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GmanVic 10-12-2012 01:12 PM

BMW R850R RID Install?
Hey does anyone know how hard it is to install a RID (Rider's Information Display) on a 1996 R850R that didn't have it installed at the factory? I guess it would be too easy to be true that the various sensors (gear indicator, oil temp, fuel level) would be in place and it's just missing the LCD display device?

(A friend of mine just bought a cherry R850R for his wife and I let slip that "it sure would be nice if it had the RID" - oops!):ear

hitmanh 10-13-2012 02:30 PM

hmm, good question. Lift the tank and see if the socket is present. There are different part numbers for the main wiring loom between the GS and the R so the socket may not be present.

hitmanh 10-13-2012 02:44 PM

Far as I can see, only the GS and RT came with a RID. Not sure if the R is fitted with a gear position indicator or a neutral only indicator switch.

GmanVic 10-30-2012 10:11 PM

Thank you hitmanh!

ramon 10-31-2012 10:31 PM

It's not a cheap upgrade. I too thought, all you needed was the display. Wrong! You need the wiring too. Not too expensive, but more expensive than it should be. I'd hit eBay and hope for the best :deal

acejones 11-01-2012 03:15 PM

I wouldn't add it even if you could. The information is not as legible as analog instruments and it'll probably fail anyway. The Germans aren't real handy with electrons.

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