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Buying motorcycle disposables

Hi all, new to the forum!

German national recently moved to CH from the UK, so probably feel most comfortable with you lot

I imported a bike from the UK (mostly hassle free..) and am looking to take on a second bike (GS650) as a project soon.

Parts and disposables can be very expensive here, and I wondered if any of you have any suggestions for where I can cheaply source stuff like oil, crusher washers, tyres, etc. Any tangential advice welcome too (e.g. disposal of old oil)

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Re: Buying motorcycle disposables

Reifendirekt also sells oil and some other fluids at very good prices and free shipping.

For other consumables, either polo motorrad or buy from abroad and take the hit on customs/pay to go to border.

Disposing old oil is easy enough. I've seen many recycling spots around Zurich that also have oil disposal so that's easy enough. The problem is coolant - I don't know where to do that, but I've only had to do it twice and both times I did it in a DIY garage and they took care of it.

There is also the motorradhangar in Zurich that seems like a cool place to fix your bike at a reasonable price, and they can probably take care recycling fluids and parts for you.
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Re: Buying motorcycle disposables

Thanks for the tips!
I will definitely check out the hangar, they look cool. Have gone to Do-it-yourself-Garage in Oerlikon previously with good results and they focus on cars (but allow bikes for 20CHF p/h)
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Re: Buying motorcycle disposables

Louis in Dietlikon is handy if you're on the north side of Zürich.
For coolant some areas have days where non standard waste (Sonderabfall) is disposed of. Your local council might have a waste calendar that will list the days for this.
I think from what I can read it all goes to the Sonderabfall-Sammelstelle Hagenholz, Hagenholzstrasse 110, 8050 Zürich. I've never brought it there myself so good luck.
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I got a lot of stuff from https://james-sherlock.co.uk/ totally painless and trouble free.
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Disposing old oil is easy enough. I've seen many recycling spots around Zurich that also have oil disposal so that's easy enough. The problem is coolant - I don't know where to do that, but I've only had to do it twice and both times I did it in a DIY garage and they took care of it.
Coolants is Sonderabfall (Special waste).
Here a map https://recycling-map.ch/en/ where you can find the nearest recycling spots for oils, special waste etc. Be aware that you should only use the facilities which belong to your town of residence.


As you have a BMW you can get specific parts from www.leebmann24.de A super fast source is Gottstein BMW in Bad Säckingen, they can source parts in 24h or even the same day Note: VAT refund when you pick up vehicle parts in Germany and export them yourself. But even than the BMW parts are cheaper than sourced in Switzerland.

For O-Rings, crush washers etc. you can get them also from Eisenwarenhändler. At this one you can look if they have it on stock: http://www.kull-laube.ch

For oil: Look at amazon.de
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Re: Buying motorcycle disposables

Awesome thank you gents, lots of really good tips. I'll check out the websites suggested. + Hagenholz is super close to where I live so I'll check with them for the waste.

Do you lot ride through the winter? I haven't seen a fellow rider in a couple of days
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Awesome thank you gents, lots of really good tips. I'll check out the websites suggested. + Hagenholz is super close to where I live so I'll check with them for the waste.

Do you lot ride through the winter? I haven't seen a fellow rider in a couple of days
Once there is snow/ice my bike gets a well deserved rest until it is all gone. Although I'm not a clean freak, seeing my bike covered in salty crud is a little too much.
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Re: Buying motorcycle disposables

Fair enough, my engine paint has been flaking for a while so I guess I've gotten less sensitive there

Btw will thank everyone once I have reached the post threshold (10 posts?)!
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Every afternoon to work (take the car in the mornings).

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Re: Buying motorcycle disposables

Just a side note.... be careful how you drive here compared to other countries

it might be costly
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Every afternoon to work (take the car in the mornings).

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Winter. Even the Valle Maggia has temperatures above the freezing point.
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Winter. Even the Valle Maggia has temperatures above the freezing point.
In the afternoon.

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Just a side note.... be careful how you drive here compared to other countries

it might be costly
Haha its been a steep learning curve coming from the more free spirited riding in central London.... I got flashed about 3 times in my first month here, however always just above the limit and still on my UK plates, fingers crossed they got lost in the system

In my oppinion speed cameras should be used for traffic calming and not money making, but hey
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