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New K1200GT SE owner

Hi I am new, (well recently new) owner of an 06 K1200GT SE based in the Midlands of England, having traded in an Aprillia Falco and Caponord for it.

Bought it from Wollaston BMW in Northampton and so far soo good, does everything I ask of it and no doubt a bit more.
Have done a couple of mini tours solo and two up with no issues. fitted it with an Autocom so SWMBO can tell me I am going too fast!

Now to the not so good bit....the dreaded pad wear indicator problem has struck.
I spoke to the dealer and was shocked to find that I cannot buy the wire alone, but only with a full pad set and it is not covered under warranty as the pad is a wear item!!
I took the sensor wire out to find both wires broken clean through and they are not the type that can be soldered...looks like a shielded co-ax type.
In a past life i designed harnesses...this is not fit for purpose...BMW will be hearing from me!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2009, 5:29 am
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G'day mate.
Enjoy your bike, the SE (2006 onwards) is a brilliant machine, (I know, I had one) but this is the pre 2006 GT/RS page!
You want the second group down on the forums list.
Ride safe and enjoy your GT..

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Hi I am new, (well recently new) owner of an 06 K1200GT SE based in the Midlands of England, having traded in an Aprillia Falco and Caponord for it.

Bought it from Wollaston BMW in Northampton and so far soo good, does everything I ask of it and no doubt a bit more.
Have done a couple of mini tours solo and two up with no issues. fitted it with an Autocom so SWMBO can tell me I am going too fast!

Now to the not so good bit....the dreaded pad wear indicator problem has struck.
I spoke to the dealer and was shocked to find that I cannot buy the wire alone, but only with a full pad set and it is not covered under warranty as the pad is a wear item!!
I took the sensor wire out to find both wires broken clean through and they are not the type that can be soldered...looks like a shielded co-ax type.
In a past life i designed harnesses...this is not fit for purpose...BMW will be hearing from me!
If your bike is still under warranty then the problem is DEFINETLY a warranty fix.
This is a known manufacture fault, dont let them blow you off.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2009, 9:14 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the heads up, how do i move this thread over....or can't I?
I work for a major car/bike parts co...we looking at sourcing sensor wire to sell on its own!
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These must be some special BMW proprietary wear indicators because on car pads I used to drill a small hole in the end of the pad 1mm from the metal back and insert a fine ptfe covered lead wire. That assumes the system is looking for a making a ground loop to the rotor. If they use 2 wires which break on wear, then there are a few options about in micro fine ptfe co-ax wire as used in your PC wifi router. Just solder the inner to outer at the far end.

The biggest problem is getting the right position and depth for the hole because BMW don't give you much pad to start with and that's the reason why inspecting pad depth is always more reliable than waiting for a pad wear light to come on.

Go for warranty fix first. But after a while if the system fails to be reliable, most will loop the wire to put the light out and go back to reliable eyeball checks.



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