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I have a 2009 LT. I'm on the road and have a problem. Normally, when I start my bike I turn the key to on, then press the "deactivate" button on the remote before the bike will fire up. Unfortunately, my remote has quit working leaving me unable to start the bike. Is there a work around solution to this condition using just the ignition key? Next step is to call a randon BMW dealership and seek help. As you might expect, there is no BMW dealership near Jekyll Island Georgia which is where I'm stranded.

Thanks for any ideas!

Dave
 

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Finally made contact with a BMW dealer. There is no work around apparently. Gonna have to bum a ride a ride to the nearest drug store and hope that a new battery is the solution.
 

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djthompson43 said:
Finally made contact with a BMW dealer. There is no work around apparently. Gonna have to bum a ride a ride to the nearest drug store and hope that a new battery is the solution.
"Many" times when a small battery device did'nt work I "licked the battery on both sides" and was able to make it work a few more times. Give it a try as you have nothing to loose at this point. Good luck and let us know if it worked for you.
 

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You should have full control of your system with the inductive key.

You still might need a new battery in your remote - but from what I remember :think:you can accomplish anything with the key that you can with the remote...

...assuming you have that feature on your '09.
 

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If you don't have it already, the TX number for the new BMW dealer in Jacksonville is:

BMW Motorcycles of Jacksosnville, Fl
904-375-2921
Brian Rutheerfor, Svc. Mgr.
Located on Welles Rd. between US17 and Blanding Blvd. southwest area of JAX, off I295.

Hours are 10-6, noon on Sat. Closed on Monday(Today)
 

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Radio shack or walmart cr2032 battery. Why I carry both remotes and a spare battery. ;)
 

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"Many" times when a small battery device did'nt work I "licked the battery on both sides" and was able to make it work a few more times. Give it a try as you have nothing to loose at this point. Good luck and let us know if it worked for you.
Rubbing the positive side on your jeans for awhile gives them a charge as well. Now that's a real MacGyver move. ;)
 

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You don't have the five number code? In case something like that happens? I have a 09 and used it a couple of times. You turn on key count the red flashing light say first number is 3 turn on key count three flashes turn off go to next number.(
 

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If the remote has quit working due to the battery, warm up the battery (licking, rubbing, all will achieve that) and re-install to try. Otherwise, bum a ride or taxi to a Radio Shack and replace the battery in the remote right in the store. It might take a few attempts of lock and unlock for the remote to re-sync with the bike, but it should work.

If the remote has truly failed in some sore of catastrophic way, BMW dealer seems the only option I know of (I have never heard of Ron Miller's solution but it would be great if that's as simple as it sounds - now I'm intrigued if such a thing exists for my '05).

Good luck - nothing worse than getting stuck a long way from home. All the best!
 

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RonHolly said:
"Many" times when a small battery device did'nt work I "licked the battery on both sides" and was able to make it work a few more times. Give it a try as you have nothing to loose at this point. Good luck and let us know if it worked for you.
Not sure I'd lick a lithium battery, but rubbing both sides on your jeans will often get you a little more service. Basically, this removes a thin layer of oxidation and thus resistance and sometimes is just enough to get another hit or two from the battery.
 

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If the red light n the FOB does not come on at all then the battery is shot. Once you replace it you may have to "sync" the fob. Just set and unset the alarm several times until everything works. Then re-program the alarm system to turn off that function to arm the imobilizer every time you shut off the bike. That was the very first mod I did to mine.
 

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When you've sorted it, including syncing the (2) fobs, you'll see the red LED on the dash flash twice when you turn off the ignition key. When you are sure that's all good, go through the process of disabling the immobiliser function so you just turn on the key and start the engine. You can still have the motion detector alarm and central locking of course, but you'll have no more fail to start hassles. No one will steal a K1200LT with a locked steering head unless thay have a truck fitted with a HIAB hoist, in which case they are gonna steal it anyway I expect. ;)
 

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Hey guys, thanks for all of the replys, lots of good advice. Definitely going to look into reprogramming this sucker when I get home so i don't need the fob to start the engine. Also, there's a little more to the story than I shared in the beginning. Dumbass (AKA me!) spent the morning surf fishing (wading waist deep into saltwater) then cooled off with a quick plunge in the pool. It was shortly after jumping into the pool I realized I had my LT key and fob in my pocket the whole time! Panic started to set in as I went back to the hotel room to dry things out. First problem I had to solve was finding a tiny ass phillips head screw driver to separate the fob apart. Finally got ahold of maintenance and got the fob apart and the inside appeared (to my surprise) very dry. Still went ahead and dried it further with the hair dryer, put it back together and headed for the LT. No luck, red light on the fob would not show any love! I was convinced the soaking did the fob in, but thought I better prove to myself the battery just didn't give up the ghost at a most inopportune time. Had to walk two miles to the nearest drugstore and thanked God they had the right battery. Swapped batteries and sure enough the red light on the fob showed life. Just another two miles back to the bike (88 degrees and 95% humidity!) before confirming the problem really was solved. From now on, extra batteries on the bike at all times and the second fob goes along for the ride!

Thanks again for all the advice!

Dave
 

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djthompson43 said:
I have a 2009 LT. I'm on the road and have a problem. Normally, when I start my bike I turn the key to on, then press the "deactivate" button on the remote before the bike will fire up. Unfortunately, my remote has quit working leaving me unable to start the bike. Is there a work around solution to this condition using just the ignition key? Next step is to call a randon BMW dealership and seek help. As you might expect, there is no BMW dealership near Jekyll Island Georgia which is where I'm stranded.

Thanks for any ideas!

Dave
I have an '09 LT.
I am not sure what is the extent of the problem. Is it the fob, remote battery or anti-theft feature. I have never encountered your situation but once before going on a trip I could not get the fob to unlock cases nor de-activate the alarm. Service mgr. suggested going to the rear of bike and aim at top case still did not work. Went back in spoke with him again and was told not to change battery but try other fob no results. Then he said perhaps there is some high frequency interference in the area. Did what I had to do left the bike out of the equation and several hours later every thing was fine. I know you don't have time as a luxury but that's the closest to your situation that I can speak to. I hope you find the solution.
ride safe :bmw:
 

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As a side note, I only have one fob that came with my 2002 LT. Can extra fob's be bought and programed to my bike? Thanks
 

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The automatic setting of the no start part of the system can be a pain in the butt at times. Mine is set that way and I have to keep my fob handy. I put a keychain dangle I got from a BACA run on the fob so it hangs out of my pocket. It's easier to get to that way. I should fix the alarm so it doesn't set unless I want it to set. I'm not afraid of anyone stealing my bike. I carry an extra battery and the extra fob and key. I heard once that if your steering is locked and they want your bike they simply put a skateboard under the front wheel.............. ;)
 

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Just an FYI - In 8+ years, I never set my alarm to go off except at places like motels.

I haven't even figured out how the alarm works on my new bike. If I was that concerned about someone messing with the bike, I'd hesitate to park there. A cover might be more valuable.
 

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RonHolly said:
As a side note, I only have one fob that came with my 2002 LT. Can extra fob's be bought and programed to my bike? Thanks
In a word YES. When I bought my LT it came with one Fob. I purchased another one and had a heck of a time getting it to program as no one knew the security code for my bike. They had to remove the top case and get the numbers off the alarm, send them to BMW in Germany and Germany sent the code back to them (BMW Dealer) who intern gave the code to me .. . with that, all was well ... with out that code ... no way to program it as far as I know ... you first have to prove to the bike that "you are who you say you are" by putting in the code.
 
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