Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mendocino, CA, USA
I had the mechanical parts go out on mine - "the clutch slaves have gone bad". So, I was riding with no ABS until I could have it fixed. At the time, a new pump set was about $1500 USD ($2000 at A&S site today). As recommended above, I got a used system for about $450 USD and had it installed while the dealer was affecting a warranty fix on a trans seal. I seriously thought of just running the bike without the ABS system...Heck, I was doing that, for about 3 months ( I put black tape over the lights). The brakes were perfectly fine, just no modulation if I woould have locked one. The unit does not add power to the system, it only releases pressure in a modulated fashion if the wheel speed indicators do not register close to each other. If I remember correctly, our early ones are not 'connected' with or to anything else, and are mostly a mechanical device. So, if you end up unable to get a used unit that works, you can easily go to a Non-ABS set up, either by leaving it alone, or by by-passing the ABS controller as noted above. My understanding is that removal and installation requires the lifting of the frame off the engine, which is why I had it done when the dealer had to do the seal fix.
I much prefer having ABS, but at the price for a new unit is way more than my bike is worth, and I don't have to have it shipped to Brazil!
After posting - I took another look at the linked thread from Vox. If the mechanic in Brazil thinks it is the electronic controlling items....testing the relay base, etc might be the answer. For sure have him look at that thread. Spud did a lot of work that just might save you a lot of time, effort, money. Oh, and reading his and Vox's comments, it sounds like you do NOT have to raise the frame to get it out.
'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
Last edited by Y2K12RS; Apr 2nd, 2014 at 7:40 pm.