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#838540 - 06/22/13 10:56 PM Options for a check engine light?  
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So I'm riding home from work yesterday on my GS, and I get the yellow triangle idiot light. Under that was either an engine or transmission symbol on the display. I honestly didn't pay that close attention. Either way, the bike was running fine. I pulled into and gas station, shut it off, let it sit about 20 seconds, fired it back up, and rode 40 miles home with no issues or lights. During that time, I took it easy at first until I decided it was running OK. After that, I laid into it pretty hard for the rest of the trip and everything was just fine. The light and symbol never reappeared.

I'm not too concerned with what happened unless it is reoccurring. That being said, what are my best options for figuring it out if it reappears? Is there some sort of onboard diagnostics, or do I need to buy a GS-911 service tool? I have no problem spending the money if the tool is worth while. I just don't want to fork out the cash if its not worth it. Hoping for some insight......?


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#838544 - 06/22/13 11:09 PM Re: Options for a check engine light? [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Evening Keith

Your bike has no further onboard diagnostics above the warning light & icon you had showing. (you will need a GS-911 or dealer computer to get the stored code, assuming it was a problem that even stores a code)

The good news is, a YELLOW warning light usually means something wrong but not catastrophic.

If you had RED warning light then something real serious.


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#838551 - 06/23/13 12:31 AM Re: Options for a check engine light? [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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I'd say whether a GS911 is worth it or not depends on how much self-maintenance you plan on doing. If you are letting the dealer do the work then seeing any codes in advance might be interesting but won't be of any real value beyond that. For anyone doing their own maintenance (beyond oil changes and the like) a GS911 is pretty much mandatory IMO and has a lot of capability: reading codes, functional tests of most components, brake bleed tests, TPM programming, ESA calibration, recording/graphing of realtime engine data, fuel strip calibration (planned for next release), and on and on. Just depends on how far beyond 'red or yellow' you want to go. wink

#838604 - 06/23/13 02:48 PM Re: Options for a check engine light? [Re: smiller]  
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Thanks guys. The only time I usually step into a dealership is for free coffee. Everything else, I pretty much plan to do myself. Looks like I'll be shopping for a GS-911


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