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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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ABS failure?

Had my 5k service completed today on my 18 RGU. Over the last couple of hundred miles, I had developed a shudder in the front brake, with the brake lever pulsing and a shake in the bars

They suspect that the ABS has failed and need to check with H-D to determine if this is a known issue. For the time being they have disconnected the ABS and no issues with shudder at all. Any other experiences with this?
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Had my 5k service completed today on my 18 RGU. Over the last couple of hundred miles, I had developed a shudder in the front brake, with the brake lever pulsing and a shake in the bars

They suspect that the ABS has failed and need to check with H-D to determine if this is a known issue. For the time being they have disconnected the ABS and no issues with shudder at all. Any other experiences with this?
I'd make them give you a loner and deadline your ride until fixed. Then again , if you get into an accident, you'll own that dealership.
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So right now you are riding a bike with the ABS light on?

There really should be no difference in braking with the ABS disabled or enabled because the ABS is only active when you are braking and the system senses a tire slip.

Since you are having an "issue", it doesn't matter if there is a known issue unless you are out of warranty which you wouldn't be.

A competent tech should be diagnosing your problem and fixing it under warranty.
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A dealership sends you on your way with a ABS brake issue on a warranty covered bike? I agree disabling the ABS module will still leave you with functioning non abs brakes, but sure seems there would be a liability issue with that.
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The ABS light only flashes when the bikes srarts up, then stops. Fortunately not a lot of riding this weekend due to rain and graduations, mother’s day stuff. I will talk with them on Tuesday ( closed on Monday’s) and see what direction they take. The bike is still under warranty, so it will get repaired... hopefully sooner rather than later.
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The ABS light is supposed to come on at start up and then it goes off once you get past about 5 MPH. The ABS metering blocks are also the reason most manufacturers recommend changing brake fluid every two years....after a while the gunk in the brake fluid will plug up the orifices in the metering block causing the ABS to malfunction. This is especially important if you use DOT 4 fluid.
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Hope they fix it soon, I would be hesitant to ride

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Had my 5k service completed today on my 18 RGU. Over the last couple of hundred miles, I had developed a shudder in the front brake, with the brake lever pulsing and a shake in the bars



They suspect that the ABS has failed and need to check with H-D to determine if this is a known issue. For the time being they have disconnected the ABS and no issues with shudder at all. Any other experiences with this?


A warped rotor would give the same symptoms although disconnecting the ABS would not rectify that.


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If they disconnected the abs the light would stay on.
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I thought the same thing, although I am not real familiar with ABS systems. Whatever they did “corrected” the symptoms, but they want the bike back as the work order is not closed.
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