Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Manhasset, NY, USA
Re: Georgia Area - GS911 Reader
I can sympathize with you having to face replacing your ABS unit. The same situation happened to me, as well as, many other K1200LT riders. It is costly and time consuming, not to mention a huge disappointment, (BMW engineers?) to replace the entire ABS unit on a bike that you would expect to have some serviceable parts.
I strongly recommend that you do not ride your LT without the ABS unit functioning within specifications, and I agree wholeheartedly with John that you need the margin of safety, not only for you, but for your passenger and other motorists.
Reality check for you and others considering riding their LT's without the BS unit functioning. The BMW engineers designed all the K1200LT's (to my knowledge) to have ABS braking systems as standard equipment. You and I may think that it is a nice option put into the LT in order to sell more LTís, that might be true. What is more important is what a jury and judge and your insurance company will determine when they are informed your ABS unit was not working at the time of the accident, that it was standard equipment, and that it improves the stopping performance of one of the heavier motorcycles on the road. The outcome will be most likely that your insurance company will not pay for damages to your vehicle and to any injured parties, whether or not you caused the accident. You stand a chance of losing everything you ever worked for. Sammy and others, also consider this, by discussing your intention to bypass the ABS braking system on this forum you have informed the public of your potential actions, lawyers would say that this is "discoverable evidence" which may be used against you.
I hope that no one is ever it hurt by the absence of a working ABS unit. You can argue that what I have mentioned here is very extreme and most unlikely - it's possible. Food for thought. I replaced my ABS unit, I didn't like doing it- annoyed as, well, you know @@##**. Replace it. Ride with peace of mind. Forget about it. Just ride it.
2000 K LT