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Old 06-06-2018, 05:35 PM
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Gas tank gauge seems to have failed . . .

I have a 2005 K1200S, completely stock, with about 19K miles. Today when I went for a ride the gas gauge was reading empty and starting its "countdown". I knew I had at least a gallon of gas. Stopped off to fill up the tank and the gauge was still reading empty but the countdown had stopped at zero. Any one experience this? I'm guessing it's the sensor but I really have no idea. Is the gas sensor in the tank a mechanical/electrical affair or all electric?
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Never mind. I did an internet search and found many instances where this problem has occurred. The fuel gauge (strip) failure is common. Cheap part + $300 labor and it's fixed. Great.
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Re: Gas tank gauge seems to have failed . . .

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Never mind. I did an internet search and found many instances where this problem has occurred. The fuel gauge (strip) failure is common. Cheap part + $300 labor and it's fixed. Great.




BMW will warranty it for 12 years after the bike went into service.
You may be past the 12 years but I would still ask a dealer if BMW will replace it for you.
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BMW will warranty it for 12 years after the bike went into service.
You may be past the 12 years but I would still ask a dealer if BMW will replace it for you.


Yes thanks. I saw where BMW was extending warranty for the failure but I didn't think I'd have a chance at that since the bike is 13 years old and I'm the second owner. But I will check it out.
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Yes thanks. I saw where BMW was extending warranty for the failure but I didn't think I'd have a chance at that since the bike is 13 years old and I'm the second owner. But I will check it out.




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It surely doesn't. Thanks.



I called the local dealer and the service manager said that they would fix it under warranty. He also stated that it's the ethanol in our gasoline that destroys the fuel gauge strip. The bikes were designed to run on pure gasoline, like they have in Germany.
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Re: Gas tank gauge seems to have failed . . .

Dropped my K1200S off at the local BMW shop for this warranty work -- no charge. But, I'm having them do the full 18K service so my bill will probably be about $1300.
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Re: Gas tank gauge seems to have failed . . .

Glad you got that strip fixed. I don't think we have that fuel problem in the UK - and I should hope not at £6.00 per gallon.

The service may not be quite as expensive as you think - I doubt if any valve shims will need changing, and it will purr like a pussycat once they've finished.
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Glad you got that strip fixed.

I see from your signature that you had a Yamaha XS750. I bought a 1972 Yamaha XS650 in 1972. It was my third bike and I really loved it. Rode it back and forth across the US. I also had a 2000 Honda CBR1100XX, the Blackbird. Also a wonderful bike.


I always wanted a K1200RS. Every time I see one for sale on Craigslist I get that itch again.
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Re: Gas tank gauge seems to have failed . . .

I think of the XS 650 as a Japanese Bonneville that doesnít break down. I loved my totally unfashionable XS750 triple. A friend of mine has an XS650 in bits in his man-shed waiting for a rebuild . . .

I couldnít get on with the Blackbirdís riding position or the flat spot at around 80mph ( on carbs)

If you find a good K1200RS, go for it. Mine is now 21 years old at 55,000 miles and still feels new. Superb distance and pillion bike.

Ride safe, David Mc
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Re: Gas tank gauge seems to have failed . . .

Got my K1200S back from the dealer. It runs fine after the 18K svc, but then it was running fine before I took it in. The gas gauge was fixed on warranty - that's good.
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If you find a good K1200RS, go for it. Mine is now 21 years old at 55,000 miles and still feels new. Superb distance and pillion bike.

Ride safe, David Mc

There was a K1200RS in for service at the dealer and the head guy said that sometimes when they have to open up a K1200RS engine with 100K miles that they still look great inside.
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Less than a month went by and the gas gauge strip failed again. The local dealer fixed it again on warranty.
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