That's also the reason why I have been neglecting the blog. I simply grabbed the wrench and started jumping on every single bold that I could see. You can't find much better things to do in the evenings, especially when it's around -15 degrees outside and your car is almost literally buried under snow. As I remove parts, not only did it make me scared because of the increasing complexity of the job, but I became more and more excited to move on to the next step. I must say that due to my lack of experience and know-how, I'm progressing rather slowly, but in general the mechanisms are designed in such a simple and smart way, that it shouldn't take a well trained specialist more than just a few hours to remove every single nut and bolt on the bike, and then to put it all together again.
As I don't have a proper bike stand, the Bimmer should keep standing by itself. Therefore I left it standing on the center stand (and front wheel) and I started working from rear to the front. I would start with the rear wheel, seat, fender and suspension, then continue with the final drive, tank, then take out the transmission and the engine and finally take care of the front wheel, forks and steering head. The rest of the work will be on the workbench, although they are the best looking parts from outside, I won't feel comfortable without looking into the engine, the tranny, let alone the wheel hubs and bearings in case there's anything wrong.
Simply loosen two bolts on the rear fender, then upwards folds the rear part of the fender, via a hinge. Just roll the wheel out of the "backdoor".
This one does not have a rear fork, though. The rear wheel is attached right to the rear suspension and can freely move up and down on the center axles of the suspension tubes. There is a spring to resist this upwards movement, and gravity handles the rest. It may not be as effective and strong as its grandchildren, but definitely much more beautiful as a design.