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#1005232 - 02/14/18 01:28 AM ABS problem 04 R1150RT  
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I was bleeding the abs to wheels last week with a low battery and now with a new freshly charged battery, when I turn on the key I get the abs light blinking fast and the brake light is on. I have disconnected the brake levers to make sure it wasn't a bad switch. I'm hoping it just needs to be started, to get ride of the ABS light. I'm I right in my thinking?
I'm new to the BMW world, and none of my other bikes have ABS. I did get the fluid changes in the ABS unit and the brake reservoirs.
Thanks Marc


2003 KLR250, 2004 R1150RT, 2006 V-Strom 650, 2015 Ural Gear Up.
#1005234 - 02/14/18 01:50 AM Re: ABS problem 04 R1150RT [Re: pixturethis]  
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A fast blinking brake light on ignition on along with the fact that you brake light is staying on is an indication that a brake switch is always on. It could be the foot brake and well as the hand brake. On my 04 RT is has always been the hand brake. I could usually push the lever away from the handlebar and it would self correct. Just for my information I slightly pressed the foot brake while turning on the ignition and I got the same results. Is your servo also continuously running when you turn the ignition on? It should be since your brake light is on.


2004 R1150RT 183,000 miles
1991 K100LT 128,700 miles
1982 R100RT 106,900 miles
Total 418,600 BMW miles

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#1005235 - 02/14/18 01:59 AM Re: ABS problem 04 R1150RT [Re: pixturethis]  
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I just tried pulling the front brake out when turn on the key, problem fixed, thank you so much, I was scared I did something wrong and did not want to buy a new ABS unit.
Crazy how ABS works.
Thanks again Marc.


2003 KLR250, 2004 R1150RT, 2006 V-Strom 650, 2015 Ural Gear Up.
#1005238 - 02/14/18 02:20 AM Re: ABS problem 04 R1150RT [Re: pixturethis]  
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I'm glad I was able to help. What is actually going on is that the ABS unit cannot go thru its self test if the brake switches are depressed enough to make the brake light come on. The fast blinking light indicates self test unable to complete.


2004 R1150RT 183,000 miles
1991 K100LT 128,700 miles
1982 R100RT 106,900 miles
Total 418,600 BMW miles

The cheapest thing on a BMW is the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.
#1005240 - 02/14/18 02:43 AM Re: ABS problem 04 R1150RT [Re: pixturethis]  
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I see, so what do you do if you have to start the bike on a hill, can it do the self test after you start rolling?


2003 KLR250, 2004 R1150RT, 2006 V-Strom 650, 2015 Ural Gear Up.
#1005253 - 02/14/18 12:28 PM Re: ABS problem 04 R1150RT [Re: pixturethis]  
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Originally Posted by pixturethis
I see, so what do you do if you have to start the bike on a hill, can it do the self test after you start rolling?


Morning pixturethis

It will straighten itself out after the bike starts rolling off with no brakes applied.

Or your above " I have disconnected the brake levers to make sure it wasn't a bad switch" -- When diagnosing your BMW I-ABS brake system you need to keep in mind that the brake switches work in reverse logic to most automobile & motorcycle brake switches as the switches are N/C & go OPEN when you pull the lever or push the brake pedal.


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#1005281 - 02/14/18 04:37 PM Re: ABS problem 04 R1150RT [Re: pixturethis]  
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Thanks, makes a lot more sense now, I’m just glad it’s working, only waiting on a RH fairing and some maintance I have to finish up, then take her out for a ride.


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