R1200GS fuel strip calibration

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by GSQuester, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. dede

    dede Lefty

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    Can't answer your question but I have the same bike, same problem, it goes to the dealer next week to be fixed under warentee. In my case I am leaving for AK on 6/10. My question is "If it goes out again and I am forced to live with the flashing low fuel warning and the yellow triangle for the 3 week, 10.000 mile ride will the constant error code make the computer do something stupid?
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  2. fawudd

    fawudd Traveler

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    Dede,

    Not sure if you got a response, but I just saw the dreaded low fuel and Triangle today. I filled up and no difference. I am going to try the reset process, but it looks like the dealership is in my future. Bike has been flawless prior to this at 9800 miles. I have the same question as you, will it tell the computer to do something silly ? Thankfully, the trip meter works, so it is back to old school....at new school prices :huh
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  3. dede

    dede Lefty

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    I was able to get mine repaired before leaving and no issues on the trip or since.
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  4. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I read about the fuel strip over and over.

    I see that the non-computer bikes have a float. Is this true and will the float be able to be fitted in the tank of a computer equipped bike.

    How much is the float

    What is the output of the current fuel strip, capacitive, or resistance or what. It should be possible for someone to make an electronic converter that would change the output of the float sensor to the output the computer will accept. This wold provide a solution for riders after the BMW warranty expires. For a price of course.

    Rod
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  5. Preston

    Preston livin4it

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    OK OK, I know it's old stuff, but I am on my second fuel gage fix in 3 months. Wish the warranty covered the three days out of my life, the 600 miles if travel to dealer and the PITA it is for crap like this to go on!
    So it's USA crappy fuel! Well BMW, find a f---ing gage that works with crappy fuel then..
    I would join anyone in a class action suit just to make the point. Yeah, I like my BMW just like most of us do, but there comes a time when you have to admit crap is crap!
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  6. maineiac-moto

    maineiac-moto Adventurer

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    I just took deliver last week of my 2009 GS with 7,000 miles on it. The seller did mention an issue with the fuel gage not reading correctly when i took it for a test drive. I did some online research and found you guys on ADVrder. Took it into the dealer today for the strip replacement. They explained it would be a few miles before the computer reset itself to accept the new strip. I lived with the warning lights for 60 miles and three or four start/stop modes to get things reset. No luck. I called the dealership back to let them know nothing had changed since I brought it in. They then told me to give it a few days to give it time. I'll wait a few more days and report back on my "fix".
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  7. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    Mine does exactly the same thing - and it is very repeatable. I'm assuming my strip is working properly (for now) and this is just an annoying design feature of the fuel display. I did a bit of research on the "US bad gas" theory and think there is enough evidence that I dump in Techron every few tanks. This is clearly not a cure-all as you will see many posts of strips that fail even with this treatment. But, it's relatively cheap and it can't hurt anything.
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  8. Marki_GSA

    Marki_GSA Long timer

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    Can't argue either way on if it is gas or not but this happens in the UK as well. My 09 has had 2 replacements and I have given up on them now the bike is out of warranty. I don't see the point in wasting time on something that willl just break again! If they come up with a good fix and it can be retro fitted then I will replace it again.

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  9. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    Then you do not have a strip.. you have a float. The float is in the left side of the tank along with the fuel pump. The fuel return line goes to the right side of the tank when it powers a "sucking jet pump". The purpose is to keep sucking the fuel from the right side, dumping it into the left side where the fuel pump lives. It works quite well... so well that the fuel gauge float is doesn't show any change in fuel level until fuel starts being used from the left side of the tank... meaning the tank is half empty.

    So yes, you are correct in thinking that it is just an annoying design feature of the fuel display.
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  10. ricepaddy

    ricepaddy Ronin

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    My fuel gauge failed this morning with 46,500 miles on the clock. At first it was erratic and then just failed altogether. I have been riding more than 50 years and have no problem using the trip, but that warning triangle is really annoying.
    This looks like another problem that BMW refuses to address and I am in favor of a class action suit to get there attention.

    Rice ---
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  11. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    bumping this
    my second one failed--19000 mi-- and at 80mph, showing 119 miles left, 5 bars, and no low fuel light and 202 miles on the odometer, coasting off an interstate in traffic and dealing with rumble strips on steroids with no power... it is a safety issue. Big time
    file a complaint with the NHTSA, it's easy.
    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm

    2009 r1200r
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  12. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    52miles left on the tank...then it sutters and conks out at a traffic light during rush hour as it turns green..

    if you suit up let me know..i have a 600mile service due so i will be asking them to replace it under warranty..
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  13. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    Not looking for a suit, but others to report...it's really easy

    The NHTSA started an investigation of a fuel leaks in roadsters after only 28 complaints.

    You'll need your VIN and it's important to say "Fuel/Propulsion" as the system affected.
    I think what most people only want is a gauge that works, but now BMWNA is denying that a problem exists.
    PLease consider reporting.
    Thanks
    John
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  14. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    I installed a rotopax under the right pannier so now it seems my options are to blow up or run out of gas :rofl
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  15. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    Right! Or both! Run out and land on the rotopax igniting the gas.:eek1
    It is only prudent to carry extra gas for when the gauge/odometer--read BMW-- plays you for the fool.

    I carry 2 MSR quart jugs. If I have panniers on they fit well into a bicycle water bottle cage, of if bare, in my topcase.
    It sucks!

    File a report!
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  16. Vin

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    2009 R1200GS - bought in Florida. The dealership there said the part was still under warrantee and my Colorado dealer could replace it. Got home and found out "Ooops!" the warrantee was expired.
    There have to be some lawyers on this forum. I hate class action, but this seems to be the only option that will get the problem addressed.
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  17. sati8d

    sati8d REALLY?

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    Well we're not alone in this - seems lots of GS riders experience this darn annoying issue.
    I just replaced mine last fall after 19 mos of riding daily without a problem...then I had the stealership put in another...and that one just failed a few weeks ago.
    If you sputter out of gas on the highway, pull over, lay the bike down to the left, pouring fuel right to left and you'll have about 1.5 gals to get you to the nearest station. Done that game 3 or 4 times now.
    The fun thing is in heavy stop-n-go traffic in DC - when I do it, I lay the bike down and then muscle it back up...the looks you get are to die for.:rofl
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  18. sati8d

    sati8d REALLY?

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    Well we're not alone in this - seems lots of GS riders experience this darn annoying issue.
    I just replaced mine last fall after 19 mos of riding daily without a problem...then I had the stealership put in another...and that one just failed a few weeks ago.
    If you sputter out of gas on the highway, pull over, lay the bike down to the left, pouring fuel right to left and you'll have about 1.5 gals to get you to the nearest station. Done that game 3 or 4 times now.
    The fun thing is in heavy stop-n-go traffic in DC - when I do it, I lay the bike down and then muscle it back up...the looks you get are to die for.:rofl
    Watch your mileage! I hit 300m and seek the station, because somewhere between 3-325, I'm done.
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  19. OzRider64

    OzRider64 Friggen slow Adventurer.

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    The OP says he has a 2010 R1200GSA. The bike has a float in the tank and is a lot more reliable.

    My 2010 R1200GS was manufactured in July of 2010 and I purchased the bike in Feb of 2011. 35000K's so far and no problems.

    You can hear the float moving around inside of the tank when the fuel level gets a bit lower.

    Simon.
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  20. QuasiMoto

    QuasiMoto Been here awhile

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    '08 GS ADV, 45K miles, on my 4th fuel strip. Last week while on an outing in the Everglades bike conks out while showing five bars. I guess that's what I get for not paying closer attention to my mileage, but still...huge time sink over the years for what is clearly a design flaw (no matter what the %^&* fuel quality is).
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