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Old 04-17-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Dead GS

As in no gauge cluster, rid, headlight, not even a click.

Odyssey battery tested at 85%. HES replaced last year. Been running great.

Went to get it inspected. Tech comes and tells me bike is dead. It's never done this since I have had it. I think all fuses and relays are ok but electrical stuff is not my strongest subject but I'm not a total idiot either. Right now tracking wiring for bad spots. If it was a bad side stand switch I would still get my dash lights. Fuel pump isn't priming either.

What am I missing?
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Harness under the ignition switch?
Known problem area, wiring factory wrapped with tywraps to the frame & eventually breaks.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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Kill switch, ignition switch...after the battery and where it all begins, right?
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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Ignition switch is my primary suspect from previous readings since I have owned the bike. The harder I've looked the more I'm surprised there's not more issues the way they cinch the wires down with zip ties.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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Ignition switch is my primary suspect from previous readings since I have owned the bike. The harder I've looked the more I'm surprised there's not more issues the way they cinch the wires down with zip ties.
Great place to start.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:06 PM   #6
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The harder I've looked the more I'm surprised there's not more issues the way they cinch the wires down with zip ties.
yep, especially given the crap wire insulation they used in that vintage.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
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there is fewer big wires on the bike than little ones

check the big wires and connections first.

then start from the ign switch and work toward the starter
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #8
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This may help Really dead 1150

You could take a jumper cable and run one wire from negative to the frame to see if the ground is the culprit.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:43 PM   #9
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if the bike in question is the R1100gs, most likely the problem is in the wire harness to switch connection. These wires and hence contacts catch hell as they are constantly being moved as handle bar is turned. Some time this can be fixed with a soldering iron and some what of a skill set....but sometimes you have to buy a switch depending on how the wire broke.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #10
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I had a wire in the loom going to the ignition switch break on my 95 GS and it caused intermittent killing of the motor on a trip home from North Carolina. Temps were in the teens and that could have contributed to the wire breaking. Loom is / was located on the left side of the steering head. I was under the impression that BMW dealt with it in the later year GS's.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:11 PM   #11
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Any luck

Start wiggling some wires
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:08 PM   #12
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As in no gauge cluster, rid, headlight, not even a click.

Odyssey battery tested at 85%. HES replaced last year. Been running great.

Went to get it inspected. Tech comes and tells me bike is dead. It's never done this since I have had it. I think all fuses and relays are ok but electrical stuff is not my strongest subject but I'm not a total idiot either. Right now tracking wiring for bad spots. If it was a bad side stand switch I would still get my dash lights. Fuel pump isn't priming either.

What am I missing?
Loose battery connections, or nipped wire coming from IGN SW.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:21 PM   #13
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I realize this thread is a couple or so months old, but i wish to point out that it is a p.i.t.a. and a general disappointment when someone posts a problem asking for info/advice, receives it and FAILS TO FOLLOW UP WITH A CONCLUSION!!! pisses me off and certainly not in the spirit of this forum. rant over.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:38 PM   #14
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I realize this thread is a couple or so months old, but i wish to point out that it is a p.i.t.a. and a general disappointment when someone posts a problem asking for info/advice, receives it and FAILS TO FOLLOW UP WITH A CONCLUSION!!! pisses me off and certainly not in the spirit of this forum. rant over.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #15
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You have it right.

Not only for the good of those who took the time to answer when their expertise or experience was requested, but even more for the fellow who does the proper thing and searches for the problem and find this thread-- only to be left wondering.
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