rectified as
The FUEL! warning appears
quickly as possible by a
on the display.
specialist workshop, prefer- A low oil level is one reason Do not continue your jour-
ably an authorised BMW why a warning indicating in- ney. 3
Motorrad dealer. sufficient oil pressure is is- Have the fault rectified as
quickly as possible by a 27
Insufficient engine oil specialist workshop, prefer-
Checking engine oil level
pressure ably an authorised BMW
( 99)
General warning light If the oil level is too low: Motorrad dealer.
flashes red.
Top up the engine oil.

Status indicators
Engine-oil level too low
Engine oil pressure sym-
If the warning indicating in- Symbol for oil level
bol appears on the dis-
sufficient engine oil level is shows, accompanied by
issued and a check indicates the CHECK OIL warning.
The oil pressure in the lube- that the engine oil level is cor- The electronic oil-level sensor
oil system is too low. Stop rect: has registered an excessively
immediately and switch off low oil level.
the engine if the warning light Other engine problems
shows. besides a low oil level The only exact way of check- z
can cause the insufficient en- ing whether the oil level is
The insufficient oil gine oil pressure warning to correct is to check the oil
pressure warning does be issued. Continuing to ride sight glass. The next time you
not fulfil the function of an in these cases can cause en- stop for fuel:
oil gauge. The only way of gine damage. Checking engine oil level
checking whether the oil level If this warning is issued even ( 99)
is correct is to check the oil though the engine oil level is If the oil level is too low:
sight glass. correct: do not continue to Topping up the engine oil
ride. ( 100)
The oil sensor might be Have faults rectified as soon Rear light bulb defective
3 defective if the "Check oil as possible. General warning light
level" message appears even If the battery is not char- lights up yellow.
though a check at the oil sight ging, continuing to ride The LAMPR! warning ap-
glass reveals that the oil level can cause it to discharge pears on the display.
is correct. completely, in which case it
Checking engine oil level will suffer irreparable damage. A defective bulb places
( 99) your safety at risk be-
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If possible, do not continue

If the oil level is too low: your journey. cause it is easier for other
Seek the advice of a spe- users to oversee you and
Battery is not being charged. your motorcycle.
cialist workshop, preferably
an authorised BMW Motor- You can continue to Replace defective bulbs as
rad dealer. ride until the battery is soon as possible; always
discharged. Bear in mind, carry a complete set of spare
Insufficient battery charge however, that the engine bulbs if possible.
current could cut out suddenly
z Rear light or brake light bulb
General warning light and that the battery could
discharge until completely defective.
lights up red. Replacing brake light and
flat, in which case it might
Battery charge current have suffered irreparable rear light bulb ( 117)
symbol is displayed. damage. Front light bulb defective
A discharged battery can Have the fault rectified as
The LAMPF! warning ap-
cause the engine to die quickly as possible by a
pears on the display.
suddenly, and this could res- specialist workshop, prefer-
ult in a dangerous situation in ably an authorised BMW
traffic. Motorrad dealer.
A defective bulb places The LAMPS! warning ap- The ice warning does
your safety at risk be- pears on the display. not mean that there is 3
cause it is easier for other A defective bulb places no risk of black ice forming
users to oversee you and at measured temperatures 29
your safety at risk be-
your motorcycle. cause it is easier for other above 3 °C.
Replace defective bulbs as users to oversee you and Always take extra care and
soon as possible; always your motorcycle. think well ahead when tem-
carry a complete set of spare peratures are low; remember

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Replace defective bulbs as
bulbs if possible. soon as possible; always that the danger of black ice
Low-beam headlight, high- carry a complete set of spare is particularly high on bridges
bulbs if possible. and where the road is in the
beam headlight, side-light or
turn-indicator bulb defective. A combination of the bulb de-
Replace the low-beam and fects described above has Ride carefully and think well
high-beam headlight bulb occurred. ahead.
( 115) See the fault descriptions Battery of anti-theft alarm
Replacing parking-light bulb above. z
(OE) weak
( 117)
Replacing turn indicator Ice warning (OE) The DWALO! warning ap-
bulbs, front and rear Ice warning symbol ap- pears on the display.
( 119) pears on the display. This error message
appears only briefly
Bulbs defective The air temperature measured after the pre-ride check
General warning light at the motorcycle is lower completes.
lights up yellow. than 3 °C.
The integral battery in the The integral battery in the Warnings issued by
3 anti-theft alarm has lost a sig- anti-theft alarm has lost its the tyre pressure
nificant proportion of its ori- entire original capacity. There
ginal capacity. There is no is no assurance that the anti-
monitoring system
assurance of how long the theft alarm will be operational (RDC)OE
anti-theft alarm can remain if the motorcycle's battery is Display mode for RDC
operational if the motorcycle's disconnected. warnings
battery is disconnected. Seek the advice of a spe-
Status indicators

Seek the advice of a spe- cialist workshop, preferably

cialist workshop, preferably an authorised BMW Motor-
an authorised BMW Motor- rad dealer.
rad dealer.

Anti-theft alarm battery flat

General warning light
z lights up yellow.
The tyre pressure for the front
The DWA! warning appears wheel 1 and the tyre pres-
on the display. sure for the rear wheel 2 ap-
This error message pear in the panel for the clock
appears only briefly or the on-board computer,
after the pre-ride check accompanied by the letters
completes. RDC. The critical tyre pres-
sure flashes
If the critical value is close to
the limit of the permissible tol- 3
erance range, the reading is
accompanied by the 'Gen- 31
eral' warning light showing
yellow. If the tyre pressure re-
gistered by the sensor is out-
side the permissible tolerance

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range, the 'General' warning
light flashes red.

Warnings, overview
3 Mode of presentation Meaning
32 Lights up yellow The critical tyre Tyre pressure close to limit of per-
pressure flashes mitted tolerance ( 33)
Flashes red The critical tyre Tyre pressure outside permitted tol-
pressure flashes erance ( 33)
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"--" or "-- --" Signal transmission disrupted

appears on the ( 34)
Lights up yellow Indicated by "--" Sensor defective or system error
or "-- --" ( 34)
Lights up yellow Indicated by the Tyre-pressure sensor battery weak
letters RDC! ap- ( 35)
z pearing on the
Tyre pressure close to limit and the reading shown by the Incorrect tyre pressures
of permitted tolerance RDC system. Use the public impair the motorcycle's 3
General warning light air line at a petrol station or handling characteristics.
motorway service area to If tyre pressure is incorrect it 33
lights up yellow.
adjust the tyre pressure by is essential to adapt your style
The critical tyre pressure this amount. of riding accordingly.
Tyre pressure outside Correct the tyre pressure at
Measured tyre pressure is

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permitted tolerance the earliest possible oppor-
close to the limit of permitted tunity.
tolerance. General warning light
flashes red. Have the tyre checked for
Correct the tyre pressure as damage by a specialist
stated on the inside cover of The critical tyre pressure workshop, preferably an
the Rider's Manual. flashes. authorised BMW Motorrad
The tyre-pressures listed Measured tyre pressure is dealer.
on the inside cover are outside permitted tolerance. If you are unsure whether the
temperature-compensated; Check the tyre for damage motorcycle can be ridden with z
the reference tyre temperat- the tyre in its present condi-
and to ascertain wheth-
ure for these readings is al- er the motorcycle can be tion:
ways 20 °C. The procedure ridden with the tyre in its Do not continue your jour-
for correctly tyre pressures present condition. ney.
when the tyres are not at this If the motorcycle can be rid- Notify the breakdown ser-
reference temperature is as den with the tyre in its present vice.
follows: condition: Have the tyre checked for
Calculate the difference damage by a specialist
between the specified value workshop, preferably an
stated in the Rider's Manual
authorised BMW Motorrad ably an authorised BMW Sensor defective or system
3 dealer. Motorrad dealer. error
General warning light
34 Signal transmission Wireless communication with
lights up yellow.
disrupted the RDC sensors has been
"--" or "-- --" appears on disrupted. Possible causes Indicated by "--" or "--
the display. include radio-communication --".
The motorcycle has not systems operating in the vi-
Motorcycle is fitted with
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yet accelerated past the cinity and interfering with the

tyres not equipped with RDC
threshold of approximately link between the RDC control
unit and the sensors. sensors.
30 km/h. The RDC sensors Fit wheels and tyres
do not start transmitting Move to another location
and observe the RDC read- equipped with RDC
signals until the motorcycle sensors.
reaches a speed above this ings. Assume that a per-
threshold ( 80). manent fault has not oc- One or two RDC sensors
Increase speed above this curred unless the 'General' have failed.
z threshold observe the RDC warning light comes on to Have the fault rectified by a
readings. Assume that a accompany the symptoms. specialist workshop, prefer-
permanent fault has not oc- Under these circumstances: ably an authorised BMW
curred unless the 'General' Have the fault rectified by a Motorrad dealer.
warning light comes on to specialist workshop, prefer-
accompany the symptoms. ably an authorised BMW A system error has occurred.
Under these circumstances: Motorrad dealer. Have the fault rectified by a
Have the fault rectified by a specialist workshop, prefer-
specialist workshop, prefer- ably an authorised BMW
Motorrad dealer.
Tyre-pressure sensor ABS warningsOE
battery weak
Mode of presentation 3
General warning light
ABS warnings are indic- 35
lights up yellow.
ated by the ABS warning
Indicated by the letters light. The warning light can
RDC! appearing on the show continuously or flash.
display. The way in which the ABS

Status indicators
This error message warning light indicates status
appears only briefly can differ in some countries.
after the pre-ride check Possible national variant.
The integral battery in the
tyre-pressure sensor has lost
a significant proportion of its
original capacity. There is no z
assurance of how long the
tyre pressure control system
can remain operational.
Seek the advice of a spe-
cialist workshop, preferably
an authorised BMW Motor-
rad dealer.
Warnings, overview
3 Mode of presentation Meaning
36 Flashes Self-diagnosis not completed
( 37)
Lights up ABS switched off ( 37)
Status indicators

Lights up ABS fault ( 37)

Self-diagnosis not ABS fault The ASC warning light can
completed ABS warning light ON. show continuously or flash. 3
ABS warning light In off-road mode ASC 37
flashes. warnings are indicated
The ABS control unit has de-
The ABS function is not avail- tected a fault. The ABS func- by this warning symbol.
able, because self-diagnosis tion is not available.
did not complete. The mo- You can continue to ride.

Status indicators
torcycle has to move forward Bear in mind that the ABS
a few metres for the wheel function is not available.
sensors to be tested. Bear in mind the more de-
Pull away slowly. Bear in tailed information on situ-
mind that the ABS function ations that can lead to an
is not available until self- ABS fault ( 84).
diagnosis has completed. Have the fault rectified as
quickly as possible by a
ABS switched off specialist workshop, prefer- z
ABS warning light ON. ably an authorised BMW
Motorrad dealer.
The rider has switched off the
ABS system. ASC warningsOE
with OE BMW Motorrad Mode of presentation
Integral ABS: ASC warnings are indic-
Activate the ABS function ated by a combination of
( 53) the ASC warning symbol and
the "General" warning light.
Warnings, overview
3 Mode of presentation Meaning
38 Slow-flashes Self-diagnosis not completed
( 39)
Slow-flashes Self-diagnosis in off-road mode not
completed ( 39)
Status indicators

Appears on the ASC switched off ( 39)

Lights up yellow Appears on the ASC fault ( 39)

Self-diagnosis not The engine must be running ASC symbol appears on
completed and the motorcycle must the display. 3
ASC symbol reach a speed of at least
The ASC control unit has de- 39
slow-flashes. 5 km/h in order for ASC
tected a fault. The ASC func-
self-diagnosis to complete.
Self-diagnosis did not com- tion and the off-road ASC
Pull away slowly. Bear in
plete, so the ASC function function are not available.
mind that the ASC function
is not available. The engine You can continue to ride.
is not available until self-

Status indicators
must be running and the mo- Bear in mind that the ASC
diagnosis has completed.
torcycle must reach a speed function is not available.
of at least 5 km/h in order for ASC switched off Bear in mind the more de-
ASC self-diagnosis to com- ASC symbol appears on tailed information on situ-
plete. the display. ations that can lead to an
Pull away slowly. Bear in ASC fault ( 86).
mind that the ASC function The rider has switched off the Have the fault rectified as
is not available until self- ASC system. quickly as possible by a
diagnosis has completed. with OE Automatic Stability specialist workshop, prefer- z
Control (ASC): ably an authorised BMW
Self-diagnosis in off-road Activate the ASC function Motorrad dealer.
mode not completed ( 54)
Off-road ASC symbol
slow-flashes. ASC fault
General warning light
Off-road mode was selected lights up yellow.
before ASC self-diagnosis
completed. The off-road ASC
function is not yet available.

Status indicators

Ignition switch and steering Adjusting windscreen . . . . . . . . . . 56
lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 41
Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Electronic immobiliser (EWS) . . . 43
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Hazard warning flashers . . . . . . . 44
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Odometer and tripmeters . . . . . . 45
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Turn indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Tyre pressure monitoring
Front and rear seats . . . . . . . . . . . 61 z
RDCOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Helmet holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
On-board computerOE . . . . . . . . . 48
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
BMW Motorrad Integral
ABSOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Spring preload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Automatic Stability Control Shock absorbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
ASCOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Emergency off switch (kill
switch) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Grip heatingOE ................ 56
Ignition switch and Switching on ignition with OE Automatic Stability
4 steering lock Control (ASC):
Turn the key to position 1.
42 Keys ASC self-diagnosis is
You receive one master key performed in addition to
and one spare key. Please the checks outlined above.
consult the information on ( 74)
the electronic immobiliser

(EWS) if a key is lost or mis- Switching off ignition

laid ( 43).
Ignition switch and steer- Turn the key to position 1.
ing lock, tank filler cap Side lights and all function
z lock and seat lock are all op- circuits switched on.
erated with the same key. On
Engine can be started.
request, the cases and the
Pre-ride check is
topcase available as optional
performed. ( 73)
accessories can be arranged
to lock with the same key. with OE BMW Motorrad
Integral ABS: Turn the key to position 2.
Turn the key to position 1. Lights switched off.
ABS self-diagnosis is Handlebars not locked.
performed in addition to Key can be removed.
the checks outlined above. Electrically powered ac-
( 74) cessories remain opera-
tional for a limited period with the handlebars turned to engine of a motorcycle fitted
of time. the right. with this electronic immobil- 4
The battery can be On level ground, always turn iser can be started only with
recharged via the on-board the handlebars to the left to the keys that belong to the 43
socket. set the steering lock. vehicle. You can also have
your authorised BMW Mo-
Locking handlebars Turn the handlebars to the
torrad dealer bar individual
full left or right lock position.
keys, for example if a partic-

Turn the key to position 3,
ular key goes missing. The
while moving the handlebars
engine cannot be started with
a key that has been barred.
Ignition, lights and all func-
tion circuits switched off. In-key electronics z
Handlebars locked. An electronic component is
Key can be removed. integrated into each of your
keys. The motorcycle's elec-
Electronic immobiliser tronics exchange certain con-
If the motorcycle is on
(EWS) tinuously changing signals
the side stand, the sur-
with the electronics in the
face of the ground will de- Protection against theft
key; these signals are spe-
termine whether it is better The electronic immobiliser cific to your motorcycle and
to turn the handlebars to the helps protect your BMW mo- they are transmitted via the
left or right. However, the mo- torcycle from theft, and this ring aerial in the ignition lock.
torcycle is more stable on a enhanced security is at your The ignition is not enabled for
level surface with the handle- disposal without any need for starting until the key has been
bars turned to the left than you to set parameters or ac-
tivate additional systems. The
recognised as "authorised" for you want to have a lost key and button 2 for right turn
4 your motorcycle. barred, you have to bring with indicators.
A spare key attached you all the other keys that The hazard warning
44 belong to the motorcycle. A
to the same ring as the flashers place a strain
ignition key used to start the key that has been barred can on the battery. Do not use
engine could "irritate" the subsequently be cleared and the hazard warning flashers
electronics, in which case the reactivated for use. for longer than absolutely
enabling signal for starting is necessary.

not issued. The EWS warning Hazard warning

If you press a turn-in-
appears in the multifunction flashers dicator button with the
display. Switching on hazard ignition switched on, the turn-
Always keep the spare key indicator function is activated
z warning flashers
separately from the ignition instead of the hazard warning
key. Switch on the ignition.
flashers, and remains active
until you release the button.
Replacement and extra The hazard warning flashers
keys recommence flashing as soon
You can obtain replace- as the button is released.
ment/extra keys only through
Hazard warning flashers in
an authorised BMW Motorrad
dealer. The keys are part
of an integrated security Left/right turn indicator tell-
system, so the dealer is under tale lights flash.
an obligation to check the Switch off the ignition.
legitimacy of all applications Simultaneously press but- The hazard warning flashers
for replacement/extra keys. If ton 1 for left turn indicators continue to operate.
Left/right turn indicator tell- Odometer and reappears on the multifunc-
tale lights off. tripmeters tion display. 4
Switching off hazard Operating the odometer 45
warning flashers

Press button 1 once briefly. z
If the motorcycle is not
Press cancel button 1. equipped with on-board
Hazard warning flashers computer and RDC, you can
switched off. use INFO button 1 to operate
the odometer as described

Selecting readings
Switch on the ignition.
When you switch on the
ignition, the odometer The odometer's display field
reading shown when the igni- starts with the current value
tion was switched off always
and cycles through the follow- Residual range ded to the fuel already in the
4 ing sequence: tank.
Total distance covered The residual range is
Tripmeter 1 (Trip I) only an approximate
Tripmeter 2 (Trip II) reading. Consequently, BMW
Residual range (once fuel Motorrad recommends that
level is down to reserve) you should not try to use the
full residual range before

Resetting tripmeter refuelling.

Switch on the ignition.
Select the desired tripmeter. Clock
Residual-range reading 1
z appears accompanied by the Setting clock
word RANGE and indicates Attempting to set the
how far you can ride with clock while riding the
the fuel remaining in the motorcycle can lead to ac-
tank. On a motorcycle not cidents.
equipped with an on-board
Set the clock only when the
computer (OE), this reading is
motorcycle is stationary.
not displayed until fuel level
has dropped to reserve. This Switch on the ignition.
distance is calculated on the
Press and hold down basis of fuel level and average
button 1 until the reading consumption.
changes. When you refuel, the increase
The tripmeter is reset to in fuel level is not registered
zero. unless several litres are ad-
with OE On-board computer:

Repeatedly press INFO but- Press and hold down the
ton 1 until the total distance Repeatedly press INFO but- INFO button until the read-
covered reading appears on ton 1 until the clock appears ing changes.
the display. Hours reading 2 starts to
on the display.
Press the INFO button.
The hour increments by one
each time you press the
Press and hold down the
INFO button until the read-
ing changes.
Minutes reading 3 starts to
Press the INFO button.
The minute increments by the rear tyre pressure. If your
4 one each time you press the motorcycle is fitted with an
button. on-board computer, the tyre
48 pressures are displayed as an
Press and hold down the
INFO button until the read- additional set of readings by
ing changes. the on-board computer.
The reading stops flashing.
The time is now set. On-board computerOE

Selecting readings
Tyre pressure Repeatedly press INFO but- Switch on the ignition.
monitoring RDCOE ton 1 until the tyre pres-
sures appear in the display.
z Viewing tyre-pressure
Switch on the ignition.

Press INFO button 1 once

at each step.
The tyre-pressure readings
alternate with the clock. The
front tyre pressure is on the
left; the reading on the right is
Ambient temperature select some other display
mode. 4
Calculating average 49

The on-board computer's dis-
play field starts with the cur- Ambient-temperature dis-
rent value and cycles through play 1 is active only when
the following sequence:
the engine is running; at other
Ambient temperature times the display shows ---.
Average speed Average speed 1 is calculated
Average consumption An ice warning on basis of the time elapsed
Range appears if the ambient- since the last RESET. Times
Oil level temperature reading drops during which the engine was
Tyre pressures (OE) below 3 °C. The display stopped are excluded from
automatically switches the calculation.
from any other mode to the
temperature reading when the
temperature drops below this
threshold for the first time.
The reading flashes until you
Resetting average speed Calculating average Resetting average
4 consumption consumption


Repeatedly press INFO

z button 1 until the average Average consumption 1 is Repeatedly press INFO but-
speed appears in the calculated by dividing the dis- ton 1 until the average fuel
display. tance covered since the last consumption appears in the
Press and hold down the RESET by the corresponding display.
INFO button until the read- amount of fuel used. Press and hold down the
ing changes ("RESET"). INFO button until the read-
The display shows ing changes ("RESET").
"--- km/h". The display shows
"--.- l/100 km".
Range The calculated range The preconditions for the oil
is only an approximate level check are as follows: 4
reading. Consequently, BMW Engine idling for at least 10
Motorrad recommends that 51
you should not try to use the Engine at operating temper-
full range before refuelling. ature.
Side stand retracted.
Oil level

The readings mean:

OK: Oil level is correct.

The description of the
residual-range function CHECK: Check the oil level. z
( 46) also covers the
residual-range readout. Remains visible until the
You can also view range 1 sensor subsequently re-
before the fuel level drops gisters a correct oil level.
to reserve. A special ---: Oil level cannot be
average-consumption figure Oil-level indicator 1 gives you
measured (conditions as
is used to calculate range; an indication of the engine
stated above not satisfied).
this figure is not necessarily oil level. You can call up this
the same as the value you reading only when the motor- The most recently measured
can call up for viewing on the cycle is at a standstill. level is displayed for 5
display. seconds when you next
switch on the ignition.
The oil sensor might be Response with ABS
4 defective if the "Check deactivated
oil level" message reappears If you deactivate the ABS, the
52 even though the oil level in function is initially disabled for
the oil sight glass is correct. the front wheel only. If you
In this case, consult your apply the brakes by pulling
authorised BMW Motorrad only the handbrake lever, the
dealer. Integral function ensures that

the rear wheel is also braked

BMW Motorrad Press and hold down and ABS control remains act-
Integral ABSOE ABS button 1. ive for the rear wheel. ABS
Deactivating ABS ABS warning light control for the rear wheel is
z shows; if self-diagnosis not deactivated until you de-
has not completed the ABS press the footbrake lever.
Switch on the ignition.
warning light changes from
You can deactivate flashing to ON.
the ABS function only When the ABS warning light
when the motorcycle is at a comes on, release the ABS
standstill. button within five seconds.
The ABS function is deactiv-
ABS warning light re-
mains ON.
Activating ABS function The ABS function is activ- that ASC is active in off-road
ated. mode. 4
Instead of pressing the ABS This symbol appears on 53
button, you have the option the display to indicate
of switching the ignition off that ASC has been deactiv-
and then on again. ated.
If you switch the ignition Three-step sequence of

off then on again and ASC pushbutton operations:
the ABS light comes back on,
Switch from ASC to off-road
there is a fault in the ABS.
Press and hold down Deactivate ASC
ABS button 1. Automatic Stability
Activate ASC z
ABS warning light goes Control ASCOE
out; if self-diagnosis has Operating ASC Switching and
not completed the ABS warn- deactivating ASC
The ASC pushbutton enables
ing light changes from ON to function
you to change to off-road
mode ( 86) and to deac- Switch on the ignition.
When the ABS warning light
tivate or reactivate ASC. You have the option of
goes out, release the ABS
button within five seconds. deactivating the ASC
ASC is active when the ASC
The ABS warning light re- function while the motorcycle
symbol does not show.
mains off. is on the move.
If ABS self-diagnosis did not This symbol appears on
complete, the ABS warning the display to indicate
light continues to flash.
Activating ASC function


Press and hold down Press and hold down

ASC button 1. ASC button 1. Press and hold down
Off-road ASC symbol ASC symbol appears on ASC button 1.
z shows; if self-diagnosis the display. ASC symbol no longer
has not completed the off- When the ASC symbol ap- shows; if self-diagnosis
road ASC symbol flashes. pears, release the ASC but- has not completed the ASC
When the off-road ASC ton within five seconds. symbol starts flashing.
symbol appears, release ASC symbol continues When the ASC symbol dis-
the ASC button within five to show. appears, release the ASC
seconds. button within five seconds.
Off-road ASC symbol The ASC function is deac- The ASC symbol remains
appears on the display. tivated. off.
If ASC self-diagnosis did not
The off-road ASC function is
complete, the ASC symbol
continues to flash.
The ASC function is activ- Emergency off switch
ated. (kill switch) 4
Instead of pressing the ASC
button, you have the option
of switching the ignition off
and then on again.
An ASC fault has

occurred if the ASC
warning light shows when the
motorcycle accelerates to a A Normal operating posi-
speed in excess of 10 km/h tion (run)
after the ignition was switched B Engine switched off.
off and then on again. 1 Emergency off switch (kill z
switch). You cannot start the
engine unless the kill
Operating the kill switch switch is in the run position.
when riding can cause
the rear wheel to lock and
thus cause a fall.
Do not operate the kill switch
when riding.
The emergency off switch is a
kill switch for switching off the
engine quickly and easily.
Grip heatingOE Adjusting windscreen


2 Heating off.
3 50 % heat output (one
1 Grip heating switch Slacken clamping screws 1
dot visible)
z on left and right.
4 100 % heat output (three
The handlebar grips have Pivot the windscreen for-
dots visible)
two-stage heating. Grip ward or back to the desired
heating can be activated only position.
when the engine is running. You can set the wind-
The increase in power screen to any of several
consumption caused by different positions.
the grip heating can drain the Make sure that clamping
battery if you are riding at low screws 1 on left and
engine speeds. If the charge right are symmetrically
level is low, grip heating is positioned.
switched off to ensure the
Tighten the clamping
battery's starting capability.
Clutch Brakes
Adjusting clutch lever Adjusting handbrake 4
If the position of the lever 57
clutch fluid reservoir is Changing the position of
changed, air can enter the the brake-fluid reservoir
clutch system. can allow air to penetrate the
Do not twist the handlebar brake system.

fitting or the handlebars. Do not twist the handlebar
Attempting to adjust the Turn adjusting screw 1 fitting or the handlebars.
clutch lever while riding clockwise. Attempting to adjust the
the motorcycle can lead to The adjusting screw is brake lever while riding
indexed and is easier the motorcycle can lead to
Do not attempt to adjust the to turn if you push the clutch accidents.
clutch lever unless the motor- lever forward. Do not attempt to adjust the
cycle is at a standstill. brake lever unless the motor-
Span between handlebar cycle is at a standstill.
grip and clutch lever in-
Turn adjusting screw 1
Span between handlebar
grip and clutch lever de-
Lights Switching on high-beam
4 Switching on the side headlight
58 lights
The side lights switch on
automatically when the
ignition is switched on.
The side lights place a

strain on the battery.

Turn adjusting screw 1 Do not switch the ignition
clockwise. on for longer than absolutely
z The adjusting screw is Press the top section of
indexed and is easier Switching on the low- switch 1 for the high-beam
to turn if you push the hand- headlight.
brake lever forward.
beam headlight
High-beam headlight
The low-beam headlight switched on.
Span between handlebar switches on automatically
grip and handbrake lever Move switch 1 for the
when you start the engine.
increases. high-beam headlight to the
Turn adjusting screw 1 When the engine is not centre position.
counter-clockwise. running you can switch High-beam headlight
on the lights by switching on switched off.
Span between handlebar
the ignition and either switch- Press the bottom section of
grip and handlebar lever de-
ing on the high-beam head- switch 1 for the high-beam
light or operating the head- headlight.
light flasher.
The high-beam headlight indicators until the parking Commercially available
is switched on until you re- lights are ON. adhesive tape will dam- 4
lease the button (headlight Parking lights switched on. age the plastic lens of the
flasher). light. 59
Switching off parking Consult a specialist work-
Switching on parking lights shop, preferably an author-
lights Switch the ignition on and ised BMW Motorrad dealer, in
Switch off the ignition. then off again. order to avoid damaging the

You can switch on the Parking lights switched off. plastic lens of the light.
parking lights only imme-
diately after switching off the Headlight Headlight beam throw
ignition. and spring preload
Adjusting headlight for z
Headlight beam throw is gen-
driving on left/driving on
erally kept constant when
right spring preload is adjusted to
If the motorcycle is ridden in suit load.
a country where the oppos- Spring preload adjustment
ite rule of the road applies, its might not suffice only if
asymmetric low-beam head- the motorcycle is very
light will tend to dazzle on- heavily loaded. Under these
coming traffic. circumstances, headlight
Have the headlight set beam throw has to be
accordingly by a specialist adjusted to suit the weight
Press and hold down
workshop, preferably an carried by the motorcycle.
switch 1 for the left turn
authorised BMW Motorrad
Consult a specialist headlight beam throw so as
4 workshop, preferably an not to dazzle oncoming traffic.
authorised BMW Motorrad
60 dealer, if you are unsure
whether the headlight basic
setting is correct.

Headlight beam-throw

Press left-hand turn indicat-
or button 1.
z The turn indicators are
A Neutral position
cancelled automatically
B Position for heavy load
after you have ridden for ap-
proximately 10 seconds, or
Turn indicators covered a distance of about
Switching on left flashing 200 m.
turn indicators Left-hand turn indicators
1 Headlight beam-throw
Switch on the ignition. switched on.
Telltale light for left-hand
Spring preload adjustment turn indicators flashes.
might not suffice if the motor-
cycle is very heavily loaded. Switching on right
Moving the pivot lever adjusts flashing turn indicators
Switch on the ignition.
Cancelling turn
indicators 4

Press right-hand turn indic- Turn key 1 clockwise in the
ator button 2. seat lock, while pressing
The turn indicators are Press cancel button 3. down the front part of rear
seat 2.
cancelled automatically Flashing turn indicators
after you have ridden for ap- switched off. Lift the rear seat at the front
proximately 10 seconds, or and remove the seat.
Turn indicator telltale light is
covered a distance of about off. Install the rear seat
200 m.
Front and rear seats If too much pressure is
Right-hand turn indicators
applied in the forward
switched on. Removing rear seat direction, there is a danger
Telltale light for right-hand Make sure the ground is that the motorcycle will be
turn indicator flashes. level and firm and place the pushed off its stand.
motorcycle on its stand. Always make sure that the
motorcycle is stable and
firmly supported.


Engage rear seat 2 in the Turn key 1 counter- Introduce front seat 1 into
rear catch. clockwise in the seat lock, the front catch.
Push down firmly on the while pressing down the Allow the front seat to rest
z rear seat, applying pressure rear part of front seat 3. on the motorcycle.
to the front of the seat. Lift the front seat at the rear Applying pressure to the
The rear seat engages with and remove the seat. rear of the seat, push the
an audible click. front seat slightly forward
Install the front seat and then press the seat
Remove the front seat If too much pressure is firmly down.
Make sure the ground is applied in the forward The front seat engages with
level and firm and place the direction, there is a danger an audible click.
motorcycle on its stand. that the motorcycle will be Install the rear seat ( 61)
Removing rear seat ( 61) pushed off its stand.
Always make sure that the Adjusting front seat
motorcycle is stable and Make sure the ground is
firmly supported. level and firm and place the
motorcycle on its stand.
Remove the front seat Helmet holder
( 62)
Helmet holder 4
Turn the front seat upside
underneath seat 63

The front seat can work
loose and wobble if the
two seat rods are not in the
same position.
Always be sure to install There are helmet holders 1 on
Introduce seat rods 1 and 2 both seat rods in the same left and right underneath the
into holders 3. position. seat.
A motorcycle helmet can be
Introduce the seat rod in
attached to each helmet hold-
position 4.
Seat set to high position.
Introduce the seat rod in
position 5.
Seat set to low position.
Install the front seat ( 62)
Mirrors Adjusting mirror arm Spring preload
4 Adjusting mirrors Adapting spring preload
64 It is essential to set spring
preload of the front suspen-
sion to suit the terrain. In-
crease spring preload for rid-
ing in rough terrain and re-

duce if the terrain is level.

It is essential to set spring
preload of the rear suspen-
Push protective cap 1 up sion to suit the load carried
z over the threaded fastener by the motorcycle. Increase
Pivot the mirror to the cor-
on the mirror arm. spring preload when the mo-
rect position by pressing
Slacken union nut 2. torcycle is heavily loaded and
gently at the edge.
Turn the mirror arm to the reduce spring preload ac-
appropriate position. cordingly when the motor-
Retighten union nut 2. cycle is lightly loaded.
Mirror to clamping Adjusting spring preload
piece for front wheel
25 Nm Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the
Pull protective cap 1 over
motorcycle on its stand.
the threaded fastener.
spring preload unless the
Spring preload at front
motorcycle is at a standstill. 4
Make sure the ground is 65
Spring preload at setting level and firm and place the
3 (For riding on gravel motorcycle on its stand.
tracks and similar and
with load)

Spring preload at setting
5 (For riding off-road)
If you want to reduce spring
preload, turn the spring re- Adjusting spring preload
tainer in direction A. for rear wheel
If you want to increase
spring preload, turn Your motorcycle's hand-
the spring retainer in ling will suffer if you do
direction B. not match the spring-preload
and damping-characteristic If you want to increase
The range of adjustment settings. spring preload, turn knob 1
comprises five settings. in the direction indicated by
Adjust the damping
the HIGH arrow.
characteristic to suit spring
Spring preload at front preload. If you want to reduce spring
wheel preload, turn knob 1 in the
Adjusting spring preload direction indicated by the
Spring preload at setting while the motorcycle is LOW arrow.
2 (On-road riding) being ridden can lead to acci-
Do not attempt to adjust
Shock absorbers
4 Rear suspension,
spring preload (for Shock-absorber settings
66 riding one-up) and spring preload
Turn the knob as far as it Damping must be adapted
will go counter-clockwise to suit spring preload. An in-
in the direction indicated crease in spring preload re-
by the LOW arrow (L) quires firmer damping, a re-

and then turn it 10 clicks duction in spring preload re-

clockwise quires softer damping.
You adjust the rear shock
Adjusting damping for absorber by turning adjust-
Rear suspension,
ing screw 1.
z spring preload (for rear wheel
off-roading or riding two-up Your motorcycle's hand-
with luggage) ling will suffer if you do
Turn knob as far as it will not match the spring-preload
go clockwise in the dir- and damping-characteristic
ection indicated by the settings.
HIGH arrow (H). Adjust the damping
characteristic to suit spring
Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the If you want a harder damp-
motorcycle on its stand. ing characteristic, use a
screwdriver to turn adjust-
ing screw 1 in the direction Tyres
indicated by the H arrow.
Checking tyre pressures
Tyre pressure, front
If you want a softer damp-
ing characteristic, use a Incorrect tyre pressures 67
2.2 bar (One-up, tyre
screwdriver to turn adjust- impair the motorcycle's cold)
ing screw 1 in the direction handling characteristics and
indicated by the S arrow. can lead to accidents. 2.5 bar (Two-up and/or
Always check that the tyre with luggage, tyre cold)

Rear suspension, ba- pressures are correct.
sic setting Tyre pressure, rear
At high road speeds, tyre
One-up, rider weighing 85 valves have a tendency
kg to open as a result of centrifu- 2.5 bar (One-up, tyre
gal force. cold) z
Turn the adjusting screw
as far as it will go in the Fit metal valve caps with rub- 2.9 bar (Two-up and/or
direction indicated by the ber seals and screw them with luggage, tyre cold)
H arrow and then turn it on firmly to prevent sudden If tyre pressure is too low:
back one and a half turns deflation. Correct tyre pressure.
in the direction indicated Incorrect tyre pressure
by the S arrow. reduces the operating
life of the tyres.
Always check that the tyre
pressures are correct.
Check tyre pressures
against the data below.


Safety instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Running in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Riding off-road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Park your motorcycle . . . . . . . . . . 77 z
Refuelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Tyre pressure monitoring
RDCOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Brake system, general . . . . . . . . . 81
Brake system with BMW
Motorrad Integral ABSOE . . . . . . . 82
Electronic engine management
with BMW Motorrad ASCOE . . . . 85
Safety instructions Settings of the spring-strut reflexes. Medication can ex-
5 Rider's equipment
and shock-absorber system acerbate these effects.
Imbalanced load Do not ride your motorcycle
70 Do not ride without the cor- after consuming alcohol,
Loose clothing
rect clothing. Always wear: Insufficient tyre pressure drugs and/or medication.
Helmet Poor tyre tread
Motorcycling jacket and Etc. Risk of poisoning
trousers Exhaust fumes contain car-

Gloves Correct loading bon monoxide, which is col-

Boots Overloading and imbal- ourless and odourless but
z anced loads can ad- highly toxic.
This applies even to short
journeys, and to every sea- versely affect the motorcycle's Inhaling the exhaust
son of the year. Your author- handling. fumes therefore
ised BMW Motorrad dealer Do not exceed the permiss- represents a health hazard
will be glad to advise you on ible gross weight and be sure and can even cause loss
the correct clothing for every to comply with the instruc- of consciousness with fatal
purpose. tions on loading. consequences.
Do not inhale exhaust fumes.
Speed Alcohol and drugs Do not run the engine in an
If you ride at high speed, al- Even small amounts of enclosed space.
ways bear in mind that vari- alcohol or drugs will ad-
ous boundary conditions can versely affect your percep-
adversely affect the handling tion and your ability to as-
of your motorcycle: sess situations and make de-
cisions, and slow down your
High voltage Unburned fuel will des- In extreme cases, the
Touching live parts of
troy the catalytic con- motorcycle could catch fire. 5
verter. Do not allow the engine to
the ignition system with 71
the engine running can cause Note the points listed for idle unnecessarily. Ride away
electric shock. protection of the catalytic immediately after starting the
converter. engine.
Do not touch parts of the igni-
tion system when the engine
Risk of fire Tampering with the

is running.
Temperatures at the exhaust control unit of the
Catalytic converter are high. electronic engine-
If misfiring causes unburned Flammable materials management system z
fuel to enter the catalytic con- (e.g. hay, leaves, grass, Tampering with the con-
verter, there is a danger of clothing and luggage, etc.) trol unit of the electronic
overheating and damage. could ignite if allowed to engine-management system
For this reason, observe the come into contact with the can damage the motorcycle
following points: hot exhaust pipe. and cause accidents.
Do not run the fuel tank dry. Do not permit flammable ma- Do not tamper with the
Do not attempt to start or terials to come into contact control unit of the electronic
run the engine with a spark- with the hot exhaust system. engine-management
plug cap disconnected. Cooling would be system.
Stop the engine immediately inadequate if the engine Tampering with the con-
if it misfires. were allowed to idle for trol unit of the electronic
Use only unleaded fuel. a lengthy period with the engine-management system
Comply with all specified motorcycle at a standstill: can result in mechanical loads
maintenance intervals. overheating would result. that the motorcycle's com-
ponents are not designed to Cases correctly installed switched on the ignition, as
5 withstand. Damage caused in and luggage secured otherwise the engine will
this way is not covered by the refuse to start. When the
72 warranty. At regular intervals: gearbox is in neutral, the
Do not tamper with the Engine oil level (every refuel- green neutral telltale light is
control unit of the electronic ling stop) on and the gear indicator
engine-management Brake-pad wear (every third in the multifunction display
system. refuelling stop) shows N.

Checklist Starting Starting engine

z Use the following checklist Side stand
to check important functions, You cannot start the motor-
settings and wear limits be- cycle with the side stand ex-
fore you ride off. tended and a gear engaged.
Brakes The engine will switch itself off
Brake-fluid levels, front and if you start it with the gearbox
rear in neutral and then engage a
Clutch gear before retracting the side
Clutch fluid level stand.
Shock absorber setting and Kill switch in run position A.
spring preload
Gearbox Switch on the ignition.
Tyre-tread depth and tyre You can start the engine Pre-ride check is
pressures when the gearbox is in neutral performed. ( 73)
or if you pull the clutch with
a gear engaged. Do not pull
the clutch until after you have
with OE BMW Motorrad The engine starts.
Integral ABS: Consult the troubleshooting 5
Switch on the ignition. chart below if the engine
refuses to start. ( 136) 73
Pre-ride check is
performed. ( 73)
Pre-ride check
ABS self-diagnosis is per-
formed. ( 74) The instrument cluster runs
a test of the 'General' warn-

with OE Automatic Stability ing light when the ignition
Control (ASC): Press starter button 1. is switched on. The warn-
Switch on the ignition. ing light shows first red and z
If ambient temperatures then yellow, so that you can
Pre-ride check is
are very low, you might check that it is in working or-
performed. ( 73)
find it necessary to open the der. This pre-ride check is in-
ABS self-diagnosis is per-
throttle slightly when starting dicated by the word CHECK!
formed. ( 74)
the engine. At ambient tem- appearing in the display. The
ASC self-diagnosis is per- peratures below 0 °C, disen-
formed. ( 74) test is aborted if you start the
gage the clutch after switch- engine before it completes.
ing on the ignition. Phase 1
The start attempt is General warning light
automatically interrupted lights up red.
if battery voltage is too low.
Recharge the battery before The CHECK! reminder ap-
you start the engine, or use pears on the display.
jump leads and a donor
battery to start.
Phase 2 diagnosis is performed auto- Possible national variant
5 General warning light matically when you switch of the ABS warning light.
lights up yellow. on the ignition. The motor-
74 cycle has to move forward at ABS self-diagnosis
The CHECK! reminder ap- a speed above 5 km/h for the completed
pears on the display. wheel sensors to be tested. The ABS warning light goes
If the 'General' warning light is Phase 1 out.
not displayed:
Test of the diagnosis- If an indicator showing an

Some malfunctions can- compatible system ABS fault appears when ABS
not be indicated if the components with the self-diagnosis completes:
z 'General' warning light cannot motorcycle at a standstill. You can continue to ride.
be displayed. ABS warning light Bear in mind that neither
Check that the 'General' flashes. the ABS function nor the
warning light comes on, and integral braking function is
that it lights up yellow and Possible national variant
then red. of the ABS warning light.
Have the fault rectified as
Have the fault rectified as quickly as possible by a
Phase 2
quickly as possible by a specialist workshop, prefer-
Test of the wheel sensors ably an authorised BMW
specialist workshop, prefer-
as the motorcycle pulls Motorrad dealer.
ably an authorised BMW
away from rest.
Motorrad dealer.
ABS warning light ASC self-diagnosisOE
ABS self-diagnosisOE flashes. BMW Motorrad ASC performs
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS self-diagnosis to ensure its
performs self-diagnosis to operability. Self-diagnosis
ensure its operability. Self- is performed automatically
when you switch on the igni- ASC self-diagnosis avoiding high-speed main
tion. The engine must be run- completed roads and highways if pos- 5
ning and the motorcycle must The ASC warning light goes sible.
reach a speed of at least 5 75
out. Exceeding the specified
km/h in order for ASC self- If an indicator showing an engine speeds while run-
diagnosis to complete. ASC fault appears when ASC ning in will lead to increased
Phase 1 self-diagnosis completes: engine wear.
Test of the diagnosis- You can continue to ride. Keep to the specified engine

compatible system Bear in mind that the ASC speeds for running in.
components with the function is not available.
motorcycle at a standstill. Do not exceed the rpm lim- z
Have the fault rectified as
its recommended for run-
ASC symbol quickly as possible by a
ning in.
slow-flashes. specialist workshop, prefer-
ably an authorised BMW Running-in speeds
Phase 2 Motorrad dealer.
Test of the diagnosis-
compatible system Running in <4000 min-1
components while the The first 1000 km No full-load acceleration.
motorcycle is on the move. Avoid low engine speeds at
While running in the mo-
ASC symbol full load.
torcycle, vary the throttle
slow-flashes. Do not omit the first inspec-
opening and engine-speed
tion after 500 - 1200 km.
range frequently.
Try to do most of your rid-
ing during this initial period
on twisting, fairly hilly roads,
Brake pads Tyres do not have their standard cast-aluminium
5 New brake pads must "bed full grip when new and wheels.
down" and therefore do not there is a risk of accidents at Use the cross-spoked wheels
76 extreme angles of heel. available as optional extras for
achieve their optimum friction
levels during the first 500 km. Avoid extreme angles of severe off-roading.
You can compensate for this heel.
initial reduction in braking ef- Dirt or mud on brakes
ficiency by exerting greater Riding off-road When riding on loose

pressure on the levers. Wheels and tyres surfaces or muddy

New brake pads can ex- roads, the brakes may fail
z Tyre pressures reduced
tend stopping distance to take effect immediately
for off-road riding im-
by a significant margin. because of dirt or moisture on
pair the motorcycle's handling
Apply the brakes in good the discs or brake pads.
characteristics on surfaced
time. Apply brakes in good time
roads and can lead to acci-
until the brakes have been
Tyres cleaned.
Always check that the tyre
New tyres have a smooth pressures are correct. The brake pads will wear
surface. This must be more rapidly if you ride
This motorcycle is a
roughened by riding in a frequently on unsurfaced
touring Enduro machine,
restrained manner at various tracks or poor roads.
which means it can also be
heel angles until the tyres Check the thickness of the
used for light off-roading on
are run in. This running in brake pads more frequently
unsurfaced tracks. Severe
procedure is essential if the and replace the brake pads in
off-roading could, however,
tyres are to achieve maximum good time.
result in damage to the
Deactivatable ABSOE Park your motorcycle is taken by the stand and
You can deactivate BMW In- Placing motorcycle on
dismount to the left. 5
tegral ABS for off-roading If the motorcycle is on 77
side stand
( 52). the side stand, the sur-
If the ground is soft or face of the ground will de-
Spring preload and uneven, there is no guar- termine whether it is better
shock-absorber settings antee that the motorcycle will to turn the handlebars to the
rest firmly on the stand. left or right. However, the mo-

The off-road settings
for spring preload and Always check that the ground torcycle is more stable on a
shock absorber damping under the stand is level and level surface with the handle-
characteristic will impair firm. bars turned to the left than z
the motorcycle's handling Switch off the engine. with the handlebars turned to
characteristics on surfaced Pull the handbrake lever. the right.
roads. Hold the motorcycle upright On level ground, always turn
If you have been off-roading, and balanced. the handlebars to the left to
remember to correct spring Use your left foot to extend set the steering lock.
preload and shock-absorber the side stand fully. Turn the handlebars to full
damping characteristics be- left or right lock.
The side stand is de-
fore you return to surfaced Check that the motorcycle
signed to support only
roads. is standing firmly.
the weight of the motorcycle.
Do not lean or sit on the mo- On a gradient, the mo-
torcycle with the side stand torcycle should always
extended. face uphill; select 1st gear.
Slowly lean the motorcycle Lock the steering lock.
to the side until its weight
Removing motorcycle Placing motorcycle on Excessive movements
5 from side stand centre stand could cause the centre
Unlock the steering lock. stand to retract, and the mo-
78 If the ground is soft or
torcycle would topple in con-
From the left, grip the uneven, there is no guar-
handlebars with both hands. antee that the motorcycle will
Do not lean or sit on the mo-
Pull the handbrake lever. rest firmly on the stand.
torcycle with the centre stand
Swing your right leg over Always check that the ground

the seat and lift the motor- under the stand is level and
cycle to the upright position. firm. Check that the motorcycle
Hold the motorcycle upright is standing firmly.
z Switch off the engine.
and balanced. Lock the steering lock.
Dismount and keep your left
An extended side stand hand on the left handlebar Removing motorcycle
can catch on the ground grip. from centre stand
when the motorcycle is mov- With your right hand, grip
ing and lead to a fall. Unlock the steering lock.
the rear grab handle or the
Retract the side stand before Place your left hand on the
rear frame.
moving the motorcycle. left handlebar grip.
Place your right foot on the
With your right hand, grip
Sit on the motorcycle and pin of the centre stand, and
the rear grab handle or the
use your left foot to retract press the stand down un-
rear frame.
the side stand. til its curved feet touch the
ground. Push the motorcycle for-
ward off the centre stand.
Place your full body weight
on the centre stand and at Check that the centre stand
the same time pull the mo- has fully retracted.
torcycle to the rear.
Refuelling Fuel can attack the ma-
Fuel is highly flammable.
terial of the windscreen 5
and the side slipstream de-
A naked flame close to 79
flectors, which become dull or
the fuel tank can cause a fire
or explosion.
Wipe off the windscreen and
Do not smoke. Never bring
slipstream deflectors immedi-
a naked flame near the fuel
ately if they come into contact

with fuel.
Fuel expands when hot.
Leaded fuel will destroy Open the protective cap.
Fuel escaping from an z
the catalytic converter. Open the fuel tank cap with
overfilled tank could make its
Use only unleaded fuel. the ignition key by turning it
way onto the rear tyre. This
could cause a fall. Make sure the ground is
Do not fill the tank past the level and firm and place the
bottom edge of the filler motorcycle on its stand.
Fuel attacks plastics,
which become dull or
Wipe off plastic parts immedi-
ately if they come into contact
with fuel.
Refuel with fuel of the grade
stated below; do not fill the
tank past the bottom edge -- for each tyre until the
5 of the filler neck.
Reserve fuel
tyre-pressure signal is
The ratings for perform- received for the first time. The
80 sensors continue to transmit
ance and consumption 4l
are quoted for the recommen- the measured-value signals
Press the filler cap down
ded grade of fuel. for approximately 15 minutes
firmly to close.
after the motorcycle comes to
Remove the key and close a stop.
Recommended fuel

the protective cap.

grade The control unit can
administrate four sensors, so
z 95 ROZ/RON (Super un- Tyre pressure two different sets of wheels
leaded) monitoring RDCOE with RDC sensors can be
91 ROZ/RON (Regular Function alternated on the motorcycle.
unleaded (fuel grade, An error message is issued
A sensor integrated into each
usable with power- and if wheels without sensors
tyre measures the air tem-
consumption-related are fitted to a motorcycle
perature and the air pressure
restrictions)) equipped with an RDC control
inside the tyre and transmits
this information to the control
Usable fuel capacity
unit. Temperature
Each sensor has a compensation
20 l centrifugal-force tripswitch
that does not enable The tyre-pressure readings
transmission of the measured shown by the multifunction
values until the motorcycle display are temperature-
has accelerated to about compensated; the reference
30 km/h. The display shows tyre temperature for these
readings is always 20 °C. A warning is also issued if tyre pads might be wet and the
The air lines available to pressure drops sharply but brakes might not take effect 5
the public in petrol stations stays within the permitted tol- immediately.
and motorway service areas erance. Apply the brakes in good time 81
almost invariably show until the brakes have dried
temperature-dependent Brake system, general out.
tyre pressures, so in most
Descending mountain
instances these gauge Salt on brakes

readings will not tally with
The brakes may fail to
the readings shown by the There is a danger of the take effect immediately
multifunction display. brakes fading if you use if the motorcycle was ridden z
only the rear brakes when on salt-covered roads and the
Tyre-pressure ranges descending mountain passes. brakes were not applied for
The RDC control unit differ- Under extreme conditions, the some time.
entiates between three air- brakes could overheat and
Apply the brakes in good
pressure ranges, all of which suffer severe damage.
time until the salt layer on the
are parameterised for the mo- Use both front and rear brake discs and brake pads
torcycle: brakes, and make use of the has been removed.
Air pressure within permit- engine's braking effect as
ted tolerance. well. Oil or grease on brakes
Air pressure close to limit of
Wet brakes Oil and grease on the
permitted tolerance.
brake discs and pads
Air pressure outside permit- After the motorcycle has considerably diminish braking
ted tolerance. been washed, ridden efficiency.
through water or ridden in
Especially after repair and
the rain, the brake discs and
maintenance work, make
sure that the brake discs and Brake system with out). Attempted burn-outs
5 brake pads are free of oil and
BMW Motorrad can result in damage to the
grease. rear brake and the clutch.
82 Integral ABSOE Do not attempt burn-outs.
Dirt or mud on brakes Partially integral brakes
When riding on loose Your motorcycle is equipped How does ABS work?
surfaces or muddy with partially integral brakes. The amount of braking force
roads, the brakes may fail Both front and rear brakes that can be transferred to

to take effect immediately are applied when you pull the the road depends on factors
because of dirt or moisture on handbrake lever. The foot- hat include the coefficient of
z the discs or brake pads. brake lever acts only on the friction of the road surface.
Apply brakes in good time rear brake. Loose stones, ice and snow
until the brakes have been While the brakes are slow- or a wet road all have much
cleaned. ing the motorcycle, the BMW lower coefficients of friction
Motorrad Integral ABS ad- than a clean, dry asphalt sur-
The brake pads will wear
apts braking-force distribution face. The lower the coeffi-
more rapidly if you ride
between front and rear brakes cient of friction, the longer the
frequently on unsurfaced
to suit the load on the motor- braking distance.
tracks or poor roads.
cycle. If the rider increases braking
Check the thickness of the
pressure to the extent that
brake pads more frequently The integral braking
braking force exceeds the
and replace the brake pads in function makes it
maximum transferrable limit,
good time. very difficult to spin the
the wheels start to lock and
rear wheel by opening
the motorcycle loses its dir-
the throttle with the front
ectional stability; a fall is im-
brake applied to keep the
minent. Before this situation
motorcycle stationary (burn-
can occur, ABS intervenes torrad Integral ABS must as- built up at the rear wheel by
and adapts braking pressure sume an extremely low coef- the integral function. If the 5
to the maximum transferrable ficient of friction, so that the brake pedal is depressed
braking force, so the wheels wheels will continue to rotate after the handbrake lever is 83
continue to turn and direc- under all imaginable circum- pulled, the brake pressure
tional stability is maintained stances, because this is the built up beforehand is per-
irrespective of the condition of precondition for ensuring dir- ceptible as counter-pressure
the road surface. ectional stability. As soon as sooner than is the case when

is registers the actual circum- the brake pedal is depressed
What are the effects of stances, the system reacts either before or at the same
surface irregularities? instantly and adjusts braking time as the brake lever is z
Humps and surface irregu- force accordingly to achieve pulled.
larities can cause the wheels optimum braking.
to lose contact temporarily How can stopping
with the road surface; if this What feedback does the distance be minimised?
happens the braking force rider receive from the Each time the brakes are
that can be transmitted to BMW Motorrad Integral applied, a load distribution
the road can drop to zero. ABS? shift takes place with the
If the brakes are applied un- If the ABS system has to re- load shifting forward from
der these circumstances the duce braking force on ac- the rear to the front wheel.
ABS has to reduce braking count of the circumstances The sharper the motorcycle
force to ensure that direc- described above, vibration is decelerates, the more load
tional stability is maintained perceptible through the hand- is shifted to the front wheel.
when the wheels regain con- brake lever. The higher the wheel load, the
tact with the road surface. When the handbrake lever is more braking force can be
At this instant the BMW Mo- pulled, brake pressure is also
transmitted without the wheel this increases stopping dis- What is the design
5 locking. tance. baseline for BMW
To optimise stopping dis- Motorrad Integral ABS?
84 tance, apply the front brakes Rear wheel lift
Within the limits imposed by
rapidly and keep on increas- Even under severe braking,
physics, the BMW Motorrad
ing the force you apply to the a high level of tyre grip can
Integral ABS ensures direc-
brake lever. This makes the mean that the front wheel
tional stability on any surface.
best possible use of the dy- does not lock up until very

The system is not optimised

namic increase in load at the late, if at all. Consequently,
for special requirements that
front wheel. Remember to ABS does not intervene until
apply under extreme compet-
z pull the clutch at the same very late, if at all. Under these
itive situations off-road or on
time. In the "panic braking circumstances the rear wheel
the track.
situations" that are trained so can lift off the ground, and the
frequently braking force is ap- outcome can be a highsiding Special situations
plied as rapidly as possible situation in which the motor-
The speeds of the front and
and with the rider's full force cycle can flip over.
rear wheels are compared
applied to the brake levers; Severe braking can as one means of detecting a
under these circumstances cause the rear wheel to wheel's incipient tendency to
the dynamic shift in load dis- lift off the ground. lock. If the system registers
tribution cannot keep pace When you brake, bear in mind implausible values for a
with the increase in decel- that ABS control cannot be lengthy period the ABS
eration and the tyres cannot relied on in all circumstances function is deactivated
transmit the full braking force to prevent the rear wheel from for safety reasons and
to the surface of the road. lifting clear of the ground. an ABS fault message is
ABS has to intervene to keep
issued. Self-diagnosis has
the front wheel from locking;
to complete before fault What significance Take care when cornering.
messages can be issued. devolves on regular When you apply the brakes 5
In addition to problems with maintenance? on a corner, the motorcycle's
the BMW Motorrad Integ- weight and momentum take 85
ral ABS, exceptional riding Invariably, a technical over and even BMW Motor-
conditions can lead to a fault system cannot perform rad Integral ABS is unable to
message being issued. beyond the abilities dictated counteract their effects.
Exceptional riding by its level of maintenance.

conditions: In order to ensure that the Electronic engine
BMW Motorrad Integral
Heating up with the motor-
ABS is always maintained
management with
cycle on the centre stand BMW Motorrad ASCOE z
in optimum condition, it is
or an auxiliary stand, en-
essential for you to comply How does ASC work?
gine idling or with a gear
strictly with the specified
engaged. The BMW Motorrad ASC
inspection intervals.
Rear wheel locked by the compares the speed of rota-
engine brake for a lengthy tion of the front wheel and the
Reserves for safety
period, for example while rear wheel. The differential
The potentially shorter braking is used to compute slip as
descending off-road.
distances which BMW Mo- a measure of the reserves
If a fault message is issued on torrad Integral ABS permits of stability available at the
account of exceptional riding must not be used as an ex- rear wheel. If slip exceeds
conditions as outlined above, cuse for careless riding. ABS a certain limit the electronic
you can reactivate the ABS is primarily a means of ensur- engine management system
function by switching the igni- ing a safety margin in genuine intervenes, adapting engine
tion off and on again. emergencies. torque accordingly.
What is the design BMW Motorrad ASC system The speeds of the front and
5 baseline for BMW for these circumstances. rear wheels are compared
Motorrad ASC? Even ASC is constrained as one means of detecting a
BMW Motorrad ASC is de- by the laws of physics. wheel's incipient tendency to
signed as an assistant system Invariably, the rider bears re- spin. If the system registers
for the rider and for use on sponsibility for assessing road implausible values for a
public roads. The extent to and traffic conditions and ad- lengthy period the ASC
opting his or her style of rid- function is deactivated

which the rider affects ASC

control can be considerable ing accordingly. for safety reasons and
(weight shifts when cornering, Do not take risks that would an ASC fault message is
z items of luggage loose on the negate the additional safety issued. Self-diagnosis has
motorcycle), especially when offered by this system. to complete before fault
style of riding takes rider and messages can be issued.
machine close to the limits Special situations The BMW Motorrad ASC can
imposed by physics. In accordance with the laws shut down automatically un-
The off-road mode can be ac- of physics, the ability to ac- der the exceptional riding
tivated for off-roading. This celerate is restricted more conditions outlined below.
mode delays ASC interven- and more as the angle of heel Exceptional riding
tion slightly in order to permit increases. Consequently, conditions:
controlled drifting. there can be a perceptible Riding for a lengthy period
The system is not optimised lag in acceleration out of very with the front wheel lifted off
for special requirements that tight bends. the ground (wheelie).
apply under extreme com- Rear wheel rotating with the
petitive situations off-road or motorcycle held stationary
on the track. You have the by applying the front brake
option of deactivating the (burn-out).
Heating up with the motor- wheel regains contact with
cycle on the centre stand the ground. 5
or an auxiliary stand, en- Under these circumstances,
gine idling or with a gear BMW Motorrad recommends 87
engaged. rolling the throttle slightly
closed so as to restore
Accelerating the motorcycle stability with the least
to a speed in excess of 10 possible delay.

km/h after switching the ig-
nition off and then on again When riding on a slippery
reactivates the ASC. surface, never snap the z
throttle twistgrip fully closed
Slip can be increased by without pulling the clutch
very-heavy-duty massive-bar at the same time. Engine
tyres, with the result that braking torque can cause
ASC intervention occurs the rear wheel to lock, with
before optimum forward a corresponding loss of
acceleration is achieved. stability. The BWM Motorrad
Under these circumstances, ASC is unable to control a
BMW Motorrad ASC should situation of this nature.
be deactivated.

If the front wheel lifts clear of

the ground under severe ac-
celeration, the ASC reduces
engine torque until the front


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CaseOA ....................... 91

Luggage carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

General instructions BMW Motorrad cannot Power socket
6 BMW Motorrad recommends
assess each non-BMW
product to determine whether
90 the use of parts and ac-
it can be used on or in con-
cessories for your motorcycle
nection with BMW motor-
that are approved by BMW for
cycles without constituting
this purpose.
a safety hazard. Country-
Genuine BMW parts and ac- specific official authorisa-

cessories and other products tion does not suffice as as-

which BMW has approved surance. Tests conducted
can be obtained from your by these instances cannot
authorised BMW Motorrad make provision for all operat-
dealer, together with expert ing conditions experienced by
advice on their installation The supply to socket 1 and
z BMW motorcycles and, con- the extra socket available
and use. sequently, they are not suffi-
These parts and products as an optional extra (OE) is
cient in some circumstances. cut off automatically if battery
have been tested by BMW for Use only parts and accessor-
safety, function and suitability. voltage is low or the load ex-
ies approved by BMW for ceeds the maximum permiss-
BMW accepts product liability your motorcycle.
for them. ible amperage.
Conversely, BMW is unable Whenever you are planning
modifications, comply with all
Operating electrical
to accept any liability whatso-
the legal requirements. Make accessories
ever for parts and accessor-
ies which it has not approved. sure that the motorcycle does You can start using electrical
not infringe national road- accessories only when the ig-
vehicle construction and use nition is switched on. The ac-
regulations. cessory remains operational
if the ignition is subsequently Route the cables as Make sure that the weight
switched off. In order to en- described above. is uniformly distributed 6
sure that the drain on the on- between right and left.
board power supply system is Luggage Pack heavy items at the 91
minimised, the supply to the bottom and toward the in-
Correct loading
power socket is cut off ap- board side.
proximately 15 minutes after Overloading and imbal- Max. load in each case
the ignition is switched off, anced loads can ad- (OA), left and right: 10 kg.

and it is also temporarily in- versely affect the motorcycle's Max. load in topcase (OA):
terrupted during the start pro- handling. 5 kg.
cedure. Do not exceed the permiss-
ible gross weight and be sure CaseOA
Cable routing to comply with the instruc-
The cables from the power tions on loading. Opening cases
socket to the auxiliary device Fitting a luggage system will
must be routed in such a way affect the handling of your
that they: motorcycle. BMW Motor-
do not impede the rider rad recommends limiting top
do not restrict or obstruct speed to 180 km/h if you ride
the steering angle and with cases (OA) and/or top-
handling characteristics case (OA) fitted to the motor-
cannot be trapped cycle.
Set spring preload, damping
Incorrectly routed cables
characteristic and tyre pres- Turn key 1 in the case lock
can impede the rider.
sures to suit total weight. to right angles with the for-
ward direction of travel.
Hold down latch 2 and pull Closing the case handle
6 up carrying handle 3. while the case lock is in
line with the forward direction
92 of travel can result in damage
to the locking tongue.
Make sure that the lock case
is at right angles to the for-
ward direction of travel when

you close the case handle.

Push the case handle down To change the volume of
until closed. the case, engage pivot
The case handle engages lever 1 at the top or bottom
Press the ribbed part of with an audible click. limit position, as applicable.
z rocker switch 4. Turn the key in the case Pivot lever at top limit posi-
Hold the rocker switch lock in line with the forward tion: minimum volume.
down and open the lid of direction of travel and re- Pivot lever at bottom limit
the case. move the key from the lock. position: maximum volume.
Closing cases Adjusting case volume
Turn the lock with the key Open the case.
until it is transverse to the Remove all its contents from
forward direction of travel. the case.
Close the case lid.
The lid engages with an
audible click.
Removing cases Take a firm grip of the
handle and lift the case out 6
of the holder.
Installing cases

Open locking lever 4.
Turn key 1 in the case lock
to right angles with the for-
ward direction of travel.
Hold down latch 2 and pull
up carrying handle 3. Pull red release lever 1 up.
Latching flap 2 pops up.
Fully open the latching flap.
Hold the case straight and
lower it into the top holder.
Push the latching flap down
Pull red release lever 5 up. until a black bar appears in
Latching flap 6 pops up. window 3.
Fully open the latching flap.
A red bar appears in win-
dow 7.
Luggage carrier
6 Extra-large luggage
94 platform
By removing the luggage
carrier with the rear seat
removed and cases (OA)
installed, you have a large,

flat luggage platform to which

you can secure bulky items of
Push red release lever 1 Make sure that the case
luggage in various ways.
down, while pressing on is secure in mushroom
Take care not to exceed the
latching flap 2. head 5.
permissible total weight of the
The latching flap engages. The mushroom head has
z cases.
to be adjusted accordingly
if the case sits loose or re- Removing luggage
fuses to latch. carrier
Close the carrying handle.
Make sure the ground is
Turn the lock with the key
level and firm and place the
until it is in line with the for-
motorcycle on its stand.
ward direction of travel and
Removing rear seat ( 61)
remove the key.
with OA Case:
Remove the cases ( 93)
Hook locators 4 of the case
in the holders.

Remove three screws 1. Place luggage carrier 2 in
Remove the sleeves and position.
washers. Install screws 1 complete
Remove luggage carrier 2. with the corresponding
sleeves and washers. z
Installing luggage carrier Install the rear seat ( 61)
Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the
motorcycle on its stand.


General instructions . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Toolkit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Engine oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Brake system, general . . . . . . . . 101

Brake pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Rims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Front-wheel stand . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Air filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Jump start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
General instructions ably your authorised BMW 2 Extension for screwdriver
7 The Maintenance chapter de-
Motorrad dealer. blade
scribes straightforward pro- Adjusting damping for rear
98 Toolkit
cedures for checking and re- wheel
placing certain wear parts. Standard on-board 3 Open-ended spanner
Special tightening torques toolkit
Adjust the mirror arm
are listed as applicable. The

tightening torques for the 4 Hook wrench

threaded fasteners on your Adjusting spring preload,
motorcycle are listed in the front
section entitled "Technical
data". 5 Extension
You will find information on For use with hook wrench
z more extensive maintenance
and repair work in the Repair 6 Tool for oil cap
Manual on DVD/CD-ROM Opening and closing cap of
1 Screwdriver with
(RepROM) for your motor- oil filler neck
reversible blade
cycle, which is available from
your authorised BMW Motor- Removing and installing turn On-board toolkit service
rad dealer. indicator glass kit
Disconnecting leads from Your authorised BMW Mo-
Some of the work calls for battery terminals torrad dealer can provide the
special tools and a thorough on-board toolkit service kit
knowledge of motorcycles. that you will need if you are
If you are in doubt consult a
specialist workshop, prefer-
considering undertaking more 2 1/4" bits Engine oil
extensive work. 5x Torx, for example for re- Checking engine oil level 7
You will find information moving and installing rear
on undertaking work of The engine can seize if 99
this nature in the Repair 2x cross-head bits the oil level is low, and
Manual on the DVD/CD-ROM 1x plain screwdriver bit this can lead to accidents.
also obtainable from your Always make sure that the oil
authorised BMW Motorrad 3 3/8" adapter for socket- level is correct.

dealer. head screws, w/f 22
The oil level varies with
Removing and installing the temperature of the
front axle oil. The higher the temper-
ature, the higher the level of
4 Electric torch
oil in the sump. Checking the
LED bulb oil level with the engine cold z
5 Set of spanners or after no more than a short
ride will lead to misinterpret-
3x open-ended spanner,
ation; this in turn, means that
for example for connecting
the engine will be operated
and disconnecting leads to
with the incorrect quantity of
battery terminals
1 extending tool holder oil.
Adapters to accommodate 6 Adapter In order to ensure that the en-
all tools Adapter for 1/4" bits gine oil level is read correctly,
Removing and installing check the oil level only after a
9x12 mm and 3/8" swivel
spark plugs lengthy trip.
The insufficient oil Topping up the engine oil
7 pressure warning does Checking engine oil level
not fulfil the function of an ( 99)
100 oil gauge. The only way of
checking whether the oil level Damage to the engine
is correct is to check the oil can result if it is oper-
sight glass. ated without enough oil, but
the same also applies if the oil

Hold the motorcycle up- level is too high.

right or place it on its centre Always make sure that the oil
stand. level is correct.
Engine oil, specified
Wait five minutes after
level Wipe the area around the
switching off the engine at
operating temperature. filler neck clean.
between MIN and MAX Use the tool from the toolkit
z marks
to remove the cap from the
engine oil filler neck.
If the oil level is below the Top up the engine oil to the
MIN mark:
specified level.
Top up the engine oil to the Install the cap of the oil filler
specified level.
If the oil level is above the
MAX mark:
Have the fault rectified by a
Check the oil level in oil- specialist workshop, prefer-
level indicator 1. ably an authorised BMW
Motorrad dealer.
Brake system, general an authorised BMW Motorrad under certain circumstances
Dependability of the
dealer. they can cause damage to 7
the brake system.
brake system Checking operation of In order to ensure the de- 101
A fully functional brake sys- the brakes pendability of the brake sys-
tem is a basic requirement for Pull the handbrake lever. tem, do not permit the brake
the road safety of your motor- The pressure point must be pads to wear past the minim-
cycle. clearly perceptible. um permissible thickness.

Do not ride the motorcycle if Press the footbrake lever. Make sure the ground is
you have any doubts about
The pressure point must be level and firm and place the
the dependability of the brake
clearly perceptible. motorcycle on its stand.
If pressure points are not
Under these circumstances
clearly perceptible:
have the brake system
Have the brakes checked z
checked by a specialist
by a specialist workshop,
workshop, preferably an
preferably an authorised
authorised BMW Motorrad
BMW Motorrad dealer.

Incorrect working prac- Brake pads

tices endanger the reli- Check brake-pad
ability of the brakes. thickness, front brakes
Have all work on the brake Visually inspect left and
Brake pads worn past right brake pads 1 to ascer-
system performed by a spe-
the minimum permissible tain their thickness. Viewing
cialist workshop, preferably
thickness can cause a reduc- direction: Between wheel
tion in braking efficiency and
and fork tube toward the Check brake pad
7 brake caliper. thickness, rear brakes
102 Brake pads worn past
the minimum permissible
thickness can cause a reduc-
tion in braking efficiency and
under certain circumstances

they can cause damage to

the brake system.
In order to ensure the de- Visually inspect brake
pendability of the brake sys- pads 1 from the left to
tem, do not permit the brake ascertain their thickness.
Brake-pad thickness, pads to wear past the minim-
z front um permissible thickness.
Make sure the ground is
The wear indicators (ar-
level and firm and place the
rows) must be clearly vis-
motorcycle on its stand.
ible on each brake pad.

If the wear indicating mark is

no longer clearly visible:
Have the brake pads re-
placed by a specialist work-
shop, preferably an author-
ised BMW Motorrad dealer.
Brake fluid
Check the brake-fluid 7
level, front brakes 103
A low fluid level in the
brake reservoir can al-
low air to penetrate the brake
system. This significantly re-

duces braking efficiency.
Check the brake-fluid level at Check the brake fluid level
Brake-pad thickness, regular intervals. in front reservoir 1.
Make sure the ground is The brake fluid level in
Make sure that the brake level and firm and place the the brake fluid reser-
disc is not visible through motorcycle on its stand. voir drops as the brake pads z
the bore in the inboard Move the handlebars to the wear.
brake block. straight-ahead position.

If the brake disc is visible:

Have the brake pads re-
placed by a specialist work-
shop, preferably an author-
ised BMW Motorrad dealer.
Check the brake-fluid The brake fluid level in
7 level, rear brakes the brake fluid reser-
voir drops as the brake pads
104 A low fluid level in the
brake reservoir can al-
low air to penetrate the brake
system. This significantly re-
duces braking efficiency.

Check the brake-fluid level at

regular intervals.
Brake fluid level, front Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place
the motorcycle on its centre
DOT4 brake fluid stand.
z Do not permit the brake
fluid level to drop below Brake fluid level, rear
the MIN mark. (Brake-
fluid reservoir horizontal)
DOT4 brake fluid
If the brake fluid level drops Do not permit the brake
below the permitted level: fluid level to drop below
Have the defect rectified the MIN mark. (Brake-
as quickly as possible by a fluid reservoir horizontal)
specialist workshop, prefer-
ably an authorised BMW Check the brake fluid level
Motorrad dealer. in reservoir 1.
If the brake fluid level drops Checking the clutch fluid
below the permitted level: level 7
Have the defect rectified Make sure the ground is 105
as quickly as possible by a level and firm and place the
specialist workshop, prefer- motorcycle on its stand.
ably an authorised BMW Move the handlebars to the
Motorrad dealer. straight-ahead position.

Checking clutch Clutch fluid level
Pull the clutch lever.
The pressure point must be Do not permit the clutch
clearly perceptible. fluid level to drop. (motor- z
If the pressure point is not cycle upright and handle-
clearly perceptible: bars in straight-ahead po-
Have the clutch checked
by a specialist workshop, Check the clutch fluid level
in reservoir 1. If the fluid level drops:
preferably an authorised
BMW Motorrad dealer. Wear of the clutch Unsuitable hydraulic flu-
causes the fluid level in ids could cause damage
the clutch fluid reservoir to to the clutch system.
rise. Do not attempt to top up
the system with fluids of any
Have the defect rectified Make sure the ground is Top speed
7 as quickly as possible by a level and firm and place the
The motorcycle's top
specialist workshop, prefer- motorcycle on its stand.
106 speed might be high-
ably an authorised BMW Measure the tyre tread er than the maximum speed
Motorrad dealer. depth in the main tread permitted for the tyres. Ex-
The clutch system is grooves with wear marks. cessive speeds can damage
filled with a special hy- Tyres have wear indic- the tyres and this could cause
draulic fluid that does not

ators integrated into the accidents.

have to be changed. main tread grooves. The tyre Comply with the tyre-specific
is worn out when the tyre speed restrictions.
Tyres tread has worn down to the
Always bear the maximum
Checking tyre tread level of the marks. The loca-
permissible top speed of the
tions of the marks are indic-
depth tyres in mind when riding
z ated on the edge of the tyre,
Your motorcycle's hand- a motorcycle fitted with
e.g. by the letters TI, TWI or
ling and grip can be im- massive-bar tyres.
by an arrow.
paired even before the tyres Affix a label stating the max-
If the tyre tread is worn to imum permissible speed in
wear to the minimum tyre
minimum: the rider's field of vision.
tread depth permitted by law.
Replace tyre or tyres, as ap-
Have the tyres changed in
plicable. Rims
good time before they wear
to the minimum permissible Checking rims
tread depth. Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the
motorcycle on its stand.
Visually inspect the rims for Wheels RDC labelOE
Approved wheels and 7
Have damaged rims
tyres 107
checked and, if necessary,
replaced by a specialist For each size of tyre BMW
workshop, preferably an Motorrad tests certain makes,
authorised BMW Motorrad and approves those that it
dealer. certifies as roadworthy. If

BMW Motorrad has not ap-
Check the spokesOE proved the wheels and tyres,
Make sure the ground is it cannot assess their suitab-
level and firm and place the ility or provide any guarantee Incorrect tyre-removal
motorcycle on its stand. of road safety. procedures can result in
Draw the handle of a screw- Use only wheels and tyres ap- damage to the RDC sensors.
driver or a similar instru- proved by BMW Motorrad for Be sure to notify the author- z
ment across the spokes your type of motorcycle. ised BMW Motorrad dealer or
and listen to the notes of You can obtain detailed in- specialist workshop that the
the individual spokes. formation from your author- wheel is fitted with an RDC
If the notes vary: ised BMW Motorrad dealer or sensor.
Have the spokes checked on the Internet at www.bmw- If the motorcycle is equipped
by a specialist workshop, motorrad.com. with RDC, each wheel rim
preferably an authorised bears an adhesive label indic-
BMW Motorrad dealer. ating the position of the RDC
sensor. When changing the
tyre, take care not to damage
the RDC sensor. Be sure to
draw the attention of the au- Do not operate the handbrake Carefully pull the brake cal-
7 thorised BMW Motorrad deal- lever when the brake calipers ipers back and out until
er or specialist workshop to have been removed. clear of the brake discs.
108 the fact that the wheel is fitted
Remove securing screws 1
with an RDC sensor. with OE BMW Motorrad
of the brake calipers on left
Integral ABS:
Removing front wheel and right.
When removing the left
Place the motorcycle on brake caliper, take care not

centre stand ( 78) to damage the ABS sensor


Raise the front of the mo-

torcycle until the front wheel
can rotate freely. BMW Mo-
z torrad recommends the
BMW Motorrad front wheel
stand for lifting the motor-
Force the brake pads cycle.
slightly apart by rocking Install the front wheel stand
brake calipers 2 back ( 113)
Once the calipers have and forth A against brake
been removed, there is discs 3.
a risk of the brake pads be-
Mask off the parts of the
ing pressed together to the
wheel rim that could be
extent that they cannot be
scratched in the process of
slipped back over the brake
removing the brake calipers.
disc on reassembly.
Lower the front wheel to the ring is installed. Install only
ground between the front the sensor ring that matches 7
forks. the motorcycle's construction
status. 109
Roll the front wheel forward
to remove. Threaded fasteners not
tightened to the spe-
cified torque can work loose
or their threads can suffer

Remove axle clamping Always have the security of
screw 4. the fasteners checked by a
Remove quick-release specialist workshop, prefer-
axle 5, holding the wheel as ably an authorised BMW Mo-
you do so. torrad dealer. z
BMW Motorrad provides The front wheel must be
Remove spacing bushing 6
an adapter for removing installed right way round
from the front-wheel hub.
the quick-release axle. This to rotate in the correct direc-
adapter can be combined Installing front wheel tion.
with a commercially available Note the direction-of-rotation
w/f 22 open-end or ring span- ABS malfunctions on ac-
arrows on the tyre or the
ner. The BMW special tool count of incorrect speed
wheel rim.
number is 36 3 691 and the signal.
adapter is available from your Segmentation differs between
authorised BMW Motorrad individual types of sensor
dealer. ring; it is very important to en-
sure that the correct sensor
ABS sensor with cable and
7 the ABS sensor ring.
Quick-release axle in
axle holder
110 Take care not to damage
the ABS sensor when 50 Nm
rolling in the front wheel. Tighten axle clamping
Note the ABS sensor when screw 4 to the specified
rolling in the front wheel. tightening torque.

Roll the front wheel Quick-release axle

into position in the front clamp screws
Install spacing bushing 6 in
the wheel hub.
19 Nm
Roll the front wheel into po-
sition in the front suspen- Remove the front wheel
sion. stand.
Slip the brake calipers onto
with OE BMW Motorrad the brake discs.
Integral ABS:
There is a risk of dam-
aging parts of the front
brake, particularly the BMW
Motorrad Integral ABS, in the Raise the front wheel, install
course of the procedure de- quick-release axle 5 and
scribed below. tighten to specified tight-
Take care not to damage the ening torque.
brake system, in particular the
with OE BMW Motorrad is pulled or the brake pedal
Integral ABS: depressed. 7
Firmly pull the handbrake 111
lever several times.
The pressure point must be
clearly perceptible.

with OE BMW Motorrad

Integral ABS:
Install securing screws 1 on Switch on the ignition.
left and right and tighten to Wait for ABS self-diagnosis
The cable of the ABS specified tightening torque. to complete.
sensor could chafe Brake caliper to slider
through if it comes into Removing rear wheel z
contact with the brake disc. Place the motorcycle on
Make sure that the ABS 30 Nm centre stand ( 78)
sensor cable is routed Engage first gear.
Remove the adhesive tape
correctly. from the wheel rim.
Route ABS sensor cable 7 Braking efficiency is
as illustrated here. impaired if the brake
Make sure that the ABS pads are not correctly bedded
sensor cable is clipped in- against the discs.
to holder 8. Before riding off, always
check that the brakes bite
as soon as the brake lever
ably an authorised BMW Mo- in turn, could result in an
7 torrad dealer. accident.
Roll the rear wheel into po- Use only wheel studs with the
112 same, approved length code.
sition at the rear-wheel ad-
apter. Do not oil or grease wheel
Seat the rear wheel on the
rear-wheel adapter. Install wheel studs 1 and

tighten to the specified

torque in diagonally
Remove studs 1 from the opposite sequence.
rear wheel, holding the
Rear wheel to wheel
wheel as you do so.
Roll the rear wheel out to-
z ward the rear. Tightening sequence:
Tighten in diagonally op-
Installing rear wheel
posite sequence
Threaded fasteners not
60 Nm
tightened to the spe- The wheel studs for the
cified torque can work loose cross-spoked wheel with OE Cross-spoked
or their threads can suffer (optional extra) and the cast wheels:
damage. aluminium wheel differ in Tightening sequence:
Always have the security of length. Mixing up sets of Tighten in diagonally op-
the fasteners checked by a studs or using the wrong posite sequence
specialist workshop, prefer- studs would mean that the 60 Nm
rear wheel would not be
correctly secured and this,
Front-wheel stand front wheel with the BMW Centre the front-wheel
Motorrad front-wheel stand. stand relative to the front 7
wheel and push it against
A front-wheel stand for Install the front wheel the front axle. 113
simple, safe changing of stand
the front wheel is available
Make sure the ground is
from BMW Motorrad. The
level and firm and place
BMW special tool number is
the motorcycle on its centre

36 3 970 and the front-wheel
stand is available from your
authorised BMW Motorrad

The BMW Motorrad

front wheel stand is z
not designed to support Align the two adapters 2 so
motorcycles not fitted with a that the front forks are se-
centre stand or without other curely seated.
auxiliary stands. A motorcycle Tighten adjusting screws 1.
resting only on the front wheel
stand and the rear wheel can Slacken adjusting screws 1.
topple. Push the two adapters 2
Place the motorcycle on its apart until the front forks fit
centre stand or another aux- between them.
iliary stand before lifting the Use locating pins 3 to set
the front-wheel stand to the
desired height.
Bulbs carry a complete set of spare
7 General instructions
bulbs if possible.
114 A warning appears in the mul- The bulb is pressurised
tifunction display if a bulb is and can cause injury if
defective. If the brake light damaged.
or rear light fails, the warn- Wear protective goggles
ing is accompanied by the and gloves when changing

General warning light light- bulbs.

ing up yellow. If the rear light The types of bulb fitted
If the motorcycle is on fails the second filament of to your motorcycle are
the centre stand and the brake light shines at re- listed in the section entitled
is raised too far, the centre duced brightness to double "Technical data".
stand will lift clear of the as a rear light. Even though
z ground and the motorcycle Do not touch the glass
you have this substitute rear
could topple to one side. of new bulbs with your
light, the indicators in the dis-
When raising the motorcycle, fingers. Use a clean, dry cloth
play tell you that a bulb defect
make sure that the centre to hold the bulbs when hand-
has occurred.
stand remains on the ling them. Dirt deposits, in
A defective bulb places particular oil and grease, in-
your safety at risk be- terfere with heat radiation
Apply uniform pressure to cause it is easier for other from the bulb. This leads to
push the front-wheel stand users to oversee you and overheating and shortens the
down and raise the motor- your motorcycle. bulb's operating life.
cycle. Replace defective bulbs as
soon as possible; always
Replace the low-beam
and high-beam headlight 7
bulb 115
If it is not standing firmly,
the motorcycle could
topple in the course of the
operations described below.

Always make sure that the
motorcycle is stable and
firmly supported. Turn cover 1 for low-beam Disconnect plug 3.
headlight counter-clockwise
Make sure the ground is and remove it.
level and firm and place the Turn cover 2 for high-beam
motorcycle on its stand. headlight counter-clockwise z
Switch off the ignition. and remove it.
Turning handlebars all the
way to the left

Release spring clips 4 at

top and bottom and swing
them aside.


Remove bulb 5. Install bulb 5 with tab 7 in Install plug 3.

Replace the defective bulb. guide 6.
Low-beam headlight
H7 / 12 V / 55 W

High-beam headlight

H7 / 12 V / 55 W
Turn cover 1 for low-beam
Engage spring clip 4 in the headlight clockwise to in-
catch. stall. Make sure that the
wording TOP is at the top.
Turn cover 2 for high-beam
headlight clockwise to in-
stall. Make sure that the
wording TOP is at the top. 7
Replacing parking-light 117
If it is not standing firmly,
the motorcycle could
topple in the course of the

operations described below.
Always make sure that the Pull bulb carrier 1 out of the Install bulb carrier 1 in the
motorcycle is stable and headlight housing. headlight housing.
firmly supported. Remove the bulb from the
bulb socket. Replacing brake light
Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the Replace the defective bulb. and rear light bulb z
motorcycle on its stand. If it is not standing firmly,
Parking-light bulb
Switch off the ignition. the motorcycle could
Turn the handlebars all the topple in the course of the
way to the right W5W / 12 V / 5 W operations described below.
Always make sure that the
Install the bulb in the bulb
motorcycle is stable and
firmly supported.
Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the
motorcycle on its stand.
Switch off the ignition.


Press bulb 3 into its Press bulb 3 into its sock-

socket and turn it et and turn it clockwise to
Remove screws 1. counter-clockwise to install.
Pull bulb housing 2 to the remove. There is only one
z rear until it is clear of the Replace the defective bulb. position in which the
Bulb of tail light/brake bulb can be inserted into the
light socket.

P21/5W / 12 V / 5 W /
21 W

Seat bulb housing 2 in its Remove screw 1. Turn bulb 2 counter-
holders. clockwise and remove it
Install screws 1. from the bulb housing.
Replace the defective bulb.
Replacing turn indicator z
bulbs, front and rear Front flashing turn in-
dicator bulbs
If it is not standing firmly,
the motorcycle could R10W / 12 V / 10 W
topple in the course of the
with OE White turn
operations described below.
Always make sure that the
motorcycle is stable and Pull the glass out of the RY10W / 12 V / 10 W
firmly supported. reflector housing at the
Rear flashing turn in-
threaded-fastener side.
Make sure the ground is dicator bulbs
level and firm and place the
motorcycle on its stand. R10W / 12 V / 10 W
Air filter
7 Rear flashing turn in-
dicator bulbs Remove the air filter
120 Make sure the ground is
with OE White turn
level and firm and place
the motorcycle on its centre
RY10W / 12 V / 10 W stand.
Remove the front seat

( 62)
Working from the inboard
side, insert the glass into
the bulb housing and close
the housing.

Turn bulb 2 clockwise to

install it in the bulb housing.
Pull off side cover 1.

Install screw 1.

Open quick-action Remove three securing Pull out air filter 3 at the bot-
adapters 2. screws 5. tom.
Turn quick-action adapter 3 Remove fuel-tank cover 6.
at the inside to open and Install the air filter
pull it out of the retainer. z
Pull side panel 4 at front out
of the retainer and remove.

Push out both retainers 1 by Insert air filter 3 into the air
pressing at rear. filter housing at the top.
Remove intake air pipe 2.
Push the air filter into the air Install securing screws 5.
7 filter housing at the bottom,
making sure that the vanes
122 are not bent.


Check that the throttle-valve

cable is seated in guide 4
of the intake and that the Press side panel 4 into the
throttle valve is seated retainer at front.
z against the stop. Close quick-action
Position intake air pipe 2 on adapters 2.
the air filter housing. Turn quick-action adapter 3
Push retainers 1 into the to the horizontal position
holders until they engage and press it into side pan-
with an audible click. el 4.
The quick-action adapter
engages with an audible

Install fuel-tank cover 6.

Touching live parts of topple in the course of the
the ignition system with operations described below. 7
the engine running can cause Always make sure that the
electric shock. motorcycle is stable and 123
Do not touch parts of the igni- firmly supported.
tion system when the engine Make sure the ground is
is running. level and firm and place the

A short-circuit can result motorcycle on its stand.
if the crocodile clips of Remove the front seat
Insert the side cover into the jump leads are accident- ( 62)
mount 1. ally brought into contact with When jump-starting the en-
Install the front seat ( 62) the motorcycle. gine, do not disconnect the
Use only jump leads fitted battery from the on-board
Jump start with fully insulated crocodile electrical system. z
The wires leading to the clips at both ends. Remove the protective cap
power socket do not Jump-starting with a from the battery's positive
have a load-capacity rating donor-battery voltage terminal.
adequate for jump-starting higher than 12 V can damage Begin by connecting one
the engine. Excessively high the vehicle electronics. end of the red jump lead
current can lead to a cable Make sure that the battery to the positive terminal of
fire or damage to the vehicle of the donor vehicle has a the discharged battery and
electronics. voltage rating of 12 V. the other end to the pos-
Do not use the on-board itive terminal of the donor
If it is not standing firmly, battery.
socket to jump-start the
the motorcycle could Then connect one end of
engine of the motorcycle.
the black jump lead to the
negative terminal of the als first, then disconnect the Keep the surface of the bat-
7 donor battery, and the other second lead from the posit- tery clean and dry
end to the negative terminal ive terminals. Do not open the battery
124 of the discharged battery. Remember to reinstall the Do not top up with water
The spring-strut screw protective cap on the bat- Be sure to read and com-
can be used as an al- tery's positive terminal. ply with the instructions for
ternative to the battery's neg- Do not use proprietary charging the battery on the
ative terminal. start-assist sprays or following pages

other products to start the Do not turn the battery up-

Run the engine of the donor
engine. side down
vehicle during jump-starting.
Start the engine of the Install the front seat ( 62) If the battery is not dis-
vehicle with the discharged connected, the on-board
battery in the usual way; if Battery electronics (e.g. clock, etc.)
z the engine does not start, gradually drain the battery.
Maintenance instructions
wait a few minutes before This can cause the battery
repeating the attempt Correct upkeep, recharging
to run flat. If this happens,
in order to protect the and storage will prolong the
warranty claims will not be ac-
starter motor and the donor life of the battery and are es-
battery. sential if warranty claims are
If the motorcycle is to be out
Allow both engines to idle to be considered.
of use for more than four
for a few minutes before Compliance with the points
weeks, disconnect the battery
disconnecting the jump below is important in order to
or connect a suitable trickle
leads. maximise battery life:
charger to the battery.
Disconnect the jump lead
from the negative termin-
BMW Motorrad has de- If you switch on the ig- applicable, 71 60 7 688 865
veloped a trickle-charger nition and the multifunc- (110 V). If you are in doubt, 7
specially designed for com- tion display and telltale lights disconnect the battery from
patibility with the electronics fail to light up, the battery is the on-board systems and 125
of your motorcycle. Using this completely flat. Attempting to connect the charger directly
charger, you can keep the charge a completely flat bat- to the battery.
battery charged during long tery via the on-board socket Charge via the power sock-
periods of disuse, without can cause damage to the mo- et, with the battery connec-

having to disconnect the bat- torcycle's electronics. ted to the motorcycle's on-
tery from the motorcycle's If a battery has discharged to board electrical system.
on-board systems. You can the extent that it is completely
obtain additional information flat, it has to be disconnec- The motorcycle's
from your authorised BMW ted from the on-board circuits on-board electronics
Motorrad dealer. and charged with the char- know when the battery is
ger connected directly to the fully charged. The on-board z
Charging battery when battery posts. socket is switched off when
connected this happens.
Only chargers suitable
Charging the connec- for this mode of charging Comply with the operating
ted battery directly at the can be used to recharge the instructions of the charger.
battery terminals can damage battery via the on-board sock- If you are unable to
the vehicle electronics. et. Unsuitable chargers could charge the battery
Always disconnect the battery cause damage to the motor- through the on-board socket,
from the on-board circuits be- cycle's on-board electrics. you may be using a charger
fore recharging it with a char- Use BMW chargers with that is not compatible with
ger connected directly to the the part numbers 71 60 your motorcycle's electronics.
battery posts. 7 688 864 (220 V) or, as If this happens, disconnect
the battery from the on-board Remove the battery
7 systems and connect the
If it is not standing firmly,
charger directly to the
126 the motorcycle could
topple in the course of the
Charging battery when operations described below.
disconnected Always make sure that the
motorcycle is stable and
Charge the battery using a

firmly supported.
suitable charger.
Comply with the operating Make sure the ground is
level and firm and place the Disconnection in
instructions of the charger. the wrong sequence
Once the battery is fully motorcycle on its stand.
increases the risk of
charged, disconnect the Switch off the ignition.
charger terminal clips from Remove the front seat
z Always proceed in the correct
the battery terminals. ( 62)
Remove the holder for the
The battery has to be re-
Rider's Manual. Disconnect negative battery
charged at regular inter-
lead 1 first.
vals in the course of a lengthy
Open protective cap 2 for
period of disuse. See the in-
the battery's positive termin-
structions for caring for your
battery. Always fully recharge
Then disconnect positive
the battery before restoring it
battery lead 3.
to use
Remove screw 4 of the bat-
tery retaining strap.
Disengage the retaining Engage the battery retain- Close protective cap 2 for
strap at the bottom and re- ing strap at the bottom and the battery's positive termin- 7
move. push it over the battery. al.
Lift the battery up and out; Connect battery negative
work it slightly back and lead 1.
forth if it is difficult to re- Install the holder for the
move. Rider's Manual.
Switch on the ignition.

Install the battery Fully open the throttle once
If it is not standing firmly, or twice.
the motorcycle could The engine management
topple in the course of the system registers the
operations described below. throttle-valve positions.
Always make sure that the Install screw 4 of the battery Install the front seat ( 62) z
motorcycle is stable and retaining strap. Set the clock ( 46)
firmly supported. Installation in the wrong
Make sure the ground is sequence increases the
level and firm and place the risk of short-circuits.
motorcycle on its stand. Always proceed in the correct
Switch off the ignition. sequence.
Place the battery in the bat- Never install the battery
tery compartment, positive without the protective cap.
terminal on the right in the Connect battery positive
forward direction of travel. lead 3 first.


Care products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Washing the motorcycle . . . . . . 130
Cleaning easily damaged
components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Paint care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Protective wax coating . . . . . . . 132 z
Laying up the motorcycle . . . . . 132
Restoring motorcycle to
use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Care products Washing the pads might be wet and the
8 BMW Motorrad recommends motorcycle brakes might not take effect
130 that you use the cleaning BMW Motorrad recommends Apply the brakes in good time
and care products you can that you use BMW insect re- until the brakes have dried
obtain from your authorised mover to soften and wash off out.
BMW Motorrad dealer. The insects and stubborn dirt on
substances in BMW Care painted parts prior to washing Warm water intensifies

Products have been tested in the motorcycle. the effect of salt.

laboratories and in practice; To prevent stains, do Use only cold water to wash
z they provide optimised off road salt.
not wash the motorcycle
care and protection for the immediately after it has been The high pressure of
materials used in your vehicle. exposed to strong sunlight steam cleaners can
The use of unsuitable and do not wash it in the sun. damage seals, the hydraulic
cleaning and care Make sure that the motor- brake system, the electrical
products can damage vehicle cycle is washed frequently, system, and the seat.
components. especially during the winter Do not use a steam jet or
Do not use solvents such as months. high-pressure cleaning
cellulose thinners, cold clean- To remove road salt, clean equipment.
ers, fuel or the like, and do the motorcycle with cold wa-
not use cleaning products ter immediately after every
that contain alcohol. trip.
After the motorcycle has
been washed, ridden
through water or ridden in
the rain, the brake discs and
Cleaning easily surfaces can produce Radiator
damaged components scratches. Clean the radiator regularly to 8
Soften stubborn dirt and prevent overheating of the en- 131
Plastics gine due to inadequate cool-
insects by covering the
Clean plastic parts with water affected areas with a wet ing.
and BMW plastic care emul- cloth. For example, use a garden
sion. This includes in particu- hose with low water pressure.
lar: Windscreen

Cooling fins can be bent
Windscreen and slipstream
Clean off dirt and insects with easily.
deflectors z
a soft sponge and plenty of Take care not to bend the fins
Headlight lens made of water. when cleaning the radiator.
Glass cover of the instru- Fuel and chemical
solvents attack the Rubber
ment cluster
material of the windscreen; Treat rubber components with
Black, unpainted parts
the windscreen becomes water or BMW rubber-care
If plastic parts are opaque or dull. products.
cleaned using unsuitable Do not use cleaning agents. Using silicone sprays for
cleaning agents, the surfaces the care of rubber seals
can be damaged. Chrome can cause damage.
Do not use cleaning agents Use plenty of water and BMW Do not use silicone sprays
that contain alcohol, solvents shampoo to clean chrome, or other care products that
or abrasives to clean plastic particularly if it has been contain silicon.
parts. exposed to road salt. Use
Even fly-remover pads or chrome polish for additional
cleaning pads with hard treatment.
Paint care this kind immediately, using Spray the brake and clutch
8 Washing the motorcycle
cleaning-grade benzene or lever pivots and the main
petroleum spirit on a clean and side stand pivots with a
132 regularly will help counteract
cloth or ball of cotton wool. suitable lubricant.
the long-term effects of
BMW Motorrad recommends Coat bright metal and
substances that damage
BMW tar remover for chrome-plated parts with
the paint, especially if your
removing specks of tar. an acid-free grease (e.g.
motorcycle is ridden in areas
Remember to wax the parts Vaseline).

with high air pollution or

treated in this way. Stand the motorcycle in
natural sources of dirt, for
z example tree resin or pollen. a dry room in such a way
Protective wax that there is no load on
Remove particularly
coating either wheel. Authorised
aggressive substances
BMW Motorrad dealers can
immediately, however, as BMW Motorrad recommends
provide suitable auxiliary
otherwise the paint can applying only BMW car wax or
be affected or become products containing carnauba
discoloured. Substances wax or synthetic wax. Before laying the vehicle
of this nature include spilt The best way to see whether up out of use, have the
fuel, oil, grease, brake fluid the paint has to be protected engine oil and the oil filter ele-
and bird droppings. We is that water no longer forms ment changed by a special-
recommend BMW vehicle pearls. ist workshop, preferably an
polish or BMW paint cleaner authorised BMW Motorrad
for this purpose. Laying up the dealer. Combine work for lay-
Marks on the paintwork are ing up/restoring to use with a
particularly easy to see after BMW service or inspection.
the motorcycle has been Clean the motorcycle.
washed. Remove stains of Remove the battery.
Restoring motorcycle
to use 8
Remove the protective wax 133
Clean the motorcycle.
Install a charged battery.
Before starting: work

through the checklist.


Technical data

Technical data
Troubleshooting chart . . . . . . . . 136
Threaded fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Riding specifications . . . . . . . . . 141

Technical data
Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Final drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Running gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 z
Wheels and tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Electrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Troubleshooting chart
9 Engine does not start or is difficult to start
136 Possible cause Remedy
Kill switch activated. Kill switch in operating position (run).
Side stand extended and gear engaged. Retract the side stand ( 72).
Gear engaged and clutch not disengaged. Select neutral or pull clutch lever ( 72).
Technical data

Clutch pulled when ignition was OFF Switch on the ignition, then pull the clutch
No fuel in tank. Refuelling ( 79)
Battery not adequately charged. Charge the battery when connected ( 125)

Threaded fasteners
Mirror arm Value Valid 9
Mirror to clamping piece
M10 25 Nm
Clamping piece to clamping

Technical data
M10 30 Nm
Front wheel Value Valid
Brake caliper to slider tube
M8 x 32 10.9 30 Nm
Quick-release axle clamp z
M8 x 35 19 Nm
Quick-release axle in axle
M24 x 1.5 50 Nm
Rear wheel Value Valid
9 Rear wheel to wheel carrier
Wheel flange with bushing or cut Tighten in diagonally opposite
thread, M10 x 40 x 1.25 sequence
60 Nm
Wheel flange with bushing or cut Tighten in diagonally opposite with OE
Technical data

thread, M10 x 53 x 1.25 sequence Cross-

60 Nm wheels:

Engine, type Four-stroke opposed twin, air-cooled with
oil-cooled exhaust ports, installed longitud-
inally, two overhead camshafts, electronic
engine management.
Technical data
Effective displacement 1170 cm3
Cylinder bore 101 mm
Piston stroke 73 mm
Compression ratio 11.0 : 1
Nominal output
with OE Power reduction:
74 kW, Over: 7000 min-1
72 kW, Over: 7000 min-1
Max. torque 115 Nm, Over: 5500 min-1
Maximum permissible engine speed 7800 min-1
Idle speed 1150±50 min-1

Technical data
Recommended fuel grade 95 ROZ/RON, Super unleaded
91 ROZ/RON, Regular unleaded (fuel grade,
usable with power- and consumption-related
Usable fuel capacity 20 l
Reserve fuel 4l z
Engine oil
Engine, oil capacity 4 l, with filter change
Lubricant Engine oil, 20W-50
Engine oil, quantity for topping up 0.5 l, difference between MIN and MAX
9 Oil grades Engine oils of API classification SF or better.
Engine oils of ACEA classification A2 or bet-
140 ter. BMW Motorrad recommends not using
synthetic oils for the first 10,000 km. Please
do not hesitate to contact your authorised
BMW Motorrad dealer if you have any ques-
tions relating the choice of a suitable engine
Technical data

oil for your motorcycle.

Permissible viscosity classes
SAE 5 W- 30 -20...20 °C, Operation at low temperatures
SAE 10 W-40 -10...30 °C, Operation at moderate temperat-
SAE 15 W- 40 0 °C
SAE 20 W- 40 0 °C
SAE 5 W- 50 -20 °C, High-grade and synthetic oils, oper-
ation in all temperature ranges
SAE 10 W- 50 -20 °C, High-grade and synthetic oils, oper-
ation in all temperature ranges
Riding specifications
Top speed >200 km/h

Clutch, type Single dry plate with high-leverage pressure

Technical data

Gearbox type Helical 6-speed gearbox with integral re-
action damper, claw-action shift by sliding
sleeves z
Gear ratios
Gearbox transmission ratios 1.824 (31:17 teeth), Primary transmission ra-
2.277 (41:18 teeth), 1st gear
1.583 (38:24 teeth), 2nd gear
1.259 (34:27 teeth), 3rd gear
1.033 (31:30 teeth), 4th gear
0.903 (28:31 teeth), 5th gear
0.805 (29:36 teeth), 6th gear
Final drive
9 Rear wheel drive, type Shaft drive with bevel gears
Final drive gear ratio 2.82 : 1

Running gear
Front suspension, type BMW Telelever, with anti-dive top fork
Technical data

bridge, leading link pivot-mounted on engine

and telescopic forks, central spring strut
supported by leading link and main frame
Front suspension, total suspension travel 190 mm, at wheel
Rear suspension, type Central spring strut with single-tube gas-filled
shock absorber, adjustable rebound damp-
z ing and hydraulically adjustable spring pre-
Rear suspension, total suspension travel 200 mm, At wheel
Front brake
Front brakes, type Hydraulically operated twin disc brake with
4-piston fixed calipers and floating brake
Brake-pad material, front Sintered metal

Technical data
Rear brake
Rear brake, type Hydraulically operated disc brake with 2-
piston floating caliper and fixed disc
Brake-pad material, rear Organic material

Wheels and tyres

Front wheel, type Cast wheel with 5 double spokes, MT H2
with OE Cross-spoked wheels: Cross-spoked wheel with 40 spokes, MT H2
Front wheel, rim size 2.50" x 19"
Front wheel, tyre designation 110/80 R 19 M/C 59 V TL
Rear wheel, type Cast wheel with 5 double spokes, MT H2
with OE Cross-spoked wheels: Cross-spoked wheel with 40 spokes, MT H2
Rear wheel, rim size 4.00" x 17"
Rear wheel, tyre designation 150/70 R 17 M/C 69 V TL
9 Tyre pressures
Tyre pressure, front 2.2 bar, One-up, tyre cold
144 2.5 bar, Two-up and/or with luggage, tyre
Tyre pressure, rear 2.5 bar, One-up, tyre cold
2.9 bar, Two-up and/or with luggage, tyre
Technical data

Ratings 5A
Fuses The circuits are electronically protected, so
plug-in fuses are no longer necessary. If an
z electronic fuse trips and de-energises a cir-
cuit, the circuit is active as soon as the igni-
tion is switched on after the fault has been
Battery, type AGM (Absorptive Glass Mat) battery
Battery rated voltage 12 V
Battery rated capacity 14 Ah
Spark plugs
Spark plug manufacturer and designation Bosch YR5LDE
Spark plug electrode gap 0.8±0.1 mm, When new
1 mm, Wear limit
Secondary spark plug manufacturer and des- Bosch YR5LDE

Technical data
Secondary spark plug, electrode gap 0.8±0.1 mm, When new
1 mm, Wear limit
High-beam headlight bulb H7 / 12 V / 55 W z
Low-beam headlight bulb H7 / 12 V / 55 W
Parking-light bulb W5W / 12 V / 5 W
Bulb of tail light/brake light P21/5W / 12 V / 5 W / 21 W
Front flashing turn indicator bulbs R10W / 12 V / 10 W
with OE White turn indicators: RY10W / 12 V / 10 W
Rear flashing turn indicator bulbs R10W / 12 V / 10 W
with OE White turn indicators: RY10W / 12 V / 10 W
9 Frame, type Two-part tubular-steel frame and
146 load-bearing drive unit
Type plate, location On left side behind side cover
Vehicle identification number (VIN), location Frame front section, top centre
Technical data

Length of motorcycle 2210 mm
Width of motorcycle 915 mm, Across mirrors
Height of motorcycle 1380 mm, In DIN normal-load position;
without mirrors, windscreen lowered
z Front-seat height 840...860 mm, at unladen weight
Unladen weight 225 kg, DIN unladen weight, ready for road
90 % load of fuel, without optional extras 147
Permissible gross weight 435 kg
Maximum payload 210 kg

Technical data

Technical data

BMW Motorrad service . . . . . . . 150
BMW Motorrad service
quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
BMW Motorrad Service Card:

on-the-spot breakdown
assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
BMW Motorrad service
network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Maintenance work . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Maintenance schedules . . . . . . . 152
Confirmation of maintenance
work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Confirmation of service . . . . . . . 158
BMW Motorrad confirmed in the "Service" ularly, preferably by your au-
10 service chapter in this manual. thorised BMW Motorrad deal-
Authorised BMW Motorrad er. For generous treatment
150 Advanced technology dealers are supplied with the of claims submitted after the
requires specially adapted latest technical information warranty period has expired,
methods of maintenance and and have the necessary tech- evidence of regular mainten-
repair. nical know-how. BMW Mo- ance is essential.
If maintenance and re- torrad recommends that you Certain signs of wear,

pair work is performed contact your authorised BMW moreover, may otherwise not
inexpertly, it could result in Motorrad dealer if you have be noticed until it is too late
consequential damage and questions regarding your mo- to put them right at moderate
z thus constitute a safety risk. torcycle. cost. Your authorised BMW
BMW Motorrad recommends Motorrad dealer's mechanics
you to have all the associated BMW Motorrad service know every detail of your
work on your motorcycle car- quality motorcycle and can take
ried out by a specialist work- remedial action if necessary
Along with its reputation for before minor faults develop
shop, preferably an author-
engineering quality and high into serious problems. By
ised BMW Motorrad dealer.
reliability, BMW Motorrad is a having the necessary repairs
Your authorised BMW Motor- byword for excellent quality of done properly and in good
rad dealer can provide inform- service. time, you save time and
ation on the specified Ser- To ensure that your BMW is money in the long run.
vice, Inspection and Annual always in optimum condition,
Inspection work needed. BMW Motorrad recommends
Have all maintenance and that you have the mainten-
repair work carried out ance work required for your
motorcycle carried out reg-
BMW Motorrad brochures, along with Maintenance work
Service Card: on- information on Mobile Service
Intervals 10
and the dealership network.
the-spot breakdown Some maintenance tasks 151
assistance BMW Motorrad service have to be performed after
a certain time, others depend
In the event of a breakdown, network
on the distance covered by
the BMW Motorrad Service BMW Motorrad has an ex- the motorcycle.
Card issued with each new

tensive after-sales service
BMW motorcycle enables network in place to look after BMW Running-in Check
you to access an extensive you and your motorcycle in The BMW running-in check
range of services such as more than 100 countries. In z
has to be performed when
breakdown assistance, mo- Germany alone, you have the the motorcycle has covered
torcycle transportation etc. best possible access to ap- between 500 km and 1,200
(details can differ from coun- proximately 200 authorised km
try to country). In the event of BMW Motorrad dealers.
a breakdown, contact BMW All information concerning BMW Annual Inspection
Motorrad's Mobile Service. the international dealership Some maintenance work has
The specialists will provide network can be found in the to be carried out at least once
the necessary advice and as- brochures entitled "Service a year. Other tasks depend
sistance. Contact Europe" and "Service on the distance the motor-
You will find important Contact Africa, America, Asia, cycle has covered.
country-specific contact Australia, Oceania".
addresses and the after-sales
service organisation phone
numbers in the "Service
Kontakt / Service Contact"
BMW Service a copy of the current mainten-
10 After the first 10,000 km ance schedule for your motor-
and every additional 20,000 cycle on request.
km (30,000 km, 50,000
km, 70,000 km, etc.) if this
distance is covered within a

BMW Inspection
After the first 20,000 km
and every additional 20,000
km (40,000 km, 60,000
km, 80,000 km, etc.) if this
distance is covered within a

The maintenance schedule for
your motorcycle depends on
the equipment fitted, and on
the motorcycle's age and the
distance it has covered. Your
authorised BMW Motorrad
dealer will be happy to supply
Confirmation of maintenance work
BMW Pre-delivery BMW Running-in
Check Check
Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord-
ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's
instructions instructions

Odometer reading

Brake fluid, new


Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature

10 BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
154 spection spection spection
BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service
BMW Inspection BMW Inspection BMW Inspection

Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord-

ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's

instructions instructions instructions

Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading

Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new

Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature

BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
spection spection spection 155
BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service
BMW Inspection BMW Inspection BMW Inspection

Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord-

ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's

instructions instructions instructions

Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading

Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new

Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature

10 BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
156 spection spection spection
BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service
BMW Inspection BMW Inspection BMW Inspection

Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord-

ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's

instructions instructions instructions

Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading

Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new

Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature

BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
BMW Service
BMW Annual In-
spection spection spection 157
BMW Service BMW Service BMW Service
BMW Inspection BMW Inspection BMW Inspection

Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord- Carried out in accord-

ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's ance with manufacturer's

instructions instructions instructions

Odometer reading Odometer reading Odometer reading

Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new Brake fluid, new

Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature Date, stamp, signature

Confirmation of service
10 The table is intended as a record of maintenance, warranty and repair work, the installation of
158 optional accessories and, if appropriate, special campaign (recall) work.
Item Odometer Date
Service reading

Item Odometer

A Brake fluid Replacing parking-light
11 Abbreviations and symbols, 6 Checking fluid level, front bulb, 117
ABS, 16 brakes, 103 Replacing turn indicator
160 Accessories Checking fluid level, rear bulbs, 119
General instructions, 90 brakes, 104 Technical data, 145
Air filter Fluid level, front, 13 Warning, bulb failure, 28, 29
Installation, 121 Fluid level, rear, 13
Removal, 120 Brake lever C

Adjusting handbrake Case

B lever, 57 Adjusting, 92
z Battery
Closing, 92
Brake pads
Charging battery when
Checking front, 101 Installing, 93
connected, 125
Checking rear, 102 Opening, 91
Charging battery when
disconnected, 126 Running in, 76 Removing, 93
Installation, 15, 127 Brakes Checklist, 72
Checking operation, 101 Clock, 22
Maintenance instruc-
tions, 124 Technical data, 143 Adjusting, 46
Removal, 15, 126 Bulbs Clutch
general instructions, 114 Adjusting clutch lever, 57
Technical data, 144
Replacing brake light and Fluid level, 11
Warning, battery charge
rear light bulb, 117 Technical data, 141
current, 28
Replacing high-beam Confirmation of maintenance
headlight bulb, 115 work, 153
Replacing low-beam Currency, 7
headlight bulb, 115
E Frame Hazard warning flashers, 16,
Technical data, 144
Technical data, 146 17 11
Front seat Switching off, 45
Emergency off switch (kill Adjusting, 62 161
Switching on, 44
switch), 17 Holders, 15 Headlight
Engine Installation, 62 Adjusting, 11
Starting, 72 Removal, 62 Adjusting headlight beam
Technical data, 138 Fuel throw, 59

Temperature gauge, 22 Quantity reading, 22 Adjustment for driving on
Warning, engine electron- refuelling, 79 left/driving on right, 59 z
ics, 26 Warning, fuel down to Headlight flasher, 16
Engine oil reserve, 26 High-beam headlight, 16
Checking fluid level, 11, 99 Fuel tank, 13 Horn, 16
Technical data, 139 Fuses, 144
Temperature gauge, 23 I
Topping up, 11, 100 G Ignition
Gear indicator, 22, 23 Switching off, 42
Warning, engine oil level, 27
Grip heating, 17
Warning, engine oil pres- Switching on, 42
sure, 27 H Immobiliser
Equipment, 7 Handlebar fittings Warning, 26
EWS General view, left side, 16 Instrument cluster
Warning, 26 Overview, 18
General view, right side, 17
Sensor for lighting, 18
Final drive J
Technical data, 142 Jump start, 123
K O Reserve
11 Keys, 42, 44 Odometer and tripmeters, 22
Resetting tripmeter, 46
Warning, 26
Residual range, 46, 51
162 L Selecting readings, 45 Restoring to use, 133
Laying up, 132
On-board computer Rev. counter, 18
Ambient temperature, 49 Running gear
Switching off parking
Average consumption, 50 Technical data, 142
lights, 59
Average speed, 49

Switching on high-beam S
Oil level, 51
headlight, 58 Safety instructions
z Range, 51
Switching on low-beam Correct loading, 70
headlight, 58 Resetting average con-
sumption, 50 Seat
Switching on parking Lock, 11
lights, 59 Resetting average
Overview, 15
speed, 50
Switching on side lights, 58 Service, 150
Selecting readings, 48
Service Card, 151
M Side stand
Maintenance P
Power socket, 11 starting the engine, 72
General instructions, 98
Pre-ride check, 73 Spark plugs
Intervals, 151
Technical data, 145
Multifunction display, 22
R Speedometer, 18
Anti-theft alarm, 18 Refuelling, 79 Spring preload, front
Adjusting, 64
Spring preload, rear Wheels and tyres, 143 Inflation pressures, 4, 144
Adjusting, 13, 65 Telltale lights, 18 Running in, 76 11
Starter, 17 Toolkit, 15 Technical data, 143 163
Steering lock Service kit, 98 Top speed, 106
Locking, 43 Standard equipment, 98
Suspension damping, rear Torques, 137 V
Adjusting, 11, 66 Transmission Vehicle
General view, left side, 11

Starting engine, 72
T General view, right side, 13
Technical data, 141
Technical data Troubleshooting chart, 136 Laying up, 132
Battery, 144 Restoring to use, 133
Turn indicators
Brakes, 143 Left, 16
Bulbs, 145 W
Right, 17
Clutch, 141 Warning lights, 18
Switching off, 17, 61
Electrics, 144 Warnings, 22
Switching on left, 60 Mode of presentation, 23
Engine, 138
Switching on right, 60 Warnings, overview, 24, 32,
Engine oil, 139
Type plate, 11 36, 38
Final drive, 142
Tyre pressure control Wheels
Frame, 146 (ReifenDruck-Control) Installing front wheel, 109
Running gear, 142 Label on wheel rim, 107 Installing rear wheel, 112
Spark plugs, 145 Operation, 48 Removing front wheel, 108
Standards, 7 Tyres Removing rear wheel, 111
Transmission, 141 Approved tyres, 107 Technical data, 143
Tyre pressures, 4, 144 Checking tread depth, 106
Checking tyre pressures, 67
11 Adjusting, 11


Details described or illus-
trated in this booklet may
differ from the motorcycle's
actual specification as pur-
chased, the accessories fit-
ted or the national-market
specification. No claims will
be entertained as a result of
such discrepancies.
Dimensions, weights, fuel
consumption and perform-
ance data are quoted to the
customary tolerances.
The right to modify designs,
equipment and accessories is
Errors and omissions excep-

© 2006 BMW Motorrad

Not to be reproduced either
wholly or in part without writ-
ten permission from BMW
Motorrad, After Sales.
Printed in Germany.
The most important data for a filling-station stop can be found in the following chart:

Recommended fuel grade 95 ROZ/RON, Super unleaded
91 ROZ/RON, Regular
unleaded (fuel grade,
usable with power- and
Usable fuel capacity 20 l
Reserve fuel 4l
Tyre pressures
Tyre pressure, front 2.2 bar, One-up, tyre cold
2.5 bar, Two-up and/or with
luggage, tyre cold
Tyre pressure, rear 2.5 bar, One-up, tyre cold
2.9 bar, Two-up and/or with
luggage, tyre cold

BMW recommends
Order No. 01 41 7 704 001 *01417704001*
06.2006, 4th edition
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Applies to: Motorcycles with hand protectorsOA

Possibility of malfunction – Impermissible ergonomic set- Checking freedom of
due to incorrectly posi- tings (see Rider's Manual, movement of handlebar
tioned hand protector /
"Adjusting clutch lever/ han- levers
If the hand protector is twisted dlebar lever" or, as applicable,
out of position relative to the "Adjusting brake lever/handle-

Note on safety
handlebar lever to the extent that bar lever").
the two come into contact, there • Before riding off, always check
is a possibility of the handlebar that there is nothing to impede
lever remaining continuously in the movement of the clutch
the partly operated position. This lever and the handbrake lever.
is turn can cause problems with
the clutch or brake function,
The movement of the handlebar
depending on which lever is
levers is not impeded if
– you can insert a finger into the
Possible causes can be:
gap between the handlebar
– Crash or fall
lever and the hand protector,
– Lack of due care when trans-
porting the motorcycle
– the handlebar lever is easily
– Threaded fasteners working
pushed forward from its nor-
mal released position.
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Aligning hand protector

Note on safety

• Push the handlebar lever fully

forward. Turn the hand protec-
tor until the tip of the handlebar
lever touches the cross on the
• Have the settings and the
threaded-fastener tightening
torques checked by a special-
ist workshop, preferably an
authorised BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad Order No: 01 41 7 714 311 04.2008