The Official RT Thread

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

  1. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    At 4000 miles I thought the Z8s were good.At 7000 miles I am not as happy.They are about done,and are starting to cup.The ) shape in the center of the tread is giving alot of bad feedback to the bars. YMMV. I am thinking about trying the PR3s next.
  2. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    I just picked mine up after a warranty repair for a new fuel pump,and I had the 6K service done.This bike runs better than it ever has.Very smooth.
  3. Kerfuffle

    Kerfuffle Mostly Harmless

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    2012, about 15k miles after I got done putting 900 on it.
  4. Firenailer

    Firenailer just passin' thru

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    Hey JB,

    Glad to hear that you're back up and running! Did they say why the pump might have crapped out? (And did you have any other indications that it was going before that morning?)

    Ride safe everyone, that sun is getting lower, and the deer are moving here in the NorthEast. The sun glare in the morning and early afternoon is becoming a real factor!
  5. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    It was thought to be the shitty gas that we now have,and it's going to get worse,that caused the pump to fail.I wonder if the fuel pump is made in China ????? I was told that StarTron would help.I wish they would keep the corn out of the gas.
    I really had no warning that the pump was failing.With a new fuel pump and a MaxBMW 6k service this bike is running great.
  6. Jim-Mer

    Jim-Mer Slowing Down

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    Guys, I've spent a lot of time lurking on the RideReports section here, and several other sites, and never see trip reports where an RT is the mount of choice. A bazillion KLR, V and Wee-Stroms, Harleys of every description, Ducatis, GS, and you name it, but never RTs. Of course, I've never published a ride report either so I guess I'm pointing the finger at myself too. But my RT is new so I get a temporary pass!

    Are there any ride reports out there where RTs have taken on the vast American landscape, or are we just quiet unassuming folks that keep our two wheeled adventures to ourselves? If y'all can point me to some that would be great. I want to see how other folks roll, how the RT does on mega-mile trips, what changes to RTs are advisable by those that rack up those big miles and smiles.

    I promise to learn how to post one, and take lotsa pics next time I travel. (Might be spring 2013, weather is closing in pretty soon and work is being a PITA).

    Jim
    Canton, OH
  7. peterb

    peterb Long Distance Adventurer

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    Jim - my RT is definitely my ride of choice, even tho I have had some difficulties, including what is now found to be a cracked transmission case around the output shaft - this discovered on tear down after my 3rd tranny seal failed.

    My last ride report as well as others if you dig... www.ppldma.com
  8. Firenailer

    Firenailer just passin' thru

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    Morning Everyone,

    Jim-Mer - I usually try the BMW specific websites. BMWMOA, BMW Luxury Touring, or BMW SportTouring have quite a few reports about trips and RT Touring. It's funny, I'm usually a farkling madman, but this new RT fits me just fine. The only things I've added (so far) are the Original BMW GripBuddies, above bar mirrors and an Alaska Butt Pad.

    I'm fooling around with adding an old Garmin Nuvi that I have using a Ram mount, but I haven't worked out the power source yet. ( I really didn't like the way the wires and adaptor worked plugging it into the dash socket.) Most of the time I use either my iphone or plug it in when I'm stopped somewhere to find directions if I need them.
  9. apexal

    apexal Been here awhile

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    This is a great forum if you have a BMW GS (GSpot) but not so great for RT riders. I think that the world is full of adventures whether it's on dirt or on pavement so it would be great if we had a RT Spot on here instead of being chucked into the generic Road Warrior section. But like Firenailer wrote, there's other great forums for RT riders. I'm pretty lucky to have both a GS and RT so I use several of the forums.
  10. Jim-Mer

    Jim-Mer Slowing Down

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    I've been looking at those sites as well but the RT specific stuff is pretty thin. I had a GS before this and I was in the GSpot on an ongoing basis, as well as scanning for GS based ride reports...and there are a LOT of them. And I agree, an adventure has nothing to do with what you ride, rather what you make of your journey.

    Firenailer, the only thing I've done to the RT is Clearwater lights added for conspicuity (I want people to see me coming!), and a Sargent seat to make it livable for long days. I bought this RT new and got in on the Nav4 promotion, so that helped. I already had a RKA tankbag that fit fine. I added a Sena bluetooth gizmo so I can hear tunes and turn instructions from the Nav4, but you are right, there is not much farkeling to do! Actually the RT is boring efficient, maybe that is why so few ride reports are showing up. I've never had a mile eater like this thing however, and am looking forward to long trips, and again I commit to developing ride reports wen I do! Now, if I could find a way to retire NOW instead of a few years from now that would be a lot easier!!! Unfortunately I got a few more things to pay for before I can do that.

    Jim
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  11. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    If you own an RT you're too busy riding to stop and write a whole lot, maybe?

    So far in 2012 I have ridden my RT from Charlotte to Key West and back, from Charlotte to Cabo and back, from Charlotte to Niagara Falls and back, and from Charlotte to Birmingham, AL and back.

    Various factors have kept me from doing a ride report on any of these trips.

    Next year. I keep saying "next year", I'll do a proper RR. I really admire those who take the time to put one together, no matter what they ride. You might also look at Sport-Touring.net. I find that few forums have many ride reports compared to ADV, and ADV is a GS/KLR type of place, so the math probably works out.
  12. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    I took my '08 GSA out to the WSBK races at Miller Motorsport Park in May. Picked up an '08 RT in July and looking forward to the same trip next year, but with Cruise Control and a bike that will run at 80mph ALL day. The only thing I'll miss about the GSA is the Jesse Bags. You can haul alot of stuff with room to spare. The RT you have to be a little more selective when packing for a trip.
  13. Cameleer

    Cameleer Worldcrzer

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    Hi everyone, I'm considering a throttle lock after my last trip on my 1150RT. Any feedback or recommendations out there?
    Thanks FR
  14. ka5ysy

    ka5ysy Doug

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    I have used Throttlemeister for years. Works great and looks good too.
  15. ka5ysy

    ka5ysy Doug

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    Am I missing something ? This is "The Official RT Thread" and AFIK, there is not a whole lot of discussion of GS's in here.


    Probably the most active RT specific forum is over here:

    http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=46
  16. Jim-Mer

    Jim-Mer Slowing Down

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    Doug, the LT forum is something I've never looked at, I assumed it was BMW LT specific instead of luxury touring. Thanks for pointing me to that one.

    Jim
  17. rdwalker

    rdwalker Long timer

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    I agree with Joey!

    For example, last weekend I did a little ride to see if the cappuccino in Gaspe, Quebec is still as good as I remember.

    A little 2.5k-mile ride on the 1150RT over a long weekend, stopped to take a few pics, but considered it not worthy of a Ride Report. Just having fun! Even in torrential downpours enroute.

    Cappuccino still good there, by the way.
  18. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    I just came across this thread so forgive me for asking a question that has probabley been covered. I have a 2011 RT and I was wondering if the second plug for each cylinder is inside the valve covers? Also is there a gasket that needs to be placed when valve covers are removed? Thanks
  19. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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  20. Shaun09

    Shaun09 Riding the Asphalt Ribbon

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    The secondary plug is under (below) the cylinder and the spark plugs may be changed without removing the valve covers. The valve covers do have gaskets, but many do not replace them and instead clean and reuse.