Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
OK, so I finally get a chance to have a little ride on my new GT on Saturday. Took off from Fresno and headed up towards Yosemite in the Sierras - didn't quite make it that far. I love it, but.......
This morning I ride over to my daughter's house for breakfast, planning on a longer ride for today. After breakfast I suit up, jump on and turn the key. All the blinking dash lights do their little dance and then display a large EWS message. Try the starter - no whir. MMmm. I had unfortunately left the owner's manual back at our house, so couldn't look it up. Now EWS is not exactly an intuitive fault code, so I go get the manual. Aha! It's the immobiliser that has kicked in and it gives me a few options, like remove other ignition keys from key ring (don't have the key on a ring), try expensive plastic spare key - no go.
Sunday morning, so what else, but turn to the Internet. Of course, this site doesn't know about three character acronyms. Google to the rescue. Holy sh.., Batman. Try doing a Google search on 'k1200gt ews'. Many hits and many unhappy owners - mainly on the advrider.com site. Some guys have been stranded on their GSes in the middle of nowhere. At least I was near home.
Seems like this is a known problem and not a very popular feature all round. Many are wishing for a way to immobilise the immobiliser . Apparently the culprit is a faulty antenna ring that detects the signal from the chip in the key to see whether it is a valid key.
No option, but to wait for the dealer to open on Tuesday. Oh yeah, I did try disconnecting the battery for a while and that didn't help either.
Arroyo Grande, CA.
2013 K1600GT - Light Grey Metallic