Originally Posted by Wallowa
As my old memory serves me the technique that might work is to plug in the spare "new" antenna, invert it over the old antenna-key way and then put your key in and try it..
I also understand that once you start it the antenna is NA...and can be unplugged and stowed..
Give it a shot...good luck!
Jim/Poolside, will try tomorrow to start without ring connected. Phil, the dealer wanted me to try what you suggested. Bike all cinched down in a covered trailer and can't get to it and don't feel like rolling it off tonight. When I get the new ring and install it tomorrow I will try that.
Frankly, am a bit bummed out on the whole thing. It's easy to look at the issue from 10,000 feet, but when my bubble burst hooking up the spare and no joy, well, imagine being in BFE and all of this happened? Not good! Am disappointed in BMW.