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    ABS system (r1200r)

    I got the impression from something I read (here I think) that you can have an ABS problem if the servo valve isn't cycled periodically.

    does that mean I should periodically apply full (or hard) front lever force to stop the bike?
    "Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"

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    Only if you want to break your neck....

    Rather make sure the brake fluid is changed on schedule, and as long as you don't have an alarm, your ABS should work when needed.

    And hopefully you won't ever need it.....

    Guy

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    Engaging your ABS will not hurt you or the bike. Having said that, I have never heard that it needs to be done to keep the system working properly.

    I will say, having been riding for 45 years and teaching MSF for 13 years, that I believe it is a good idea to find maximum braking on any bike a person rides, and engaging your ABS lets you know what it feels like and what to expect in a true emergency stop.

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    not sure gbuncher understands that

    applying hard brakes using the hand lever also applies rear brake
    "Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"

    2010 r1200r, 2009 harley crossbones, 2008 triumph/sidecar, 1970 norton commando 750

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    To show you how hard it is to engage the ABS on our bikes, I applied the front brake so hard one time the rear wheel came off the ground before the ABS kicked in. If you do this, be careful. Easy to engage the ABS if the rear brake only is operated. But as said the front brake also operates the rear brake, at least it does on my 2012 R1200R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toooldtocare View Post
    To show you how hard it is to engage the ABS on our bikes, I applied the front brake so hard one time the rear wheel came off the ground before the ABS kicked in. If you do this, be careful. Easy to engage the ABS if the rear brake only is operated. But as said the front brake also operates the rear brake, at least it does on my 2012 R1200R.
    I usually "test" my ABS for the reasons Rad describes on a wet day. When I get a new vehicle I like to find out what the ABS feels like and it's easier to trigger the system when the road is damp.

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    on a wet day you don't have to brake...

    ...all that hard to feel the brakes pulsing.
    "Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"

    2010 r1200r, 2009 harley crossbones, 2008 triumph/sidecar, 1970 norton commando 750

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    I wasn't testing, I was trying to avoid an accident. Thanks to the ABS, I was successful.

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    My BMW service manager recommends activating the ABS for the reason you described.
    Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboRider View Post
    My BMW service manager recommends activating the ABS for the reason you described.
    Did he say what he based that on?

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    I believe he was saying that a flush doesn't get into the ABS section, with the motors (I have the whizzy 2005 ABS). Activating the ABS flushes that area with the new fluid. I'm just saying what he, as a long time BMW mechanic, said. I can't comment on it. But it does substantiate that it is not "internet rumor" but came from a trusted source. Activating the ABS is not a big deal, so I do it.
    Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboRider View Post
    I believe he was saying that a flush doesn't get into the ABS section, with the motors (I have the whizzy 2005 ABS). Activating the ABS flushes that area with the new fluid. .
    All my Oil Heads, and my two whizzy ones engaged the ABS early on rough pavement, in my opinion; so, mine got activated plenty of times.......Could be why I never had a failure

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