Originally Posted by tonylester
with these abs units 9 times out of 10 its the pump part of the unit that fails and not the electrics. and also youll find that the same pump can go around the world 3 times without a single fault but if you have one and barley ride it then its more likely to fail. In our dealership most of the time we have failed servo abs is when the bike has low milage and is barely ridden. The fault is one of the valves sticks in the abs unit, normally the rear. Also on a previous post it is said that BMW dont find whats wrong within the units, but BMW dont provide individual parts for these units so whats the point dismantling the units when we dont have the parts to fix them, it would just be a waste of labour time
Excellent feedback Quandary!
It has also been written in some other thread in here that there must be close attention, for those bikes fitted with ABS, to changing the brake fluid rigorously in accordance with the service schedule (= every two years I believe). Otherwise the risk is premature failure of the ABS unit.
On a wider point, BMW are certainly not the only manufacturer on this planet to make non-serviceable parts; I am not saying that is right or wrong but merely pointing out that the economics of the western nations (labour rates in particular) leads directly to this as a design decision.
Hence such bikes, or any other products, are not very applicable to use in those countries which recycle more or less everything.
ps All this is compounded by the BMW warranty policy which is "high quality" from the point of view of the consumer, and arguably, it is this approach which has shifted the company from quality products straight out of the factory (a zero tolerance of faults) to sorting out the minority of faults that do develop at the dealerships, under warranty claims.
The car manufacturers are doing the equivalent with 5-7 year parts and labour warranties on new cars.
Wasn't BMW the first to introduce 2 year motorcycle warranties?
Last edited by Walkabout; 30 May 2012 at 23:01.
Reason: ps added