Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Re: R1200rt Starting Issue
kr... there are several things I want to throw into this conversation....
FIRST... WHERE ARE YOU? This has become a pet peeve of mine, and I am certainly not criticizing you for this, but If you would edit your personal info... you might, and probably will... find an experienced BMW guy who could have come over to help you.
Second... you will find it very handy to learn how to remove all the body-work. In BMW lingo- we call that the Tupperware. The first time you do this you may feel intimidated, but from here on out in your ownership there are many times when it just needs to come off. Not only that, it is easy, no strange tools required etc. although there are some tricks that need to be acknowledged.. (for instance the small screws on the right hand side of the radio box... are hard to see and may present an opportunity to use "adult" language until you figure out how to hold your mouth.
Note: get on Youtube and search for things. Very handy. Look under Hexheads.
I throw this into the conversation because the access to the FPC requires the top left side of the Tupperware to come off. Then you can easily see the color of the FPC and determine if you have the new, or the old. That's about a 5 minute job- to remove the body work.
If you want to come over to my garage I can show you a whole raft of things... I am in Colorado... give a shout.
and... an earlier poster suggested updating the software on the bike. That is a good thing, but be aware that this series/years required sequential updates. There is no way to just ask the dealer to do the update... well- you certainly can ask them to but in your bike... (what is known as Hexheads) have serial updates... number one has to be done, then number two, etc. I was at the dealer once and asked my pal the service manager about an update. He hooked up the computer and said- are you sure? This bike needs about 10... yes 1-0, updates and at that rate the job will cost more then the bike is worth.
and... I think the '08's were among the best bikes BMW ever sold. I love my '14, but kinda miss my '05.
Feel free to ask any question that comes to mind... and one last thing... consider joining BMW MOA.. that's "motorcycle owner's association". Their website contains more BMW how-to's and info that you will find helpful.
Oh- Yes, I just thought of something else. I have a pretty spiffy set of wiring diagrams for that series of bikes. If you think that would be helpful drop me a Private Mail with your address. (Same goes for anyone else who has a Hexhead bike.)
2014 R1200RT WC
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Last edited by hopz; Oct 17th, 2016 at 11:15 am.
Reason: just thought of something else