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Old 07-16-2010, 07:24 AM   #99
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Originally Posted by fyrfytr
It's a single spark 2003 1150. I have read about the stick coil issues though.

As of yesterday, I picked up new battery, installed it and it was in worse shape than the battery it is replacing. After initial charge of 2 hours or so, it would not turn the starter, even when the charger was still connected. With volt meter in place, voltage dropped to 4.5 volts when starter button was pressed. Probably won't have another until Tuesday or Wednesday. Another weekend without a motorbike.

And Monday afternoon I get to remove the rear drive and replace the bearings. While the bike was on the center stand I checked for play and noticed a bit of side to side and up and down movement.

It seems I am getting the complete BMW experience.
Arrrrrrggggghhh! That happens...If your starter is turning slower, it might be's common. So does the '03 have a stick coil, is it the earlier (and seemingly more reliable) conventional coil set up? If it IS a stick coil arrangement, I'm betting that's the issue. Again, if it's not...that's a new one on me.
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