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Old 08-24-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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F700GS Switch Off - Dash Power Pulse ?

2013 F700GS with 8300 miles. Power Pulse in gauges after turning the bike off. Turning the key to the off position, the dash goes blank after a few seconds as is normal. Approximately 15 seconds after the switch is off, there is a quiet 3 second growl from the gauge cluster as the tach and speedo needle pulse down, the clock and the odometer reading display for several seconds, then it all goes quite, the tach and speedo return to the zero spot, the clock and the odometer go blank.....then 15 seconds later it all starts the process over. It goes thru this cycle continuously when off, all day....all night. The clock on the dash looses time when the bike is off. In a 9 hour day while parked at work it looses about 2hr and 15 min.

With the bike running, it has not had a problem. When riding the bike, the bike runs fine, never looses power and has always started, no gauge power issues and the clock keeps accurate time while the bike is running.

This started a week ago Saturday 8/16, I took it to the BMW dealer on Tuesday for the fuel tank replacement and showed them this problem, they said they disconnected the battery during the fuel tank replacement and also re-flashed the ECU and said that after that they no longer saw the power problem I showed them. As I was gearing up to leave with the bike Wednesday 8/20, the bike growled and the gauges started doing the same thing. I showed it to the service mgr and the mechanic and they sent me on my way saying they had never seen it before, that they would contact BMW and get back to me. They indicated that it would be fine to continue driving it.

The bike is sitting in the garage, doing this cycle every 15-20 seconds, all day and all night when not being ridden. I ride to work most every day, so the battery is staying up, but its starting to make me worry about having this continuously cycling.

I have a week long trip starting out next Thursday before Labor Day, and another week long ride planned mid September. Not sure I can trust the bike with this occurring while out of state riding. Hoping that the BMW dealer will have some answer for me on Tuesday morning when they open...but not holding my breath.

I asked them if the battery was good, and they said they had tested it while they were at it and it was good, and not one that had needed replacing.

I have searched the threads for this issue but was unable to find it listed, or what to call it by definition.

All electrical accessories have been installed by the BMW dealer and have been on the bike for the 8300 miles. They include, Gerbing power lead, Garmin Nuvi 500 switched power, Clearwater Darla's.

Ideas ? / Direction to a post with same issue ?

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Old 08-24-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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This is one time I'd believe the Dealer in that it's the first time they heard of it. Certainly a rare failure. I would say the gauges are possessed and need an exorcism. I bet if you could swap them with another set it would prove it. It's possible it's caused by a different malfunction in another computer but I doubt it. The gauges get full time power to keep the time and date so an internal malfunction would be able to do that. Warranty for sure.

On another completely different note, there's a 700'800 gauge set for sale in the FM.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:23 AM   #3
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I wonder if something is stopping the CAN-BUS from going to sleep. Might be worth disconnecting accessories (regardless of who fitted them...) and see if that stops it.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:25 PM   #4
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Conclusion - Internal short in gauge cluster -warrany replaced

Finally got it fixed.
BMW dealer determined that the gauge cluster had an internal short and it was replaced under warranty last week.

The symptom only occurred with the switch off and caused no problems while the bike was running.

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Old 02-26-2015, 07:11 PM   #5
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Old Today, 02:35 PM   #6
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I have experienced and heard of others with similar electronic gremlins. In my case I discovered the gauges were very slightly "flickering" after turning off the bike.

In each case that I heard of it was solved by cleaning the battery terminals, using some dielectric grease and making sure they are nice and tight.

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