How do I reset the service reminder?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Nodabs, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Nodabs

    Nodabs Been here awhile

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    I'm getting ready to change the oil and run the valves on my '12 GSA and I wondered if there is a way to reset the service reminder on my dash. I really don't want to spend $300 to have my oil changed. Plus it is 100 miles to my local dealer, I've got better things to do with my time.
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  2. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Buy a GS911 scan tool. Set it to what ever interval you want.


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  3. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Complete bullshit that you can't reset the service reminder without a trip to the dealer, or a $300 aftermarket tool. I just ignore the dam thing.
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  4. Nodabs

    Nodabs Been here awhile

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    bemiiten, I agree totally. I can change my own oil, thank you very much. I don't want to have a relationship with my dealer. I want to have a relationship with my motorcycle!
    I'm thinking a piece of tape is in order!
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  5. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Understand the points of view about the $300 acc so you can reset your service reminder, but I find it a very helpful tool in knowing that everything on my bike is working properly and should I have a problem out in the middle of no where it is comforting to know I can plug it in and find out right away what is wrong in most cases. Reading any fault codes is very helpful as well as getting ride of the ones that do not require warranty repair. (My dealer only sees my bike for warranty repair.)

    Also useful in setting the tipper motors and of course in sync'g the throttle bodies. I really like this tool. You can also get one that has blue tooth and do it all from your smart phone. I like to use available technology not fight it. But then just my 2 cents.
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  6. Gillies

    Gillies One Decade In

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    20k bike / $300 tool. I hit my limit Bihac!!!

    No... Really... I like my GS911 lots.
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  7. Nodabs

    Nodabs Been here awhile

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    I just don't like the idea of being forced to toe the line. What BMW is implying is that we're not competent enough to service our own equipment.
    How do I not know if the dealer is using the lot boy to change my oil, hell I would if I ran the place. Charge 150 bucks a hour and pay minimum wage.
    I stated changing motorcycle's oil in a dealership when I was 12 years old, I sure wouldn't trust anyone!
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  8. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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    Does any other scan tool work on the GS.
    Im picking up the New OTC scan tool on Wednsday
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  9. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    As far as I know, the only thing that works is the GS911 from HexCode in SA.
    It does more than reset the service reminder.
    Mine has performed operations on many bikes.
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  10. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of BMW self maintenance. BMW seems to do everything it can to make it difficult to service a bike outside of a dealership.

    Look, if you are going to do your own service, the GS911 is as essential as your helmet. Reset service reminders, reset TB stops, diagnose and clear faults to name a few must have functions.

    It is the best investment for your ride that you will ever make. End of story.
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  11. Steptoe

    Steptoe steptoe

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    Just changing the oil isn't a service. :D

    Plus you can't do a "full" service without something like a GS911.... how do you reset the idle motors with it, how do you park the idle motors while balancing the throttles ?, and much more.
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  12. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    ...and has anyone tried hooking one up to the 2013 GS-W yet?
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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    It won't work. HEX is nearly done beta testing a new tool for the Wethead. Apparently the new system is vastly different than the old one.

    I went years without a GS911. You can adjust your throttle bodies without it effectively enough: http://www.jimvonbaden.com/R1200_TB_Sync.html

    Most of what you need to do a "service" is here: http://www.jimvonbaden.com/Tech_Pictorials.html

    You can't reset your service reminder, but who cares? You also can't calibrate your throttle bodies, which can eventually cause a lumpy idle, but does no harm. You also cannot reset or read fault codes, but generally not an issue.

    On the other hand, local clubs, like mine, often have a pro version of the GS911 that they share at tech days, and I have one I use on other people's bike as needed. It IS a very nice tool to have, though for a single bike it may not be cost effective. Maybe get together with a few locals and buy one together.

    Jim :brow
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  14. Steptoe

    Steptoe steptoe

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    Not an issue, but also not a service.

    I'd imagine what my customers would say if they expect a full service and i give them a bunch of "no i haven't done that, but who cares". :lol3
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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    True, as a paid technician you would definitely be required to do these. A home backyard service doesn't hold the same standard, and in the US if you are required to have special tools to complete a service for warranty purposes you would get that done for free from the dealer. In other words, it isn't an issue for warranty, and does not effect the safety or longevity of the bike. It is merely annoying.:deal

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  16. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

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    The dealer in ABQ will reset it for $25 or so bucks, ask your dealer.

    I bought a GS911 as it will park the idle stepper for tb sync and reset it etc. I have friends with BMWs to amortize the cost plus up can sell it when your done with it or get rid of the bike. It only takes a couple DIY services to pay for it.
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  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Of course you know to also check/clear fault codes and calibrate the stepper motors for services as well.

    Jim :brow
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    Implying? Have you looked inside the provided toolkit? I swear, if the bike didn't use oil, they could get away with not giving you a toolkit. 7 tools from memory. I get more tools with a bike the fraction of the price!

    That said... just have a look at the internet classic threads like, I was installing a hugger, my mate drilled through the ECU and the bike won't start. Is this bad?

    Yeah... a lot of people shouldn't be doing much more than filling with gas :rofl
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  19. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    That my learned friend, is where our attitudes to service differ. Many of us who wrench at home had/have technical careers and take a measure of pride in the fact that we are as competant and thorough in our work, as a dealer, as is possible.

    "Be the best you can be", not "Do the minuimum required", is the motto of the rider who truly cares about his bike.
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  20. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You misunderstand. I am not saying that a backyard tech is, or should, cut corners. I am saying that resetting the service reminder and calibration of the stepper motors will not effect warranty or cause any damage to the bike. IMHO an individual working on his bike does a better job than many factory techs in a dealership, so no reduction in quality.

    As for the only other issue, locking the stepper motors, I am not at all convinced that it does the slightest bit of good in relation to the throttle body sync.

    I'll assume you did not mean to insinuate that I do, or advocate, anything other than as precise a job on service as possible! These are NOT my words!:deal

    Jim :brow
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