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Old 09-10-2009, 06:18 PM   #106
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Model: (xCountry)
Year: 2009
ABS: no
Mileage at time of issue: 1900
Date of occurrence: August 5, 2009
Modifications (if any): none
Description of Failure(s): this morning the XCo wouldn't start. It showed the oil light, but I just checked the oil a week ago and it was good. So, could be an electrical issue throwing a false reading. Checked the oil again anyway, and it looked to be a bit over max, which is odd because it wasn't touched since I got it from the dealer, and the last I checked it wasn't nearly that high. Is condensation getting in there? Maybe just a temperature thing. This is the earliest (morning) I've tried to start it, so I'm wondering if that is an influence.
Resolution (if any): none yet
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incidentally... all operational issues resolved and I've had perfect reliability and operation for a few weeks now. There is one oddity I will be reporting next though...
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:33 PM   #107
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brake fluid reservoir

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Model: (xCountry)
Year: 2009
ABS: no
Mileage at time of issue: 3500
Date of occurrence: noticed it first in late August 2009
Modifications (if any): none
Description of Failure(s): not a failure really. I just noticed that there is something wrong with my front brake fluid reservoir. At least I perceive it to be a potential problem. Basically, it seems to leak up and around the gasket, and it always seems too low. Even when there isn't much in it, screwing the cap on causes fluid to leach out from under the cap. The brake works fine and is responsive. So... some questions...
1. anyone else having this problem?
2. is the liner of this reservoir supposed to have a "Z-shaped" recession to hold the fluid? (I've never seen one like this)
3. A BMW guy said it could be the brake pad. So, is it possible for a brake pad to be worn down to nothing in 3500 miles? I personally do mostly engine braking. I didn't even think of it, because I assumed it was the dealer's responsibility to have it fully prepped for resale and those kinds of basic safety measures should have been checked. (Don't laugh, but I looked at the manual, and tried to eye the brake pad, but I am not 100% sure what I'm looking for and the picture isn't helping. A motorcycle rider who doesn't know what his brake pad looks like? Yep! That's me. Still learning)

Thoughts?
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:57 AM   #108
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Happened to me on my Challenge, took it to the dealer & they warranty'd it... said it was a bad seal on the filler cap.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:39 PM   #109
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Happened to me on my Challenge, took it to the dealer & they warranty'd it... said it was a bad seal on the filler cap.
Good to know. Thanks.

The dealer wants me to stop by for a look at it. I seem to have a new battery coming to me too.

As it turns out, I DO need a new front brake pad already! A little irritated that the dealership didn't mention how low it was when they sold it to me, considering they had done a "22 point check" of the bike. Ordered the EBS for a fraction of the OEM pads.

It's both a relief and a disappointment to learn about it now, as I was planning my first longer trip for this weekend. Good thing I didn't go without noticing it, and too bad I didn't have the time to replace it.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:22 AM   #110
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Eventually, I cram the ignition switch wires up into the switch housing and everything lights up,

I took off the bottom of the ignition switich, opened it up and found one of the wires has a failed solder joint to the contacts and no sort of strain relief on the wires inside the housing. The solder joint looks like it wasn't done properly to begin with, so I'll see if BMW will cover a new one .

Same thing happened to me: got home on the back of a tilt tray. Really crappy soldering in the ignition switch
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:11 AM   #111
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Good to know. Thanks.

The dealer wants me to stop by for a look at it. I seem to have a new battery coming to me too.

As it turns out, I DO need a new front brake pad already! A little irritated that the dealership didn't mention how low it was when they sold it to me, considering they had done a "22 point check" of the bike. Ordered the EBS for a fraction of the OEM pads.

It's both a relief and a disappointment to learn about it now, as I was planning my first longer trip for this weekend. Good thing I didn't go without noticing it, and too bad I didn't have the time to replace it.
I bought mine as a demo from the dealer with 450 miles on it... took it home, battery was dead, next week I discovered the rotor was warped and the fork seals we're leaking along with the seeping master cylinder.... as for the 22 point inspections

They did cover everything under warranty, just was a pain in the ass draging the bike back & forth, dealers 85 miles away...
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:25 AM   #112
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head pipe color pic??

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I think they should replace the head pipe too since it has now turned a blackened bronze color
May sound stupid, but anybody have a pic of the head pipe discoloration to look for?

Thanks,
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:33 PM   #113
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Same thing happened to me: got home on the back of a tilt tray. Really crappy soldering in the ignition switch
The good news is that BMW is covering it under warranty and I'm getting a new battery from the recall as well.

The bad news is that BMW has to install warranty parts, so they've had my bike since Saturday, but I get to pick it up tonight.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:58 PM   #114
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Model: xChallenge
Year: 2007
ABS: yes
Mileage at time of issue: ~200?
Date of occurrence:
Modifications (if any): emissions canister removed, airbox cover removed
Description of Failure(s): none!
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Haven't had a single problem... at 4500 miles now.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:55 AM   #115
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Model: xMoto
Year:'07
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Mileage at time of issue: ~10k
Date of occurrence: Last few weeks (august-sept '09)
Modifications (if any): Lots
Description of Failure(s): Battery won't hold a charge. Fuel sensor/sender is sporatic at best.
Resolution (if any): Awaiting response from Dealer
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #116
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May sound stupid, but anybody have a pic of the head pipe discoloration to look for?

Thanks,
J...

Sorry I didn't get any pics of mine before I dropped it off at the dealer, but when it starts resembling a used BBQ grill rack, you might have a problem.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:41 PM   #117
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Head pipe discoloration...



THis is the best I have...dark blue...
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #118
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THis is the best I have...dark blue...

I'm curious DB, what color do you think it should be? I consider this normal.
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:13 PM   #119
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I'm curious DB, what color do you think it should be? I consider this normal.
+1 don't they all discolour when they get hot and dirty etc
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:51 PM   #120
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The darker the color the hotter it got. It should turn a golden color with hints of blue. Not blue bordering on black. My exhaust got clogged with a sand like material(gunpowder like in color) There is a thread where a guy cut the tailpipe and then removed the baffle with a holesaw. That is what I did to unclog and it worked. Holding up fine after about 500 miles, but I have gotten a new exhaust without a cat to deal with excessive heat. Douchebags pipe looks like it got too hot at some point which I think could lead to other issues.
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