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Old Mar 9th, 2016, 9:46 am Thread Starter
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Dash showed neutral, but it cranked in gear

This morning, I mount the bike, turn on the switch and wait for the dash to boot up. Then the dash showed a green N. so I hit the starter button, with the bike still on the side stand. To my surprise, the bike jumps forward and down. I say some words. I get the bike back up and look it over, just a few scratches. I find neutral, dash shows 2nd gear, so pull the clutch lever and start it up. The dash is flashing all sorts of warnings, but it's running so I ride on to work, no problems,,, till I get to work. I pull into my parking spot and I notice the headlight shinning on the wall. It looked like one of the bulbs was out, so I leave it running, get off and start to walk around to look at the bulbs,,, the engine dies. I say some more words. Now it wont start,,, more words,,,cycle the key a few times, nothing,,,try it with kickstand up, starts up. Dash shows a blank gear indicator.

I just went out and tried it again. This time I wiggled the shifter and was able to get the neutral light to come on and start the bike. I guess now all I need to do is clear the codes. and replace the headlight bulb.,,, and never trust the dash again!!!


So where is the gear indicator switch?

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Old Mar 9th, 2016, 10:07 am
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Re: Dash showed neutral, but it cranked in gear

Thank you,,, but that is the LT RS transmission. My bike is a 2005 K1200S.

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2003 K1200RS Alpine White and Blue SOLD
2002 R1150GS sold
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Old Mar 9th, 2016, 11:28 am
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Re: Dash showed neutral, but it cranked in gear

Your pot is on the left side over the transmission area. Sometimes water is the issue. Don't eliminate connectors and wiring.
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If you change it yourself the plan is to shift through each gear starting in first and hold in the gear for about ten seconds. This is supposed to "teach" the computer.
Here is some reading for you:
Neutral indicator / gear position indicator - I-BMW.com
I have to comment on your starting procedure some. I find fault in starting a bike on the side stand and not sitting on it or having your hands on the controls with the clutch in. You are not in control. They tend to fall over at the slightest bit of down slope while idling. Also I think it is a good plan to start a bike while holding the clutch in, even in neutral. And I strongly recommend to never leave a bike idling in neutral and walk away from it, even on a center stand. It will over heat relatively quickly.

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Thank you,,, but that is the LT RS transmission. My bike is a 2005 K1200S.
Yeah, I figured that out afterwards. I got the K1200 part correct

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Thanks for the info and the link.

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