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#994737 - 08/16/17 02:20 PM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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DT - that is exactly what the dealer told me. Otherwise I would have had to pay the $275. Now he could have been wrong and has to eat that charge, but what I wrote is straight from the dealer.

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#994738 - 08/16/17 02:39 PM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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Originally Posted By: Sonor
DT - that is exactly what the dealer told me. Otherwise I would have had to pay the $275. Now he could have been wrong and has to eat that charge, but what I wrote is straight from the dealer.


Morning Sonor

I hope what the dealer told you is BMW's policy on the fuel strips as there are a lot of riders about to go past the 12 year limit on fuel strip warranty coverage.

The 12 year coverage starts from when the bike went into service not by build date.


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#994786 - 08/17/17 11:33 AM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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Yeah, I hope so too. I am sure this FS is going to be just as good as the last three.


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#995410 - 08/25/17 05:44 PM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: RobinW]  
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Originally Posted By: RobinW
Cranking Amps just means they can supply more amps to crank the motor if needed.
I can't see spikes causing an issue either when the biggest capacitor you can get, the battery, sits across the rails.

We don't get these issues down here. Quizzing my local club shows almost no problems. Although there are a lot less of us. It must be your fuel.

So I installed a rebuilt alternator and a brand new battery on the bike and dropped it off yesterday for the new fuel strip. Reading the instructions that came with the alternator they do mention that a bad battery can be detrimental to the life of the alternator due to the fact that (as pointed out by Robin W the battery is a big cap and in theory you should never see a spike. But when a battery goes bad it becomes more resistive and as EME points out it can cause spikes which could damage the alternator. So my theory is if this happens it could impact the fuel strip. We'll see what happens. The last strip lasted 120 miles. Shouldn't take long for an answer.



#996494 - 09/10/17 01:25 AM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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Crap! Fuel strip failed again today at start up. German engineering is overrated. VW diesel emissions and BMW moto fuel strips are prime examples. Especially when the solution is to just keep replacing a known faulty part with the same known faulty part?

Do the fuel strips ever start working again once they have failed? Of course I could just tape over the warning light again but that just does not work for me.


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#996515 - 09/10/17 11:17 AM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: speedybee]  
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Originally Posted By: speedybee
Crap! Fuel strip failed again today at start up. German engineering is overrated. VW diesel emissions and BMW moto fuel strips are prime examples. Especially when the solution is to just keep replacing a known faulty part with the same known faulty part?

Do the fuel strips ever start working again once they have failed? Of course I could just tape over the warning light again but that just does not work for me.


Morning speedybee

Every now & then a fuel strip will start working again but that doesn't happen very often. (they sometimes start working again after a battery disconnect then re-connect)

The good news is that if you keep changing enough strips under warranty there is a chance that you will finally end up with a good one that stays working.


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#996576 - 09/11/17 12:49 AM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: dirtrider]  
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Originally Posted By: dirtrider
Originally Posted By: speedybee
Crap! Fuel strip failed again today at start up. German engineering is overrated. VW diesel emissions and BMW moto fuel strips are prime examples. Especially when the solution is to just keep replacing a known faulty part with the same known faulty part?

Do the fuel strips ever start working again once they have failed? Of course I could just tape over the warning light again but that just does not work for me.


Morning speedybee

Every now & then a fuel strip will start working again but that doesn't happen very often. (they sometimes start working again after a battery disconnect then re-connect)

The good news is that if you keep changing enough strips under warranty there is a chance that you will finally end up with a good one that stays working.



Thanks DR. I might try disconnecting the battery. Getting my bike to the dealer is a big hassle even though there would not be a repair cost.


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2004 R1150RT
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1984 Yamaha Seca 750 (wrecked)
1968 Yamaha 350 RD
1973 Yamaha MX 100
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#996593 - 09/11/17 11:29 AM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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I hear ya Speedy - it is an hour to the nearest dealer for me as well. Then to wait two plus hours for the strip to be replaced again etc. is not the way I want to spend over 1/2 a day.

I just hope that BMW invests in enough research that they finally get it right before I am too old to ride anymore. (and that is years away)


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#1001685 - 11/29/17 07:19 PM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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Well I knew we should have started a pool on this STUPID FUEL STRIP JUNK. My 4th just died. Started the bike, it showed a full tank (even though I had ridden 78 miles since the fill up) but within 1/4 of a mile the yellow triangle showed and the fuel tank was showing empty. Right around 4 1/2 months of use. Good thing I have never trusted the fuel strip and reset the odo each fill up.

Junk, just pure junk. I fully believe this is the last BMW for me.

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#1001686 - 11/29/17 07:23 PM Re: New Fuel Strip [Re: Sonor]  
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Originally Posted by Sonor
Well I knew we should have started a pool on this STUPID FUEL STRIP JUNK. My 4th just died. Started the bike, it showed a full tank (even though I had ridden 78 miles since the fill up) but within 1/4 of a mile the yellow triangle showed and the fuel tank was showing empty. Right around 4 1/2 months of use. Good thing I have never trusted the fuel strip and reset the odo each fill up.

Junk, just pure junk. I fully believe this is the last BMW for me.


One of the things I have noticed over my 4 fuel strip failures is that they seem to happen when the bike sits for a long (over a month) with less than a reasonably full gas tank. My thoughts are that the fuel strip itself is drying out and killing itself. For me that brings about two things I might be able to do to help.

1. Ride more often so fuel gets splashed on the medium that registers the fuel level.
2. Keep a full tank of gas if I know the bike is going to sit for an extended period of time.

Can somebody please tell me they are not using this same style of fuel level sensor in the RTW?


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