The Official RT Thread

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

  1. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Swap the plugs -
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  2. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    The plugs only have 2500 miles on them. I'm thinking it may be the Hall effect unit working intermitently. I've been reading about heat from the engine making the wires brittle and opening up.
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  3. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I'd still try swapping the plugs with each other to see if one of them is bad -
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  4. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I was just looking at Max BMW's parts listings, and I noticed a cooling fan that mounts behind the oil cooler. Maybe for the RT P? Can this be added to a bike that didn't come with it? I sometimes sit in traffic and cringe as the oil temp rises.

    Also, I tried the bike this morning and it started fine. :becca Makes it near impossible to diagnose the problem.
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  5. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I don't see why you couldn't install a fan- could you post a link?

    Don't know what to tell you about the starting issue. If it continues to start well it might simply have been corrected by reseating/regrounding the spark plugs.
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  6. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Link to Max BMW. http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=51765&rnd=03192010

    In the Cooling section, click the "Fan and additional mounting parts" section.

    While removing the front cover from my moto, I noticed that there are tabs where it looks like a fan shroud may be mounted.

    I think I'm going to put everything back together and go for a ride for a while, but stay near home. I'm tempted to change the HES, coil, and wires simply because of the age of the bike. I would just hate to throw $300 worth of parts at it and still have problems.
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  7. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I don't see why that would not work- you might have to wire it up to operate manually though.

    Who knows? Maybe all of the bikes have the wiring in the fairing harness-
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  8. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    It is possible that the wiring is there. Sometimes they have one harness that would work every possible option, and just add the options that the original customer orders.

    If not, I would just have a switch on the bars or dash.
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  9. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Everything's back together, and went for a ride. Ran exceptionally well. Got home, shut it off, and it restarted, though it did crank a bit longer than I would have liked. I'm probably just being hyper-sensitive, though.

    You are probably right about reseating the wires Hondo. I ordered a coil, wires, and plugs from BeemerBoneyard and I'll do the fuel filter while the tank is off.
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  10. JADM

    JADM Adventurer

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    I have just arrived home from my longest ride so far (not a big deal by your standards) but it's another step forward for me. We did a week on the bike that went from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">San <st1:personName w:st="on">Jose</st1:personName></st1:City> to <st1:City w:st="on">Reno</st1:City> then out to <st1:City w:st="on">Carson City</st1:City>, then down to Minded And out to Yerington, and back around Lake Tahoe, to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Carson City</st1:City></st1:place> and back home. All told it was five days, 1000 miles (and a few rest stops for fire water and gambling) not a world record by any means, But I am working at expanding my abilities

    when I got back and I noticed that i have 12k Service around the cornerand probably a set of new tires at the same time. I went back and calculated the repair cost per mile for each mile i ride this bike and over the past year I average 87.5 cents per mile in repair costs (not counting gas or oil)

    I have an "RT"question for the group....

    do I have a lemon of an RT or is this just what it costs to run an RT..???:dhorse

    " am I throwing money at a dead hourse?


    don
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  11. Rad

    Rad Just me

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    Contrary to what most people think, you can operate a modern economy car for far less than you can a modern larger displacement motorcycle. BMW’s fall into this group with one big exception, if you do your own work on them, including tire changes, the cost per mile can drop dramatically.
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  12. Rad

    Rad Just me

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    Bonding with my new to me 03' RT
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    Why, you ask? Slipping clutch is the answer. Tranny seal/Slave cylinder leak tiz' the answer.
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    While I was in there I went ahead and replaced all 5 tranny seals and the slave cylinder
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    She be perfect now:clap
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  13. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Nice work!
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  14. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    Eighty seven cents per mile not counting gas and oil? I don't believe it. What in hell did you buy?

    87 cents per mile x 12,000 miles = $10440.00

    No fracking way!

    You don't need a new bike, you need a new calculator! :D
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  15. JADM

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  16. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    You'll save a ton of money doing the work yourself. It's not difficult at all. Check out the 'Wisdom' section at the bottom of the page for procedures, short cuts and specs. It's also a great way to learn the workings of your moto.

    For instance, your $700 24k service cost me $150. Beemer Boneyard has a kit already put together with all the filters, fluids, washers, o-rings, and gaskets that you'll need.

    Tires are normal wear items and can easily be spooned on and off with little difficulty. Shocks, too are wear items. Just bad timing it seems.

    The inmates here are always very helpful if you decide to give it a try.
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  17. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    No such thing. They either work or don't. Someone will call bullshit...but that's how they work.
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  18. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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  19. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I removed the tank yesterday and removed the coil and wires. Tested coil today and resistance is slightly high on the primary side and quite high on the secondary side. Fingers are crossed that this is the problem. Waiting for new to me coil from beemer boneyard.

    Also changed the fuel filter while the tank was off. It was almost full, naturally.
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  20. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Changed the coil and wires today. Test ride, ran good. Still doesn't want to restart after it sits about an hour. :baldy
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