Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
Faulty (old) ECU - is this a big deal?
Being a faithful reader of these threads (!) I approached my dealer the other week and asked him about the ECU version on my 2003 GT. I mentioned that, whilst I could not (personally) identify the ECU, what I did know was that the bike needs a couple of minutes warm up from cold, if the engine isn't going to cough and perhaps die if the throttle is blipped too soon from cold.
My BMW dealer mentioned that these are big engines and they do need to warm before being able to spin-up quickly. He asked me if it was an issue in practice. I had to confess that I haven't had any problems.
However, are there any other aspects to this? The reason I ask is because, when I pointed this out, the bike was still under BMW's extended warranty. It no longer is, but if the ECU issue can lead to other nasties, then I need to be armed with the right information!
John I. Stephen - Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
K1300 GT (quite superb ! )
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K1200 GT (2003)
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