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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Qben, Feb 24, 2013.
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The plug is called a Powerlet plug and is standard to the BMW. You can buy a short adapter for it to power your american style cords. The one on the starting motor is typicly used for the battery tender hookup. Mine also has one up on the top of the beak alongside the windshield/dash area.
The oil level is something that takes some getting used to. The next time you check there may be a shade more. Why??? I dunno but they do consume some oil. On a longish trip i carry a 500cc container and if it needs a top up i have my grade and brand.
Plug can be used as as power source (heated clothing, air pump, etc...) or to plug in battery charger/maintainer.
Kill switch cuts engine when pushed up or down. Center, engine has electrical power.
Check oil only after engine has reached operating temp; otherwise a variable amount of oil gets sequestered in the oil cooler. Best routine is immediately after a ride put your bike on this side stand for 5 minutes (or longer, but at least 5 minutes) then pop it up on the center stand. Go away for a period (eg, just wait til next day before starting it up) and upon return check oil. As long as it is within the red circle you're good to go. Caution, oil sight glass on rare occasion has been know to pop out. I always carry a spare.
I haven't installed my battery tender yet. Was just going to wire it direct to the battery, but I guess I could buy a powerlet plug. From what you guys have told me, I assume it is a non-keyed power source (always on)?
Plugs right in. No key needed.
Thanks for all the info - you guys are great!
I also haven't been able to figure out the headlights. I searched wisdom and couldn't find anything and don't have a manual yet.
I noticed that on a few occasions my headlights went into flashing mode. Every time it was by accident and I just had to mess around with it to get it to go back to normal.
My question is, what is the sequence of operation for the switch to go between various modes?
Hey, Ben, I'm the guy from Tacoma who PM'ed you. You can call me anytime with questions. Powerlet plugs are pretty standard in the BMW world. The plug stays plugged in better than a cigarette style plug, and you can get sockets that are more water-resistant. Google around for "powerlet" and you'll see all the different products out there.
On those headlights, the headlights are not supposed to flash. Maybe you mean they are "modulating"? That means they sorta pulsate maybe around 3 times per second? If they are modulating, that means the PO installed a headlight modulator gizmo (best known brand is Kisan--here). This is strictly an aftermarket thing and not a BMW thing. Those modulators are only legal to run during daylight hours, so they have an ambient light sensor mounted somewhere on the bike that shuts them off when it gets dark. Maybe the sensor is being blocked and unblocked unintentionally by you while messing around?
Your starter is right under that cover where the socket is installed. The starter is connected to the battery by some massive cables because the starter needs to pull so many amps. The socket, then is connected with really short cables to the + and - posts on the starter. So when you plug into that socket, it's almost like plugging right into the battery. Definitely unswitched, which is why it's good for battery tenders and tire compressors. I lopped off the cig plug on my tire compressor and then wired in a powerlet plug specifically for this reason.