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Old 04-11-2012, 11:07 AM   #391
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My '05 doesn't have that feature, and neither should yours.



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Old 04-12-2012, 12:15 AM   #392
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If you have not done this mod....DO IT TODAY!!....parts are ~115.00, one wiring harness, one relay. Simple!
A buck-fifteen and a relay? Can't you just jumper the switch leads or something??
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:18 AM   #393
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Oh - I almost forgot to ask - I need a new set of tires for my R11RT - I wore the poo out of the left side of my front tire. I was considering giving up some mileage to go with Bridgestone BT-016's because a few people on the BMWsporttouring board say they are pretty grippy - anybody here use them and have an opinion?

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:00 PM   #394
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My '05 doesn't have that feature, and neither should yours.
I guess someone forgot to tell someone in engineering. Mine's got it.


Bootzilla - I just put on a pair of Michelin Pilot Road 3s.....HUGE difference, wonderful tires. I've only got about 700 miles on them so far, but they're fantastic.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:32 PM   #395
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Oh - I almost forgot to ask - I need a new set of tires for my R11RT - I wore the poo out of the left side of my front tire. I was considering giving up some mileage to go with Bridgestone BT-016's because a few people on the BMWsporttouring board say they are pretty grippy - anybody here use them and have an opinion?

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i always did well with michelin pilot roads.........liked em so much i put pr3s on the r1200rt
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:15 AM   #396
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There's a lot to it, but the simple answer is that it's a constant reminder not to take myself too seriously.
Gotcha. I would consider following suit, but it would cover up my big yellow ADV sticker...

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Old 04-14-2012, 05:19 AM   #397
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My '05 doesn't have that feature, and neither should yours.
I usually start my '12 RT on the center stand unless I'm actually sitting on it, so I'm not even sure if it will start on the sidestand or not. I'll need to check that today.

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I just put on a pair of Michelin Pilot Road 3s.....HUGE difference, wonderful tires.
My new PR3's go on this week, so I am very glad to hear this! I'm leaving in a week on a 5,500 mile, three week trip, so I'll take "after pics" and we'll all get a pretty quick idea of how they hold up.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:27 PM   #398
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I usually start my '12 RT on the center stand unless I'm actually sitting on it, so I'm not even sure if it will start on the sidestand or not. I'll need to check that today.



My new PR3's go on this week, so I am very glad to hear this! I'm leaving in a week on a 5,500 mile, three week trip, so I'll take "after pics" and we'll all get a pretty quick idea of how they hold up.

I loved my PR3's on the R1200R. The RT is about to get them as the OEM Bridgestones feel really squirrely in hard turns now. That happened twice today, so change is coming on Monday. Have the tires and some Dynabeads so should be a good change.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:49 AM   #399
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Oh - I almost forgot to ask - I need a new set of tires for my R11RT - I wore the poo out of the left side of my front tire. I was considering giving up some mileage to go with Bridgestone BT-016's because a few people on the BMWsporttouring board say they are pretty grippy - anybody here use them and have an opinion?

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WTH My '96 RT wears tires out on the left side also. 4,000 miles and shot. The right side would go another 2 or three K. Tried Conti RA's, Metzler, and Dunlops, Perelli's on order. Is there something going on to wear on the left side, front and rear?
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:01 AM   #400
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WTH My '96 RT wears tires out on the left side also. 4,000 miles and shot . . .
The left side wear has been discussed ad nauseum on other beemer forums - lots of theories and speculation, the only thing anyone seems to know for sure is that it's not uncommon. But, even with the uneven wear I still get 12-13k miles out of my ME880 fronts.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:52 AM   #401
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I'm using the Pilot Roads too, on my second set now. Yeah, they wear funny but I really like the way they handle: sticky and predictable, even in the wet.

I always park on my centerstand. Makes it easier to access the whole bike, whether for service or just getting at my gear.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:07 AM   #402
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I haven't read the other threads, but can share that streets, roads and highways are constructed with a cross-slope of typically 2% (1/4 inch per foot) to allow water to drain (often to the right-side curb and gutter or shoulder drainage ditch). So, our tires are constantly running on their left side traversing the slope of the road. That's the civil engineering explanation.

That, or we are all turning left...

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Old 04-15-2012, 01:35 PM   #403
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Rolled my 2011 RT out of the garage, leaned it over on the sidestand, pulled in the clutch and "chuga-chuga-vrooom".

So I guess I don't have that "feature" either....
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:12 AM   #404
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I haven't read the other threads, but can share that streets, roads and highways are constructed with a cross-slope of typically 2% (1/4 inch per foot) to allow water to drain (often to the right-side curb and gutter or shoulder drainage ditch). So, our tires are constantly running on their left side traversing the slope of the road. That's the civil engineering explanation.

That, or we are all turning left...

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I don't buy this. My GS does not exhibit this abnormal tire wear. I ride the same roads with both the RT and the GS. The Conti TA's on the GS have 4K and show no wear where as the Conti RA's on the RT were trash at 4K.
I don't think I am anymore agressive on the RT, maybe it's the weight.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:15 PM   #405
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I loved my PR3's on the R1200R. The RT is about to get them as the OEM Bridgestones feel really squirrely in hard turns now. That happened twice today, so change is coming on Monday. Have the tires and some Dynabeads so should be a good change.
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Glad to hear you say so.

I agree 100%!!

I rode my 12RT on Calif. h/w 36 (many turns between Red Bluff and the coast) Sunday and the front end was all over the place.

It's a few weeks new and that was the first long day I've had it out. I hate to junk tires w/ only a few hundred on them but WOW, they feel terrible. If I'm lucky, maybe w/ some mileage on the tread, they'll come around a bit.

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