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Old 11-28-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Known New-Style Starter Switch Problem 2013 F800GS

This is not related to the starting issue thread, so I opened a new one for others to be aware of this:

I traded in my Sertao a month ago for a new 2013 F800GS (LOVE IT!), and I only got 800 miles on it.

This morning was the second time I experienced this issue: I turned the key on and waited for the gauges cycle to finish, and hit the starter button: NOTHING. Not a click or a sound. Bike is in Neutral, and the side stand is up. I have the ADVMonster volt-meter installed so I can see 12.5VDC of power available. Tried a few more times until it finally clicked and as soon as the starter was running the bike started with no problems. This morning it was 35f, but last time it was in the 50's.

Long story short - I called the dealer and they say it is a known issue with the new-style switch, where it is actually engaging the kill-switch at the same time you push the starter button. I just got my oil and filter to do my 600-mile service, but now I have to go to the dealer for them to change the switch anyway. Needless to say - this will be replaced at no cost.


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Old 11-29-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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Funny how they know it ... and yet ...
Oh never mind it's not nice to rant....

Thanks for passing that on, glad you were not 500 miles into a RTW trip!
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
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Known issues you say....quelle surprise!!

It's a German bike. It isn't an issue, it's a character trait.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:32 AM   #4
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the new-style switch, where it is actually engaging the kill-switch at the same time you push the starter
Gentlemen, this is not a case of engineering design problems it is a case of geo-political problems.

The starter button is made in Germany, and the kill switch is made in various other member nations of the Euro community: France, Greece, Ireland, and Spain
Hence the conflict.
Rumor has it that the new Motorrad assistence line will actually ring directly into the UN building.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:36 AM   #5
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The starter button is made in Germany, and the kill switch is made in various other member nations of the Euro community: France, Greece, Ireland, and Spain
If the kill switches were made in Greece, I appreciate the irony there!
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:08 AM   #6
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Interesting thread twist...:-)

I'm glad nobody else is experiencing this so far. Yesterday it was 28f when I left for work + I had a few more appointments during the day, and I never had a miss-fire on the starter button. I decided not to bring it in unless I have to. I'll do my own service this weekend and check the switch while at it, but that's it for now.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #7
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I noticed it froze the nuts off your camel.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:32 AM   #8
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I noticed it froze the nuts off your camel.
No - those were my nuts...
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:11 PM   #9
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This is good to know. Guess I have to have my dealer look at this and the traction control issue.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:25 PM   #10
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Even if it's under warranty, skip the nut check.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:38 PM   #11
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Starter switch problem

I am experiencing exactly what Avner described initially. 2013 F8 with 3 000 kms was left uncovered for the past 3 days in heavy rains. Tried to start it 5 minutes ago with no action whatsoever, even though I have power for the lights and the computer. The rocker switch actually feels funny. Will try to dry it out with a hair drier when the rain stops tomorrow. It is effin snowing right now !!!
Anybody else had that problem ?
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:40 PM   #12
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Gentlemen, this is not a case of engineering design problems it is a case of geo-political problems.

The starter button is made in Germany, and the kill switch is made in various other member nations of the Euro community: France, Greece, Ireland, and Spain
Hence the conflict.
Rumor has it that the new Motorrad assistence line will actually ring directly into the UN building.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #13
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Is there a recall for this? I'm going in for my first service Tuesday, if I tell my dealer about it can they replace the switch to the new one?
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #14
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Pissed

Sounds exactly like what happened to my bike yesterday. Left me stranded 220 miles away from my house. When I bring it into the shop I will let them know to check that first.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:58 PM   #15
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Hair drier

The hair drier did the trick. Would'nt click then after 5 minutes of blow drying, vrroummmmm. Relief!
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