BMW Motorcycle Brake Failure
My 2004 BMW R1150RT is in the shop. I was riding on Denny St in Seattle Thursday afternoon when I suddenly lost all power assist to my brakes. After narrowly avoiding pancaking into the delivery van in front of me, my heart was pounding about 200 bpm. The brakes came back but failed 4-5 more times while I nursed it back to the office. It's in the shop now. They say it's a failed ABS brake modulator. That's just not something you ever want to happen to you. You have no idea how conditioned your response is to vehicle brakes until you push the brake pedal/pull the brake lever and nothing happens. It's terrifying on an existential level....
Anyway, I'm sans bike for most of next week while I wait for the new part to come in. Props to Ride West BMW for squeezing me in the same day and determining quickly what was wrong. Just wish they had had the part in stock or had a loaner bike for me.
The shop replaced the bad abs modulator and everything is fine now. A couple of interesting side effects. The brakes are not as touchy as they used to be and the rear brake emits a loud clunk when you press hard on the rear brake only. I took it back to the shop and they told me that the noise was the ABS kicking in. Funny thing is that it never did that before so I wonder how long the ABS modulator was misbehaving.