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When I start the bike it shows the ABS warning light, however when I start going it goes off. It appears to stay on only whilst in Idle at startup but does not reappear once moving or stopped again.

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  • brett_collie Jul 28, 2009

    My only concern is that it stays lite whilst the bike is running... unlike a car which it goes off once started

    Brett

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ABS on this bike is controlled by a ECU that can not function until you have primed the system. By rotating the front wheel the system is started. Some ECU's will require a longer start, ie, 10/30 revolutions. This means you only have "full" braking power after this point. A masterly lack of foresight on BMW's part is where a rider may start on a hill and use the combined brake system before it is primed, it can only be primed in an unbraked rotation. the result-no brakes to speak of! BEWARE!!!!

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I think that is normal. as you say,it is a warning light. If everything is ok it should not light up. Should light if trouble is detected. Always lights up when stsarting vehicle,just like car.

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  • Paul Blessing Jul 28, 2009

    I see. For safety sake I would try to find out what the owner or service manual say.

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