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Care products..................... 116
Washing your motorcycle .......... 116
Cleaning sensitive motorcycle
parts ............................... 116
Paint care .......................... 117
Protective wax coating . . . .......... 118
Storing motorcycle ................. 118
Returning motorcycle to use ....... 118
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Care productsBMW Motorrad recommends
that you use cleaning and care
products available at your au-
thorized BMW Motorrad retailer.
BMW Care Products have been
materials tested, laboratory test-
ed, and field tested and provide
optimum care and protection for
the materials used in your motor-
cycle.The use of unsuitable
cleaning and care products
can damage motorcycle
For cleaning, do not use any sol-
vents such as nitro-thinners, cold
cleaning agents, fuel or similar,
and do not use cleaning agents
that contain alcohol.
motorcycleBMW Motorrad recommends
that you use BMW Insect Re-
mover to soften and wash off
insects and stubborn dirt from
painted parts before washing the
To prevent stains, do not wash
the motorcycle immediately after
it has been exposed to bright
sunlight and do not wash it in the
Make sure that the motorcycle
is washed frequently, especially
during the winter months.
To remove road salt, clean the
motorcycle with cold water im-
mediately after every trip.
After washing the motor-
cycle, after driving through
water or in the rain, braking can
be delayed due to damp brake
disks and brake pads. Brake early until the brakes are
dry or braked until dry.
Warm water intensifies the
effect of salt.
Only use cold water to remove
The high pressure of steam
cleaners can damage seals,
the hydraulic brake system, the
electrical system and the seat.
Do not use a steam jet or high-
pressure cleaning equipment.
motorcycle partsPlasticsClean plastic parts with water
and BMW plastic care emulsion.
This includes in particular:
Windshields and wind deflec-
Headlight lens made of plastic
Covering glass of the instru-
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Black, unpainted partsIf plastic parts are cleaned
using unsuitable cleaning
agents, the surfaces can be dam-
Do not use cleaning agents that
contain alcohol, solvents or abra-
sives to clean plastic parts.
'Fly sponges' or sponges with
hard surfaces can also lead to
Soften stubborn dirt and
dead insects by covering
the affected areas with a wet
cloth.WindshieldClean off dirt and insects with a
soft sponge and plenty of water.
Fuel and chemical solvents
attack the windshield ma-
terial; the windshield becomes
cloudy or dull.
Do not use cleaning agents.
ChromeEspecially in the case of road
salt, carefully clean chrome parts
with plenty of water and BMW
auto shampoo. Use chrome pol-
ish for additional treatment.RadiatorClean the radiator regularly to
prevent overheating of the en-
gine due to inadequate cooling.
For example, use a garden hose
with low water pressure.
Cooling fins can be bent
When cleaning the radiator, en-
sure that the fins are not bent.RubberTreat rubber components with
water or BMW rubber protection
Using silicone sprays for
the care of rubber seals can
cause damage. Do not use silicon sprays or oth-
er care products that contain
Paint careWashing the motorcycle regularly
will help counteract the long-term
effects of substances that dam-
age the paint, especially if your
motorcycle is ridden in areas
with high air pollution or natural
sources of dirt, e.g. tree resin or
However, remove particularly ag-
gressive materials immediately;
otherwise changes in the paint or
discoloration can occur. These
include spilled fuel, oil, grease,
brake fluid as well as bird drop-
pings. BMW Car Polish or BMW
Paint Cleaner are recommended
Contamination of the paint finish
is particularly easy to see after
the motorcycle has been washed.
Remove this type of soiling with
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cleaning naphtha or spirit on a
clean cloth or cotton ball. BMW
Motorrad recommends remov-
ing tar spots with BMW Tar Re-
mover. Then add a protective
wax coating to the paint at these
locations.Protective wax coatingTo preserve the finish of your
motorcycle, BMW Motorrad rec-
ommends using BMW Car Wax
or agents that contain carnauba
or synthetic waxes.
A sure sign that the paint must
be protected, is the fact that wa-
ter no longer pearls up on it.Storing motorcycleClean the motorcycle.
Spray the brake and clutch
lever, the side stand pivot and,
if necessary, the main stand
pivot with a suitable lubricant.Coat bare metal and chrome-
plated parts with an acid-free
grease (e.g. Vaseline).
Park motorcycle in a dry room
so that both wheels are un-
Before putting the motor-
cycle into storage, have
the engine oil and the oil filter
element changed by a special-
ist workshop, preferably an au-
thorized BMW Motorrad retailer.
Combine work for storing/return-
ing to use with maintenance ser-
vice or an inspection.
to useRemove the protective wax
Clean the motorcycle.
Install a charged battery.
Before starting: Observe