Originally Posted by sloowpoke
I've been doing a lot of reading while waiting for the clymer manual. It appears that while most Integrated ABS systems work smoothly, some of them pound while otherwise working just fine to eliminate wheel lock. As one person put it, "It's like a machine gun firing."
That's probably a major part of why this 6 year old bike was sold to it's 4th owner (me) with only 7,600 miles on it.
I agree with that, but riding conditions also apply here, my bike does not pound, more like tapping, and not very noticeable while loaded with camping gear, however without a load and the suspension set for more agressive riding then I notice it. If you really want to see what the ABS does, try it on gravel.....you should anyway, too many riders out there who do not have any idea of the limits and capacities of their braking systems.
You like reading and researching, that is a very good thing, just do not let any of it scare you, they are very good bikes! Do yourself a favor, and test the "Residual Braking Action", just in case it does happen to you: 60 MPH with plenty
of room in front, turn off the ignition and slam on the brakes......
You may be able to alleviate that pounding by cleaning the pads,calipers and rotors, at 7,600 miles the pads are probably still the OEM BMW, and they are good pads, but after 6 years who knows what kind of oily crud may have built up on them interfering with the ABS function.You should also do a full Bleed on the braking system, at such low milleage it probably was never done, and those systems apparently do not like sitting around without some regular "Exercise". You may have seen some posts on how much they cost to replace.....
Make sure the rear pads are good too, 8,000 miles seems to be their limit.
If you get tired of waiting for your Clymer manual, you can download the BMW one here,that will give you lots of reading.....that is for the K1200RS, but same bike anyhow, just different Tupperware.