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Offlinestevebrine

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    Ignition start / kill switch
    « on: 2013-05-07 12:37:17 »
    Hello, I recently purchased a K1600 GTL and it has just had it's first 1,000km service. The ignition start/kill switch appears faulty. The symptom is that sometimes the engine will not turn over after the ignition has been turned on and I have waited for 5-10 seconds. By switching to the "Kill" position and back to start, the engine will start, however sometimes it sounds as if the battery is nearly flat. This is all with a bike straight off the showroom floor. I have no other complaints, the GTL is a great bike. The service/dealer has ordered a replacement switch and it will arrive in a week or so. I'm just surprised to experience this issue. Has anyone else had this problem? Cheers: Steve, (Australia)

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      Re: Ignition start / kill switch
      « Reply #1 on: 2013-05-07 13:20:13 »
      Ohh, kill switch is the right hand bar. Everyone knows the left dies first. Gee talk about low standards, it seems even BMW can't manage to get their stuff ups right. ;)

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        Re: Ignition start / kill switch
        « Reply #2 on: 2013-05-07 15:58:03 »
        Could even be a bad battery, not the switch. Did they test it or just assume it was the switch.  Also have you had any extras wired in.

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          Re: Ignition start / kill switch
          « Reply #3 on: 2013-05-13 01:18:55 »

          Immediately after the first ride I reported the following:
          1 very loud running transmission
          2 working very noisy gearbox - switching each gear
          3 missing the ability to run the horn - back when you turn off the motorcycle
          4 starter sometime reacts that he could not turn the engine
          5 Turn up the sound system as the speed increases - despite the fact that this feature is disabled
          In BMW service - they said - everything is OK :)


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            Re: Ignition start / kill switch
            « Reply #4 on: 2013-05-20 12:47:02 »
            It turns out that the ignition/kill switch block was faulty. The dealer has replaced it under warranty promptly and effectively. The bike now starts as it should. I guess mine was the 1 in 1000 that fails. Cheers.

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              Re: Ignition start / kill switch
              « Reply #5 on: 2013-05-22 14:11:46 »
              It turns out that the ignition/kill switch block was faulty. The dealer has replaced it under warranty promptly and effectively. The bike now starts as it should. I guess mine was the 1 in 1000 that fails. Cheers.
              My new 2013 gtl will not start if it is left in the sun/heat over 85°, has to be moved into AC garage to cool down before starter works.  Dealer thinks it's the hb switch, will soon have switch replaced under warranty.

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                Re: Ignition start / kill switch
                « Reply #6 on: 2013-08-21 01:08:19 »
                Thats not good, have been doing a lot of reading on the high temp starter switch failing problem, a mate had the problem on holiday this year. Somewhere I read that the switches had been fixed and improved ones had been fitted since august 2012. Oh dear it appears not and heress me just put a deposit down on a GTL. Mate has posted a pick with a small cocktail stick umbrella covering the switch in the sun, reckons BMW should fit it as standard.
                how much Mr BMW ?

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                  Re: Ignition start / kill switch
                  « Reply #7 on: 2013-08-25 17:44:18 »
                  Every K16 should have one  ;)

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                    Re: Ignition start / kill switch
                    « Reply #8 on: 2013-08-26 01:23:13 »
                    I stopped today left the bike in the sun came back and it would not start went back in the store got a cold bottle of water poured it on the start button and the bike then turned over and started Great now I have to carry oil and water on ice

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                      Re: Ignition start / kill switch
                      « Reply #9 on: 2013-08-26 11:13:24 »
                      Friends of mine on tour in Europe found a bag of frozen fruit placed on the offending switch worked too (even though it was on a new RT - with new switchgear).  Much better than water though, as it then made a nice smoothie ;D .  Perhaps an in built cool box should be an option on all new BMW's ;)

                       

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