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Old 11-25-2010, 05:04 AM   #1
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Deactivate the ABS while moving? F800GS

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Is there some way to deactivate the ABS while moving? Are there any special tricks related to ABS on the F800GS?
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:38 AM   #2
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You must STOP, press and hold the ABS button till the brake light glows red and then continue. There's no need to turn the engine off. When you want to re-activate it, you must stop, press the button again and go.

The ABS wheel sensors must not be sensing a rotating wheel in order for this to work, that's why you must stop. I have never seen any bike with switchable ABS where you can turn it off while the bike is in motion as a factory setting. On the SuperTenere 1200 since it does not have an ABS switch, someone made one, so you can turn it off at any time.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:48 AM   #3
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Thanks GB! My ideal would have been to figure out a way to turn it off on the go. Because I forget sometimes. (Most of my riding is off road or dirty slimy road).
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:00 AM   #4
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Thanks GB! My ideal would have been to figure out a way to turn it off on the go. Because I forget sometimes. (Most of my riding is off road or dirty slimy road).
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you can't, without triggering a brake fault code and cutting into the bike's harness, such as running a switch to one of the ABS wheel sensors.
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:46 AM   #5
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You must STOP, press and hold the ABS button till the brake light glows red and then continue. There's no need to turn the engine off. When you want to re-activate it, you must stop, press the button again and go.
Not exactly true, GB. On the F twins you only need to slow to <5 mph to disengage the ABS. It's in the owner's manual, and I've verified this myself a few times now. Granted, it's often easier to just come to a full stop. But you don't have to.

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Old 11-25-2010, 07:05 AM   #6
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Well, since the speedo doesn't exactly show speeds at or below 5 mph, the bike is basically nearly stationary and barely self balanced, might as well put a foot down, disengage it and ride off
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:53 AM   #7
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Hey, do you have to be in neutral?

For some reason, I've done it a million times and I can't remember if I ever tried it while in gear (stopped or moving), mostly habit for me to put it in neutral when I come to a stop for ABS....
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:09 AM   #8
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I read somewhere that all you have to do to be in permanent non-ABS is to cover up one of the ABS sensors (like with Duct tape). Anybody tried this?
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:10 PM   #9
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I read somewhere that all you have to do to be in permanent non-ABS is to cover up one of the ABS sensors (like with Duct tape). Anybody tried this?
Pretty sure this won't work...

1. These sensors are very close to the ABS wheel so something like duct tape might interfere and you could damage the sensor.

2. They are Hall effect sensors so they work by detecting the moving metal in the sensor wheel that is mounted to the hub. While these sensors do have to be close to the metal to work, something non-metal between them and the metal wheel should not affect the sensor. These are not optical sensors that you can fool with tape.
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Hey, do you have to be in neutral?
Nah, pull in the clutch, hold down the ABS button, and off you go!

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Nah, pull in the clutch, hold down the ABS button, and off you go!

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Old 11-26-2010, 06:23 AM   #12
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I read somewhere that all you have to do to be in permanent non-ABS is to cover up one of the ABS sensors (like with Duct tape). Anybody tried this?
I have heard of people unplugging the rear sensor to disable it.
The connector is under the seat near the rear spring on the twins.
I have not tried this myself.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:18 AM   #13
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I read somewhere that all you have to do to be in permanent non-ABS is to cover up one of the ABS sensors (like with Duct tape). Anybody tried this?

I know of an easier way.

Its about $1000 USD cheaper, too.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:34 PM   #14
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Isn't there a fuse specifically for the ABS?

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Old 11-27-2010, 10:02 PM   #15
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Isn't there a fuse specifically for the ABS?
Nope, no fuses on the F-twins. But I believe that JR is correct. There's a connector under the seat that when unplugged disables the ABS.

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