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    I think I'd add in Lynnwood Motoplex, a combination of several brands under one roof. I've only had a couple reasons to go there, but their service has been excellent, the service managers are as well, and the parts guys give a military discount. Plus, while you wait, you can take out a BMW for a multi-hour test ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    For those who do their own service the GS-911 is must, in my case I do oil changes more frequently that every 6000 miles, so the time and money saved by not visiting dealer mounts quickly
    You choose how to spend your money but I don't choose to spend my money on oil changes that BMW says aren't needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    You choose how to spend your money but I don't choose to spend my money on oil changes that BMW says aren't needed.
    Ok, so I think I am hearing this. If we always do our own light maint. at the 6K, 12K etc intervals, we all do save money, however......we lose those savings each time we bring the bike in to get the servcie light reset ($35.00).....which would be free if the dealer does the service, that we all just did ourselves. So the $400 cost of a GS-911 does very little to actually pay for itself over time, just clearing service reminder lights, when we do the service. So I am leaning towards the post where someone said the GS-911 can check for electronic faults, and if you get a big fault on a trip and the bike wont start as a example, the GS-911 could actually clear the fault and get you going again. I would say that with this example, the GS-911 actually has more value in getting you out of a possible emergency, then a product that just saves a bit of money for clearing service codes and such. So my next questuion is, I am told a random fault that shuts the bike down on 2010 and newer BMW's is now a very rare occurance. Older than 2010, it happens more often. So if I have a newer Bike, I cant justify the GS-911, but if I have a older bike, the GS-911 would be a must have ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsa5 View Post
    Ok, so I think I am hearing this. If we always do our own light maint. at the 6K, 12K etc intervals, we all do save money, however......we lose those savings each time we bring the bike in to get the servcie light reset ($35.00).....which would be free if the dealer does the service, that we all just did ourselves. So the $400 cost of a GS-911 does very little to actually pay for itself over time, just clearing service reminder lights, when we do the service. So I am leaning towards the post where someone said the GS-911 can check for electronic faults, and if you get a big fault on a trip and the bike wont start as a example, the GS-911 could actually clear the fault and get you going again. I would say that with this example, the GS-911 actually has more value in getting you out of a possible emergency, then a product that just saves a bit of money for clearing service codes and such. So my next questuion is, I am told a random fault that shuts the bike down on 2010 and newer BMW's is now a very rare occurance. Older than 2010, it happens more often. So if I have a newer Bike, I cant justify the GS-911, but if I have a older bike, the GS-911 would be a must have ?
    IMHO it's not a must have unless you plan to keep the bike a long time and do your own maintenance. It's a nice to have just like that flat fixing kit in your bike. You may never use it but if you do need it, you'll be glad it's there. That being said, I have used my gs-911 a few times more than my flat fix kit. Just to reset codes after I installed accessories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsa5 View Post
    Ok, so I think I am hearing this. If we always do our own light maint. at the 6K, 12K etc intervals, we all do save money, however......we lose those savings each time we bring the bike in to get the servcie light reset ($35.00).....which would be free if the dealer does the service, that we all just did ourselves. So the $400 cost of a GS-911 does very little to actually pay for itself over time, just clearing service reminder lights, when we do the service. So I am leaning towards the post where someone said the GS-911 can check for electronic faults, and if you get a big fault on a trip and the bike wont start as a example, the GS-911 could actually clear the fault and get you going again. I would say that with this example, the GS-911 actually has more value in getting you out of a possible emergency, then a product that just saves a bit of money for clearing service codes and such. So my next questuion is, I am told a random fault that shuts the bike down on 2010 and newer BMW's is now a very rare occurance. Older than 2010, it happens more often. So if I have a newer Bike, I cant justify the GS-911, but if I have a older bike, the GS-911 would be a must have ?
    If you do your own maintenance and keep the bike (or stay with BMW) for a few years the GS-911 isn't hard to justify IMHO. Service reminders (my dealer gets $50-$60), properly bleed your ABS system (GS-911 and spreedbleader you're done in no time) and a few other things see here http://www.hexcode.co.za/products/gs...tion-chart#K52. Knowing what a problem is, huge. The $400 model can do service reminders for up to 10 bike, so go in on it with others. Down the road you can upgrade to the pro (unlimited number of bikes) if needed.

    I got mine when they first came out, its become more useful to me as enhancement are released at no extra charge (at least for now).

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    I also use mine as a "peace-of-mind" tool.
    Check the fault codes, reset the throttle bodies, reset/check the other parameters... before I head out on my overnighter/away from home trips. That gives me a little bit warmer fuzzy feeling as I roll past the city limit sign.

    Kinda like having your own tire changer. You don't have to wait till the dealer is open or wait for an appointment. If have the mind to, you can steal out into the garage in your underwear in the middle of the night to set your bike up for your next adventure.

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    Continue GS-911 thread

    I'm going to bump this thread with a question which I haven't been able to answer by searching this forum or others. I have the older GS-911 that works with BlueTooth and USB cable connection to my laptop and Samsung tablet. I've used it many times on my '09 RT and then a '12 RT. I'm about to buy a 2015 1200GSW. Will it still work with the wet-head bikes or do I need to spring for the new "WiFi" version of the GS-911. I'd be really bummed out to have to buy another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awagnon View Post
    I'm going to bump this thread with a question which I haven't been able to answer by searching this forum or others. I have the older GS-911 that works with BlueTooth and USB cable connection to my laptop and Samsung tablet. I've used it many times on my '09 RT and then a '12 RT. I'm about to buy a 2015 1200GSW. Will it still work with the wet-head bikes or do I need to spring for the new "WiFi" version of the GS-911. I'd be really bummed out to have to buy another.

    Al
    The Wetheads need the newer red GS911 unit.
    I think they have a $300 unit that connects to a laptop with a USB cable.

    What Samsung tablet do you have that can be connected to a yellow GS911 using a USB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    The Wetheads need the newer red GS911 unit.
    I think they have a $300 unit that connects to a laptop with a USB cable.

    What Samsung tablet do you have that can be connected to a yellow GS911 using a USB?
    I connect my yellow GS-911 to my Samsung Tab 8.4 using BlueTooth when I travel. It will read all of the fault codes and reset them It just won't reset the service date.
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    If you aren't sure about the price of the GS-911, look at the Motoscan app for Android, $45 for the ultimate app and $80 for a quality OBDScan MX (unfortunately neither my elm327 clone nor my blue driver worked)

    With it I reset my service reminder and set my date that was off since disconnecting the battery to install the AF-XIED, poked around in the data and noticed I can even change the coding of options, don't think the F700GS has something available I don't have but I could turn things off, so that writing of coding works.

    Some ECUs are already supported for displaying adaptation values, mine isn't yet.

    You might wanna check, ultimate of Motoscan I think is unlimited bikes, even if it wasn't it's a great deal at $135 if you need the obdscan as well, for older bikes you'd also need the OBD2 to 10pin adapter.
    That I think is true value as the GS911 does offer more and after a while I wouldn't use much other than service reminders and trouble code reading.
    That's $265 that can go towards something else.
    Aside that GS911 has the 2017 models still on shirt term goals on roadmap while Moto Scan already supports me.

    Google app market mentions needing a specific adapter to be able to bleed abs brakes, so check that if you do want to do your own brakes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by awagnon View Post
    I connect my yellow GS-911 to my Samsung Tab 8.4 using BlueTooth when I travel. It will read all of the fault codes and reset them It just won't reset the service date.
    Forgot about that. My yellow GS911 was a USB version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LFarling View Post
    I am sure that did not include parts.

    4L of oil@18.00 L 72.00

    Oil Filter 22.00

    Crush washer 3.00

    So you have 97.00 parts.
    And Labor 98.00

    So 195+ dollars for a oil change.


    I will pay them a 1/2 hour labor and let them upgrade my software.

    My 15 has not been touched since the 600 mile communication with the Mother Ship.

    Runs just fine. I know I am not on the latest revision but I am OK with that. I feel as long as my bike runs fine with no error codes life is good.

    How often do you think software changes?
    I'm with Lee on this one. Bought my GS in March '14 and aside from the 600 mile check and a couple of recalls, the bike has been maintained by me exclusively. I've never lost a moment's sleep wondering if a software update is available. Perhaps the next time it's in for a recall (yeah, I'm being a bit pessimistic) I'll ask them to update the software. In fact, I wonder if that's something they would check when they have the bike in for recall anyway.

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