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StefanMajonez

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Hi! BMW K1100LT with the ABS II unit.

I've been having a problem with my ABS for a while now, and was wondering if there's a simple fix available.

When I start up my bike, the ABS works perfectly. It calibrates itself correctly, and works as expected. After some time, when it re-calibrates itself at a stoplight, it does so correctly as well.

But, after roughly 30-45 minutes of riding, whenever it tries to re-calibrate itself, it immediately shows a fault. a LED blinks 7 times, so apparently it's reporting there's some error in the brain. No matter how many times I clear the ABS fault, the moment I pull away it reports a fault immediately.

Only when I stop and let the bike cool down for 10-15 minutes, the ABS starts working correctly again, before showing the fault again after a few (or few-teen Very Happy ) minutes.

Also, this is mostly independent on the engine temperature. I can start the bike and let it sit until the cooling fan turns on, and the ABS will calibrate and work. Alternatively, even if I move at a constant speed, cooling the bike, it still shows the fault after 30-45 minutes if I ever stop and go again.

Thanks in advance for any help!


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1994 - BMW K1100LT
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1989 Honda CB450S
    

MartinW

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ABS units require good batteries. The first things you should do is check your battery connections, the battery itself and the charging system.
Regards Martin.


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StefanMajonez

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@MartinW wrote:ABS units require good batteries. The first things you should do is check your battery connections, the battery itself and the charging system.
Regards Martin.

I have a voltmeter attached to the bike. Sometimes when I start it cold the voltage drop from the starter makes the ABS fault instantly, but turning the ignition off and on clears that kind of fault, so I let the bike warm up for a bit, do that, and it works from then on.

Once the engine is running I always have above 13 volts, and when the RPM's go above roughly 1100, it hits 14.

EDIT: Also, whenever I know the abs will want to calibrate, I rev the engine to ~3k rpm so it has all the alternator power it could need.

    

MartinW

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Alternator looks to be good. Get your battery checked if it's not up to specification it can still mess with the ABS. A good battery is critical to a functional ABS.
Regards Martin.


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