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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 24-Jul-2018, 09:28 PM (102) Thread Starter
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Unreliable Rallye X's

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Anyone having issues with new GS? Both mine and a mates new 2018 GSA Rallye X are cutting out and give this fault message.

Fault in Engine Control
Onward Journey possible ride carefully to next specialist workshop. ( in my mates case that was over 3000klm in the second instance)

Short story below.

My mate just had to get picked up by truck at Mataranka to be taken to Darwin 400klm as it would not start after showing fault.

after 4 days Dealer installed a new fuel pump which failed again approx 1200 klms further on. currently being trucked 1200klm back to closest dealer (Darwin).

Mine faulted 70+ times i.e. engine stops and has to have ignition turned on and off to restart in approx 350klm. Dealer replaced fuel pump and ECU (flown out from Germany) bike failed again after 60klm. This is not a fuel problem it is a electronic issue. ( please no advice re dirty fuel) the download says the fuel pump is getting voltage spikes causing it to cut out.

This is also a safety issue as it looses power and stops without warning in some character building situations!

Both bikes have under 5,000klm on them and develop d the issue around the 3-4000klm mark.

Fault shows on TFT screen as below.
We await BMW Motorrad response.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 25-Jul-2018, 04:08 AM (381)
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That sucks!
Sorry to hear about this, but isn't it interesting that both bikes have the same issue, in the same area, within the same KM range?
Does it happen in every mode or only in the PRO modes?

Unfortunately I can't help, as I have a 2017 model, which has been faultless over the past 11,500km (only the Garmin NAV6 plays up at times).

Good Luck and I hope they'll fix it for good.

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Are you from Australia?
I read a few cases like yours. They think it could be the temperature. Too hot. Overheat.



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Are you from Australia?
I read a few cases like yours. They think it could be the temperature. Too hot. Overheat.



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Should not be the temp, here in India Ive ridden in 45C plus weather.
Only thing thats heated up is the ESA starts showing faults
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My guess would be that this is going require a software update to resolve and it may take BMW a while to get it written, tested and uploaded.

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Hi,
Anyone having issues with new GS? Both mine and a mates new 2018 GSA Rallye X are cutting out and give this fault message.

Fault in Engine Control
Onward Journey possible ride carefully to next specialist workshop. ( in my mates case that was over 3000klm in the second instance)

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Hi,

Were you able to get your Engine Fault Control problem fixed?

I've got the same problem which hit at about 3500 miles! Bike shuts down completely... same message on the TFT... leaves me dealing with no power in fast traffic!

Dealer just replaced my fuel pump but I see that that didn't provide a fix for you. I'm wondering if you've gotten a satisfactory resolution?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Kangamatt

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 15-Jul-2019, 06:31 PM (980)
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My 2018 gsa just started giving me the same fault message, on my 4800 km road trip. Message showed up and bike stayed at 3000 rpm I had no throttle control, I pulled clutch in and bike started fluctuating between 3 and 4 thousand rpm, I was able pull over put bike in neutral and shut it off. I started it up about 2 min. Later and drove off like nothing ever happened. All is good for the next 1500 km. On my last day before arriving back home on this 16 day journey. The problem returns three times while riding 550 km. I notice it happens after taking a pit stop. All three of theses occurrences the engine did not fluctuate in rpm it went to around 5000rpm and I had no throttle control. It felt like taking the cruise control off at 100 km without any throttle. On a busy highway in the left lane having to pull over scary stuff. After shutting the bike off the fault disappeared and I was able to make it home. The first occurrence happened at 14700km total km on bike and the last three in the 16000 km range.

Going to talk to the dealership this week. Anyone else having the same problem or possible fix?

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I've heard of this problem after a fill up. I believe the quick temporary solution was not to fill up all the way.

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I always fill my 2018 GSA Rallye to the brim and haven't experienced this problem however when riding through town last week the bike stalled whilst I was in neutral. Hopefully just a 'one off'.

With regards the comments re a software upgrade, there is one for my bike (Australia), I'll be getting it done on Monday. The service manager has no idea what it changes, apparently BMW don't provide that level of detail.

Slightly off topic but my bike occasionally blips the throttle on downshifts, even when I'm using the clutch, not the quick shifter. I was told it shouldn't do that and the software update may correct it. Wishful thinking I suspect.
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