Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: McLean, VA, USA
No Crank, ABS Pump Runs when ignition turned on (1999 K1200RS)
Spring is here and the Polar Vortex receded so it was time to drop my freshly charged battery in the stallion, fire it up and take it for a spin. Unfortunately, my steed had other ideas.
Battery in, key on and but no crank, with the battery and ABS indicator lights on. Flip the ignition off then back on, turn the kill switch off then on, still no crank, then suddenly the ABS pump starts running! Turn the ignition off and the ABS pump stops. Check my connections, battery voltage (12.5 no load, 11.7 when ignition and ABS pump is on), kick stand interlock, etc. etc. Still no joy.
Next I bled the calipers and ABS wishfully hoping for a simple solution. The old fluid looked good (brakes get bled regularly). Disconnect, inspect and reconnect ABS sensors and main ABS connector and no change.
Now Iím strongly suspecting a faulty ABS unit. However unlike other K1200 ABS II faults Iíve read about, my ABS pump will shut off when I turn off the ignition.
I'm out of ideas and looking for some options for this stubborn stallion. ABS castration seems appealingóin twenty years with this bike I can only recall the ABS kicking in once. (It did save my ass when I braked into a patch of diesel.) I'd prefer not to spend the money or time for an ABS rebuild ($350 at Module Masters) when the bike also needs fork seals, rear tire, valve adjustment and a new ($80!) valve cover gasket.
However, if I opt for the castration I want to keep the speedo. My understanding is I'll need to keep the ABS brains intact. But if the ABS brains are causing the no crank condition, then Iíve not helped myself.
So questionówill a faulty ABS condition prevent the starter from cranking? Or am I looking at two problems?
Any suggestions on what else I should check or other options?
THANKS AND STAY SAFE