Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mendocino, CA, USA
I think the first thing I would do is test to see if the ABS is working. Find a dirt road or sandy spot and have just a little speed and depress the REAR brake pedal fully, do it rapidly and hold it down hard for a little bit forcing a rear wheel lock-up, as long as you can stand it or until the ABS kicks in and releases the rear in a pulsing manner, which should be immediatley when the rear is locked. If the ABS does not kick in, then, there is an issue, a Big issue. If the ABS does kick in, you can relax a little bit and start pulling the necessary body panels so you can remove the dash to check whether or not there is a bulb. Bulbs are inexpensive and they can burn out. If the bulb is there, remove it and test it, I don't recall the wattage, it is low, but it is a 12 volt bulb and should be easy to test.
If there is no bulb....then....I would presume that someone removed it because the ABS relay is fried and the prior owner decided to remove the bulb rather than fix the relay. Or, perhaps, as indicated above, the relay kept frying out or the light was continueing to flash because of a larger issue with the braking system. The only problem I have ever had with my ABS on the 2000.....well, I was told the clutches in the unit went bad. This required a full replacement of the unit. Back then, it was about $1500 for the part, over $2000 now, and then the labor to get it put it. I was having my clutch and tranny seal done under warranty so I had them do the ABS install at the same time....I got a used ABS unit for about $450 and all has worked as new since.
Your post indicates you may have recently purchased this bike from a private party. It may be time to contact that party and say...Hey, what's up?
'00 K1200RS >135,000 mi, '09 K1300S sold @ 22,232 mi
'93 K1100RS traded up @ 78,000 mi, '85 K100RS sold @44,000 mi, Kawi 650 track bike - sold