The Official RT Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hondo, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    The idle is much smoother now, since it is right around 1100 rpm. It was about 900 rpm. I ended up adjusting the throttle cables but I still want to tinker with the brass screws. At idle the needle is even, but when you increase the throttle, the needle pulls to the right. Meaning that the right cylinder is pulling more vacuum. There is a write up in the wisdom section at the bottom of the page to explain the whole procedure. Also, sixth gear no longer shakes the bike like it did before.
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  2. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Can someone tell me the location of the headlamp fuse and/or relay? I know, under the seat, wiseguys. The headlamp failed to operate on the way home from work today, so I used the fog lights again. Please tell me where in the fuse box/relay block they might be found. And if someone's got a spare owners manual, I'd pay a fair price for one.
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  3. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    Maybe someone else has mentioned this or you are otherwise already aware of it but IIRC there is a coding plug that programs the ECU for various motors and octanes. This also affects surging.

    Here's a thread on that:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32933
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  4. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    So make me a recommendation on a wind screen.

    Mine only has one thing that I don't like about it. When it is up high enough to block the actual wind, the flow comes around and hits me in the back of the neck.

    I usually like it down but for cruising it would be nice to be able to actually hide. :lol3

    I am 5"10" and use a Corbin seat in the mid position if that makes any difference.

    Marc
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  5. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I believe that I've found out the cause of my headlight woes. After searching online a bit last night, I found on BMWsporttour.com (I think) an owner with the same problem. Turns out that the ground for the headlight bulbs is insufficient, heats up, causing resistance to increase, and eventually causes an open circuit. When I applied ground directly to the headlight bulb, it lit up. I'll post some photos tomorrow with my fix. The folks on the site mentioned above made it seem like a common problem, and BMW's solution was to replace the whole headlight assembly (same crap, not an improved design) with a $1000 price tag.
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  6. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I have the tall BMW touring shield installed, and when it is all the way up, the airflow hits me in the back of the helmet too.

    I may experiment with some home made laminar lips-
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  7. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    The effect you are experiencing is caused by a low-pressure area (vacuum) formed behind windshield. It's similar to the lift effect created by an airplane wing.

    The solution is to provide a vent of some kind - google 'naca vent wind screen' and do a little reading.

    Or you could read this thread:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41152
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  8. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Good info.

    But the R1150RT windscreens are already vented, though not using NACA vents.

    And it's not low pressure- it's a burble or "the bottom of a wake vortex" created by the windscreen (similar to the vortex that resides in the bed of a pickup truck at speed).

    The low pressure is actually created above the windscreen as the air moves over it's upper surface (Bernoulli's Principle).
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  9. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    One of the amber front turn signal lenses on my 2003 R1150RT cracked, so I went looking for a replacement online.

    After finding that a single lens was approx $25 from a BMW OEM supplier, I looked at A&S BMW and found these two lens replacement kits for only $35 -

    Clear replacements - http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=43700

    Smoke replacements - http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=43697

    Both kits come with 2 lenses and 2 amber bulbs.

    I bought the smoke lens kit.

    Here is what I received-

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    My cracked lens -

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    Installation was very easy.

    First, remove the mirror assemblies -

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    Then separate the 2 halves of the mirrors by removing these 3 Torx head screws-

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    Then remove the single screw holding the lens assy to the housing -

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    The lenses pop onto the lense holders with 4 small tabs- gently use a small flat blade screwdriver to remove the lenses.

    Before -

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    After -

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    Then assemble in the reverse sequence (replace the clear turn signal bulbs with the new amber bulbs).

    Here's a pic of the signal lit up -

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  10. hoagy

    hoagy Let's go already

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    So I recently bought a 1996 r1100rt. 79,000mi. Well I went to pass someone, downshifted to 4, grabbed some throttle, and she just revved up and didn't go any faster:(
    So what do u think? This is my first bmw. I am pretty handy with a wrench, where do I look? Should I just adjust something? Or just replace the clutch and pressure plate(or springs)?
    I am still waiting on my service manual to come in, the dealer had to order one.

    Hoagy
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  11. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Sounds like the clutch is slipping.

    Put it in 5th or 6th gear and load the engine at a lower RPM, like 2,500 - 3,000 RPM, and roll on the throttle.
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  12. hoagy

    hoagy Let's go already

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    I just tried this and she jsut grunted out no problem, no slipping. Just like normal.

    Hoagy
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  13. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Try it in a low gear too.

    Maybe you were in between gears?
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  14. mikeprod92211

    mikeprod92211 Desert Rat

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    Lomax,
    I have a 2003 1150 rt and had the same problem. I am 5ft 10, ride a stock seat with Alaska Leather butt pad.
    Replaced shorter windscreen with an 16 in version.
    Could not get the buffeting away from my helmet.
    Finally, got a Laminar lip and put it on the 16 in windshield. What a difference.
    I can adjust the windshield to have some air hit the helmet, or raise it all the way up, and have a wind-free pocket to ride in. Not even ear plugs.
    For my money, best $ spent.
    It forces the air from the top of the shield to curve further up over the head. Looks a bit homely, but I got used to the looks. Comfort wins!
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  15. longjt

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    I've seen the thread about how to mount your tires with straps that hold the beads together, but I'm wondering if anyone here has tried that with the 1200RT and the big rear tire? It would be cool to not have to drive to the local shop and pay $20/wheel for mounting. And balancing could be done with DynaBeads.
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  16. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    I just tried to mount a 200/50ZR17 on my Vulcan. Got the bead broken but could not get the bead over the rim with the tools I had. Need a 3 ft. tire iron for that radial tire, Metzler 210/50ZR17. Anyway, I then took it to the local automotive tire store and he did it for $10, off and on. Get the biggest tools you can find and try.
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  17. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    I have been bitten by BMW's legendary reliability. 1100RT quit on me in a driving rain 1.5 hours from home.......Classic Hall device failure.
    I have ordered the components to build the timing box and 2 hall switches.
    I will report back and I am using the Wisdom article to diagnose and repair.
    Thank you for the Wisdom article.
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  18. KneeDrachen

    KneeDrachen MORE COWBELL!!!

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    Afternoon All,

    Looking at a used 2000 RT-P and a 2003 1150 RT-P. The 2000 has 94k and change on it with a rebuilt driveshaft at 88k. The 1150 has 72k and has had no work done to it other than routine maintenance.

    Is there anything I should be looking for? I know the 1100 is due for a timing belt and the PO doesn't know of a previous spline lube in 32k miles of ownership according to PO but beyond that do either of these bikes have any issues that may need sorting and can be detected through an inspection?

    The 1100 is a previous CHP bike, no known origins of the 1150.

    Thanks in advance.
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  19. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    I've been thinking about a RT. One thing I am apprehensive about, is maint. I don't let people work on my bikes, partially cause I am cheap, partially cause its a hassle bringing it in, and getting ride back.

    I figure oil changes are probably easy. I understands they need valve adjustments. I am fairly mechanically inclined, if I got good instructions. Can I do this myself?

    I also hear you need to bring it in for ABS to be adjusted. How often? Can you buy the tools to do it yourself?

    What about electronic diagnosis, can I buy a scanner?

    How good are the BMW manuals?
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  20. cpallen

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