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Lamp failure icon

Went for a ride today and the dreaded lamp failure icon showed up again on the computer. I have had this in the past and it has meant: headlight quit working, Another time it was both parking lights out. The icon has a forward facing arrow with it. My hid low beam still works fine, As do all the other lights including brake lights. The icon appears several minutes to an hour into the ride. Shutting the bike off and back on resets the fault icon for awhile. Anything else I should look at?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 2009, 1:00 pm
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Hey Brian,

I know this diagnostic tool costs a pretty penny but might you have access to someone with a GS-911? For a data nerd like myself it's the best $300 I've spent on non-BMW special equipment. In less time than it takes to drink a beer you can see if there are any fault codes stored in the bike's computer and alleviate much of the guess work you're going through now. And there's no need to schedule an appointment at the dealer, drop off the bike, arrange for someone to pick you up, etc....

If you lived nearby in Texas I'd tell you to get over to my house ASAP...

Best idea I have at the moment. Good luck!

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Just an FYI on the GS-911.

Great product. Stephen puts a lot of thought on improvements.

Most recent updates limit you to 10 bikes, then they want you to buy the commercial version. Guess it makes sense.


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Hey Brian,

I know this diagnostic tool costs a pretty penny but might you have access to someone with a GS-911? For a data nerd like myself it's the best $300 I've spent on non-BMW special equipment. In less time than it takes to drink a beer you can see if there are any fault codes stored in the bike's computer and alleviate much of the guess work you're going through now. And there's no need to schedule an appointment at the dealer, drop off the bike, arrange for someone to pick you up, etc....

If you lived nearby in Texas I'd tell you to get over to my house ASAP...

Best idea I have at the moment. Good luck!

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Most recent updates limit you to 10 bikes, then they want you to buy the commercial version.
I know about the 10 bike limit. If I ever get there, I'll pony up for the commercial version. For the moment, I really like Stephen and happily support his product over my local (excruciatingly detestable) dealer in Plano.

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I have been debating buying a GS-911 for awhile now. I am sure I will eventually get one. Will it break down the fault to the discrepant bulb or circuit?

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Dpancer2: Yes GS-911 is a great product, just don't go to a tech day and let everyone use it, else if you get a new BMW you may need to get a new GS-911.

SanJaun2,

I think it will tell you which circuit is bad although it may not do it by side. Front turn, highbeam, or headlamp. I don't think it will tell you left front turn but I could be wrong.

Do you have a stock HID or aftermarket. Early software required some kind of flag set for 35watt vs 50watt. But as I remember it would shut the circuit down I get this problem every now and then its my left brake light. Every now and then I need to go re-seat it. My guess is your getting some temporary break in the circuit, at the bulb connector most likely and it triggers the fault. You could try re-seating the front turn signal/parking light bulbs and see if that helps.

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Will it break down the fault to the discrepant bulb or circuit?
Hmmmm, I don't know how to answer this specific a question as I just got mine the other week. I'd hate to say yes and have you drop the cash only to be disappointed.

Have a look at the FAQs on the GS-911 web site:

http://www.hexcode.co.za/products/gs-911/support/faq

If this doesn't satisfy you, I'd email Stephen directly. He's a friendly enough chap and I'll bet he'll respond. [email protected]

Again, best of luck. These mysterious bike faults are the worst to troubleshoot.

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I read somewhere recently about the bulb sockets getting a little "loose" giving the bulbs an intermittent failure. That seems like it would be an easy thing to check (front and rear), and maybe to crimp the bulb sockets a little bit tighter with a pair of pliers. At that point, you can also ohm out each bulb to see if that narrows it down.

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