Frame service bulletins

Service bulletins related to the frame, forks, wheels, brakes will be listed here.  You will see some that are no longer relevant, but they are included for historical purposes.

Warning, you will see inconsistencies in how BMW named, numbered and dated these service bulletins.

Just because your bike is 20-30 years old, don’t assume that these corrections were fixed by owners, mechanics or dealers.  I have seen 50-year-old factory faults still not fixed.

Telescopic fork thread grease, frame, fork grease June 1954

Sidestand modification, frame, sidestand Oct. 1955

Earles fork shock modification, frame, swing arm shock Oct. 1955

R25, /2 front wheel hub change, frame, wheel hub June 1952

Tighten spokes, all models, frame, wheel spokes Sept. 1954

Pg 1, swing arm grease nipple added, frame, earles swing arm pg 1 Jan 1964

Pg 2, swing arm grease nipple added, frame, earles swing arm pg 2 Jan 1964

Pg 3, swing arm grease nipple added, frame, earles swing arm pg 3 Jan 1964

Sidestand mounting bolt change, frame, sidestand June 1964

Solo seat increased suspension, frame, solo seat Feb. 1965

R27 seat mounting change, frame, R27 seat May 1965

Earles swing arm seal change, frame, swing arm seals Oct. 1965

Tapered bearing race puller bulletin 5-79-6NS

1970-71, /5 fork mod bulletin 029 M

Shock tightening 128 M, June 74

Fork bottom seal ring 055 M, Ded 1972

Disc Brake on the /6  092 m, Dec 1973

Approved fork fluids 117 M, May 1974

Driveshaft coupling bell change  118 M, May 1974

Michelin Tires for the R60, 1008R, Oct 11, 1977

Adjusting steering bearings, 1011 R, July 1977

Wheel & Tire damage 1026 R, Dec. 1977

Rear brake master cylinder splash guard  1030 R, Sept. 1977

Tire pressure and tread depth, 1036R, May 1977

Fork oil type and reduced capacity, 1038R, Nov. 1977

Fork to cockpit covers 1044R, June 1978

Alloy wheel tire mounting procedures, 1050 R, June 1978

New sealing procedure, 1052 R, June 1978

Tach installation, 1063 R, May 1978

Rear Drive ratios, 1064 R, Nov. 1978

Wheel and Disc brake runout, 1065 R, June 1978

Driveshaft Torsion Damper, 1067 R, Nov. 1978

Seat-tank interference, 1069 R, July 1979

R65 fork oil, 1072 R, July 1979

Dunlop tire approval, 1073 R, July 1979

Fork damper noise, 1077 R, Sept. 1979

Types of rear shocks, 2004, Sept. 1979

Winter or off-road tires, 2005, Sept. 1979

Excessive front brake lever travel 145 M, November 1974

Rear tire sidewall defect, 020R Oct. 2001

Leaking Front Brake Master Cylinder, 727 Sept. 1996

Damage to wheels and tires, 1026r June 1983

Michelin tires for the R80 G/S, 2032 June 1981

Nivomat rear shock failures, 2033 June 1981

R65 series delivered with wrong tires, 2044 Feb. 1982

Front fork noise, 2046 July 1982 This one is useful, check 2190 below

Mounting decals on the R65LS, 2053 March 1982

Seat fuel tank interference, 2057 March 1982

Approved wheels and tires, 2059 March 1982

Pirelli Tires approval, 2060 March 1982

Nivomat improvement kit, 2062 June 1982

Disc brake bolts may be loose, 2063 Nov. 1982

Valve stem nut position, 2066 Jan. 1982 This applies to all wheels

Continental tires for the R80C/S, 2067 Jan. 1983

Bleeding rear disc brake, R100RS, R100RT, 2071 Feb. 1983

Modified side stands, 2076 May 1983

Telescopic fork oil change, 2079 July 1983

Adjustable seat supports R80GS, R80ST, 2081 July 1983

Telescopic fork noise, 2082 Aug. 1983, still trying to fix it

Paint cracks on composite wheels, 2084 Aug. 1983

Nivomat shocks for all models, 2085 Oct. 1983, a sales pitch

Brake fluid maintenance, 2091 March 1984

Pulsating rear drum brakes, 2092 April 1984

Tire clearance error, 2094 Feb. 1984

Front cast alloy wheel recall, 2117 Aug. 1984

Front cast alloy wheel recall, 2117 Alternate Aug. 1984

Front cast alloy wheel recall procedure, 2123 Oct. 1984

Brake shoes and pads, many models, 2119 Aug. 1984

Continental tire approval, 2124 Oct. 1984

More continental tire approval, 2131 Dec. 1984

Double disc brake hose routing, 2148 March 1985

Metzler front tire ME 33 approval, 2153 March 1985

Glue those handlebar grips, 2155 March 1985

Don’t mount a sidecar, 2159 May 1985 this one is important

Frame and fork straightening, 2161 April 1985 They are hypocrites, as I witnessed BMW straightening many bent frames at the factory.  After a frame was made, it had to be straightened.  Included with the new frames were several frames from dealers all over Europe.  Several good frame straighteners are in business in the USA.

Nivomat improvement kit, 2062 June 1982

Water in hydraulic brake systems, 2165 June 1985

Rear wheel lug bolts, 2179 Oct. 1985 this is still important today

Front brake noise, 2190 Jan. 1986 still trying to fix this noise

Michelin tire clearance issue, 2205 April 1986 Oops, previous testing failed

Dunlop tires for the R80G/S, 2210 June 1986

Brake squeal, all models, 2220 July 1986

Fork seal leaking oil, 2221 July 1986

Modification to top fork spring support, 2222 July 1986

Rear drum brake squeal, 2230 Jan. 1987

More rear drum brake squeal, 2296 March 1988

Tire valve stem change, all tubeless models, 2236 Jan. 1987

Damaged front brake rotors, 2262 Dec. 1987

Disc brake squeal, all models, 2266 March 1988 They can’t even spell disc.

R100GS engine plate coming loose, 2302 April 1988

R100GS fender stiffener, 2307 April 1988

Leaking fork seals R80 & R100, 2320 Aug. 1988

Dual seat locating arm breaks on R100GS, 2321 Aug. 1988

Fairing fuel tank chafing R80RT & R100RT, 2325 Sept. 1988

Noisy upper fork spring support in 85 models, 2326 Sept. 1988

Softer rear suspension on R100GS, 2339 Feb. 1989

Motorcycle tire suggestions, 2363 July 1989

Loctite front wheel bearing cups, 2379  Dec. 1989

Asbestos-free brake shoes, 2395 Feb. 1990

R100GS front fender issue, 2405 May 1990

Sidestand repair for R models, 81-84, 2419 Aug. 1990

Michelin tires are available, 2439 Dec. 1990

R100GS shipped with the wrong fender, 2451 April 1991

R100GS 1990 fender with engine spoiler, 2452 March 1991

Brake pipe recall, 2466 June 1991

More brake pipe recall info, 2467 Aug. 1991

More approved tires, 2470 Aug. 1991

Later approved tire list, 2762 date not clear

Leaking front fork seals, all models, 2479 Sept. 1991

Rusty sidestand spring shackle 1991 R100GS, 2480 Sept. 1991

Tires & wheels information pamphlets, 2491 Nov. 1991

1991 R100GS rear shock number rub off, 2506 Jan. 1992

Brake pad recall, 2537 July 1992

Fork oil capacities, all models, 2547 Aug. 1992

Brake bleeder system, 2559 Nov. 1992 also check the tool section on this issue.

R1100RS handlebar recall, 2655 Nov. 1994

Modification to front brake and clutch systems, 2850 Nov. 1998

Cleaning of anodized wheels, 3600102 Jan. 2002