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Old 04-18-2008, 05:45 AM   #1156
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it doesn't matter which part number you use, the most recent part number supercedes any other in the parts ordering system and is automatically subsituted for the newest part number.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:57 AM   #1157
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Have an 05, no problems after 6K miles. Anyone who's experienced a failure while on the road tried to move the bike a block or so, couple of hundred feet or so just to change the location from the original failure? Planning a trip to the NE USA this June, expect I'll order a spare antennae.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:02 AM   #1158
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Based on the information I got from a top BMW Motorrad executive that they sell around 80 units a year, the failure rate is around 11%.
Hmm, while I agree that this is a serious problem, 11% sounds waaaayyyy too high to me. I think I read that by last year BMW had sold 100k GS12s? That would mean 11k bikes effected by EWS (OK, may 9-10k if you factor in bikes with multiple failures). If the numbers were that high, I think we'd be hearing even more about this issue than we are.

Frankly, for a part of this nature, even a 1% failure rate is way too high. These things should either be virtually bullet-proof or there needs to be a way to disable it.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:11 AM   #1159
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Have an 05, no problems after 6K miles. Anyone who's experienced a failure while on the road tried to move the bike a block or so, couple of hundred feet or so just to change the location from the original failure? Planning a trip to the NE USA this June, expect I'll order a spare antennae.
Be sure to carry a Torx 10 to remove the 2 screws holding the plastic cover over the front of the EWS harness so you can get at it and unplug it from the installed EWS in and be able to plug it into the spare one, and carry a spare key to insert in it, should the need arise.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:36 AM   #1160
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Thanks for the reminder on the torx screws, I ALWAYS carry two keys regardless of which bike I ride...have the luxury of owning an '03 K1200rs, and a '01 Triumph Speed Triple. As many know, STCH which translates to Stupid Things Can Happen. I'm also on daily medication...that is visit the GSpot every day for a "fix". This is a great site.

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Be sure to carry a Torx 10 to remove the 2 screws holding the plastic cover over the front of the EWS harness so you can get at it and unplug it from the installed EWS in and be able to plug it into the spare one, and carry a spare key to insert in it, should the need arise.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:45 AM   #1161
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Be sure to carry a Torx 10 to remove the 2 screws holding the plastic cover over the front of the EWS harness so you can get at it and unplug it from the installed EWS in and be able to plug it into the spare one, and carry a spare key to insert in it, should the need arise.
Rick - does this workaround assume that you've already drilled out the infamous security bolts or will this bypass work without having to do any drilling?
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:03 AM   #1162
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Rick - does this workaround assume that you've already drilled out the infamous security bolts or will this bypass work without having to do any drilling?
No, it allows you to release the plug so you can plug it to the spare and put your spare key within the ring so your bike will start/run. There is a picture on this thread somewhere about it.

I am at 43K miles, and am going on a 7K mile trip this summer. I will NOT take an antenna ring because I am confident mine would have failed already, and if it does, I can get one in a few days. It is all part of the adventure, right?

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PS I will have a T-10 Torx with me though!
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:22 AM   #1163
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No, it allows you to release the plug so you can plug it to the spare and put your spare key within the ring so your bike will start/run. There is a picture on this thread somewhere about it.

I am at 43K miles, and am going on a 7K mile trip this summer. I will NOT take an antenna ring because I am confident mine would have failed already, and if it does, I can get one in a few days. It is all part of the adventure, right?

Jim

PS I will have a T-10 Torx with me though!
Hey, here's a brand-new opportunity for some entrepreneurial type:

Going on a long trip? Does your bike have an immobilizer ring. Rent one from, IMMOBLIZER RINGS R'US, DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY RATES!
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:24 AM   #1164
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Hey, here's a brand-new opportunity for some entrepreneurial type:

Going on a long trip? Does your bike have an immobilizer ring. Rent one from, IMMOBLIZER RINGS R'US, DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY RATES!


Seriously, I would pay someone $15 to have one ready to ship overnight at a moment's notice.

The deal would be, they keep the $15, but if mine breaks, they ship at no additional cost. I bet they could make a fortune!

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Old 04-18-2008, 08:35 AM   #1165
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No, it allows you to release the plug so you can plug it to the spare and put your spare key within the ring so your bike will start/run. There is a picture on this thread somewhere about it.

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Old 04-18-2008, 08:37 AM   #1166
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Yup. Tried it and it didn't work. Thanks though.
I haven't read EVERY post here; I got my EWS error a couple of months back. Here's another theory, not sure if this was ever posted.

This person believes that it's heat related, and that a high percentage of failures are self-correcting if one waits 1/2 hour or more. Roadside assistance rarely makes it by then, but not comforting thinking it might fail AGAIN. Just more USELESS info to consider.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:40 AM   #1167
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No, it allows you to release the plug so you can plug it to the spare and put your spare key within the ring so your bike will start/run. There is a picture on this thread somewhere about it.

I am at 43K miles, and am going on a 7K mile trip this summer. I will NOT take an antenna ring because I am confident mine would have failed already, and if it does, I can get one in a few days. It is all part of the adventure, right?

Jim

PS I will have a T-10 Torx with me though!
Thanks Jim - Hope you're feeling better
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:46 AM   #1168
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Thanks Jim - Hope you're feeling better
Thanks, I feel fine, it is 75 and sunny, and I am sitting in front of a computer instead of riding!

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Old 04-18-2008, 08:49 AM   #1169
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Thanks, I feel fine, it is 75 and sunny, and I am sitting in front of a computer instead of riding!

Jim
Stop grumbling, it's 75 here in FL, clear, I didn't have surgery, and am in front of a computer working (and replying to this goofy threadfest). Soooooooo! Glad you're getting better Jim.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:50 AM   #1170
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Stop grumbling, it's 75 here in FL, clear, I didn't have surgery, and am in front of a computer working (and replying to this goofy threadfest). Soooooooo! Glad you're getting better Jim.
But at the end of the day, you jump on the bike and go home!

Wait, I thought you were retired John? What are you doing working?

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