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Hi from NJ, USA.

I am proud owner of a 2007 BMW R1200RT. I have had this bike for 3 years now and have really enjoyed it.

Recently the dreaded ABS issue happened to me. The Brake Failure warning light which used to go off after riding a mile or so, stays on now. Is it safe to ride without getting it fixed? I am not a type who pushes the bike at high speeds or one who does long rides. Since the issue happened I have driven the bike a couple of times about 10-20 miles at a time. It seems to perform normally for my use. Just checking with all of you experienced riders to see if it is safe to continue riding like this. All my previous bikes didn't have ABS and I am comfortable riding without one. The bike has 47K miles on it and very likely the repair to fix the ABS will cost more than what the bike is worth. What's your advice?

Really appreciate your practical recommendations.

Thank you,

Chakra
 

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My recommendation is to have it looked at. Only then can you make a rational decision as to how you want to proceed based on relevant information. Do you have any information to assume the most expensive worst case scenario?

The system has redundancy built into it and the brakes will/should work without the ABS function.
How old is the battery in your bike? Based on past experience with BMW bikes around that time or slightly older, a lit ABS warning was a strong hint that the battery was on its way out. I can't explain why that is but that's how it worked.
 

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Thanks Dalton.

Really appreciate you taking time to reply.

The battery is new. I replaced it 3 weeks and have charged it fully using a trickle charger. The first time I rode after changing the battery, the "Brake Failure" went away after a half-mile. I even yelled with joy. However, i think it came back soon after I applied the brake the first time.

Thanks again,

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I also have an 07. Currently my son has it and I haven't ridden it for some time, preferring my 15. The only issue I've had with the 07 is the damn fuel level sensor - which is again toast @ about 150K miles. Very good bike IMO.

I'm personally not that big on ABS but if I had an ABS warning light, I'd get it to a dealer to check it out and correct it.
 

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I also have an 07. Currently my son has it and I haven't ridden it for some time, preferring my 15. The only issue I've had with the 07 is the damn fuel level sensor - which is again toast @ about 150K miles. Very good bike IMO.

I'm personally not that big on ABS but if I had an ABS warning light, I'd get it to a dealer to check it out and correct it.
Thanks Steve. Really appreciate your reply.

The only BMW shop that I know of is the dealership about 40 miles away. They seem to cost an arm and leg to do anything starting with even getting an appointment.
 

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BMW shops have always been higher than other makes but with all the help we've gotten from COVID and other junk, it sure seems like just an arm and a leg is a good deal now...
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There is a dealership in New Milford, CT that I have had great experience with. I cannot vouch that your experience will match mine but it might be worth a phone call. They also offer pick up and will deliver the bike back to your door once service is completed.

I am not affiliated, related or have any other connections aside from purchasing my bikes from them.
 

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Thanks Dalton. Would have loved to take it to that shop just on your recommendation if was living anywhere nearby. It will be 150mile hike for me. If it were closer I would have certainly gone there. For any of my cars I usually try to find an independent shop and just stick with them. That approach has worked out very over the past 40 years.
 

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I had a similar issue on my 2008 R1200RT, the light would go out, but return. Finally it stayed on all the time. Braking action seemed to be fine, so I assumed it was an ABS issue. Front sensor and wiring appeared intact. My wife and I finished a 13 day trip without any undue concern. I've ridden bikes without ABS for a long time.

Without a proper diagnosis, I would have been guessing at the cause. I considered taking the bike to the dealership, but I bit the bullet and purchased the GS-911 module from Ted Porter's Beemer Shop. After a bit of fiddling to set up the device, I was able to see that the ABS pump was causing several error codes.

Over the winter, I pulled the pump (takes a bit of patience to get out some of the fasteners) and shipped it to Module Masters. $250 for rebuild, with a warrantee. Turn around was quick, and they were professional in every respect.

Once re-installed, everything has been fine for several thousand miles. I hope your story has a happy ending as well.


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I had a similar issue on my 2008 R1200RT, the light would go out, but return. Finally it stayed on all the time. Braking action seemed to be fine, so I assumed it was an ABS issue. Front sensor and wiring appeared intact. My wife and I finished a 13 day trip without any undue concern. I've ridden bikes without ABS for a long time.

Without a proper diagnosis, I would have been guessing at the cause. I considered taking the bike to the dealership, but I bit the bullet and purchased the GS-911 module from Ted Porter's Beemer Shop. After a bit of fiddling to set up the device, I was able to see that the ABS pump was causing several error codes.

Over the winter, I pulled the pump (takes a bit of patience to get out some of the fasteners) and shipped it to Module Masters. $250 for rebuild, with a warrantee. Turn around was quick, and they were professional in every respect.

Once re-installed, everything has been fine for several thousand miles. I hope your story has a happy ending as well.


-dhs
Thanks DHS. Really appreciate your comments.

Seems like that is pretty much the right thing to do. However I hardly do about 1K miles a year. I have been reassured that brakes work normally even with "Brake Failure" light on. I have ridden about 100 miles so far and the brakes seem to work fine. So I am going to let it be for now and have it looked the next time I go for service.
 
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