96 BMW R1100R ABS fault, new BMW battery doesn't fix it, try different brand battery ?

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Sam Iam, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. Sam Iam

    Sam Iam Guest

    I have a 96 BMW R1100R that's recently started to have it's ABS fault
    light stay on when cold started (due to the power being too low). The
    ABS light goes off properly if the bike's warm, even a few minutes
    after a cold start.

    I replaced my only 2 year old BMW battery with a new BMW unit recently
    at my 48k mile service at my dealer but it didn't help.

    I've read on the web that this is a common issue for all the R1100
    family bikes & another R1100R owner bought an Odyssey brand battery to
    fix it.

    I've also read that resetting the ABS system can help but you'd think
    that my dealer would've tried that.

    Anyone have any tips on curing the BMW R1100 series ABS light issue ?


    - Sam.
    Sam Iam, Jul 5, 2003
  2. Sam Iam

    MB Guest

    Sensor distance to the chopper wheel is critical. Something like
    ..5mm±.05mm, but don't quote me.
    I've also heard of the sensors going bad. But if it goes out and stays
    out after you get it started and charged a little, it still seems like
    it's voltage related...

    You might do a search, or even post, at:
    It's been discussed a billion times.

    MB, Jul 6, 2003
  3. Sam Iam

    beemerphile Guest

    Take your bike into a good BMW dealer and let FIX the problem. Their system
    can pinpoint the problem immediately and resolve it. Not much point in
    having a non- functional ABS system............
    beemerphile, Jul 6, 2003
  4. Sam Iam

    Sam Iam Guest

    Seems like if I don't gun the engine right after hitting the Start
    button the ABS will go off even after a cold start.

    I suppose with the choke on I don't need to gun the engine like some
    idiot Harley guy anyway.

    - Sam.
    Sam Iam, Jul 7, 2003
  5. Sam Iam

    Rich Guest

    Whether you need to choke your bike may be idiosyncratic. I had a two
    750cc Viragos, a 1982 and a 1989. The 82 needs to be choked on a cold
    start; the 1989 didn't. I asked my mechanic how this could be and his
    response was essentially "Go figure."
    R, UB
    Rich, Jul 7, 2003
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