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post #1 of 18 Old Feb 20th, 2013, 6:16 pm Thread Starter
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GS-911 - where did you buy yours?

My "how do I reset the Service light" post really gained legs, so thought I'd start a separate post asking:

What did you pay for your GS-911?
Where did you buy it?
What model - 10 bikes or "professional" model

I see Amazon has a 10 bike model for $300. I'm not happy with the requirement, but being held hostage, I will be making the purchase soon
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post #2 of 18 Old Feb 20th, 2013, 6:22 pm
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Re: GS-911 - where did you buy yours?

Adventure Designs for $300 or so. 10- bike model.

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Re: GS-911 - where did you buy yours?

a pretty good video with the GS-911 in action:
http://www.gs911usa.com/gs-911-details.php
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Re: GS-911 - where did you buy yours?

Fig - which one is yours?
GS-911 hardware is available as two offerings:
GS-911usb:
The interface has USB only
Allowing you to connect your PC/Laptop to your BMW motorcycle through USB.

GS-911blu:
The interface has USB & Bluetooth
Identical to the GS-911usb above, with an additional integrated buetooth module, allowing you to connect your PC/Laptop to your BMW motorcycle through USB, as well as use your mobile phone or Blackberry, in stead of you PC, to read the Fault Codes etc...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XveFo_Tu2rA

yet another pretty good post with time stamp 7:28 to clear my service code
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Re: GS-911 - where did you buy yours?

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My "how do I reset the Service light" post really gained legs, so thought I'd start a separate post asking:

What did you pay for your GS-911?
Where did you buy it?
What model - 10 bikes or "professional" model

I see Amazon has a 10 bike model for $300. I'm not happy with the requirement, but being held hostage, I will be making the purchase soon
The official US rep for the GS-911 is Ted Porter at BeemerShop. Get yours from him (I did) and you'll know you're getting the right one.

I have the USB Enthusiast version - I use mine in the shop exclusively and have an el cheapo laptop that I hook up to it. I don't ever plan on having more than 10 bikes connected to it. Ted sells that version for $299.

I'd beware of anything on Amazon unless you can verify that it comes from a reputable reseller like AdvRider or BeemerShop. [I dug down on one of the Amazon listings and it comes from BeemerShop].

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Re: GS-911 - where did you buy yours?

I bought my first one direct from South Africa when they first came out - USB version as I did not have any blue teeth at the time. $299 +$50 for shipping.

Then at the MOA rally this year got to meet the guys that designed it and bought a BT version for rally price of $300 (Ted Porters booth) and I sold my old one for $200.

I used a 10 bike version in both cases as you only "consume" a VIN slot when you reset the service indicator on that bike and you can do unlimited code reads and clears on all bikes.

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I bought my first one direct from South Africa when they first came out - USB version as I did not have any blue teeth at the time. $299 +$50 for shipping.

Then at the MOA rally this year got to meet the guys that designed it and bought a BT version for rally price of $300 (Ted Porters booth) and I sold my old one for $200.

I used a 10 bike version in both cases as you only "consume" a VIN slot when you reset the service indicator on that bike and you can do unlimited code reads and clears on all bikes.
John,
Wondering just how much engine information you get from the 911 for an Lt. I looked at the site and can't really tell how useful it would be for that. So do you get temp, timing, fuel injector function etc?
Thanks

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Fig - which one is yours?
GS-911 hardware is available as two offerings:
GS-911usb:
The interface has USB only
Allowing you to connect your PC/Laptop to your BMW motorcycle through USB.

GS-911blu:
The interface has USB & Bluetooth
Identical to the GS-911usb above, with an additional integrated buetooth module, allowing you to connect your PC/Laptop to your BMW motorcycle through USB, as well as use your mobile phone or Blackberry, in stead of you PC, to read the Fault Codes etc...

USB- the software does not exist for iOS, so it won't work with my iPhone (which I did not buy or choose- our corporate main office makes that call, so no posts about switching, please).

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great input - looks like I'll be contacting Mr Proter in the near future
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Be advised that the mobile version WILL NOT reset your service indicator. I don't own a laptop and learned that the hard way, after buying the BT version and a used Android based cellphone. They don't tell you this up front, they expect you to read thru the reams of FAQ's, or so they (Ted Porter) told me in so many words.

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One of the most valuable and least understood and used functions of the GS-911 is its ability to log real time engine data from literally every sensor plugged into the bike computer so you can tell whether they are functioning and see what they're doing. The better your understanding of how a modern sensor run FI motor runs, the more you can glean from it. I've probably hooked mine to 20 different bikes but have so far only used 2 of the VIN slots, both for bikes I own. Others in our fleet don't have service indicators so although they get checked for codes at every service they don't use a VIN slot.

Netbooks are cheap and very capable of serving as dataloggers- cheaper than many of the less capable tablets that basically are not much more than a smart phone with a bigger screen..

The support for the GS-911 is superb. Continued development and extension of its capabilities all provided as free software updates to users - no subscriptions, no update fees. What's not to like about that?

BMW has seen fit to alter the interface for some new models so they will also have a new version appearing soon that was shown at the last MOA rally. I think its safe to say it will continue the improvements. Whether I'll need one any time soon isn't clear- that will depend on when I acquire a bike with the new interface but I've got no interest in the 6 cyl and the new RT can wait a few years after its intro- my 08 runs fine.
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I have one that I've only used on one bike, a 2009RT. It is definitely a wise purchase for anyone doing there own wrenching. Saved me some time and $$$ on the road also. Bike quit GS911 diagnosed a fuel pump switch problem. Bought the part and was back on the road.

Only BMW I have now is a 1974 R/90/6 with a side car. No longer need the GS 911. Make me an offer and save yourself some $$$$$$. It's the Bluetooth version purchased from Beemer.
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Found the best price on a GS-911 until December 7th!!!

USB Model: $269.00 (regular price $299.00)
USB/Blue Tooth model: $315.00 (regular price $349.00)

http://beemershop.com/Merchant5/merc...ry_Code=GS-911

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I bought the used one that Rcockrum posted about above. Very neat piece of equipment, and well worth the money if you need to troubleshoot a bike. In my case I'm 80 miles from the dealership. I figure that three uses will more than cover what I paid for it and they hold their value really well. Probably a lot better investment than any motorcycle you can buy when it comes time to sell. If you find a used one at a fair price grab it. I've been reading OBDII codes on cars for 15 years or so and in my opinion the GS911 is far superior to the OBDII systems.


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Got my GS-911 from Ted Porter at the Beemershop. Originally I bought the non-pro USB but Ted allowed me to upgrade to the Blue Tooth version for $50 more. Total was about $350 and it pays for itself the first time you do your 12K service. Well worth the expensive price.

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I may go ahead and purchase one since my service light came on. I noticed on hexcode's website that they will be coming out with a new unit for the 2013 models. I assume that BMW changed the connector on the 2013 models. This may be a reason you are seeing some discounts on these units.

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I got mine from Ted Porter, so I know it's not a Chinese fake.

It's already paid for itself a couple of times over by not having to pay the dealer $110 / hr for resetting service reminders. The ABS flush and TB sync functions have also added greatly to the $$ saved. I hope to never use the sensor diagnostics functions, but it rides with the bike when I'm away from home (I pack a Mac).

I have the USB enthusiast version. It works great with a Mac, so long as you run the software in a Windows emulator. I use VMWare Fusion - works perfectly.
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