Before every journey

Here you can find a few small suggestions to enjoy the riding pleasure on your BMW as much and for as long as possible. After all, it is a valuable piece of technology. Meaning careful treatment is essential for long and flawless functionality.
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A small check is always worthwhile.


Before every journey, check the headlight, low beam, high beam, rear / brake lights and turn signals. We only install parts of the highest quality and check that they are all working flawlessly at every service. But just to be on the safe side, you should briefly check them too.


The right air pressure is one of the most important bases for flawless riding behavior. With the BMW Motorrad mini foot pump you can check the pressure and adjust it to suit your load and your riding style. The correct values are specifically listed in the operating instructions.


Oil lubricates the engine and keeps it running smoothly. But at the same time, oil also cools it down and keeps it at the ideal operating temperature. The ADVANTEC Original BMW Engine Oil is formulated to fulfill the high requirements of BMW Motorrad high-performance engines. So always make sure that the right quantity of oil is in the engine, gearbox and drive. Too much oil can have a negative impact, as the oil pressure in the engine is designed for a specified quantity.


Your hands control the clutch and the brake, your feet brake and shift gears. So all four levers should be working flawlessly.  The adjustable levers of many of our models make daily riding even more enjoyable. If you are searching for the absolute maximum we have to offer the BMW Motorrad M Parts are the right statement. High-quality parts made of carbon, titanium and aluminum make every motorcycle uniquely yours.


Your clothing is of course dependent on the weather.  BMW Motorrad Ride & Style offers a wide range of functional and stylish clothing as well as protective accessories for a variety of weather. To also protect and prepare your bike for adverse weather conditions we offer Original BMW Care Products. What must also be considered is that even the best care does not stop the aging process: protectors and helmet shells become brittle with time, tend to break and lose their protective function. Leather and functional clothing also require care: for lasting breathability.


For maximum riding pleasure, you should be fit too. Because only when you are healthy and balanced will you have fun on your machine. Just be sure to keep your focus before setting off.

Weather check

Adapt your riding style to the weather. Bear in mind that not just you – but also your engine and tires require a certain operating temperature in order to be able to perform optimally. As far as clothing is concerned: not too cold, but not too warm either. Pay attention not only to wind but to fall protection as well.

Route check

Being aware of the traffic situation on your route really helps you relax. It also allows you to conveniently plan the time you need for your journey. From entry-level model to offroad navigator – with the BMW Motorrad navigators will help you reach your destination.

On the journey

BMW motorcycles are especially well prepared for the big journey. Thanks to their ergonomics, they can easily travel many thousands of miles. Furthermore, everything is designed and manufactured for demanding continuous operation. Countless luggage solutions offer you precisely the right transportation possibility for your odds and ends on every model. Nevertheless, you should always check that everything is positioned securely, because there is a great deal of force acting on your luggage depending on the road surface and your riding style. Here are a few more tips before we can then say: happy travels!
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So that every journey is the most beautiful.

Luggage storage

The less luggage you have, the freer you are. Especially on a motorcycle. Depending on where the bike is, you always have to take your luggage into the tent or room with you. Your luggage should be packed well. The Original BMW Motorrad Accessories offer a wide range of luggage solutions – side cases, tank bags, topcases or even luggage rolls – almost all of which are absolutely watertight and tailored specifically to your BMW. Always put heavy luggage at the bottom. This way, it will have the minimum impact on the riding behavior. But always adapt your riding style to your load.

Route planning

Plan carefully, enjoy properly: during the journey, your eyes should always be on the road. Making it all that much more important to get the required information quickly and safely. Our compact devices with GPS navigation or tank bag with transparent map pocket are valuable aids. And of course, you should also think about the range when planning the route – both with respect to the tank as well as to your own sustenance.

Everyone has their own personal performance characteristics when it comes to energy and endurance. The bike gives you direct and intensive riding pleasure, but there is more effort involved than when driving a car. And so your physical reserves fade quicker: concentration and reaction capabilities drop and the danger of an uncontrolled situation increases. So especially on long bridging journeys, always give yourself sufficient breaks.

Service network

Support far and wide: our all-encompassing service network comprises 80 countries with 1200 addresses and by 2020, over 1500 retailers. International information about BMW mobile service – can be found in your BMW's on-board literature. And there is also a brochure for overseas.

Roadside Assistance

The reliability of our motorcycles has top priority. In the case of a breakdown, the mobile service is by your side. BMW offers the services of its very own call-out duty in countless countries: qualified specialists with comprehensive expertise get your motorcycle going again. For fast and efficient aid when overseas, please always ring the mobile service in your home country. The information will be recorded here and all subsequent steps initiated immediately. The mobile service control center coordinates your matter and helps you as much as possible over the phone. If you need immediate assistance, we direct the nearest BMW breakdown assistance vehicle to you. The phone number for the mobile service in your home country can be found in our numbers guide.

Before winter

The surfaces of a BMW have a very high-quality finish. Whether painted or finished with fully dyed materials or metals – we only use the highest quality products. Nevertheless, road salt, moisture and temperatures can take their toll on any material. If you should "lay up" your motorcycle, then store it in a warm and dry place – at the very least dry. Whereas it should be ensured that the covers have sufficient air circulation. Otherwise there is a danger of precipitative moisture – resulting in corrosion. If you want to be completely on the safe side, use a light oil such as bicycle gloss (the clear-red spray oil) – spray this lightly onto your bike. Particularly the metal surfaces are then better protected from corrosion. Before the start of the season, we recommend a wash with a little washing-up liquid in lukewarm water and a soft sponge. And of course, your BMW Motorrad partner has more tips as well.
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Always be well prepared.


Regularly rinse off the salt deposits after winter rides and intensify the care with the appropriate products. Dose the high pressure cleaner softly and do not point the spray directly at the intake duct and bearing. You can of course get care products from us. From cleaning to polish: the Original BMW Care Products offer excellent care for your bike. 

Storing Your Bike

We recommend standing the motorcycle on the center stand over the winter, so as not to permanently strain the tires and spring elements over longer immobilization periods. In order to avoid flat spots, you should move your BMW to and fro every now and again – the smallest space is sufficient for this.

Charge the battery

If your motorcycle is not ridden for prolonged periods, the charge of the battery drops.  BMW offers battery charger devices, which can usually be connected to the battery without it having to be removed. Practical, provided you have access to a plug socket.

Operating materials

Your BMW's synthetic oils are not only highly resilient in operation, but also withstand the test of time during immobilization periods. They continue working exceptionally after winter with a short warm-up of the engine. BMW recommends ADVANTEC Original BMW Engine Oils and the Original BMW Expert Line that perfectly suit the engine of your BMW Motorrad. For metal tanks, we recommend filling up before immobilization, because otherwise the tank may corrode on the inside due to condensed moisture. For plastic tanks, this is not an issue. For carburetor-operated motorcycles, you should disconnect the feed cable between the tank and the carburetor and allow the fuel to drain out of the carburetor in order to prevent hardening. For modern injection engines – as exhibited by the entire BMW Motorrad range – this measure is not required.

BMW Service partners near you.

With our worldwide service network, we are there for you anywhere and anytime. Find a BMW service partner near you and benefit from our service offers.

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