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Old 05-23-2011, 12:15 AM   #1
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gs1200 / change abs brakes for standard anybody?

I have a gs1200 / 2006 with abs/servo assisted and i would like to exchange it for a regular ''japanese'' system, anybody has knowledge on how to proceed?
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:05 AM   #2
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Do a search over on G-Spot. It has been done, and the process fairly well laid out.

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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Can I ask why you want to switch ? I took the GS out and really tried the brakes out for the first time a couple of nights ago. I couldn't believe how well the abs works.
I've always been dubious about abs on a motorcycle but not anymore, especially threshold braking with that pea gravel on the road.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:02 PM   #4
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because,,,,

The brakes are servo assisted and do not work well with engine off,,, problem when dirt riding
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:50 AM   #5
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The brakes are servo assisted and do not work well with engine off,,, problem when dirt riding

You ride in the dirt with the engine off???

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Old 05-25-2011, 05:55 AM   #6
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Don't turn off the key and wheel into the garage.

Don't do that. Don't ask me why........
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:20 AM   #7
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I've done mine

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Old 05-25-2011, 09:17 AM   #8
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down hill

When rolling down a very steep downhill..... is good practice to turn off the engine and use the clutch as a rear brake (with the bike in first gear). Simply
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:41 PM   #9
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When rolling down a very steep downhill..... is good practice to turn off the engine and use the clutch as a rear brake (with the bike in first gear). Simply

Maybe I am missing something, but why not use the brake? Using the clutch is hard on the clutch, and if you suddenly find you need power you are SOL!

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Old 05-26-2011, 12:55 AM   #10
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Emilio is right if you are really doing hard offroad.
Sometimes, when you are descending a really steep hill, with lots of loose stones and gravel, best way to assure your stability and not to fall and roll down is to put both feet on the ground; the problem is that you need to break and your right foot is touching ground, avoiding you to fall rightwards. In this situation is very helpful to stop the engine and use the clutch as a rear break, while using also the front lever with care...
Besides there has been some reported crashed caused by the electric breakes failuring for lack of voltage. In fact I think this system was a failed experiment by BMW because they never used it again (later series were manufactured with standard hydraulic system). Also the electric brakes are very rude at low speeds...
In my experience I had to ride thru more than 2500 kms in Bolivia and Chile without the electric powered brakes due to a failure in the lever contacts, and believe me it is hard (and long) to break without the assistance...
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:05 AM   #11
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Miguel,

Seems like an extreme situation, and to be honest I would probably not have used a GS for that, but if I did I would not have a servo-GS just for that reason. But if I did, I would have carried a couple standard connectors and converted my dead servo-ABS to standard brakes.

At any rate, for 99.9% of the people on a GS riding with the motor off is a non-issue.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:50 AM   #12
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Right on. Personally I would consider that an emergency situation - one to take every effort to avoid!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:46 AM   #13
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You made it difficult for yourself.

Just unscrew the small electrical unit from servo (4 screws) and leave it plugged into the loom. Remove the rest of servo and dispose of
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The brakes are servo assisted and do not work well with engine off,,, problem when dirt riding

I find that riding is enhanced with the motor running.



Servo brakes are weird voodoo..
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