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post #1 of 6 Old May 26th, 2008, 8:52 pm Thread Starter
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And How Was Your Memorial Day ?

I had a nice little cookout with family and it was a beautiful day, here, in Southern New Hampshire. After our little cookout, I thought it would be a good idea to visit my Father's grave. He was a WWII vet. I rode my '07 RT to the cemetery and paid my respects to my Father. After, I hopped back on the bike and turned the key only to see "EWS" staring at me from the console. Excellent !!!! I jiggled the wires and waited and tried again. Nothing. I called my wife to come and pick me up. She did and when I got home, I got my spare key and had my son drive me back so I could try that. Nothing ! Totally dead in the water. So, my son drove me home and I called BMW Roadside Assistance. I told them I had an "EWS" problem and the bike wouldn't start. The girl who was handling my call had no idea what I was talking about. I explained to her what "EWS" is and what they could do with it, and then asked what I should do. I told her my dealer is only ten miles away, but since it was 8PM on Memorial Day, they were closed. So, should I wait with the bike and have them tow it by God knows who, or should I wait until my dealer opens and have them come pick it up ? She said she couldn't answer what was the correct way I should go. I said that I would take care of it and call my dealer in the morning. I should have known better than to waste my time with Roadside Assistance. But, in hindsight, I don't know what I was thinking they would do for me, anyway. Bottomline is, that this "EWS" thing really stinks. It has stranded many riders a lot farther from home than I was. BMW should have done a recall and fixed this right away. I'm one of BMW's biggest fans, but this is just plain wrong. So, now I'll be going to bed with my beloved motorcycle a graveyard, no less... How apropos...

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post #2 of 6 Old May 26th, 2008, 9:48 pm
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Re: And How Was Your Memorial Day ?

Im new to the BMW ride what is EWS
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post #3 of 6 Old May 27th, 2008, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by BobV101
Im new to the BMW ride what is EWS
The LT does not have EWS ... just the newer designed Beemers such as the GTs, RTs, and GSes. If I recall correctly, it's an antenna for the immobilizer that works in conjunction with your key. The problem is, it's been known to malfunction leaving the rider stranded until you can get it serviced.

There has been a service bulletin (or two) on the EWS. I know I had one done on my '06 GT.
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post #4 of 6 Old May 27th, 2008, 5:41 am
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memorial day in NE means that you can drink gin and tonic and start wearing white if I remember.
we lived in Ashland MASS for a while. I had to work the weekend, nights... keep the phone lines working

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post #5 of 6 Old May 28th, 2008, 8:53 am
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I ended up taking the GS out Monday. (It was already trashed from riding on wet gravel roads.)
Ended up getting in a fix. I was in a rural county west of St Louis, I had not listened to the news before I left. They had had 4" of rain. There was a flash flood warning. I was on gravel roads and crossed a few "low water" bridges that had water coming over them. (6 to 8 inches) However, as I got further down the valley I was in, more water at the crossings. The last one I could not see the bottom, I estimate it was well over 18". I chickened out. The water was flying thru there, on the other side (down stream) of the crossing was a big drop off, w/ large rocks. I could see getting swept into that mess, and decided discretion was in order. My heart had been pounding on the one before that (over a foot deep with a very strong current.)
I had to turn back, no way to go on. I'm not sure how deep you can go with a current that strong.. I found out later two cages had been washed off similar "low water" bridges trying to cross.
All in all I had a great ride it's amazing 35 mpg on the gravel is as fun as 65 on a winding hilly road.

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And How Was Your Memorial Day ?

Not bad! Gas prices have excess traffic well in check. The traffic that remains on the road has slowed down (at least on the FW).

The squids were out in force (so entertainment value was high). Safety gear was appropriately being used, as always. The crotch rocket boys had their camouflage shorts on. The H-D guys had their denim shorts on and the salad bowls on their heads.

I also noticed that certain "objects" on the back on the crotch rocket boy's bikes tended to be quite a bit more "perky" than the H-D boys bikes.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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