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    2004 1150 rt abs

    I am considering a 2004 1150 RT.

    I do not care for the servo assist on these models but really like the bikes otherwise

    My question is has anyone tried to replace this unit with a later model without the servo,or removed it and gone the non ABS way.

    If so how did it work out?

    Thanks for your comments in advance
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    Hello Dave,
    Yes, I totally removed the ABS system on my '04RT couple years ago and would do it again in a minute. Now I have very powerful and predictable brakes and I especially don't miss the linked brake feature. I wish the '04 R1150 would have had ABS as an option. That said I also have a pristine '94 R1100RSL with a very fine ABS system and I have no plans to remove or otherwise modify this system. Typical BMW, they just had to re-invent the wheel on the 1150's rather than stay with what worked. The police departments wanted nothing to do with the ABS system as it appeared on the 1150's, can't blame them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red100RT View Post
    The police departments wanted nothing to do with the ABS system as it appeared on the 1150's, can't blame them.
    Now there's revisionist history!

    Way I heard it was ABS was a California requirment and was what put BMW in the Authorities bike business in the USA and most other jurisdictions just copied the CA requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Now there's revisionist history!

    Way I heard it was ABS was a California requirment and was what put BMW in the Authorities bike business in the USA and most other jurisdictions just copied the CA requirements.
    Hello Kent,
    I don't know could be law enforcement folks wanted ABS but the servo assist linked brakes version failed to impress. The ABS version as it appeared on the 1100's and later 1200's is, imo and others, much easier to live with than the afore mentioned un-popular fiasco system common to the 1150's.

    I remember the day I took delivery of my R1150RT. The dealer politely suggested I use his parking lot to familiarize myself with the bike before going down the road. He should have phrased it: Going down ON the road. I declined stating that I am a long term and quite capable road warrior, no problem. Well, at the first stop light controlled intersection I very nearly put her on her side. Then, within the first two months of ownership, I bought two rear view mirrors and a paint touch-up kit all because of those GD linked brakes. If I didn't have a very comfortable Russell saddle and if I hadn't succeeded in transforming the beast into the smoothest running motorcycle I have ever owned, without ABS, I would sell it and keep my pristine nearly new '94 R1100RSL with ABS brakes that work when you need them and stay in the back ground when you don't.

    Does this qualify as a rant?
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    Exactly which years had that brake system ?
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    so there were no problems using the stock front and rear master cylinders to get good braking on par with your R1100?? what about the brake lights I've heard thet the R1150 has that wired differently. Did you just unplug the lights which would flash showing the ABS is faulting???

    More info on removing the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acejones View Post
    Exactly which years had that brake system ?
    I think It started in 2002 and went into 2005 on some models but for the most part stopped at 2004
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    [QUOTE=Red100RT;831087]Hello Dave,
    Yes, I totally removed the ABS system on my '04RT couple years ago and would do it again in a minute. Now I have very powerful and predictable brakes and I especially don't miss the linked brake feature./QUOTE]

    Very interesting. Could you tell me exactly how this is done? Perhaps some photos?
    Thanks,
    Jeff
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    Evening Jeff,
    If you go back a few posts you can find one I wrote generally describing how ABS is removed from an R1150RT. I never took pictures and really you don't need them. If you would like to discuss this in more detail you can send me a PM.
    Last edited by Red100RT; 11-08-2012 at 05:56 AM.
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