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Old 08-14-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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Starter lag? Anyone else?

Does anyone else have a newer model (2011) GS that has starter lag? In other words, you turn the key, wait for the system check to complete (triangle goes away), you press the starter button.. nothing... try again by pressing the button, holding it there for a sec, and THEN it starts?

I replaced the battery, thinking that might be it, but it still does this sometimes. I've never been stranded, but it just seems strange.

It should also be noted that this wasn't always the case, it just started happening about 6 months ago.

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Old 08-14-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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Doesn't sound normal to me. I'd search for a dirty/corroded contact/switch. IMHO!
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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Starter button maybe?

By the way, no need to wait for the bike to finish its self test to start it. I never do.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:52 PM   #4
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By the way, no need to wait for the bike to finish its self test to start it. I never do.
I'm surprised at that. If I don't wait for my bike (2010 GSA) to finish its self-test before starting, it gives me an "engine with an exclamation mark next to it" graphic. I figured there must be a good reason, else why would BMW have gone to the trouble of displaying the graphic?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for disregarding silly rules.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:47 PM   #5
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I'm surprised at that. If I don't wait for my bike (2010 GSA) to finish its self-test before starting, it gives me an "engine with an exclamation mark next to it" graphic. I figured there must be a good reason, else why would BMW have gone to the trouble of displaying the graphic?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for disregarding silly rules.
Does it stay on when you ride off? Seriously, no harm.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:32 AM   #6
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My 2011 1200 GSA has kind of a pause after I press the start button. New battery and still enough of a pause to make me worry that it won't start when I park somewhere. I get the feeling that it only will kick over once but it always starts. Haven't been stranded yet!
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:38 AM   #7
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I have a 2012 R1200gs which sometimes does nothing when starter button is pushed it has a new battery too, my solution has been to just turn the key off then back on wait a second then it starts, my thinking is its a computer issue were it doesn't always boot completely or doesn't all recognize the key
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:54 AM   #8
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Possible dirty starter solenoid? Possible starter relay? Possible poor electrical connection somewhere (I guess that goes without saying)?

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Old 08-15-2014, 11:03 AM   #9
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I have heard of this and if I'm not mistaken the fix was a new $100 ignition switch.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:11 AM   #10
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I have heard of this and if I'm not mistaken the fix was a new $100 ignition switch.
Why didn't I think of that???
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:14 AM   #11
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Previously discussed here...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=960319
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:28 PM   #12
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I believe the link refers to a different issue. The OP indicates the lights come on but nothing happens/delay when the starter button is pressed.
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:15 PM   #13
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i have just had the same issue and a new battery fixed it up.

I though the delay was normal, but new battery caught me by surprise. May be a different issue but it sounds the same.
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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My 2011 GSA does a similar thing if the battery is not fully charged. It sort of grunts and tries to turn over, hesitates, then catches. Once I did some work that required the battery to be disconnected and when I put it back together it fired up without hesitation, leaving me to suspect the battery connections but they were tight when I removed them. I keep meaning to check the starter connection and forget. A poor ground connection could do the same thing I imagine.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:44 AM   #15
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Starter button maybe?

By the way, no need to wait for the bike to finish its self test to start it. I never do.
If I start mine before the self test, it resets the tripometer. Pita.
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