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    Using VCDS tool on my Motorcycle

    I would like to know if I can use my OBD II cable w/ VCDS software on my 2019 BMW R1250RT motorcycle. This motorcycle has the OBD II interface connector to read the codes on the bike. My question if I connected the cable to my bike would I able to use the VCDS software to do any diagnostic's or reset any features on my bike.

    There is a tool that you can purchase "GS-911" that does interface diagnostics that is made for the bike. It currently cost $300 to buy this unit. And before I spend the money on another specialized too work on my bike I wanted to see if I can use the tool I already have.

    So if anyone has any advice on this I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Pretty sure that VCDS will not talk to the BMW motorcycle. I don't think it will cause any harm... but simply do not know for sure. Perhaps there is a BMW motorcycle forum on which you could ask?

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    If that bike supports the generic OBD-II protocols, you may get generic OBD-II data from the engine, but VCDS certainly won't talk to any of the other systems at all, or do any manufacturer-specific things.

    I doubt there's any harm in trying:
    https://www.ross-tech.com/vcds/tour/obd-2.php

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    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Hi Adecood,
    As Uwe say's you would only be able to get OBD related data. You will not be able to access ABS, Instruments, CAN etc. I have used VCDS on a Triumph to look at EOBD data and clear DTC's. I do have GS-911 and it works very well.
    Regards HMC

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    Using VCDS tool on my Motorcycle

    Thank you for all that responded to my request. I really do appreciate your help in my quest for the correct tech answer. As suggested by HMC I will look into the GS-911

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