New Bike - 2004 R1150RT

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New Bike - 2004 R1150RT

Unread post by jaskc78 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:57 pm

Bought a 2004 R1150RT this past weekend in LA, rode it back to Tucson last night. So nice having a long distance bike with saddlebags again.

Weird problem, though--low beam headlights and instrument back lighting don't work. Hi beam works just fine, so do the other lights right next to the headlight. The warning lights still work, turn signals, and the gauges themselves work fine, but not the low beam or back lighting for the speedo and tach. Do they share a common ground that might be bad or are they on the same relay, possibly? Thanks for any help you can offer, will be ordering a Hayne's or Clymer later this week, I think.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by rider55 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:36 pm

it could be a bad fuse

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Re: New Bike

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:06 am

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Congratulations on the new bike! Now we just need photos of it (if you put them up in the gallery then you can link them here to your message).

Could be as simple as a dead bulbs.

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Re: New Bike

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:54 am

Congrats on the new (to you) bike!

Our bikes are pretty similar (similar enough to have the same Haynes manual at least). While the Haynes or Clymer is on its way, maybe this'll help:

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Instrument backlighting uses the same fuse as your brake light, and that works, right?
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:40 am

jaskc78 wrote: Weird problem, though--low beam headlights and instrument back lighting don't work. Hi beam works just fine, so do the other lights right next to the headlight. The warning lights still work, turn signals, and the gauges themselves work fine, but not the low beam or back lighting for the speedo and tach. Do they share a common ground that might be bad or are they on the same relay, possibly? Thanks for any help you can offer, will be ordering a Hayne's or Clymer later this week, I think.
Doesn't sound weird at all. The headlight bulb is probably burnt out, perfectly normal for the low beam to wear out before the high beam if it is used more often. The little bulbs for the back lighting for the speedo and the tach are probably burnt out as well. The headlight bulb you can get anywhere. The speedo and tach bulb if I remember correctly is a strange size and hard to find other than a BMW dealer.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by sapaul » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:43 am

Congrats on the new ride, I am sure you will enjoy.

I know of a similar problem on an RT, turned out as you though to be a bad earth
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by jaskc78 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:55 am

Checked all the fuses, looked up online how to get to and remove the headlight assembly if needed, will be calling the local BMW shop to see if there's any common issue they can think of that could cause it.

All the fuses are good, pulled them out and checked them. The headlight doesn't look burnt out, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't. Brake light works just fine, could see it reflecting off all the jackhole California drivers that were tailgating the crap out of me on the ride back.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by sapaul » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:34 am

Sounds to me like a bad earth, the RT lights are not bad to get at. Rig a direct earth onto the terminal and see if that works then you know you have to trace the bad earth.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by jaskc78 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:11 pm

Have a general inspection scheduled at the local BMW shop for Saturday morning and asked them to take a look at the headlight/backlight issue and do a little troubleshooting. Hopefully it turns out to be something easy, would be nice to at least know what I'll have to do or how much it'll cost to fix it.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by jaskc78 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:40 am

Turned out to be a bad earth on the headlight, burned out bulbs on the instrument panel. Rear brakes and rotor need replacing, front tire needs replacing before too much longer. Will order the brake pads and rotor today and get them done as soon as they come in, the front tire I'll replace after our weekend trip to Vegas on the 22d.

The tech also mentioned that it's running a little rough and sounds like it needs a valve service, so hopefully my Clymer arrives soon so I can start practicing that 6k valve adjustment. Will let you all know how it goes with racking up the miles.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:03 pm

jaskc78 wrote:The tech also mentioned that it's running a little rough and sounds like it needs a valve service, so hopefully my Clymer arrives soon so I can start practicing that 6k valve adjustment.
An '04 bike that's run less than 6k? That's pretty amazing.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by sapaul » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:13 am

I am glad the wiring turned out as it has, not too bad. You will not regret buying this bike although it sounds like the previous did not keep to the service schedules. I had the 2002 model and it never missed a beat and was a really really good bike to do long trips on. Hardly any wind gets to you and the bike can outperform most riders. The boxer motor is strong and responsive but does need those services as they are only every 10 000 kms
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:08 am

jaskc78 wrote:The tech also mentioned that it's running a little rough and sounds like it needs a valve service, so hopefully my Clymer arrives soon so I can start practicing that 6k valve adjustment. Will let you all know how it goes with racking up the miles.
The good news is, the valve adjustment is very easy to do on this bike. :)

It probably could also use a throttlebody sync if it is running a little rough. I have a twinmax and it makes this job a breeze.
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Re: New Bike

Unread post by jaskc78 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:55 pm

HYPERR wrote:
jaskc78 wrote:The tech also mentioned that it's running a little rough and sounds like it needs a valve service, so hopefully my Clymer arrives soon so I can start practicing that 6k valve adjustment. Will let you all know how it goes with racking up the miles.
The good news is, the valve adjustment is very easy to do on this bike. :)

It probably could also use a throttlebody sync if it is running a little rough. I have a twinmax and it makes this job a breeze.
Yeah, I remember you mentioning that the valves are a cake walk on this bike when I was considering the R1200R and asked your advice on periodic maintenance. I'll probably be hitting you up for some tips when my Clymer arrives, I'm going to go over it before our ride to Vegas the weekend of the 22d.
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