As my RS continues to age gracefully but still serve my daily riding, some things do wear out. Like recently, I am quite sure the original Valeo starter that I rebuilt six years ago (reglued the magnets in the casing) finally let go again. This spring it cranked over harder than I recall in the past. Last Sunday, after washing it I planned to ride, got geared up, key on,....nothing,...not even a glimmer of dash lights. When I installed a replacement battery, positive attached, touched the negative lead to the battery and got HUGE sparks, I suspect a direct short.
I checked the wiring, positive to the starter, and found no breaks or contacts to the frame. So I suspected the starter (actually, Jim Ing at Nick's BMW suggested I check the starter). Found a new replacement at Euro Motoelectrics, Enduralst replacement for the Valeo original. Got it four days later for $119 plus $12.54 shipping, Denver to Green Bay. Looks good, bolted right in, battery cables hooked up, no sparks, fired right up. In fact, it fires up faster now than it has in ten years. Also with the starter came this test info: