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Old 10-01-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Dead 1200 GSA

Hi. Has anyone had the grave misfortune to be riding along on their 2010 1200 GSA when they hear a flapping sound under the tank followed by an amber then red warning light with a battery symbol on the panel, then a total failure, ie, no instruments and no power? I'd be interested in your feedback. This recent experience has me a little concerned about the RTW riding reliability of this machine.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:31 PM   #2
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Sounds like something has come undone under the tank.

I'd pull the tank off and see if there are any lonely plugs looking for a mate...
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:30 AM   #3
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Sounds like it could be the alternator belt.
How long was it between changes in symptoms? Was the engine running smooth until it shut off?
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:47 AM   #4
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Definitely alt belt.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:57 AM   #5
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Belt failure.

Assuming the 1200 setup is similar to the 1150, its a 10 minute fix. Buy two - one to replace and one to stash in a case or tankbag.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:03 AM   #6
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When the alt. belt was fapping it took out the HES wiring.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:05 AM   #7
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Hi. Has anyone had the grave misfortune to be riding along on their 2010 1200 GSA when they hear a flapping sound under the tank followed by an amber then red warning light with a battery symbol on the panel, then a total failure, ie, no instruments and no power? I'd be interested in your feedback. This recent experience has me a little concerned about the RTW riding reliability of this machine.
You going "round the world"?

Seriously, it is a machine, and machines break. If you plan long remote excursions you might want to learn how to do simple repairs, and to learn to accept that meachanical things sometimes break.

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:06 AM   #8
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When the alt. belt was fapping it took out the HES wiring.
Not on a Camhead.

I'm not 100% on the belt breaking. The battery would still give power to the instruments. Likely it is a battery cable that came loose, maybe from the alternator. I have seen this before.

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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Thanks for the feedback, mates. My money is on the alternator belt, although the bike has only 28,000 Km. It is currently in the hands of the my local BMW shop who will have the final word. New machine; new education, but I do like the idea of carrying a spare. I will have to learn how to do the change. Thanks for your support.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:39 AM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback, mates. My money is on the alternator belt, although the bike has only 28,000 Km. It is currently in the hands of the my local BMW shop who will have the final word. New machine; new education, but I do like the idea of carrying a spare. I will have to learn how to do the change. Thanks for your support.
Look up my screen name on YouTube for a video of the belt change.

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