I haven’t ridden the K1200GT for several days, so I decided to ride it down to Dollar General yesterday to keep the battery up.
Unfortunately, I waited too long. The starter groaned and quit, telling me the battery was close to flat.
That’s a worrisome thing for a BMW K-bike owner because a low battery can cause the points to fuse on the starter relay, necessitating major surgery to replace the relay, best done at a BMW dealership.
It happened to my K75S five years ago and we had to trailer it 150 miles up to Grass Roots BMW Motorcycles in Cape Girardeau to fix it.
I plugged the charger into the side accessory outlet, said a prayer in the hope that the starter relay was not fried, and let it charge overnight.
It fired right up on the first attempt this morning, to my great relief.