and I was planning on riding my bike to Saturday morning breakfast with the guys
Both of my bikes have been patiently waiting to be taken out. I even tested my sandy driveway to make sure I could make it out to the lane
It's still an obstacle course out there but I moved some things around to make a bit more room, but it was not to be as the fog had rolled in
It was still early around 7:30am. The fog is expected to burn off by noon so I headed out in my car
I am approaching the Patullo Bridge which crosses the Fraser River from New Westminster over to Surrey. So far I have made the right choice as I worry about visibility
I return home after breakfast and it is now around 10am so I remove my bike cover and the BMW Canbus battery tender and get it ready
I make it a habit to check my tire pressures when it has been sitting for a few weeks. Both tires were down about 2 lbs each. I keep them at 36 psi Front & 38 psi Rear. These are my new Michelin Pilot Road 2s which still have to be broken in. The last couple of times I have ridden my Vstrom. I am very glad that I bought a new Air Compressor as it is very easy for me to check tire pressures on my bikes and also my cars
I put all my tools away and started to move my bike out
to the lane. There is less construction material now and soon they will be working inside
Our back yard is surrounded by a wire security fence and sometimes it is very heavy to move. I like to ride with my saddlebags attached for it gives me a larger footprint as viewed from the rear
I have been doing a bit of reading on the R1200 and BMWMOA forums about ABS pump failures. I don't think there is a specific problem with this particular model but I notice that some members have experienced ABS failures and it is very costly to repair with prices around $2,500 to $3,000. For no reason your ABS warning light may come on and that's it ! Your brakes will operate like a non-ABS bike and the red light cannot be turned off when it finds an error. My ABS light came on about a month ago for no reason and after a couple of starts and stops it went off.
I read that one of the preventative measures was to do a brake flush every 2 years, just in case, to keep the fluid clean and clear of impurities. I tried to obtain the service file from the previous owner and while he said all service was up to date I don't know when or if these things have been done. It's the same with the drive line fluid change. So I decided that I would have the brake flush done as soon as I could so I headed down to my Mechanic
and my heart sank when I saw his doors closed. I thought he was not open but I tried the door and it was open, so with no one else there and no lines I got the preferred treatment
I watched as he explained what he was doing and soon all the brake lines were flushed with new DOT4 brake fluid, including the clutch master cylinder, and the rear brake cylinder. The fluid that was in there before the flush look fairly clean so it is possible that a flush was done not long ago.
Now I was free to go for a short ride which eventually found me in Steveston. Here is a teaser photo
More photos coming on my next post . . .