Motorcycle News (UK)
‘Don’t ignore the warnings’
Having a basic tool kit and a Grypp puncture repair kit stowed away under the seat or tucked in a topbox means that you’ll be fairly well kitted out to tackle most common roadside issues. But what happens when you’re riding along and, all of a sudden, a warning light illuminates?
Quite often an ABS or engine light will just appear with no indication that the bike is malfunctioning. Pull over at the first safe opportunity and turn the bike off. Wait for a couple of minutes and then restart. In most cases the warnings will clear once the bike has done its system checks. It only becomes a problem when the warning keeps coming back when there is no identifiable issue – this means it’s time to visit a dealer for diagnostic tests.
A few years ago, one particular make of bike was notorious for some of the models flashing up ABS faults. The fault was traced to a problem with a pressure sensor. This was remedied by fitting a new sensor, but the quite often people will live with an intermittent warning light flashing up, especially when there appears to be nothing wrong with the bike.