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Old Oct 13th 2018, 11:21 AM   #1
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DES & other Error Lights 1299S

DES error light flashed on my bike along with many other lights.. quick shifter stopped working occasionally.. anyway., long month long story later., the ground cable from battery to the engine had a small crack.,(behind the battery) like i looked right at it and didnt see it small.. accidentally found it.. anyway., ground cable was the problem.. crack was small enough that it would still work except when i hit a bump.. this happened to me 2 times.., panigale has cracked 2 ground cables (at the bolt on connection.. ).. so im posting because it will happen to somebody else.. save you a month long headache looking ..
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Old Oct 19th 2018, 06:42 AM   #2
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I Ride: 1299S, Multistrada Granturismo, Monster 796 ABS, BMW S1000RR
I had this happen to me, and I can't remember if I adjusted the battery cables, but I did unplug every single electrical plug (EVERY single one), sprayed compressed air into them to ensure they were dry, then sealed each one with a small amount of dielectric grease.

I took this route because the dash lighting up every error possible like christmas lights, happened maybe a week after I rode my 1299 on a long distance tour, the last leg being an absolute monsoon. The one connector I found to be moist was the suspension ECU, which is on the left side of the bike near the front - easily accessed by taking the left fairing panel off. It's right there.
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