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BMW R1200 Hexhead Service Video 2004-2009 - MP

This video covers all of the following categories, and is designed to allow you to complete all the requirements for maintaining your bike to BMW specifications. It is designed for the R1200 series “Hexhead” motorcycles (Not including the R1200 cruisers), though it is centered around the R1200GS since that is what I have, and was available for filming.

*Note: Covered Motorcycle(s):

·2004-2009 R1200GS
·2006-2009 R1200GS Adventure
·2005-2009 R1200RT
·2005-2007 R1200ST
·2007-2010 R1200R

Note: The video was designed around the R1200 series BMW from 04-06. It is still technically accurate for up to the 09 R1200GS and 2010 R1200RT/ST/R/S. The Brakes on the newer bikes bleed slightly differently, and the Final Drive fluid change is slightly different. You will likely be able to figure out the differences, but there are tutorials in the updates section of my site to cover these differences.

The following is what is covered, by chapter, and times on the video:

1. Removing Gas Tank (R1200GS, others similar) (00:51)
2. Changing the Oil (07:11)
3. Replace the Transmission Fluid (16:23)
4. Changing the Final Drive (20:17)
5. Valve Adjustment (41:58)
6. Air Filter Change (1:05:12)
7. Replace Alternator Belt (1:06:46)
8. Brake Bleeding, servo-ABS system (1:10:55)
9. Fuel Tank Install (1:30:57)
10. Fault Code Read (1:38:16)
11. Throttle Body Sync (1:40:38)
12. Miscellaneous Checks (1:43:55)

I have included the necessary tools, supplies and torque specifications to complete all the listed services. I have also added many helpful tips and notes to make this as simple as possible.

The video should assist those of you on the fence in deciding you CAN do these expensive services yourself, and save money for those all-important farkles, and gas for riding! It is also an excellent resource for those looking to see what the dealer does during a typical service.

The video is in MP4 format, and plays on virtually any player or computer.


There was a change in the need to bleed all the ABS controller fitting in a couple of BMW service bulletins.

Specifically in Bulletin # 34 002 06 (019) dated Apr 2006 Maintenance:

For maintenance work, the brake fluid replacement in the control circuits is now only to be carried out via the control circuit bleeding ports (see arrows in pictures). It is no longer required to replace the fluid via the bleeding ports of the metering cylinder and of the Integral circuit during routine brake fluid replacement.

Caution: Although every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this video it was primarily designed to enhance your knowledge of the BMW R1200 “Hexhead” series motorcycle. As such, it is not meant to replace the maintenance manual or to supply complete information about each procedure covered. Any damage done to a motorcycle or personal injury resulting from the use of the video is solely the responsibility of the user and not the maker or seller of the video. Please use the video as a reference only. Performing motorcycle maintenance can be dangerous so please take the proper precautions when attempting to perform your own service work. If you do not have the proper tools or mechanical ability to do this type of work it is best left to the professionals at your BMW Service Center.

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