ABS Parts on a non-ABS F800GS?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Sapper33, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Sapper33

    Sapper33 Adventurer

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    I purchased a non-ABS F800GS, but now I'm confused about it.

    The bike has no ABS switch on the bars (although you can see faintly where the button would go had it been cut out), no ABS ring on the front, no sensor on the front, but yet has an ABS ring and ABS sensor (with a wire connected to something) on the rear. I also noticed that the front has the bracket to mount the ABS sensor. Makes perfect sense as to why the bracket would be on the front, but the odd part is that the mounting surface is spotless, no wear or weathering what so ever.

    I'm going to do some more digging on the bike to see where the wire to the rear sensor goes, but it it possible my bike may have started life as an ABS model?
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  2. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    the rear ABS ring feeds the computor, and through that anything speed or distance related


    Congrats on haveing a non ABS bike, they seem to be rare
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  3. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    My bike is non-ABS too. Ex Rental bike in New Zealand.
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  4. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    About the switch on the bars. You can also see where the button for the ESA would go. I think they use the same bars for the twins and boxers.
    Maybe BMW put in all the bracets and sensors but didn't connect them on the non ABS bikes and that's it. Would be easier to make all the bikes the same (at least for the wires) and at the end sorting out.
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  5. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Think of it as your modern day speedometer cable. GH
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