2014 R1200RT Wethead!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by JimVonBaden, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    So that's a couple of complaints with road attacks and now another brand of tire too.? Sounds like something besides the tires...no? This bike is lovely to sit on and fits me like a glove, but I'd like to hear a reasonable response to these issues. My dealer won't have a demo until later in the year. I am itching to have a long test ride.
  2. DRster

    DRster Adventurer

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    Boxer bikes are a whole new thing to me and I find many things weird...including the clunky gear shifts, the handlebar shake from left to right etc. I have been asked to get used to it. So I thought this was also one of those. Obviously I was wrong.

    Hoping to talk to the dealer soon and raise my concerns. Not the most accommodating kind of BMW dealership one would expect (they give customers the impression that they are doing a big favour by letting you purchase their bikes).
    But I will have to give it a shot.
  3. DangerHawk

    DangerHawk Been here awhile

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    I demo'ed a '14 that had the Continental tires and noticed no instability. The '14 I purchased came with Metzeler and after 700 miles I have no stability issues.

    Tire pressures set to 37/42 front/rear per the owners manual.

    I have the ESA on one helmet no luggage as the bags are empty and no top case. I ride in Road mode but the few times I put it in Dynamic I felt no stability. I have not used Rain mode.

    I don't know if this helps anybody but I thought I'd give my opinion.
  4. DRster

    DRster Adventurer

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    It doesn't appear to be a permanent instability issue. It happens to me only on the freeway at around 70MPH when there are cross winds. Somone suggested that it could be the shiny tar patches (snakes) on the road. But the next time it happened, I paid attention to the road surface and it was perfect. I was over a bridge and the cross winds were fairly strong. The bike's tail wagged like a fish.

    I have otherwise had no issues with stability in my 1000 miles so far. I ride with single rider setting and mostly on 'road' mode. But have used other modes dpeending on the surface.
  5. Woodcock

    Woodcock Been here awhile

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    On the wet head is it true the motor must be removed to replace alternator ?
  6. Yellowledbetter

    Yellowledbetter Adventurer

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    I went into BMW about 3 weeks ago for some oil to do a change on my 07 RT, and by the time I left I had put a deposit on a new wethead RT in Ebony Black. I was simply admiring one of the pre-sold versions on the floor and the sales guy told me he had spec'd a bike for a "rider" that he knew would fit me. He was right. Exactly as I would have ordered it. I do like the mat finish also, but I still think I have a slight bias for the Ebony Black. Now I just have to wait another month or so before it arrives....pure torture!:jive
  7. Yellowledbetter

    Yellowledbetter Adventurer

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    Oh, by the way. My understanding is that all of the new RTs, including the base model, include the equivalent of the ASC feature on my 07 RT. Is that your understanding also?

    Thanks much.
  8. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    Some tires are very inflation pressure sensitive. I have had some that I was going to take off and throw away, they were that bad. -4 PSI in the front and they are brilliant. I "think" it has to do with side wall stiffness.

    Rod
  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Yes. Fortunately the do not go bad often.
  10. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Yes. BMW's are known for their reliable electronics..... :rofl:rofl:rofl

    :deal
  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Yeah, and you are a well known BMW Hater because you had one with a few issues, so obviously ALL BMWs suck! :deal:norton
  12. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    I've only had two BMW bikes (and one car). I've had zero issues with electronics. Could you elaborate what experiences you've had with electronic gremlins on your BMWs?
  13. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    One of these days I'm going to buy you a pair of proper BMW Pom poms togo with your ensemble Jim. :lol3


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  14. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    I have personally owned way more BMW's than I can count since buying my first, a new R75/5 in '72. I have had a few minor issues along the way but never one dealing with either the electrics or the electronics.
  15. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Did the service department of your dealership ever replace any failed alternator rotors or diode boards?
  16. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    News? :ear
  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Saw this in DC yesterday!

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    Nice! This was my first opportunity to see one in person, and I am very impressed. Nicely finished, well integrated look. :deal
  18. bandytales

    bandytales n00b

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    What does :deal mean? Does it mean you are going to get one of these beasts?
  19. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No, I would if I could afford multiple new bikes, but I am going to get the GS next summer. I was just saying I thought it looked well built, finished and integrated.
  20. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Do they come with an integrated tow rope?

    (This was just to give Jim a tune up....:lol3)