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I was surprised how easy it is to connect to OBD2 and wanted to share my experience in the hope it helps others. :wave:

Items Needed

1. Adaptor Cable (10-Pin to ICOM-D) - $16
- Alternatively, you can manually connect three wires from the ICOM-D connector on the bike to the OBD2 scanner (see YouTube video below).

2. OBD2 Scanner - <$20
- Any cheap scanner will do, either wifi or bluetooth. Amazon or eBay has plenty of these for sale.

3. MotoScan App - free (~$20 for premium)
- Android version only. I could not find anything for my iPhone so had to dig up my old Samsung phone to install this app.
- The free version will only read one fault code. Personally, I cannot buy the premium because of an "No connection to license server" error but others can.


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Cable
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Universal-1...059280?hash=item2ac6ed2f10:g:EwUAAOSwimZbjjv2

Motoscan app
https://www.motoscan.de/unterstuetzte-bmw-motorraeder/

Sample bluetooth scanner
https://www.amazon.ca/Veepeak-Scann...rds=obd2+wifi&qid=1561993860&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Youtube video (not mine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3CLwnzcU9g
 

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I was surprised how easy it is to connect to OBD2 and wanted to share my experience in the hope it helps others.
Overall reading fault codes is the smallest part of diagnosing a vehicle & so while it seems cheap to put together it is also so limited it really is not very useful & the risks in purchase of the components are high so it would not be recommended

Items Needed

1. Adaptor Cable (10-Pin to ICOM-D) - $16
- Alternatively, you can manually connect three wires from the ICOM-D connector on the bike to the OBD2 scanner (see YouTube video below).
The clone cables on EBay have cheap copies of the round Kostal 10p socket & they break up quickly plus the cables are moulded & some have incorrect pin outs so cant be repaired

2. OBD2 Scanner - <$20
- Any cheap scanner will do, either wifi or bluetooth. Amazon or eBay has plenty of these for sale.
Many of the cheap interfaces are made with cloned OBD chip sets & they cont work well, even the genuine ELM chip sets do not handle the ISO standard protocols used in EU vehicles very well especially the extended elements of the protocols used for component testing which is the big most useful part of diagnostics, this is the reason MotoScan moved to their own OBD interface which comes at a higher price

3. MotoScan App - free (~$20 for premium)
- Android version only. I could not find anything for my iPhone so had to dig up my old Samsung phone to install this app.
- The free version will only read one fault code. Personally, I cannot buy the premium because of an "No connection to license server" error but others can.
The free version of Motoscan & possibly other versions does not have explanations of the fault codes found & only displays 4 out of 8 digits of the 8 digit hexadecimal fault codes so you dont know the details of a fault, there are no lists of fault codes in hexadecimal to look up faults so it is pretty useless compared to other tools
 
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