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Old Jul 1st, 2013, 8:39 am
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In talking to a dealer about the R1200RT this weekend and discussing maintenance he stated that the bike has a maintenance reminder that can only be reset using a BMW computer and that a 30-minute shop rate ($45) would be incurred to perform such a service. I would like to maintain this bike myself as much as possible should I get one. Maybe not valve adjustments, but certainly oil, oil filter, FD Fluid, brake fluid, etc. How do you do-it-yourselfers handle this issue?
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

The RT is very easy to work on, and fortunately my '07 does not have the service reminder! From what I have read, the later models with the service reminder can have them reset with a GS-911 - a $100 analyzer that hooks up to your bike's computer to communicate with and set up variables in its computer. I don't have a GS-911, since I can do everything needed without one. Your other choice is just to ignore the reminder!
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

The GS-911 will do the reset and much more, but unless you find one used there are quite a bit more than $100, the usb version starts at $299. There are known chinese knockoffs out there that Hexcode (the manufacturer) will not support. Also, if buying a used one make sure you know how many vin #'s are logged on it if it is an Enthusiast Model. (max 10 bikes)


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Re: Service Indicator Reset

We use the GS-911 diagnostic tool. Plugs into the bike and can reset the reminder in 5 minutes. Also used to check for fault codes and test various systems on the bike as well as parking the stepper motors for throttle body adjustments on some models. Tool cost around $300 but gives you the satisfaction you're not paying the dealer $45 for a 5 minute job.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

Thanks for the correction on the price! I have no interest in one, at this time, and so haven't looked at the price in quite a while. Don't need the GS-911 to park the servo for TB synch. either - just disconnect the plugs for the two servos (one on each side) before starting up will do the job!
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

FWIW and from what I understand, having the dealer reset the light for you also includes them virtually validating the services were performed as required within the BMW virtual world for bike service. This will lend to service history validation in the event you were to sell your bike.

I believe $45 every one year or 6k miles is reasonable. Just offering my $.02.

Since my bike still has two years of warranty I am not in a rush to obtain the GS-911, especially when my dealer will reset the service date/mileage and light for me. I also do my own maintenance, that's part of being a motorcycle enthusiast in my book.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

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In talking to a dealer about the R1200RT this weekend and discussing maintenance he stated that the bike has a maintenance reminder that can only be reset using a BMW computer and that a 30-minute shop rate ($45) would be incurred to perform such a service. I would like to maintain this bike myself as much as possible should I get one. Maybe not valve adjustments, but certainly oil, oil filter, FD Fluid, brake fluid, etc. How do you do-it-yourselfers handle this issue?
It's also known as the DEI or Dealer Extortion Indicator.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

I have read alot about having the dealer do service work to protect resale value. I have NEVER read a story where someone even FELT penalized for doing their own. I recently sold an RT privately and the buyer and I discussed the service work I had done on the bike, but he never questioned that I had done it myself.

That is just my two cents' worth on dealer service.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

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Also, if buying a used one make sure you know how many vin #'s are logged on it if it is an Enthusiast Model. (max 10 bikes)
I would pay up to $100 for a used one, even if all of the vins are used up -- the "Pro" firmware upgrade is $220, which would give you unlimited uses for the price (plus tax) of the crippled version.
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I would pay up to $100 for a used one, even if all of the vins are used up -- the "Pro" firmware upgrade is $220, which would give you unlimited uses for the price (plus tax) of the crippled version.
Some times clubs buy them. I haven't gotten one yet. I will if I feel like I will keep the bike for awhile.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

I take my bike for regular service to the BMW people but feel it's very cheap of them to put the reminder on just so you have to take it to them to get it off....very cheap of them.
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I take my bike for regular service to the BMW people but feel it's very cheap of them to put the reminder on just so you have to take it to them to get it off....very cheap of them.
Cheap? Unethical.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

My non-BMW car is the same thing. The service reminder comes on when it's time for an oil change and I have no way of turning it off. I don't mind as much because an oil change for the car is less then half what I would pay for the bike and I really don't want to do it myself. The RT is different because I want to work on it. So the RT service reminder is on all the time now which does nobody any good and a GS911 here costs about $400. I'm not sure that BMW did this with intent to leach money from us. It's probably just another example of poor design. I have heard that for a cost, the dealer will change the setting so that the indicator does not come on. Now that the bike is out of warranty, I would like that and I could monitor the service intervals using the odometer.
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Well technically you do NOT have to shut the service engine light off and you'll hardly notice it when it does come on.
However, if you are going to do your own servicing I'd recommend you buy the GS911 so you can check the fault codes and such.

Someone mentioned parking the TB for syncing? You don't need to as it makes NO difference to the sync.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

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I have heard that for a cost, the dealer will change the setting so that the indicator does not come on.
My service guy told me that he could not disable it or extend it too far out but he could make it so that it did not come on in a while (maybe 24 or 36k out). So I will have to wait and see by what he said.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

It does make sincing easer as the GS911 parks/ closes the throttle servos when the throttle is opened . Bike is tough to ride if you do not log out of sinc mode .

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It does make sincing easer as the GS911 parks/ closes the throttle servos when the throttle is opened . Bike is tough to ride if you do not log out of sinc mode .

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Interesting. I thought that the servos only regulated the idle. I always assumed that moving the throttle off idle to sync the throttles eliminated any effect from them. I have done a throttle sync on my 2010 a few times without doing anything with the steppers. The bike always runs really well after.
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Interesting. I thought that the servos only regulated the idle. I always assumed that moving the throttle off idle to sync the throttles eliminated any effect from them. I have done a throttle sync on my 2010 a few times without doing anything with the steppers. The bike always runs really well after.
I am sure that the procedure that you have been following is fine! If you want to be really sure, you can unplug the connectors from the servos (one on each side) before starting up and do your synch. I see absolutely no needs to spend $300 on a GS911 to park the servo! Take a look at this for reference:

http://www.jimvonbaden.com/R1200_TB_Sync.html

OTOH, reading the reference above, you will note that in the section about disconnecting the servo connectors, Jim also noted that he had done the TB synch. while disconnecting the servos as well as leaving them connected and find no difference at all!

I do disconnect them, when I do my TB synch. No big deal at all.
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Re: Service Indicator Reset

Thanks for the input Pad. I do have Jim's DVD and find it very helpful. Just to be sure, the next time I will do the sync as per my normal process and then redo with the steppers disconnected to see if the readings change much.
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The GS-911 is a very handy tool. Besides the obvious things, it can exercise a number of
items such as the the fuel pump or the injectors. It can also read the status of switches,
I find it indispensable in troubleshooting. It may earn itself back if you are able to do one
repair yourself instead of bringing (or having picked up) the bike by the dealer.
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