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Old 04-18-2008, 07:57 AM   #1171
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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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Just cuz I'm 67 doesn't mean I'm retired. Nah, have a business, keeps me in lotsa bikes and toys. Besides, too much time off and you don't appreciate it.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:10 AM   #1172
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Besides, too much time off and you don't appreciate it.
Amen.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:11 AM   #1173
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EWS Antenna Ring Failures

Nothing worse then getting stranded for a $123.00 part. I have 19,000 km on my 07 GS with no issues other that the fuel gauge issue.
If BMW cannot guarantee the Ring Antenna, then they should be providing a redundant design or free spares for all. They can throw in a spare fuel pump as well in good faith!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:08 PM   #1174
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Amen.
Sometimes I can't decide whether you're very lucky or very unlucky. I guess some of both.

Picked up my EWS today, fits perfectly in the tray under my tool roll.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:24 AM   #1175
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Yep, happened to me this morning! Fresh from 1st service check on
03.16.08...966 miles on the clock ('08 GSA) Damn! Spare key a no-go!
Motohio make house calls........
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Old 04-20-2008, 02:23 PM   #1176
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Stupid question here....is there any potential risk keeping the spare key and spare ring antenna taped together in the same stuff sack?
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:35 PM   #1177
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Stupid question here....is there any potential risk keeping the spare key and spare ring antenna taped together in the same stuff sack?
the antenna is not engergized until it's plugged in.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:01 PM   #1178
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Well... i spoke too soon when i said my bike didnt have a ring antenna fault.

Friday afternoon was gorgeous! I went out to the bike after checking out of work early to enjoy the great weather. Suited up, hit the button... nothing.

I called my dealership thats 2 miles from my work (the same ones that "fixed" it just 3 weeks ago) and they said they wouldnt be able to even look at it for 2 weeks. 2 Weeks?!?

Heres the interesting part about the ring antenna... when I called Touring Sport and spoke to the service manager, i mentioned that Blue Moon had just "fixed" it a few weeks earlier by reprogramming the computer. He replied by saying that that was a very strange action to take since there is a service bulletin from BMW stating to replace the ring antenna as a first step for any GS with an EWS fault.

That would indicate that there is a substantial amount of failures. If this is such a common fault, why dont BMW issue a recall?
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:13 PM   #1179
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Well... i spoke too soon when i said my bike didnt have a ring antenna fault.

Friday afternoon was gorgeous! I went out to the bike after checking out of work early to enjoy the great weather. Suited up, hit the button... nothing.

I called my dealership thats 2 miles from my work (the same ones that "fixed" it just 3 weeks ago) and they said they wouldnt be able to even look at it for 2 weeks. 2 Weeks?!?

Heres the interesting part about the ring antenna... when I called Touring Sport and spoke to the service manager, i mentioned that Blue Moon had just "fixed" it a few weeks earlier by reprogramming the computer. He replied by saying that that was a very strange action to take since there is a service bulletin from BMW stating to replace the ring antenna as a first step for any GS with an EWS fault.

That would indicate that there is a substantial amount of failures. If this is such a common fault, why dont BMW issue a recall?
No point in a recall if they don't have a better part.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:46 AM   #1180
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Gee, too bad you can't pay extra or something to have it permanently disabled. You'd think they would be all over that.
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:05 AM   #1181
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Gee, too bad you can't pay extra or something to have it permanently disabled. You'd think they would be all over that.
i asked about that too. The service guy i talked to said it would be impossible. I guess if youre interested in having the anti-theft feature, its a really big plus that it cant be bypassed. If it worked, it would be a great feature. At this point id rather not have it, personally.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:22 AM   #1182
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Bluhduh Summary so far

I have spent a morning reading every post in this thread. Here are the results:
  • 1126 posts so far
  • 46 failures reported. Or, if you like: 96% of the posts do not report of a failure. This is not to say that the sigal/noise ratio is 4%, but....
  • 18 of the 46 who report an failed ring has odometer of less than 20 (39%)
  • 7 of the 46 has odometer of 1 (15%). The post to this thread was their only contribution to advrider.com. Thank you.
  • 3 of the 46 (6%) reports failures that happends to "friends"
  • 43 of the 46 have less than 10.000 miles (93%)
If would stop raining I could do something useful.

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(if you are really, really interested, I have a spreadsheet with the info)
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:27 AM   #1183
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Wow, you do have some time on your hands
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:27 AM   #1184
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Gee, too bad you can't pay extra or something to have it permanently disabled. You'd think they would be all over that.
At least in the US it is a federal law that all motor vehicles have an antitheft device. This is BMWs response.

That said, BMW is not the only on with this system, it is on Ducati and Hondas as well, and will likely be on lots of others soon.

In cars it has been available, or standard since the early 90's.

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Old 04-21-2008, 06:30 AM   #1185
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Wicked Rain

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Wow, you do have some time on your hands
It's raining. When I lived in Norway I was waterproof, and could venture outside regarless of the weather. Now I live in Tuscana, and I'm not waterproof any more. Rain == advrider.com

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