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What does everybody use? I see some very low price tools and moderately expensive tools are available. Most I would do is turn off and reschedule service reminders although I may need other functions? Going to split purchase with friend who has a 2010 GT while I have a 2011 S. I am new to BMW service requirements so if you could help me out with tips and suggestions you would be helping me. I am in Seattle and dealers seem to have all the service locked up and I have always serviced my own bikes.
 

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How about reading through this site. They are the best of the tools out there and will let you do most all BMW bikes with data read out. Does far more than just reset your service reminder. You will need a garage computer PC type. Or just take your laptop to the garage with you.
 

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Two main options are Motoscan and GS-911. I have a Motoscan and it does exactly what I need. As Beech said, google is your friend.
 

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What does everybody use? I see some very low price tools and moderately expensive tools are available. Most I would do is turn off and reschedule service reminders although I may need other functions? Going to split purchase with friend who has a 2010 GT while I have a 2011 S. I am new to BMW service requirements so if you could help me out with tips and suggestions you would be helping me. I am in Seattle and dealers seem to have all the service locked up and I have always serviced my own bikes.
depends what you want to do...

the South African guys that do the GS911 are making head way on features worth having (but painfully slowly) till then, its very expensive for what it does (until they can code in secondhanded modules there's little it does to warrant the $500 to $800 it costs)

for $100 you can get high level access to most of what you need and the guy developing knows his stuff (clearly seems to be some cross fertilisation between WG soft and Hex these days)


of course full dealer ISTA P is sitting on servers all over the world to download for free.... but the comms cable / device you need at a sensible price is a well guarded secret .... and before paying 300 to 1200 dollars on a ICOM v3 copy or other J2354 complaint bit of kit they've recently invented a new comms protocol DoIP


 

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What does everybody use? I see some very low price tools and moderately expensive tools are available. Most I would do is turn off and reschedule service reminders although I may need other functions? Going to split purchase with friend who has a 2010 GT while I have a 2011 S. I am new to BMW service requirements so if you could help me out with tips and suggestions you would be helping me. I am in Seattle and dealers seem to have all the service locked up and I have always serviced my own bikes.
Bought MotoScan. Great for what I need.
 

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What does everybody use? I see some very low price tools and moderately expensive tools are available. Most I would do is turn off and reschedule service reminders although I may need other functions? Going to split purchase with friend who has a 2010 GT while I have a 2011 S. I am new to BMW service requirements so if you could help me out with tips and suggestions you would be helping me. I am in Seattle and dealers seem to have all the service locked up and I have always serviced my own bikes.
 

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I too am new to BMWs, I just picked up my k1200r Sport and love it. I am going to go with the GS 911. One or two services and the tool has paid for itself. Why get caught out there with an inferior tool and wind up having to go to the dealership.
 

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inferior is an interesting choice of words

the motoscan app got support for new bikes before the 911 did, and for turning stuff on and off, it still does more of it than a 911
the service reset is a waste of space but it supports that anyway and they don't limit how many bikes you can use it on.... if you have the correct / suitable adaptor (which you might well have if you play on other vehicles) the motoscan is 50 dollars vs 800 for an unlimited number of bikes.... and its a lot easier to use
 

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Great post - the service indicator drives me nuts! Can someone please verify that this is all I need? There are 2 other components listed on the website, but it sounded like only one was needed.
 

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Great post - the service indicator drives me nuts! Can someone please verify that this is all I need? There are 2 other components listed on the website, but it sounded like only one was needed.
you need a model specific connecting cable to an OBD LINK code reader for BMW motorcycles, and the Motoscan App. Got the cable and OBD LINK from Amazon, the OBD will scan codes on anything.
 

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you need a model specific connecting cable to an OBD LINK code reader for BMW motorcycles, and the Motoscan App. Got the cable and OBD LINK from Amazon, the OBD will scan codes on anything, all through bluetooth only, you can ride and see realtime scanning, for not much $$.
 

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This is what I bought, and where I bought it

Get the adaptor with the the 10 to 16 pin cable (extta €20 for the cable). They work perfectly with Motoscan. And I was able to reset the service indictor with no issues.
 

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BMW use funny comms and so to get all features you need an posh adaptor (just like many other manu do - there's a free ford better than dealer spec diagnostic app, but it too needs its own specific adaptor. Then GM need another its really irritating.

I have the one shown above (uni car scan - it lets the motoscan app programme replacement TPMS sensors)

literally thousands of junk ones out there with fake chipsets that may or may not work. The service reset is rudimentary and a $10 junk one may allow. But a good one will be a better idea. This is a reputable USA company making good adaptors..... he told me the other day the green one that's quite good for a number of other brands of vehicle (but not for reprogramming ford ecus....) had a firmware update that works with BMW. We tried 4 years ago and it wouldn't do TPMS back then PC-based Scan Tools
 

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the 911 had to have a firmware update to cope with something in June this year..... its why i suspect the motoscan guys are now working with the 911 lot. Some "new" features of the 911 have always been part of the motoscan app. But until someone told the 911 guys how BMWs really communicate they couldn't do half the stuff

I recommend turning on TMPS tyre temperatures in the cluster menus (a feature motoscan had 4 years ago...) it gives another thing to do when riding and if doing high speed / long distance its a good safety feature.... Should be on from the factory but their silly dealer tools can't enable it !!!!!
 

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major update to Motoscan app in December 2020

now does adaptions - not sure why he's started to use weird naming for stuff. Germans used DME for the engine ECU for years, but he's decided to call it MOT as of v1.64

Changelog | MotoScan

v1.70 (12/19/2020)
Added
  • New models added K82, K34, K35, K60, K66
  • Adaptations reset for BMS-X, BMS-MP, BMS-O
  • Learn gas handle sensor at BMS-X, BMS-MP, BMS-O
  • Service reset at 2D Race speedometer
  • Coding at 2D Race Speedometer
  • Real-time data for BMS-E2B, KOMBI K03
  • Actuator diagnostics for BMS-E2B
 

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The trouble with the GS-911, or advantage, if there really is one, is thatit provide real time readout of engine parameters, but those peeps refuse to tell you what the "normal" values are supposed to be. WTF is the value of a measurement tool if there is no set of baseline values against which to compare it to?

Full disclosure..I have a second-hand GS-911 and went their user forum where I was eventually flamed for asking for baseline values. Eff them! Cost me $1400 at the dealer to resolve the problem, after replacing plugs and stick coils, largely on the advice of that forum. THEY WERE WRONG. $700 out the window, and they're off my Christmas list, forever.
 

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The trouble with the GS-911, or advantage, if there really is one, is thatit provide real time readout of engine parameters, but those peeps refuse to tell you what the "normal" values are supposed to be. WTF is the value of a measurement tool if there is no set of baseline values against which to compare it to?

Full disclosure..I have a second-hand GS-911 and went their user forum where I was eventually flamed for asking for baseline values. Eff them! Cost me $1400 at the dealer to resolve the problem, after replacing plugs and stick coils, largely on the advice of that forum. THEY WERE WRONG. $700 out the window, and they're off my Christmas list, forever.

the motoscan app now does all the live data and adaption clearing for $60
 
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