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Old 01-15-2011, 11:25 AM   #3196
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I have broused the multiple comments about ring issues of which I experienced on my previous 1200 GS adventure and had factory recall fixed on my F8gs. However, todays problem is different in that when I turned the key on my f8gs (it has 29K maintenace failure free miles) I got nothing. Nothing in the instrument panel, no lights, no horn, nothing. One of my more knowledgable friends gave it a look and gave the handle bars a few lock to lock pushes and miracle; all is well. The ignition came on, instrument panel responded as normal and engine started like always. Now I have a concern with why and when will it happen again. Stuff don't fix itself normally. Any suggestions on cause or potential fixes would be appreciated.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:38 PM   #3197
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Id say you have a loose / chaffed wire in the harness form the ignition switch. Best track that down pronto before it leaves you stranded.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:21 PM   #3198
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Thanks. I will start the search.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:46 PM   #3199
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This thread has been inactive for a long time, which is great. I didn't read everything, but it seems that all ring failures had been on new bikes. I have a 2007 with "bad" part#. If the ring has survived until today, should I be concerned or can I assume that I got a quality part?
Genka,

Recently, a friend who tows for a local repair shop had a call for a BMW bike that wouldn't start. He knew I might be able to troubleshoot it so he asked me to look at it. It was a brand new, 2007 F800S that was purchased in Nov of 2010. The owner had only put the first 236 miles on it over a warm weekend (3/9/2011). When it quit on him it was showing "EWS" on the LCD display so I knew what the problem was before it got to my house. When it got to my house, I checked the Antenna Ring part number and it was a #247. Then I looked at the fasteners holding the ignition switch and they were socket head cap screws, so I knew it had been replaced. So I ordered a new antenna ring from Max BMW and installed it, problem solved. I called Max back, and told them what happened and they said they would cover it under warranty and send me a replacement antenna. I'm telling you all of this because I just wanted to let you know that the #247 antenna rings are not immune to failure. This bike had obviously had it replaced as part of the recall, but was never ridden until the new owner got it out this spring. I can't believe the original replacement lasted only a short time.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:56 AM   #3200
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Well, anything can fail, but I wanted to get rid of the part with unusually high failure rate. I'm glad that BMW covered it even after warranty expiration.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:04 AM   #3201
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I believe is the antena ring!!
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:48 AM   #3202
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EWS failure this weekend 110 miles from home. 07 gs 22k, orig. owner.

Ring was replaced lil over a year ago but not with the 247 module. Now I'm
1) trusting BMW for solving the problem.
2) not doing my homework and carrying a spare ring,
right beside the spare final drive and fuel bypass wiring.


I have to laugh, mins before I stopped for lunch I thought I love this bike, I
dont care if they are prone to breaking down.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:25 AM   #3203
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EWS failure this weekend 110 miles from home. 07 gs 22k, orig. owner.

Ring was replaced lil over a year ago but not with the 247 module. Now I'm
1) trusting BMW for solving the problem.
2) not doing my homework and carrying a spare ring,
right beside the spare final drive and fuel bypass wiring.


I have to laugh, mins before I stopped for lunch I thought I love this bike, I
dont care if they are prone to breaking down.

Just amazing ! What if another brand was having all these troubles ? We'd be making fun of them big time !!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:37 AM   #3204
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Ews

I had my EWS replaced. Been OK so far and not sure, but think it was the new part #.

Do you know the part number for the new one?

Seems I heard there was a hard wiring work around in emergency??? anybody know how to by-pass this thing to get home?
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:46 PM   #3205
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Seems I heard there was a hard wiring work around in emergency??? anybody know how to by-pass this thing to get home?
It is likely that if we knew of such a procedure, this thread would not have 3200 messages in it.

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Old 03-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #3206
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I remember seeing a work around posted when this was a big problem. No idea where it hiding/younger and smarter members will have to find it. My failing memory tells me that one could attach the spare without undoing the old one till you got home.

TaSK, as an aside I am now riding my GS to Knoff in orlando to be shipped to Heidelberg. Late may to Toscana!
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:12 PM   #3207
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I remember seeing a work around posted when this was a big problem.
There is no work around unless you consider replacing the existing antenna with a replacement that is temporarily cable tied to the bike a workaround. Some did that until they could get to a place where they could drill out the safety screws. If your antenna goes you MUST have a replacement antenna if you want to start the bike. That was true up to the '09 models. I assume it is still true today.
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #3208
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That is what I was referring to/a temp fix to get you home. I never had a problem but others found it useful and they posted.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:33 AM   #3209
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Late may to Toscana!
I'll start searching for suitable wines.
If that's OK with you

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:13 AM   #3210
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