Survey: who has or hasn't removed Integral/Servo ABS on their bike?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Francistor83, Jul 31, 2020.

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Have you removed Integral/Servo ABS from your bike?

Poll closed Sunday at 2:10 PM.
  1. Yes

    29.0%
  2. No

    71.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Francistor83

    Francistor83 Been here awhile

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    Just a little curious with the years passing by. Seems somehow inevitable. Just removed mine after the module's brain gave up.

    2004 GSA, 67 000 km (Bought at 35 000 km, brakes properly serviced and flushed maximum every year).
    #1
  2. ozcruiser

    ozcruiser Been here awhile

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    My 06 GS is still working fine 127,000 K
    #2
  3. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I voted yes for my friend.He doesn't come here much,or wrench.....but he worked my old shop computer as I castrated his 05.Pressure sensor fault so not easily repairable.

    Same system on my K1200RS.297,000kms!:D
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  4. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    2005 1200GS
    @ 47K miles

    acted wonky too many times, It was removed.
    #4
  5. Francistor83

    Francistor83 Been here awhile

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    Same here, couldn't trust that thing anymore after first symptoms. Couldn't be bothered buying a new unit either.
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  6. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    I was willing to give it more chances, until the brakes started dragging and occasionally the servos would activate without me touching the brakes going down the road.
    It was removed two days later.
    #6
  7. saitman

    saitman Adventurer

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    2004 GS 107000km i have changed with a new one servo
    #7
  8. Just Dave

    Just Dave Been here awhile

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    No, but I got rid of the bike.
    #8
  9. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    Have an 05 that R2D2 died at around 100k so took him out of service. Also have an 06 with 47k on it that they still work so they are still in service. When they do go tits up, they to will hit the junk pile.
    #9
  10. PerazziMx14

    PerazziMx14 Been here awhile

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    Yesterday @ 42,630 miles the ABS/servo unit was removed on my 2005 that I bought on Monday.


    SB5.jpg
    #10
  11. PukaWai

    PukaWai Long timer

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    Mine were still working as designed til the bike died at 85k. But "as designed" still sucked - dumbest idea BMW ever had.
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I needed to vote 3 times, but couldn't. 2 05 R1200GS' one with 55K miles when sold, one with 129K miles when sold and an 05 R1200ST with 70K miles when sold. None ever had an issue. Best brakes of any bike I ever had.
    #12
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  13. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    Just getting ready to crack 110k miles on my bought new 2005 Rock Red GS with Cast Wheels. No problems with the servo's but I did have to replace 2 stick coils a long time ago:getiton
    #13
  14. Francistor83

    Francistor83 Been here awhile

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    Now that I've removed it, I don't think I'll ever allow another bike to have some process in between the simple mechanical action of brakes. This is not a fail-safe design, as other industries would call it.
    #14
  15. eri

    eri Been here awhile

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    i felt like that about fly-by-wire, but 7 years after the LC came out no one seems to have been killed in an inexplicable full-throttle wethead accident

    so am cautiously optimistic i won't be the first....
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  16. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    Removed mine. Failed on the highway around the 130k kms mark. Had virtually no brakes left to get me home another 350kms. Was a scary ride home.
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  17. Francistor83

    Francistor83 Been here awhile

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    You could still apply brakes! Lucky they've ditched the servos before... :rofl
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  18. saitman

    saitman Adventurer

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    Bmw should make a recall action for abs. Its very dangerous and alot of people have accident because of a faulty abs
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  19. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    to be honest anything can fail and then you never know the service history either. I know that I serviced my ABS unit religiously every year because I was afraid of the failure. at 130k kms it had done its time; no mechanical or electrical part can last forever and as always you will read more about those who had issues with it on the internet, than those who had none because they are out there riding.
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  20. Francistor83

    Francistor83 Been here awhile

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    Agreed. Let's just say these units are a little more prone to failure than average acceptable tear or fatigue and they're a critical part if going south...hence the noise on the internet.
    #20