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post #1 of 8 Old Nov 25th, 2006, 6:23 pm Thread Starter
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Unhappy Radio Panel Problems....

Bike has been garaged since '03 birth...only wet during rides and occasional washes. Today while setting stations on AM, I decided to start the bike and bingo...it all went blank. Blank as in nada!

Dealer said I shouldn't have started the bike with radio on! Can you imagin saying something like that?

So now it appear as another $500+ is going down the toilet due to the over-engineering of the turds in the Fatherland!.

BMW - Bring More Wompum! Turds all. . .gawd, what a disappointment!!

Next bike won't have the electronic crap...possible my remote XM portable will be hooked up so I can listen to the Cowboy games (America's team)during the Funday rides.

Anyone have experience with this type problem??

Thanks, HT
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post #2 of 8 Old Nov 25th, 2006, 7:22 pm
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Bike has been garaged since '03 birth...only wet during rides and occasional washes. Today while setting stations on AM, I decided to start the bike and bingo...it all went blank. Blank as in nada!

Dealer said I shouldn't have started the bike with radio on! Can you imagin saying something like that?

So now it appear as another $500+ is going down the toilet due to the over-engineering of the turds in the Fatherland!.

BMW - Bring More Wompum! Turds all. . .gawd, what a disappointment!!

Next bike won't have the electronic crap...possible my remote XM portable will be hooked up so I can listen to the Cowboy games (America's team)during the Funday rides.

Anyone have experience with this type problem??

Thanks, HT
HT - I've never heard that one. Fact, I think I've done just that a coupla times. At any rate, before you shell out some bucks - and I assume you're saying the radio display went blank, not the whole dash; and the bike DID start? - I'd disconnect the battery for about an hour or three, then re-connect and see if the radio is re-born. Seems that has been a cure for some folks who were experiencing weird problems related to the radio. HTH.

Edit: forgot; after you reconnect the battery, and before you start the bike - turn on the ignition; twist the throttle grip to wide open and let it snap back (do that twice); then start the bike and ride around the block or so and let the Motronic relearn the throttle settings; then try the radio and see if the problem is gone.

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And in addition to what Dick suggested:

Make sure to check the fuses. IIRC there is one under the seat in one of the fuse boxes and another on the back of the radio unit under the stingray. (Seems that the sound system has multiple power feeds.) Not sure as to which fuse box, but sure someone will jump in.

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Poppy Squat - I can count on one hand the number of times I've started my '02 without the radio turned on. It's *always* on!

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Radio can get hung on engine start

Believe it or not, this happened to me twice. Both times, disconnecting the battery for 1/2 hour or so fixed the problem. I asked the service guy at my local dealer about this, and he said (no lie) that the radio can get hung on startup if it is on at that time. He recommended that I turn off the radio after shutting down, and waiting until the engine is started to turn on the radio. I did get into the habit of turning off the radio and turning on only after the engine is started. 2 yrs and no more problems.

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post #6 of 8 Old Nov 27th, 2006, 10:03 am Thread Starter
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Wink Radio Panel Problem...SOLVED

Thanks to all for the responses on this unique if not strange phenomenon!

Before posting original 'cry for help'...I did disconnect the battery for about 5 minutes without postive results. So after reading Dick's suggestions, the plan was disconnect for 1-3 hours at conclusion of yesterday's Polar Bear central New Jersey ride and hope for the best.

Long and 'short' (no pun intended)...once disconnected I decided to hold the hot line to the post for one last try before going inside for the night.

Bingo...the original station starting playing as if nothing happened. All presets were working so I folded up the tent, reset the clock, reset the throttle as suggested and went to bed.

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MY 02 Raidio and XM always on

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Poppy Squat - I can count on one hand the number of times I've started my '02 without the radio turned on. It's *always* on!
Me Too Everytime.
Can you turn the radio off ?

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Dang Rich - should we start knocking on wood or something?

Mmm, wonder if I can get a wooden cup holder......

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