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Old 10-02-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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Eek F800 GS engine kill warning-- YIKES!

Here's the informal report I sent to my dealer:

Yesterday 10/1 at around 5p (Odometer1,492) I was riding my F800GS alone near Brownsville on north Mountain Home road. Several miles up the road the pavement ends and it turns to gravel. I stopped to put on a shirt and turned off the motorcycle. I restarted the engine normally but before I moved the bike (while the ABS light was blinking in startup mode) I held down the ABS button to disengage the ABS for the gravel road ahead.

I drove about a mile (with the ABS light on constantly indicating the ABS was off) and entered the gravel. The road was fairly steep going uphill at this point with loose gravel and heavy washboard. I went a short distance and was proceeding very slowly in 2nd gear around a sharp left curve and was bouncing on the washboards when the engine just quit abruptly as if a switch was thrown!! (I can't say for sure if the throttle was open slightly or closed, but I think I was under power. The clutch was fully out.)

The rear wheel immediately locked, and I could have easily gone down, but was able to turn abruptly to the left to regain my balance, pull in the clutch, cross the road and stop on the edge of the gravel on the inside of the turn. WOW! Just after I stopped a pickup truck went around me on the right as I was in his lane.

After pausing to regain my composure I turned off the key, then turned it on again and the bike started normally. This time I drove a short distance to activate the ABS, then stopped and disengaged the ABS by holding down the button. I was pretty nervous, but there were no further problems.
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:31 PM   #2
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Eek F800 GS engine kill warning-- YIKES!

Here's the informal report I sent to my dealer:

Yesterday 10/1 at around 5p (Odometer1,492) I was riding my F800GS alone near Brownsville on north Mountain Home road. Several miles up the road the pavement ends and it turns to gravel. I stopped to put on a shirt and turned off the motorcycle. I restarted the engine normally but before I moved the bike (while the ABS light was blinking in startup mode) I held down the ABS button to disengage the ABS for the gravel road ahead.

I drove about a mile (with the ABS light on constantly indicating the ABS was off) and entered the gravel. The road was fairly steep going uphill at this point with loose gravel and heavy washboard. I went a short distance and was proceeding very slowly in 2nd gear around a sharp left curve and was bouncing on the washboards when the engine just quit abruptly as if a switch was thrown!! (I can't say for sure if the throttle was open slightly or closed, but I think I was under power. The clutch was fully out.)

The rear wheel immediately locked, and I could have easily gone down, but was able to turn abruptly to the left to regain my balance, pull in the clutch, cross the road and stop on the edge of the gravel on the inside of the turn. WOW! Just after I stopped a pickup truck went around me on the right as I was in his lane.

After pausing to regain my composure I turned off the key, then turned it on again and the bike started normally. This time I drove a short distance to activate the ABS, then stopped and disengaged the ABS by holding down the button. I was pretty nervous, but there were no further problems.


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Old 10-02-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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Maybe the kickstand was bouncing also and killed the engine?
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:02 AM   #4
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When the bike died was the dashboard/instruments/ dead also?
The headlight/tail light? If so - you have to replace the lower part of the ignition lock, imho. Same happened here on my wife's F8ST and on a friend's F8GS.
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:36 AM   #5
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I notice this thread is on the board twice...

Can they be merged?

(same title, same subject) ....
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:03 AM   #6
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Maybe the kickstand was bouncing also and killed the engine?


Bingo. Sidestand kill switch, I'd reckon.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:42 AM   #7
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is it possible you were geared to low and engine compession breaking caused the rear wheel to skid causing the engine to kill?
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:30 AM   #8
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Well when you get tired of the stalling trade it to me for my 950 Adventure. I love the KTM but am thinking about getting a smaller DS bike and always thought the F800GS would be a perfect fit. I have never ridden one yet but hopefully the dealer will have a demo in a few weeks.

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Old 10-02-2008, 03:32 PM   #9
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This has been discussed pretty thoroughly over at UKGSER:

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146382


Take a read and then head to your dealer to make sure you have the latest flash for the ECU.
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Old 10-02-2008, 05:37 PM   #10
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BMW should contract with Honda or one of the other Japanese companies to write their ECU software. Germans have no idea how to write software. Any Mercedes or BMW car owner will atest to that. Like me!

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:33 PM   #11
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Ah the software change! Deja vue all over again. My 2001 F650GS had many such animals which the dealer, F650.com etc etc. SWORE would fix the stalling. They didnt. Just a heads up F650/800 owners! What we need is a recall administered by the government NOW before someone like 5th Try gets killed/seriously injured.

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