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    I bought a used 2009 R 1200RT. I now have the fuel strip problem

    I bought this last month and rode it to the BMW 100 Years celebration at Laguna Seca. This past weekend I ran out of gas with 85 miles still indicated before empty. I heard of this problem; do I was not surprised. What did surprise me was my response from Garcia Moto in Raleigh, NC



    Jerry,

    Jon Ross with the Garcia Moto Service Department here.

    Sounds like you have the prototypical Fuel Level Sending Unit malfunction.

    BMW has extended the warranty on that component to 12 years from the original date of sale, so I'm sure we can take care of that issue free of charge.

    The BMW mainframe has no open service campaigns on the VIN you supplied, so it should be a quick in and out visit.

    We are currently scheduling appointments for Wednesday afternoon the 28th and later dates.

    Do you have a day & time in mind for next week that might work for you?

    Let me know what would work best and I'll check our service schedule.

    We expect to need the motorcycle for approximately 90 minutes to complete the repair.

    Sincerely,

    Jon Ross
    Service Manager
    Garcia Moto
    8821 Wadford drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    Jerry Dockery
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    Great service keeps selling bikes

    We all expect our cars/bikes/appliances to have issues in its life. It is how the problem is addressed by the manufacturer that keeps us loyal.
    Jerry Dockery
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    Unfortunately you need to expect to have this done over and over and over. I am on my fourth and am quite surprised that it has lasted over 4K miles. I no longer rely on what it estimates for mileage left in the tank and instead use the trip meter to track my mileage since filling up.

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    I don't know of many bike brands that will give you this kind of support
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    The answer to "Will it happen again?" is...maybe. Mike (above) has had a lot of failures, some riders have had many more.

    OTOH, a lot of riders have had none. My 9-year-old R is at 45K and still on its original fuel strip. Still, I also do what Mike suggests and set the trip odo each time I fill up. Having years of experience is how my bike uses fuel, and knowing how many miles since I filled, makes me feel more secure than if I'd looked at the fuel quantity indication alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick View Post
    The answer to "Will it happen again?" is...maybe. Mike (above) has had a lot of failures, some riders have had many more.

    OTOH, a lot of riders have had none. My 9-year-old R is at 45K and still on its original fuel strip. Still, I also do what Mike suggests and set the trip odo each time I fill up. Having years of experience is how my bike uses fuel, and knowing how many miles since I filled, makes me feel more secure than if I'd looked at the fuel quantity indication alone.
    Further- my first bikes only had odometer. The 2-pipe petcock was the reserve........and who wanted to "stall-out" in an intersection?
    Next generation had a tach.........moving towards a trip meter. I always thought everyone knew how many miles constituted a "half-tank"".
    It's easy to do with any vehicle, next time at the pump, guess how many gallons to fill. When you reset the trip meter or note the mileage, you will know when you need gas whether the gage is working or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Further- my first bikes only had odometer. The 2-pipe petcock was the reserve........and who wanted to "stall-out" in an intersection?
    Next generation had a tach.........moving towards a trip meter. I always thought everyone knew how many miles constituted a "half-tank"".
    It's easy to do with any vehicle, next time at the pump, guess how many gallons to fill. When you reset the trip meter or note the mileage, you will know when you need gas whether the gage is working or not.
    OM
    That's how I started and still look at the trip ODO to confirm what my fuel gauge says.

    And don't get me started on riders who insist they need a gear indicator....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    That's how I started and still look at the trip ODO to confirm what my fuel gauge says.

    And don't get me started on riders who insist they need a gear indicator....
    Or one of them new fangled foot shifters....
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    I have a 2009 RT I just bought several months ago too

    I have about 43k on it currently. Are there any other indicators other than just one day running out of gas when the display says you have many more miles to go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffd View Post
    I have about 43k on it currently. Are there any other indicators other than just one day running out of gas when the display says you have many more miles to go?
    Look for gas when the trip meter you reset at the last fill-up says you've traveled 250 miles.
    Larry
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    If its any consolation, you could have bought a NEW RT and had a fuel strip problem. My R uses the same strip and failed 3 miles from dealership, second strip has lasted 28k miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    If its any consolation, you could have bought a NEW RT and had a fuel strip problem. My R uses the same strip and failed 3 miles from dealership, second strip has lasted 28k miles.
    On RT's I believe they sacked the strip in 2010/2011 time frame and went back to a float for gas level. Did your float go bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    On RT's I believe they sacked the strip in 2010/2011 time frame and went back to a float for gas level. Did your float go bad?
    My R is a 2011, strip. You are absolutely correct the RT switched to a float in August 2010.
    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    On RT's I believe they sacked the strip in 2010/2011 time frame and went back to a float for gas level. Did your float go bad?
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    On RT's I believe they sacked the strip in 2010/2011 time frame and went back to a float for gas level. Did your float go bad?
    I think BMW switched to a float for the 2011 model year on most of the bikes. Our 2011 K1300S bikes had a float.
    For some reason BMW continued with the strip on the R1200R until the new liquid cooled bike in 2015.
    Lee
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    That's how I started and still look at the trip ODO to confirm what my fuel gauge says.
    And don't get me started on riders who insist they need a gear indicator....

    Top 5 modern inventions ....
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    4. Motorcycle fuel gauge
    5. Motorcycle gear indicator


    My 05 RT is on its second fuel strip.... I sold it and now own a 2010 RT with 22K and no fuel strip problems yet.
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