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Re: low voltage and ABS

I do NOT recommend BMW's gel-battery, great disappointment for lots of
Their lead-acid batteries were good though, apparently discontinued.
Bob Silas

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: James H. Nazarian, Ph.D. 
  To: 'Mark Rivera' ; 'oilheads' 
  Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 3:35 PM
  Subject: RE: low voltage and ABS

  Most likely, neither is "choking". The alternating flashing of the ABS
  warning lights is a fault code warning of low starting voltage in the
  battery. If you ever get one of these, start the bike; let it run at a high
  idle for a minute or two or three; shut the bike off; count to two or three,
  then restart the bike. Voila! No fault. That short period of running charged
  the battery enough to correct the voltage deficiency. Too many riders
  attempt to save a few dollars and make the mistake of buying a replacement
  battery which does not produce the proper starting voltage and/or amperage.
  That is a real false economy. Buy a BMW battery or one recommended and sold
  by a BMW dealer who stands behind it. I have been doing just that for 36
  years of BMW ownership and have never been let down. My batteries typically
  last 5-6 years. I find that perfectly satisfactory.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: owner-oilheads@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-oilheads@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
  Of Mark Rivera
  Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 2:56 PM
  To: oilheads
  Subject: low voltage and ABS

  I was wondering about the low voltage & ABS issue..

  Isn't there somewhere we can place a capacitor to provide a buffer for 
  the ABS needs at start time?

  Is it the ABS microprocessor that's choking, or the ABS machinery (i.e., 
  that which modulates the brakes)?


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