Accessing the battery on a BMW K1100LT

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by [email protected], Mar 26, 2010.

  1. wtf? I mean; WTF?!?!?!
    [email protected], Mar 26, 2010
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    Timo at Work Guest

    Hehe. They're all like that if they have ABS.
    Timo at Work, Mar 26, 2010
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    Lozzo Guest

    You people will buy these piles of shite
    Lozzo, Mar 26, 2010
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    Tim Guest

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    So it's not (if I remember correctly); both side panels, extract part of
    FI 'computer', remove tool tray, undo bolts holding down securing strap,
    undo +ve and -ve leads, try to grip battery with only 3mm clearance all
    round? It was along those lines on the K75, so you're going to tell me
    it's worse on the K1100LT?
    Tim, Mar 26, 2010
  5. No, that's about it. Battery's nearly flat so I thought I'd put the
    charger on it.

    Remove fairing inner panels, remove side panels, disconnect FI
    computer, disconnect ABS black box, etc etc etc.

    Luckily, on investigation, I found I could just get the charger's
    crocodile clips onto the battery terminals without actually removing
    the rest of the gubbins, but, Ye Gods.
    [email protected], Mar 26, 2010
  6. <fx: hollow laughter>

    I think that's underneath the battery....
    [email protected], Mar 26, 2010
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    'Hog Guest

    Can't you do it through the Aux power takeoff? I always direct hard wire
    one in anyway.

    A nice Hawker battery is your friend.
    'Hog, Mar 26, 2010
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    Timo at Work Guest

    You realise that you tend to charge these through the ciggy lighter
    style connector that's usually hidden somewhere on them, right?
    Timo at Work, Mar 26, 2010
  9. Didn't think of that! Preusmably you need a charger with a socket that
    fits the power take-off.

    Have you tried it? Does it work or is the APT disabled with the
    ignition switched off?
    Soon, my precious, soon.
    [email protected], Mar 26, 2010
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    sweller Guest

    ....and you will continue to be boringly predictable.
    sweller, Mar 26, 2010
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    wessie Guest

    Not on the K1100. Newer bikes with the canbus then yes, the aux socket is
    disabled unless you use a special charger. Easier & cheaper to wire one in
    direct to the battery on these.
    Excellent IMV.
    wessie, Mar 26, 2010
  12. See my reply to Hog. I do know now :-/
    [email protected], Mar 26, 2010
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    Switters Guest

    In your *what*?
    Switters, Mar 26, 2010
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    Tim Guest

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    You *are* going to fit optimate leads, aren't you?
    Tim, Mar 26, 2010
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    Tim Guest

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    I am fairly sure you can go via the APT with the key out. It's on a 10A
    fuse, so you should be fine.
    Tim, Mar 26, 2010
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    Timo at Work Guest

    Decent chargers like Accumate/Optimate have an adapter for these
    sockets. Guess how I know.
    For charging they do.
    Timo at Work, Mar 26, 2010
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    Fr Jack Guest

    I have 2 chargers - an early optimate - no adaptor available and an
    Aldi one - again, no adaptor.

    The K11RS needed a bit of a winter boost, so I read the manual and
    thought "**** that!"

    I had a look under the saddle, for a minute, then I just split the
    charger leads a bit more, removed the sidepanels and connected up with
    the crocs. Easy!

    I do, however, have one of those solar panels from Maplin, which I
    leave plugged into the socket as a top up. Works fine, except
    December/January, when the window gets no sun and general daylight
    doesn't last long enough.
    Fr Jack, Mar 26, 2010
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    Tim Guest

    You can get the same connectors for Optimate from Maplin and convert the
    solar panel thing to the same system.
    Tim, Mar 26, 2010
  19. Well, I removed the charger, fired it up, all fine, replaced the side
    panels and then tried firing it up again and there was no whizz from the
    fuel pump.


    Oh ****.

    Checked the fuses. All AOK. Flicked the kill switch back and forth. All
    AOK, Unplugged and re-plugged in the black box wiring. Still nothing.

    All the rest of the electrics worked.

    You know that feeling of panic? "Oh, Christ, what have I done?" I
    examined all the wiring I could see, with a small torch.

    I decided to roll it forward again to have a look behind the right-hand
    panel, and then I noticed that I'd left the sidestand down when I rolled
    it forward a few minutes before to get some more room. :-/

    I *hate* all sidestand ignition cutouts.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 26, 2010
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    Lozzo Guest

    Thank you for your input, Trotsky.

    Lozzo, Mar 26, 2010
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