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    '05 r1200rt ticking but not starting, EWS code on main display

    So after riding my 05RT for the first time this year about a week or so ago, and having the bike on a BMW charger most of the winter, today I tried to start it but am getting the following:

    The bike sounds "normal" when turning the key, I can hear the whirring of the (fuel pump or whatever), lights come on etc.

    But when I turn the key over, I hear a loud "tick - tick - tick" sound about .5 secs apart

    Eventually I get the "engine symbol" and a display of "EWS" in large letters on the main computer.

    Can anyone here help me diagnose what might be happening?

    Thanks in advance, Juergen

    The techs at my NJ Cross Country BMW dealer says it might be an old battery, but could not tell me what the EWS code is, said to "bring the bike in" (duh). I've had a weak battery before, but never this behavior.

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    All R1200s, except for the R1200C series, are HEXheads, not OILheads. You will get more focued responses by posting in the correct forum (example- no oilhead came with an EWS anti-theft device)

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    Sorry for the mis-posting...


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    Check the battery voltage with key off, and again with the key on and the starter button pushed. I suspect the battery is bad. The click-click sounds like a starter relay not holding to me.
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    Paul is probably right but it could be a poor battery connection so be sure to check what he said with the meter probes on the actual battery terminals, not something bolted to them.
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    Thanks, it was a bad battery

    Thanks for the help and advice, guys, you were right: It is a bad battery, that's all..

    I replaced it, and all is well. After all it was the original OEM battery on a 2005 bike, so it was time, and it had shown signs of weakness last year already.

    The EWS code only appears after trying to start unsuccessfully for too long (2 or 3 secs).

    Sorry again for misposting under oilheads, appreciate the help in spite of being in the wrong forum!

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