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Old 02-10-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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steady warning light - what do i do, i am a newb

I have a 2003 R1150 GS Adv. Just recently got it and I love it.
Been running great as far as i can tell.
The other day i started up the bike and I could hear the ABS do the initial test on start up, the ABS light would blink fast, then slow and, as it should, the ABS light would go out after going forward a short distance.
The problem is the light below the ABS light is staying on steady- no blinking.
I looked at the manual and alls it says is take it to the dealership.
Not sure why the light is on, and I don't even know if it is related to the ABS brakes.
Should I do the ABS reset that I read about in Wisdom? Is there anything bad that can happen from doing the reset?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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Battery gone bad.

Maybe your battery went bad. Time to change for a new one.

You can check it with a borrowed battery.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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battery

will a bad battery start the bike up?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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amperage its low

Yes and eventually will leave you stranded everywhere.
Remember ABS is very sensitive and a weak amp in the battery starts to give you wrong info in the electronics of your bike.
I've some trouble with mine and change the battery from another bike and every warning ligths went off.
Of course I took a spin on the bike and started several times. The warning ligths never go on again.
So , next step was to put the money on a new battery.

If you're in doubt get a borrowed battery.

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will a bad battery start the bike up?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
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RTFM page 89: Steady General Warning Light: Brake light bulb is burnt out.
YMMV
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:17 PM   #6
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like i said i am a newb

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RTFM page 89: Steady General Warning Light: Brake light bulb is burnt out.
YMMV
I will check the battery and light tomorrow. What is RTFM and YMMV ?
Thanks for all that responded.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:25 AM   #7
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I will check the battery and light tomorrow. What is RTFM and YMMV ?
Thanks for all that responded.
Bryan,

I think it referred to "read the f'ing manual" & "You mileage may vary". Welcome to the forum. It's helpful if you fill out your profile a little better, but QRZ helped! (N1AO - the hard way)
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:41 AM   #8
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mine does the same thing, every now and then, if I turn it off and start it again the light goes out its been doing it for a couple of years now without causing any problems yet . If you find out what it is will you please let me know.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:51 AM   #9
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My new-to-me 04 Adventure is doing this. It does have some sort of high zoot LED brake light thingy...
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:47 AM   #10
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mine does the same thing, every now and then, if I turn it off and start it again the light goes out its been doing it for a couple of years now without causing any problems yet . If you find out what it is will you please let me know.
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I have seen this twice on my R1150 GS. The first time I replaced the bulb, even though I think it was alright. I think that I may not be patient enough to let the ABS system voltage check finish before starting the bike. I let the warning light go off now before starting the bike and have not had it happen again.

I think that if you starting the bike during the ABS check, the voltage may drop too low and it will set the code in the computer.

YMMV
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:50 AM   #11
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Mine does it after riding a few miles, it seems, after applying the brakes. A restart clears it for a while.
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:25 PM   #12
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#1197 tail light bulb. You'll think this makes no sense because you'll see how the rear light is dim when running, and brighter when braking. But that's just the fancy computer running the single remaining bulb filament at two different power levels. It only looks like both filaments are still good.
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:00 PM   #13
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problem solved

as it turns out, it was just the light bulb. replaced the bulb, no problem...
thanks for all the help.
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:08 PM   #14
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#1197 tail light bulb. You'll think this makes no sense because you'll see how the rear light is dim when running, and brighter when braking. But that's just the fancy computer running the single remaining bulb filament at two different power levels. It only looks like both filaments are still good.
this is an excellent bit of info.

i would never have guessed the bike capable of manipulating the current like that, and i would have been confused, just as you said.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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as it turns out, it was just the light bulb. replaced the bulb, no problem...
thanks for all the help.
That's great! Having the nerdy LED-blinky-thing, I have more work to do!
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