Happy to be a D!ck!!!
Received my riders manual this morning and I can now see that the abs lights are functioning as they should be. A case of brake failure not meaning brake failure at all. For some reason I had it in my head that the triangular warning with the !!!!! was the light that sequenced during brake test. Anyhoot all well at the moment for this new rider.
Merry xmas to all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doh!!!!!
For USA market, on a 2002-2004 model like yours, you have the Integral ABS with servos (also called IABS system).
To complete the owners manual info on the ABS brake system warnings, this is a short resume I wrote a while ago for another forums:
The IABS performs a self-diagnostic in 2 steps. Immediately after you switch ON the ignition, the “ABS warning” light will flash 4 times per second (fast) and the “General Warning” light will stay ON – this will last only for 4 to 5 seconds. Also, you will hear the ABS unit servo motors for about 1 second during this check (if basic internal diagnostic is OK). See attached photo for dash warnings...
After this 1st diagnostic step is completed, the “ABS warning” light will change to a SLOW flash (1 per second) and the “General Warning” light will go OFF”. Both warning lights will stay in this state until the motorcycle moves to a speed of at least 3 mph (5 Km/h) – at which point the IABS can do the pull-away test and turn OFF the remaining “ABS warning” light. This will complete the last step of the IABS diagnostic.
During the 1st diagnostic step (after ignition ON), the IABS will run various checks including:
- the front brake lever is at rest (not pulled) and the brake switch has continuity,
- the rear brake pedal is at rest (not pressed) and the brake switch has continuity,
- the fluid level of both reservoirs (either in ABS unit or out of unit like K1200)
- the rear / brake light is not defective,
- the battery voltage as seen at the ABS unit is not too low (value not documented),
- Both ABS wheel speed sensors are connected.
During the 2nd diagnostic step (moving), the IABS will make sure that both wheel speed sensors are responding correctly (signal as seen by rotation speed).
As shown in owner manual, based on negative result of any of these checks, you may see various combinations of both both warning lights stay on BEFORE or AFTER the last moving check has been completed (with either slow of fast flash rate). Any faults will also be logged in the ABS unit memory and can be read later using dealer's computer or a GS911 (unless memory is erased by disconnecting the battery for 10+ minutes).