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Brake failure light.

I just purchased a used 1150rt. When the ignition key is on the brake failure light illuminates. It extinguishes after the bike starts moving. Is this normal?

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This is normal. Its part of the start up diagnostics where the sensors needs to see the wheels rotate 1 or 2 revolutions to verify proper functioning of the ABS system.

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The 02 RT should be the same system as my GS. If you start the bike with a low battery the brake warning lamp will stay on. This was especially a problem with the 01 and older bikes. It is caused by the battery voltage being below the ABS computers voltage requirement. Charge the battery and ride it, see what happens. These systems are also very finiky about clean brake fluid. Which is why BMW wants it changed annually.

If the bike has servo brakes check that one of the brake lamp switches isn't sticking on. This causes problems with the early servo systems. Be carefull with the servo systems there may not be full braking with a fault in the system.

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