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Old 04-06-2011, 06:43 PM   #256
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It's starting to look like a motorcycle again. Your going to have to take my word for it though. I just wanted to get stuff done, so no pictures today. Slave cylinder in and bled, air box back in. What a PITA, everything has to be routed just so. Starter back in, drive shaft in, swing arm and shock in.

Also ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Road 2's. Competition Accesories didn't expect the 3's until the end of the month. Also got Dyna Beads on the way.
So all the oil was from the rear main seal then?
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:48 AM   #257
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So all the oil was from the rear main seal then?
I was quite surprised to find that the rear main seal was dry. The oil was leaking past the rear input shaft seal, working it's way through the hollow input shaft and leaking out onto the friction disc. I've read that if the slave cylinder fails, brake fluid can damage the seal and cause the leak. But the fluid level in the master cylinder never changed.
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:13 PM   #258
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It's done!

Well, mostly. I still have to adjust valves, sync the throttle bodies and change the oil. I also have to replace the front tire. But I finished up to the point where I could test ride and check my work. Rode and ran very well. I'm happy with the results.

Here's what was done:

Siebenrock oil resistant clutch disc
diaphragm spring
pressure plate
clutch cover
spline lube
both input shaft seals
output shaft seals
Slave cylinder
rear main seals
LS cam chain tensioner upgrade
new rear tire Michelin Pilot Road 2

I will probably finish up the other few things sometime this week. I want to get out and ride tomorrow, it's been a while since this project began.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:56 PM   #259
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Wooo hooooo! I just traded in my 950 Yamaha and bought a 2010 1200RT. It's still in the crate, but the dealership will have it together for me in a week. I can't wait to see what this bike can do
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:26 AM   #260
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After a week you'll wonder how you managed to ride any other bike. I still like a small bike for local riding when the weather is good but getting back on the rt is like getting into bed after a long day.

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Old 04-10-2011, 08:19 AM   #261
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Here are some pic's of yesterdays NH ride on my new to me '02 R1150RTP. The history is that the guy who I bought it from last November, bought it in CA and transported it to NH. I happened upon it while visiting to pick up a used part for my R12C and we worked out a deal.

I haven't done much to it other than ride it before winter for a couple of weeks, and took it out for it's first ride last weekend, 2nd ride yesterday. I added the Mototech bar risers and the right K12RS mirror, the left needs some fabrication to clear the high idle lever. I picked up a brake reservoir cover RAM mount yesterday. She's got over 100k on her so I'll be fixing one thing or another as time goes on. I really enjoyed my '99 LT but have been looking for a bike that is lighter with similar amenities. So far, I like the RT and look forward to perusing this thread for more info.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:16 PM   #262
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I have a question for all the RT veterans. I picked up the one on the right to replace the one on the left.





Obviously the abs thing is new and something I really wanted. What I'm really curious about is are the linked brakes. I am used to using both brakes on the 'strom. Does using the linked hand brake and the rear brake pedal together make any difference. I would like to continue doing so just in case I ride another bike it would still be second nature. Are they designed so you are supposed to only use the hand brake?
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:31 PM   #263
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I use both hand and foot brake, just out of habit. Sometimes if I just need to slow a bit I might just tap the foot brake. It doesn't feel like I'm getting the full stopping power, like when I use both. YMMV, though since your 1200 may differ from my 1150. On some makes, using the rear brake may only activate a portion of the front brakes. Using the front brake may only activate a portion of the rear. Not sure how BMW works it.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:35 PM   #264
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I use both brakes same as any other bike. You will certainly notice the different braking characteristics of the R/T, the lack of front end dive and the overall better braking performance are most noticable when compaired to my other bikes.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #265
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What I'm really curious about is are the linked brakes. I am used to using both brakes on the 'strom. Does using the linked hand brake and the rear brake pedal together make any difference. I would like to continue doing so just in case I ride another bike it would still be second nature. Are they designed so you are supposed to only use the hand brake?
AFAIK, on our '09R12RT the front lever operates the front and rear brakes simultaneously. The foot pedal only activates the rear brake. If I step on the rear while squeezing the front, I can sometimes feel the rear ABS kick in and push back on the pedal (telling me that that's too much rear braking force). Unless I'm riding slow in a parking lot and turning, I always just use the front lever. The system works flawlessly for me. Amazing brakes (sorta like Amazing Grace).
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:06 PM   #266
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I have a question for all the RT veterans. I picked up the one on the right to replace the one on the left.





Obviously the abs thing is new and something I really wanted. What I'm really curious about is are the linked brakes. I am used to using both brakes on the 'strom. Does using the linked hand brake and the rear brake pedal together make any difference. I would like to continue doing so just in case I ride another bike it would still be second nature. Are they designed so you are supposed to only use the hand brake?
I made this identical switch a couple seasons ago - you will find the RT to be a Most Awesome well rounded replacement for your Strom and the brakes are Excellent !

Enjoy your RT ! !
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:57 PM   #267
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The brakes are amazing. Never thought poorly of the V-strom brakes but these are much better. Took our first two-up ride today. Sweet.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:07 AM   #268
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Well, looks like I am about to pull the trigger on a lightly used 2007 RT. I'm moving from a 2006 Honda ST1300A, and have a few questions. Also, this is my first BMW:
a. The bike has just under 12k miles and has been routinely servced by the local dealer. Anything I should scrutinize mechanically?
b. Besides the bike, anything I should make sure i get rom the previous owner (ie owners manual, tool kit, how many keys, etc...)?
c. I really like running with a tank bag. I'm military, and use one to store my ID for use at the base gate. I hate large tank bags (ie the BMW RT bag is too big for me). any suggestions on a different tank bag and/or a good place to keep my ID for easy access?
d. I run a Garmin Quest2 GPS on the ST that I'd like to move to the RT. It has the motorcycle mount and hardwire kit. Right now I have it mounted between the bars on the ST via a special adaptor. Any suggestions for mounting this to the RT?
e. I also run an Escort radar detector in the left fairing pocket of the ST. It was the best/safest/most accessable/weatherproof location i could find on this bike. I have it tied to a radar screamer. Any suggestions for running an Escort on the RT?
f. I run PIAA 1100x lights on the ST (fork mounted). I'd like to move them to the RT. Looking for suggestions?
g. I've been a member here at for a while and get most of my BMW info here. Any good RT only forums out there?
Looking forward to the transistion. I've really enjoyed the ST1300, but it is just time for a change. Always a little tough transitioning, but hopefully you all will give me some ideas to make this easier.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:35 PM   #269
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Well, looks like I am about to pull the trigger on a lightly used 2007 RT. I'm moving from a 2006 Honda ST1300A, and have a few questions. Also, this is my first BMW:
a. The bike has just under 12k miles and has been routinely servced by the local dealer. Anything I should scrutinize mechanically?

Timely Fluid changes (Brake, gear box, final drive in addition to motor oil.

b. Besides the bike, anything I should make sure i get rom the previous owner (ie owners manual, tool kit, how many keys, etc...)?

Two keys + a plastic emergency key. Owner's manual. Tool kit is not much to speak of, you would be better off putting together your own or buying something like this Cruz Tools kit:

http://www.amazon.com/RoadTech-Tool-.../dp/B001XTJAVW

c. I really like running with a tank bag. I'm military, and use one to store my ID for use at the base gate. I hate large tank bags (ie the BMW RT bag is too big for me). any suggestions on a different tank bag and/or a good place to keep my ID for easy access?

Not a tank bag person can't help you there!

d. I run a Garmin Quest2 GPS on the ST that I'd like to move to the RT. It has the motorcycle mount and hardwire kit. Right now I have it mounted between the bars on the ST via a special adaptor. Any suggestions for mounting this to the RT?

Touratach has this one:

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/2...00RT-Top-Clamp

There is also a 12v GPS power connector taped to one of the fairing stays.



Stays on for a minute or so after turning off the bike.

e. I also run an Escort radar detector in the left fairing pocket of the ST. It was the best/safest/most accessable/weatherproof location i could find on this bike. I have it tied to a radar screamer. Any suggestions for running an Escort on the RT?

There is a fairing pocket on the right.

f. I run PIAA 1100x lights on the ST (fork mounted). I'd like to move them to the RT. Looking for suggestions?

Same works, you make need to wire them up a little differently due to the way BMW handles accessories.

g. I've been a member here at for a while and get most of my BMW info here. Any good RT only forums out there?
Looking forward to the transistion. I've really enjoyed the ST1300, but it is just time for a change. Always a little tough transitioning, but hopefully you all will give me some ideas to make this easier.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:57 PM   #270
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See notes above....
Wow! Thanks for the quick reply.
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