Thanks everyone for the responses. Just to clarify for a couple of you; Cubed, a bemmer is a BMW motorcycle which has exceptional longevity. X3emist, on the X3 secondary air system EGR valve, there is no vacuum line to test the functionality of the valve, that kind of sucks.
It appears that my valve is stuck closed, it has yet to open to my knowledge. The fan definitely blows for about 10 seconds on a cold startup, and the thing sounds like a wicked fast hair dryer. Thankfully the questionable part EGR valve is only $100. The fan module is $400 !!! Don't let those things fail. If they do I think you could trick the system with jumpers and quite possibly remove this ridiculous system. I will let you all know the final Dx when I put in the right part and everything works properly.