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My 2007 R1200R ABS modulator has just failed! (Seems like a common problem) The mode of failure is causing a constant drain on my battery, about 750 mA. While I am waiting for a replacement part, can I ride my bike with the module unplugged? I understand that I wont have ABS, but will it be detrimental in anyway to the mechanics of the bike?
 

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I'm not familiar with this, I guess it won't be a big deal to ride with the modulator unplugged.
What do you mean with "common problem"?
How much are you paying for the part and replacement of it?

Sorry for not only don't answer your question but also ask you some.
 

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The first quote I got from BMW was $2300!!!!! I can get a ceriified reconditioned one imported for $650 and $100 for installation.
With the module unplugged, speedo doesn't work, indicators don't reset and brake light doesn't come on. It is essential that my ABS works due to the road conditions I ride daily!! Remember I live in South Africa!!!
 

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With regard to the "common problem", there seems to be numerous complaints with regard to the ABS modulator if you Google BMW R1200 ABS failure. My bike is only worth about $7000 and a new ABS modulator is over $2000!! Rather depressing!!
 

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I had one replaced on a 2007 GSA , cost at dealer was $1300 labor and parts . that was at Gateway BMW in St Louis, Mo I am sure it would be different prices in different countries.
 

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I'm curious which version of ABS was on the bike with the failed modulator. In early 2007 the ABS used on the 1200GS was changed, and I would assume the 1200R was probably changed at the same time. The older style had a servo assist pump, kind of like power brakes on a car, and was characterized by a buzzing or whining sound when the brakes were applied. These systems were somewhat prone to failure, and when they failed the bikes became very hard to stop, like trying to stop a moving car when the engine is shut off so the power brakes are not working. The later ABS design was silent and requires no power assist pump. I've never heard of one of those failing.
 

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You are quite correct, my bike does make a whining sound when the brakes are applied. I am getting used to not having ABS, my biggest concern is the rear brake light not working!! I slow down well in advance, my fuel consumption has improved radically as a result of my more concervative driving style!
 

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You are quite correct, my bike does make a whining sound when the brakes are applied.........
Are you sure about that?

I'm pretty sure that there was never a servo fitted to R1200R models.

My ABS failed on the 2006 R1200R - the problem appears to be faulty brushes on the electric motor part of the ABS system.

I sold the bike and bought a new twin cam without ABS.
 

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I just had this happen to me on my '08 R12R. (9300 miles)

The part is $1699.57 (US) alone.

Looks like I'll be driving without it for quite a while 'cause that's way outside my normal budget for repairs.
 

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I called Tyler at ModuleMaster.com and he says:

Assuming the error codes tell him it's something he can fix (because they can't repair the pressure sensor.) (Here's hoping it isn't that)

It is generally $250 to rebuild (+$25 if it needs electronic module) + shipping (ymmv) and it will come with a 5 Year warranty.

I'm going to speak to my mechanic and I'll post again if I go with ModuleMaster.
 

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Timing

I have discussed the matter with my mechanic and he says that as long as I'm comfortable without ABS, the bike is fine to drive until I have time to be put up for 2-3 weeks for the process.

It'll only take a short time to take out/replace the unit. Most of that time is the shipping to and from, and the rebuild which might take 3-5 days.

Both parties assure me that this is the most cost-effective way to go.
 

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Update

Now that the dust has settled on the holidays, I'm glad to report back on the rebuild:

The whole process cost $852.82 including rebuild, shipping and labor. Turnaround time was 2 weeks.

My mechanic is pleased with the service and has added it to his list of approved services he will recommend. :)
 
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