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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    Maybe run 1/2 can of Seafoam through the fuel system to remove any garbage -
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  2. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Replaced the hall effect unit this afternoon and the bike still will not start. Only sparks intermittently.
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  3. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    What year? Let me know and I'll see if I can help a little...
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  4. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Rode to work about a week and a half ago. No problems. Tried to start after work and it cranked and cranked. Finally started, got it home and it would not restart. Tested it out and found very weak spark. Tested the coil and the primary side showed higher resistance than it should have. Replaced coil, plugs and wires while it was apart. Also replaced the fuel filter while the tank was off. It started after doing this work, though not as easily as it should have, IMHO. Test rode, ran very well. Tried to restart at home to no avail. Okay, sounds like hall effect going bad. Replaced hall effect. Still won't start easily, but finally does start. Looking back, it seems that each time it would start was after I would put it on the charger. The battery isn't long for the world after all the cranking and charging it's done so I have a new one on order.
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  5. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    Before you start it, check the voltage at the battery. Then start it, and check the voltage at the battery again. Do you notice the abs lights glowing? Are you getting any abs faults?
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  6. (none)

    (none) poser

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  7. McNeal

    McNeal Long timer

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    I spotted a 2004 R1150RT on a dealers web site and was thinking about taking a look at in person.

    The price seems a little high as they're asking $9800. I've seen several other 2004 RT's in Cycle Trader for $8000 which seems a little more reasonable. The only reason I can see for such a high price is that the bike has really low mileage for an RT, it's only 10k miles.

    I've got a question to those with knowledge about RT's of this vintage. Are there items to watch out for from on this model year? Is there any reason to be concerned about such low mileage? I've known cars that were nothing but trouble after they sat for some time because seals started to crack. I don't know if this bike was ridden 10k in the first year and then sat in a garage or was ridden less then 2k each year.
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  8. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    That's pretty spendy on an '04. You're right to be a little concerned; who knows how the bike was ridden? FWIW, '04 was technically the last year of the 1150 (you might find an ultra rare '05) and was the zenith of that model. Some people don't like the servo brake system...I love it personally. My '04 has been perfect and is approaching what I'd consider avg. mileage at almost 70.

    $9800 for a bone stock '04 seems way high as you'll want to do some stuff to it to make it better FOR YOU. Saddles, deep lids, XM, GPS...Windscreens...etc. Many used bikes will get you this stuff.

    Shout out with any specific questions or concerns!
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  9. McNeal

    McNeal Long timer

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    The bike has a Sergeant seat, MotoLites, HyperLites, Remus exhaust, BMW top case according to the add.

    I'm still thinking $8k with that stuff seems more in line with other '04 model RTs that are listed around the country. I'll know more once I take an actual peek at the bike in person. I'm trying to get a feel for that model year in general.
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  10. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    No ABS light, just the flashing brake failure light that goes off at 4 or 5 mph. I'll have to wait till I get home from work to test voltage at the battery. I have had to keep it on the charger while working on it due to the repeated cranking. I'm certain that it's not long for this earth.
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  11. malott442

    malott442 Loud, yet refreshing

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    Hey everyone, just introducing myself as a soon to be new-to-me RT owner. Trading my r1200st for a 96 r1100rt....


    It has 110k miles on it,
    K1200rs rear rim (17")
    dual spark heads


    I had one quick question: Will the K1200rs front rim fit?

    I'm hoping through vigilant maintenance and a hard head I can break 200k on this bike.

    Rear diff shows no play, but I will def. consider buying a spare just so.
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  12. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    The telltale sign for a low voltage situation tends to be an abs fault. Go ahead and check it regardless.

    So, just so I'm sure:
    • Valves in spec
    • Throttle bodies synched
    • Cables are riding in on the cams and the sleeves
    • Compression is acceptable
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  13. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    All that has been done. The problem is intermittent spark. When it does run, it runs very well. The problem is getting it to start and start when it 's hot.
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  14. jbull

    jbull jbull

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    Just checking in - one more RT owner glad to see a forum on Advrider to add to the list of things that keeps me from being productive at work.

    The first ride report I ever read was sent to me by an inmate. I cant remember the title, but it was written by a guy from Nebraska riding a R1100RT to Alaska - been hooked on Advrider ever since.

    thanks for starting the thread

    Jeff
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  15. Sox Fan

    Sox Fan SoxFan

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    Here's my RT - bought new in 2007. Has 28,000 miles on it - love the blue color. :D

    Attached Files:

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  16. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    Sorry, I hadn't read the whole thread and you probably posted it.

    I'm familiar with the early 259's and the '04's...by any chance is it a twin spark OR does it have the stick coil/sender arrangement? I'm just fishing a little as stick coils are a continuing issue...

    If it's not, that's an issue that I haven't encountered before. I think you said you've done wires..????
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  17. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    It's a single spark 2003 1150. I have read about the stick coil issues though.

    As of yesterday, I picked up new battery, installed it and it was in worse shape than the battery it is replacing. After initial charge of 2 hours or so, it would not turn the starter, even when the charger was still connected. With volt meter in place, voltage dropped to 4.5 volts when starter button was pressed. :bluduh Probably won't have another until Tuesday or Wednesday. :bluduh Another weekend without a motorbike.

    And Monday afternoon I get to remove the rear drive and replace the bearings. :bluduh While the bike was on the center stand I checked for play and noticed a bit of side to side and up and down movement.

    It seems I am getting the complete BMW experience. :lol3
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  18. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    Looks great! That blue is one of the best colors BMW came out with in my book.
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  19. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    Arrrrrrggggghhh! That happens...If your starter is turning slower, it might be going...it's common. So does the '03 have a stick coil, is it the earlier (and seemingly more reliable) conventional coil set up? If it IS a stick coil arrangement, I'm betting that's the issue. Again, if it's not...that's a new one on me.
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  20. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Regular type of coil. The primary side
    was showing higher resistance than called for. Not
    much, but maybe enough.