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    Maybe I'm just being paranoid but.. I started to go for a ride today and the first time I pushed the start button nothing happened. I was in neutral and was rolling the bike backwards when I tried to start. I switched the key off and next time it started as normal. It has a new battery. Should I be concerned? How many of you guys have the GS911 and is it something I should be considering?

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    I have a GS-911 and like it a lot.
    If i didn't already own one, I'd be reading up on this unit to see how the capabilities compare...
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/app-r...ition.1130770/

    To your battery issue, i've occasionally had that problem.
    Sometimes I think I just wasn't "mashing" the starter button with "dedication"
    Twice now over the life of my bike the GS-911 has reported low system voltage when there was no good reason that I knew of for that to happen...
    Once I did have a new-defective battery.
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    Yes buy a spare handlebar switch as they are known to pack in, oh and a t8 torx to get the old one off. Mine started to to become intermittently faulty and eventually packed in. It was always on hot sunny days so maybe park in the shade.

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    Do you have to wait until the bike goes thru all the checks before it will start?

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    Have to? No. Should you? Yes. At least from what I've been told by a BMW dealer. I've certainly started it many times without waiting and everything seemed fine, so I'm not personally convinced it's necessary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnfiddler View Post
    Do you have to wait until the bike goes thru all the checks before it will start?

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    You don't have to, but that is what I have always done with all of my FI BMW motorcycles. I wait until the yellow triangle goes out before hitting the starter button. I also keep the throttle closed when starting. Fortunately, my F650GS goes through its pre-starting checkup very quickly.
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    Yeah, that yellow triangle light stays on for a few seconds after all the others go off. Expecting my Haynes manual any day now

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    One other suggestion ...
    Make sure all battery connections are clean and tight, as well as connections @ starter relay (under left side cowling), hot lead at starter.
    Blue 2009 F650GS - H-B crash bars, TT luggage rack, Pelican top case, BMW Vario Panniers & bash plate, 20mm handlebar risers, LED voltmeter, Sargent seat, MudSling, a few other trinkets ... I may be just about at the end of the farkle train  

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    Efin8r, where is the best place to buy a handlebar switch. It failed to start a couple of times this morning, but turning key off and on it fired right up. I started to disassemble tonight thinking I might be able to clean any contacts but I need a smaller torx

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    are you sure it`s not your side stand switch?

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