BMW R850R RID Install?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by GmanVic, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. GmanVic

    GmanVic Been here awhile

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    Hey does anyone know how hard it is to install a RID (Rider's Information Display) on a 1996 R850R that didn't have it installed at the factory? I guess it would be too easy to be true that the various sensors (gear indicator, oil temp, fuel level) would be in place and it's just missing the LCD display device?

    (A friend of mine just bought a cherry R850R for his wife and I let slip that "it sure would be nice if it had the RID" - oops!):ear
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  2. hitmanh

    hitmanh Been here awhile

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    hmm, good question. Lift the tank and see if the socket is present. There are different part numbers for the main wiring loom between the GS and the R so the socket may not be present.
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  3. hitmanh

    hitmanh Been here awhile

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    Far as I can see, only the GS and RT came with a RID. Not sure if the R is fitted with a gear position indicator or a neutral only indicator switch.
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  4. GmanVic

    GmanVic Been here awhile

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    Thank you hitmanh!
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  5. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    It's not a cheap upgrade. I too thought, all you needed was the display. Wrong! You need the wiring too. Not too expensive, but more expensive than it should be. I'd hit eBay and hope for the best :deal
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  6. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I wouldn't add it even if you could. The information is not as legible as analog instruments and it'll probably fail anyway. The Germans aren't real handy with electrons.
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