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Old 01-25-2009, 08:07 AM   #3151
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Some of us carry spare rings, just incase. You can plug it in if you run into probelms, hold a spare key next to it and start the bike. The exact procedure is buried in here somewhere.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:27 AM   #3152
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Afterall, post-purchase I know I can depend on this forum for any query/assistance related to GS due to the vast information available here & friendly people to guide me.
I think the 05 is a good bike but it has issues that get corrected in the warranty period. EWS is not one of them but you are likely to need a warranty on the bike or face some expensive repairs.
A 05 with a warranty would be a good buy or an 05 with over 20,000 or so miles would likely be good.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:51 AM   #3153
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@ Adamr- I remember seeing some inputs on carrying a spare ring. I will indeed search it and consider that as well.

@ Mudcat- I will be getting a dealer warranty. So I hope that will take care of it.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:55 AM   #3154
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Haroon, 05's are not affected by the EWS recall, as the antenna on the 05's has been quite reliable, but carrying a spare is not a bad idea. In the US, they sell for around $35.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:54 PM   #3155
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Thanks Gadget Boy. The spare ring will be the first thing on my shopping list after getting the GS.
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:52 PM   #3156
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Thanks Gadget Boy. The spare ring will be the first thing on my shopping list after getting the GS.
Don't forget the 10Torx wrench to remove the cover to the plug [when plugging in the backup antenna]...I taped a T10 to my spare -247 antenna..

Wished I could afford to ship my bike over there and ride with you to India after your get your GS...my son is in Istanbul and I would love to visit him and his new bride.... and ride that adventure path to India..some day.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:25 PM   #3157
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Thanks Gadget Boy. The spare ring will be the first thing on my shopping list after getting the GS.
Haroon. There were several recalls on my 05.
You may want to ask the dealer if they have done these modifications to that bike yet.

Front brake banjo bolt modification (replacement)
Front brake ABS wire routing change
Fuel pump O-ring seal.

There is also a firmware upgrade that I believe is a no charge item.

You don't need to carry a spare EWS ring on an 05
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:07 AM   #3158
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Thanks Shag. Wow- That is some valuable information on the 05 bikes. I have made note of the items you mentioned to check with the dealer. I will anyway keep a spare ring 'just in case'.

Thanks Wallowa. Will keep that in mind on the 10Torx.
OT- God willing, next winter myself & better-half plan on doing a peninsula loop covering 3 southern states, mostly riding along the coast. Kerala state is one fascinating place.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:50 PM   #3159
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I've an '05 so don't apparently have to worry about immobilizer issues. However, if for some reason I ever have to get to it I will first pull the headlight bucket. Pull out the parking lamp, disconnect two electrical connections, remove 2 screws, and it is sitting in your hand leaving lots of space to access the antenna.



It doesn't take long at all to remove the bucket.

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Old 01-26-2009, 11:01 PM   #3160
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Thanks Shag. Wow- That is some valuable information on the 05 bikes. I have made note of the items you mentioned to check with the dealer. I will anyway keep a spare ring 'just in case'.

Thanks Wallowa. Will keep that in mind on the 10Torx.
OT- God willing, next winter myself & better-half plan on doing a peninsula loop covering 3 southern states, mostly riding along the coast. Kerala state is one fascinating place.
My 08 12GS was having brake issues, but they replaced the EWS under warranty. I was not having EWS issues. I may be a BMW loyalist, but have been done right by the BMW work under warranty. Oh, the brakes problems were fixed, albeit a few trips there.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:38 AM   #3161
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@ Marchyman. Thanks for the pictorial explanation. Sure will be very handy in case of....
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:53 AM   #3162
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My 08 12GS was having brake issues,.
That is another thing Haroon should be aware of. Some of these bikes really eat up rear brake pads. On my 05 I had to replace the first set at 6,000 miles. There were stories of guys ruining rotors at 5k.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:43 PM   #3163
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Is it to do with the linked brakes?
Coz on my 1100RT the rear brakes lasted me close to 20,000kms before the first change although the front pads (I use both brakes but more of the front in proportion) last for about 12,000kms.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:19 PM   #3164
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Wait a minute. I have put over 34k miles on 3 different 1200GS's. Never had a rotor problem and sold all 3 bikes with original pads still on them. Anyone who used up pads at 6k either has a problem with the bike or their brake use.

Haroon, come over and enjoy the ride. Way too much info being thrown at you. The antenna ring problem was dealt with months ago/I put 23k miles on the "bad" ring before letting them change it under warranty.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:22 PM   #3165
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Is it to do with the linked brakes?
I don’t know. JimVonBaden has a theory it is caused by a valve in the servo system associated with linkage. I think, maybe, it is a defect in the caliper, causing the rear pad to hang up. Each successive set of rear pads I use, my mileage of use increases.
I think on the 05’s most guys get between 10 to 15 thousand out rear pads. I have also heard reports of 40 thousand miles out of them.
Anyway, it’s not that big a deal but you need to keep an eye on them. And if you are taking a long trip you will want to carry an extra set with you. They are easy to replace.
Front pads last a long time.
PS: don’t buy BMW pads
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