While going after another problem (http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....his-gonna-cost) I decided to look at another problem. Shortly after I bought my 2011 R1200RT I replaced the stock heated seats with Sargent heated seats. The driver's seat heater worked well up until this year. While the bike was on the lift and the seat was off looking at the shock, I decided to test the voltages going to the seats. The passenger seat appears to check out OK with connected voltages to the appropriate wires at 13.05 volts (engine idling) and resistances of 0.3 ohms through the seat. The drivers seat when connect showed unknown oscillating voltages at a rate of about 2/sec. (I have a Fluke digital meter) and infinity ohms through the seat.
1st question: How does one fix these seats? Remove dozens of staples first, right? Yuk!
2nd question: Could the crazy oscillating voltages have burned out the heating elements? If so, the heating elements would simply fail again after they are repaired, right? There should be consistent voltage at the plug, right? (like the passenger seat)