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Old 06-23-2011, 10:07 PM   #301
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For what it's worth just did a two way run 550km each way - 6 hours there and 6.5 hours back - comsumption for the round trip 4.91 litres/100km on my new RT - Im impressed !
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:52 PM   #302
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1200RT cruise control not working

2008 RT; from day one the Cruise would be flaky intermittently. It would occasionally go through periods where adjusting the windscreen or switching to high beams would cause the cruise to cut out.

Recently it's gone all the way out, not working at all. I saw an old post at bmwrt.com that others had this problem and their dealer's "tweaked" something to fix it. However, when I necro'd the post I got no where.

Anybody have any ideas? I pulled the switchgear but it's a fairly well sealed unit and there's not much I can do with it. I was kind of assuming it was a weak ground, but I'm not sure.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:33 PM   #303
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K12RS mirrors & standard case lids

I've been mulling over how to mount the K12RS left side mirror on the R1150RT-P. Some have used a bench grinder and other machine tool methods. I decided to break out the hacksaw...and performed a hack job! That hard plastic mount block on the bottom of the K12RS mirror cut pretty quickly with a fresh hack saw blade, and the cut came out pretty smooth. I marked the mount at the bottom, on both sides, and simply cut the block completely down the side to clear the handlebar mounted choke lever. The mirror mount is still very solid, the mirrors look good, and the choke lever works fine.

I also drilled out the rivets holding on the RT-P city lids, wrestled the remaining rivets out with needle nose vice grips, and remounted standard case lids for greater luggage capacity. I used #10/24 x 1" long stainless steel socket head bolts through the hinges, available from Home Depot, with a washer and nylon lock nuts on the inside, to remount the lids. I had to drill the hinge hole to a slightly larger size hole, but the bolts cut their own threads nice and tight through the case lids mounting holes.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:30 AM   #304
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02 R1150RT Speaker Hack

Has anyone come up with a hack on replacing the speakers with something else? I do not use my speakers so I got to thinking that there has to be something else to put there that I can utilize.
Any thoughts or ideas?
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #305
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Question 2000 R1100RT no power

HELP!
My bike has been to the shop for cosmetic work, some paint, replaced mirrors, etc-
On return the key switch does not light up at all- no power. I placed it on a trickle charger and still no luck. Any ideas, am I missing the obvious?
Yes, there is a battery.
Thanks, Melanie
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:25 PM   #306
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I assume the body work was removed for paint. Could be a loose connector or ground wire in the wiring harness. Check battery connections and test battery with a multimeter or volt meter to make sure it has power.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:20 AM   #307
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I assume the body work was removed for paint. Could be a loose connector or ground wire in the wiring harness. Check battery connections and test battery with a multimeter or volt meter to make sure it has power.

Thanks, Badger Dude-sometimes we just need a different perspective!
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:41 PM   #308
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Would you keep your RT on the side-stand longer than the time it requires to get off the bike, and put it on the center stand?
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:39 PM   #309
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Would you keep your RT on the side-stand longer than the time it requires to get off the bike, and put it on the center stand?
Yep, it stays on the side stand almost all the time. Also, when you change/check the oil that lets oil drain from the oil pump.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:48 PM   #310
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RT tools or toolkit

Hi everybody, I have a 2010 RT and would like to know if any of you have put together a better toolkit for your RT. I'm not ready to drop 180.00 (advdesigns.com) or even more for an aftermarket kit just yet. I'm sure they're nice but damn...

I'd like to see your add on's to the stock kit if you have any pics and or suggestions of tools that have come in handy. I have a good tire repair kit and air supply and for now, just the stock tools. BTW, it appears as if BMW has tried to save money by providing a cheaper, less capable kit for the newest bikes. I had an 03 and the kit was better I think.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:12 PM   #311
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Hi everybody, I have a 2010 RT and would like to know if any of you have put together a better toolkit for your RT. I'm not ready to drop 180.00 (advdesigns.com) or even more for an aftermarket kit just yet. I'm sure they're nice but damn...

I'd like to see your add on's to the stock kit if you have any pics and or suggestions of tools that have come in handy. I have a good tire repair kit and air supply and for now, just the stock tools. BTW, it appears as if BMW has tried to save money by providing a cheaper, less capable kit for the newest bikes. I had an 03 and the kit was better I think.
I bought one of those ready-made kits, and I find it very useful. Some of the things in it I especially like are the sparkplug cap puller, the front axel tool, and the oil filter wrench. There is nothing extraneous in there. Everything has a purpose. It has a nice nylon pouch that everything fits in, that rolls up to a convenient size too. Some people like shopping for individual tools in the hope that they will be saving some money, which is fine. Time is money though.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:51 AM   #312
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Has anyone come up with a hack on replacing the speakers with something else? I do not use my speakers so I got to thinking that there has to be something else to put there that I can utilize.
Any thoughts or ideas?
+1 And a question.... With no stereo, I presume there's no speakers, just empty space waiting for some cool idea to come along and fill it up?

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Old 07-13-2011, 03:41 PM   #313
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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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Hey I love my RKA tank bag. Made in the USA. I bought one for my 2002 BMW LT in 2003 and have moved it to a VStrom and now onto my 2010 BMW RT. All I needed to do was change the straps. I have ordered a new map case since the original finally crapped out as well as a new rain cover but that's it. This baby has been on 3 different motorcycles for approximately 40K miles. No complaints here. A fine piece of equipment! Go get one at
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:11 PM   #314
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Some body help me.

Cripes! I took off the front wheel and fender and there's a bracket that holds the speedo cable that I can't figure out where it goes.

It's a 1998 R1100RT.

The bracket in question is #11 in this parts fiche.
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...png?v=03252011

The illustration doesn't help me at all.

Post a pic if you can. I've stared for hours and can't see where it goes.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:35 AM   #315
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Yep, it stays on the side stand almost all the time. Also, when you change/check the oil that lets oil drain from the oil pump.

Center stand mostly. You fire it up, both feet on the pegs, let out the clutch and ride away all in one smooth move! Impresses the Harley dudes I work with!


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