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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2007, 12:23 am Thread Starter
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Help! Stuck at work with a general warning

I've got 100mi on my 07 GT - just picked it up. Love this bike - I've been riding BMW for the last 15 years, the last 7 on K12LTs, and 2 R models and a K75 before that.

I'm getting a general warning (red) with the battery symbol on for about 4 seconds immediately after starting. The warning goes out after the 4 seconds, and everything otherwise seems OK. Is this normal, or do I have a problem with the battery charging system? The manual isn't much help as far as the timing of the warning is concerned.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2007, 1:28 am
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If it was a problem with the charging system the light would not go out ,Its just the self test.
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I'm getting a general warning (red) with the battery symbol on for about 4 seconds immediately after starting. The warning goes out after the 4 seconds, and everything otherwise seems OK. Is this normal, or do I have a problem with the battery charging system? The manual isn't much help as far as the timing of the warning is concerned.
Same thing on my bike. It has something to do with the self check of the bike.
Don't woory about it, enjoy your ride!

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Same thing on my bike. It has something to do with the self check of the bike.
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Thanks. I thought it might be normal. My current theory is that I didn't see it when I first picked it up from the dealer because they had just topped up the battery on a charger. I'll buy a charger and check out my theory.

I started experiencing the warm start sluggish cranking syndrome at the same time, apparently common to low mile GTs. It would always start, but a little reluctantly, and then this red light would come on. Bike was falling apart!

I think I'll just ride it. It does that very well.

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battery warning indication

Guy,

Do you use a BMW battery tender?

Do you turn the key all the way to off?

Sounds like your voltage is a tad low.

My LT ate three batteries in four years. The new GT {bought 7/7/06} made it thru the first Cleveland winter, so far so good.

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Guy,

Do you use a BMW battery tender?

Do you turn the key all the way to off?

BTW, are you a white mail or white male? Check out your profile.
No to the tender. I ride every day in sunny CA. Batteries have never given me as much as a peep in my 5 previous BMWs.

No, I just turn the key once to the left.

I'm an old white mail. So old I can't spell.

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Out of curiosity, are you letting the self-check go through its complete routine BEFORE you start the engine...takes ca. 10 seconds? This could explain the light being on after you start it.
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My battery light does the same. Dealer says normal and I checked their demo bike to be sure and it did the same thing. It appears to be part of the start up routine as previously mentioned.

After completing the break in service, the hard cranking while warm now only happens if I try to restart immediately after stopping the motor. If the bike sits for a minute or two, say while gasing up, it doesn't do it anymore.

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My battery light does the same. Dealer says normal and I checked their demo bike to be sure and it did the same thing. It appears to be part of the start up routine as previously mentioned.

After completing the break in service, the hard cranking while warm now only happens if I try to restart immediately after stopping the motor. If the bike sits for a minute or two, say while gasing up, it doesn't do it anymore.
I have to concur all the way around here, and back.... let's add a few twisties whilst at it.

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Yep, my battery light is on for a few seconds after the engine fires up - I tied it to the RPMs coming up and stabilizing, but maybe it's part of the diagnostics. Hey, if it doesn't go off, then I'll worry!

And insofar as the hot restart is concerned, my bike has loosened up considerably at about 1300 miles.

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