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    Key Fob Battery Warning Light

    Several days ago while on a short ride (less than 200 miles) a warning light came on in the upper left part of our 2016 R1200RS's dash showing a key half lit.

    After opening the fob and rotating the battery several times, the warning light did not come back on. The fob is just short of 2 years old.

    Even so I bought a twin pack of the CR2032s, put a new one in the key fob and a spare in the tank bag.

    Seems the bike's electronics will give me plenty of warning before the battery in the key fob runs totally out.

    Deryle Mehrten
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    Same experiences for me, 2016 with about 5000miles and no problems. As mentioned above, carry the emergency key with you, especially if you are traveling far from home. If you don't have the emergency key, there is also some crazy process where you can remove the speaker and hold the fob near the back of the instrument cluster to start the bike. It is described in the riders manual you will receive with the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmed View Post
    ... there is also some crazy process where you can remove the speaker and hold the fob near the back of the instrument cluster to start the bike. It is described in the riders manual you will receive with the bike.
    GS - antenna under seat, reach under and hold dead fob above rear wheel, under antenna
    RS, R - antenna under seat, remove seat and hold dead fob above antenna
    RT - antenna behind instrument panel, remove the f*king speakerand stick your arm through the hole while holding dead fob!!

    One would think BMW would be able to identify ONE, easy to access location and implement it across all bikes. Preferably one that wouldn't require you to remove parts or get dirty, or both. They found such a location once:

    K16 - antenna near gas cap, hold dead fob on top of tank
    2016 R1200 GSA

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    I guess I should read up on how to remove the speaker just in case.
    I'll be ordering my spare batteries and doing a dry run of that swap soon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    GS - antenna under seat, reach under and hold dead fob above rear wheel, under antenna
    RS, R - antenna under seat, remove seat and hold dead fob above antenna
    RT - antenna behind instrument panel, remove the f*king speakerand stick your arm through the hole while holding dead fob!!

    One would think BMW would be able to identify ONE, easy to access location and implement it across all bikes. Preferably one that wouldn't require you to remove parts or get dirty, or both. They found such a location once:

    K16 - antenna near gas cap, hold dead fob on top of tank
    Ain't technology wonderful! One has to wonder, do the rewards outweigh the risks?
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    Will wrapping a spare Fob in aluminum foil work as well as a "silent pocket"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dabubba View Post
    Will wrapping a spare Fob in aluminum foil work as well as a "silent pocket"?
    Post #51 says it works.
    Lee
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Ain't technology wonderful!
    I'm starting to get the feeling you don't like the idea of keyless ride
    Lee
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I'm starting to get the feeling you don't like the idea of keyless ride
    I tend to be opposed to technology that answers a question that did not need to be asked.

    Example: In 2004 Voni and I were in Africa for three back-to-back tours in southern Africa with Ayres Adventures. Ron was riding a then brand new R1200GS. Three days into the tour he started having starting problems. By day five the bike wouldn't start. So the "spare" F650 came off the trailer and the non-working 1200 went on the trailer. For the next 7 weeks we towed the dead motorcycle around while Ron rode the lowly F650 until we got back to Johannesburg. The dealerships in Johannesburg, Capetown, and Windhoek all said it was the new gizmo called the anti-theft antenna ring but they didn't have any and couldn't get any from Germany.

    Should one of the other bikes crapped out for any reason we would have been SOL for a while because the spare bike was broken and just taking up space. We did have the ability to put a second bike on the trailer, but still ...!
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    My FOB on my 15rt started showing battery symbol on dash, less than 3 minutes I installed a new battery
    Since they came two to a pack extra is stored in topcase if thee need arises
    I must be in the minority as I like the keyless system, unless i'am at certain pumps at Mobile service stations were Fastgas immobilizes my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I tend to be opposed to technology that answers a question that did not need to be asked.
    I was being sarcastic because it was the third time in this thread you made the negative remark about technology
    I had the same feeling about Servo Brakes.
    Lee
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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