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ABS light flashs - push switch and it stays on completley

Upon starting the motorcycle - the ABS light flashs on the dash - when I press the ABS switch on the fairing the Red light stays on completley. when driving the light occasionally starts to flash and pushing the ABS BUTTON ON THE FAIRING IT STAYS ON.

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It is caused by low battery voltage run bike for about a mile then stop turn of turn back on wait till abs lights go out then start

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Macbmw is right, if the battery is on it's way out this will make the abs light flash, change your battery, this happend to me, new battery fixed

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You have probably figured out by now that your ABS is showing a fault. There are three places that can send this fault. Front, rear sensors and the ABS control unit.

I bought a R1100RS with a bad (damaged) front sensor. After replacing the front sensor the flashing continued. After trying to reset the system myself (jump some of the connectors with a short wire) I took the bike down to the BMW dealer who reset the ABS system for $50 and I was back in business.

Now the ABS just fails to reset when the tempratures are below 40 degrees. I let the machine warm up completely and the ABS will setup properly after I get moving at about 15 mph.

If you are convinced that the front and rear ABS sensors are in good shape and set the correct distance, It is your ABS central system. If you are lucky, it just needs to be reset. If you are not, the unit itself will set you back $400-650 depending on whether you get a used or a new unit.

Unless you are really good with electricals, you will probably end up at the BMW dealer to get this resolved.

If you want to try yourself, google the problem until you get one of the BMW rider pages, and you will find the steps to reset the ABS. Good luck and enjoy your R bike. I do enjoy mine....yes, mine is a red one also.

Steve in Virginia.
'94 r1100rs 36k miles

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