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Old 04-28-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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The Official RT Thread



RT issues, modifications, or whatever- this is the place at ADV dedicated to your BMW RT questions and contributions.

Show us your -

- maintenance projects
- modifications
- custom exhaust systems
- navigation systems & installs
- mechanical failures and observations
- lighting upgrades and additions
- or anything else RT related you want to share or ask about.

To show off your bike, you can do it in this dedicated thread -

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13757

The GSpot FAQ -

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=326162



The RT Model List (LMK if I missed any)

- K75RT...........................

- K100RT.........................

- R65RT..........................

- R80RT..........................

- R100RT........................

- R850RT........................

- R1100RT......................

- R1150RT......................

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Old 04-28-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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One of it's internal fog light bulbs my R1150RT failed, so I decided to replace both of the lamps as a pair (age).

That means all of the plastic including the side panels, windscreen and part of the dash have to be removed. Then I had to figure out how to get the speaker assemblies out so that I could access the bulbs themselves.

The RT in a stripped condition -



I decided to replace both of the lamps because I didn't want to do this again. I used Sylvania Silverstar 55 watt bulbs.

Beemer Pat came by to help- I appreciate it Pat!
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:44 AM   #3
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A 2003 R1150RT came home with me this past Saturday. This was a move from a Kawasaki Z750s. I was concerned with the difference in weight, the Kawi was just over 400 lbs, the RT over 600. I am very surprised that while under way, it does not feel heavy at all. Not until I tried to put it up on the center stand did it feel heavy . It is also the most comfortable motorbike I have ridden, and it is still quite nimble when the roads get twisty. It was also well planted on some dirt roads that we took. It did start to slide around on some loose gravel, though. I will be doing the 24k mile service this weekend, cleaning it up, and putting up some photos in the RT photo thread. I think this bike is gonna be with me for a while.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:15 PM   #4
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I did a little work on the R1150RT today.

First thing I did was to install a Kaoko throttle lock.

The stock grip -



And with the easily installed Kaoko -



After I got that done I removed the wheels and then the left side plastics to pull the battery (to be tested) -



I had the battery tested at Checker Auto and the tester said it was ok, so I decided to get a trickle charger and an powerlet male connector to hook to the bike.

I took the wheels over to Woody's Wheel Works and dropped them off with a set of new Bridgestones to be mounted.

Then I stopped by Performance Cycle and bought a Powerlet plug -



I also picked up an inexpensive trickle charger at Wal Mart for $21 -



Then I picked up the wheels at Woodys and headed home to put it all back together.

In2dabluz and Beemer Pat stopped by -



I also changed the oil and filter and put the trickle charger on for the evening.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:00 AM   #5
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Answer me a (possibly) silly question. I do not have a repair manual yet. Is the fuel pump/filter under the gold colored plate just to the right of the fuel fill, or on the bottom side of the tank? Thanks. Also, if it is just to the right of the fuel fill, how is the piece of the fairing over the center of the tank removed? Thanks again.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:57 AM   #6
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I'll have to look at my manual when I get home ( in 4 days) to tell you about the fuel pump/filter-

But the center piece comes off after you remove the fasteners that go through it's edges- the ones that are holding on the side plastics. And I'd remove the fuel cap assy too.

I would plan on removing both side panels to get the center piece off.
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:58 PM   #7
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Weird

The Twinmax I ordered arrived yesterday, so the rough idle is sorted. Riding today, I noticed the high beam indicator illuminated. Toggled the high/low/pass switch several times did not extinguish it. Checked the headlights, they're not working. Switched on the fog lights and continued on. There is apparently a loose connection, is there a common spot where a connector loosens up, or does the harness rub the fairing somewhere? TIA.

Almost forgot, when I got where I was going, the headlight was working again.
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Old 05-15-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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I finally found the RT thread. Thanks Hondo.

I have a sickness for these things.

RT#1





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The R80 is slow and reliable and fun to ride. The R1150 is a cruiser and a canyon carver.



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Old 05-15-2010, 08:19 PM   #9
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Hey Marc!

A mod on the RT today-

Yanked the seats -



Pulled all of the plastics (I'm getting good at this) -



Let's get this canister otta there -



Can is loose, time to disconnect the hoses -



Used these vacuum caps (from Checker Auto) to cap the nipples on the throttle bodies -



The hoses from the fuel tank -



What I removed -



I put all of the removed items into a bag in case I ever want to reinstall it.
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Let me know if it solves the problem. I have no issues on mine yet but you never know. This might be a good future idea.

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Old 05-15-2010, 08:29 PM   #11
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Let me know if it solves the problem. I have no issues on mine yet but you never know. This might be a good future idea.

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I did some constant rpm slow riding (1st and 2nd gear) and it is still surging, but not as bad.

I need to set the valves and sync the TBs, and if it still persists then I'll try new plugs and go from there.

I've read so much on how to solve the surging issue ......
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I just came across this thread so forgive me for asking a question that has probabley been covered. I have a 2011 RT and I was wondering if the second plug for each cylinder is inside the valve covers? Also is there a gasket that needs to be placed when valve covers are removed? Thanks
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:35 AM   #13
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The Twinmax I ordered arrived yesterday, so the rough idle is sorted.
I need to get one of those too; I've never done the TB sync. How did that go?
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I need to get one of those too; I've never done the TB sync. How did that go?
The idle is much smoother now, since it is right around 1100 rpm. It was about 900 rpm. I ended up adjusting the throttle cables but I still want to tinker with the brass screws. At idle the needle is even, but when you increase the throttle, the needle pulls to the right. Meaning that the right cylinder is pulling more vacuum. There is a write up in the wisdom section at the bottom of the page to explain the whole procedure. Also, sixth gear no longer shakes the bike like it did before.
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Seeking enlightenment...

Can someone tell me the location of the headlamp fuse and/or relay? I know, under the seat, wiseguys. The headlamp failed to operate on the way home from work today, so I used the fog lights again. Please tell me where in the fuse box/relay block they might be found. And if someone's got a spare owners manual, I'd pay a fair price for one.
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