View Poll Results: Have you had at least ONE fuel strip fail?

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  • YES - 2005 model year

    55 6.76%
  • YES - 2006 model year

    40 4.91%
  • YES - 2007 model year

    94 11.55%
  • YES - 2008 model year

    116 14.25%
  • YES - 2009 model year

    155 19.04%
  • YES - 2010 model year

    63 7.74%
  • YES - 2011 model year (R1200R only I think..)

    23 2.83%
  • YES - Multiple fuel strip failures - please note model/year in a comment

    71 8.72%
  • NO - fuel strip failure. Please note year/model in a comment

    249 30.59%
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  1. #406
    Back in the saddle again mikegalbicka's Avatar
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    I disagree because the warranty replacement parts do not fix the problem.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by mikegalbicka View Post
    I disagree because the warranty replacement parts do not fix the problem.
    Exactly.

    12 years of 'free frustration' is not a good deal in any universe.

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    Ditto----had the fuel strip replaced (23,000 miles, '10 Rt). The new one is way off, but at least shows fuel when I fill the tank!
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    The dealer replaced mine with the same part. Doesn't make much sense to me.

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    Cool

    With 650+ respondents, the nearly 66% that experienced either one or multiple failures of the fuel strips is a statistic worth noting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    With 650+ respondents, the nearly 66% that experienced either one or multiple failures of the fuel strips is a statistic worth noting.

    It's actually probably a bit higher than that - I did the poll back quite a while ago, and didn't include the later R1200R's - which continued using the fuel strips until the water-cooled one was released. I've had one fail so far on my 2012 R1200R.

    The real significance of it is - there are a LOT of failures, and they haven't stopped even when the secret word from a dealership has been that the "new" ones from BMW work/last better.. (sort of like "I heard Jaguars have improved their reliability.." - wishful thinking..)
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    It's actually probably a bit higher than that - I did the poll back quite a while ago, and didn't include the later R1200R's - which continued using the fuel strips until the water-cooled one was released. I've had one fail so far on my 2012 R1200R.

    The real significance of it is - there are a LOT of failures, and they haven't stopped even when the secret word from a dealership has been that the "new" ones from BMW work/last better.. (sort of like "I heard Jaguars have improved their reliability.." - wishful thinking..)
    Never returned to a float system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    Never returned to a float system?
    Not until the watercooled..
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    Saw the light come on the Adventure as I was chasing H this AM. Said 40 to go...all good.
    She had fueled in town and I passed on the 85 regular she put in her Thumper...would get mid grade in the next town after parting ways with her.
    I'm on third strip in 125K, newest came with the new fuel pump plate replaced on the recall last year...well, saw her pulling away from me as I coasted to the shoulder laughing...24 to go and out...even the major wig wag move only got me another 1/4 mile and one restart. Her mirrors must be dirty as I got a phone call as I was pumping fuel asking where I was...told her glad we were not water skiing with me waving my ski in the air

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    Yeah, empty!

    I carry a fuel bottle for my 5 gallon tanked friends( Chuck and H)...I have only run out once before on the original strip...it wasn't bad, said I had 3 to go and fuel was 1 mile away. I poured it in and rode a mile to the station.

    It is what it is...not an exact countdown on any model we have as we have both ridden 20 miles on a zero reading on our K12S's and once 30 on my 05RT( hurricane had all my planned stops closed). Depending on it to be 99% accurate is wishful thinking.

    I had reset both trips as we started this morning since we were fueling in 5 miles...so I was the problem not having my usual odometer range to realize how empty I was when she fueled.

    As the receipt says...I still had a nice day and nobody to blame but me.
    Two times in 125K is no biggie in my world.
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    Just had my replacement fuel strip replaced 10 months after the first replacement. So far, not showing actual fuel amount in tank. Guess I will be getting a third shortly. Too bad the survey above only allows one entry per user despite the time that has elapsed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkjohn View Post
    Things have changed. Strip replaced Oct. 2014. Fuel pump fix also. New strip not much better, when I fill the tank it says there is 470 miles to empty.
    I also voted to early, so add one more to the dead zone. I have now mounted two Optima gas bottles as my reserve. Mine seems to run out when it says 40 to empty. I know your thinking I should use the trip meter, but hell if I can remember all that. With the Norton you can at least look in the tank while riding or at a light.
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    No fuel strip failure

    '01 GS no problems
    '10 GS no problems
    a little better, every day

  13. #418
    JUst had my 3rd Fuel Strip installed yesterday @ the 12K service
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    Just over 20k and my first strip failed

    Got to make an appointment to drop the bike off at the dealer

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    08 GSA strip failure at 23,000km
    Did the piezoelectric zap trick on her.
    So far so good. Only at 24,500 though.
    Learning the hard way.

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