The Official RT Thread

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

  1. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    Hee hee, you and I obviously track the same forums! I was about to post the link when I saw yours!
  2. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    I've used the stock seats on my past two RTs, but decided (at at 66) that my ass deserved a nicer seat....so I ordered a seat rebuild from Rick Mayer.....that is supposed to be delivered in another 10 days or so. But generally, the RT's stock seat is better than any other stock seat I've ever had....the one on the Triger 800 is the WORST I've ever had, and was replaced within 2000 miles with a Corbin!:eek1
  3. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    Take a look at my posts at that link today......I have just about decided to do the same thing.....I thought the speakers on the RT were "adequate for my needs" so I could just use them, and get GPS BT audio to the Sena SMH10. First I'll give the "Sena to RT pairing" a try, but if there are problems, I'll just do as you did.

    Not to pollute this forum, as it's better covered on the BMW LT forum, but how is your NavIV connected to the RT? Wired connection?
  4. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    Heck, that's Midnight Blue, right? We did the same thing within days of each other! If not for the seat (mine is stock so far) I could claim your photos as mine!
  5. zenduddhist

    zenduddhist Been here awhile

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    Very nice! Congratulations!
  6. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    I replaced the stock WS on my 2000 1100RT with a Cee Bailey +3.5 inch Euro cut--with a slight flip up on the upper edge plus the extra height, it's made all the difference. At full extension, there is no more buffeting on the top of my helmet. I was concerned that it would be too tall, but it's not (I'm 5'11", 32 inseam). I did have to drill holes to accomodate the center posts in the WS mount brackets.
  7. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    Does anyone have any experience with the Hyperpro lowering spring kit? It's supposed to be a straight spring swap that should drop the bike 30mm.
  8. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    this thread and you lot are bloody bad news:D:D:D:D so much great info :1drink

    i took an 1150 out for a spin yesterday:wink:

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    now please explain to me how the feck im going to get one past the petticoat Government and into my garage :deal

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  9. ka5ysy

    ka5ysy Doug

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    Simple Three Step Process:

    1. It is better to ask forgiveness than permission.

    2. Quid pro quo

    3. Roses and chocolate when not expected tend to get forgiveness for most things. Or it can be used to get "Attaboy" point accruals. Just remember that one "OH S**T" uses up all accrued "Attaboy".


    PLAN B: (use in case the 3-step process fails)

    1. Obtain desired motorcycle, and a fancy multi-speed bicycle.

    2. Park motorcycle in a rental storage shed about a mile away from your house.

    3. Tell SO that you are going for a ride on your new bicycle. Ride around and end up at the motorcycle storage shed. Get on motorcycle and ride, then reverse process after some reasonable amount of time.

    NOTES ABOUT PLAN B:

    Be absolutely certain that your ride route does not intersect any location your SO might be in the family car. Getting discovered in this manner is really bad (Officially this is an "OH S**T" ) and will probably result in divorce. A neighbor of mine had this problem.

    Of course, he now has a 30 foot go-fast boat with 3 huge Mercury engines on it, and the nice "decorations" to go with it. Not too sure if this makes it a problem or a benefit. :huh
  10. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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  11. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    Genius :lol3:lol3:lol3

    its going to be a work in progress but i'll let you know if i survive :D:D:D
  12. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    My wife HATES riding on the back of my Buell. Sat on an RT for 15ish minutes and she is pretty sure that she will be more comfy on the back, so we bought it. 2008 with 32ishK miles.

    I am thinking that I will put on peg lowering brackets for her and I, plus I was planning on having the seats built up a little (I am 6'3" and Bon Bon is just short of 6').

    I really hope it works out better than the Buell, I was/am pretty bummed that we really did not ride together that much.
  13. Bikebits

    Bikebits Scramblin' man

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    Get the top box if you don't have one already. Besides providing the comfort of a back rest for your wife, it provides a place for her stuff. Women appreciate being able to bring all their stuff.............
  14. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    So this weekend I managed to toss about 210 miles on the bike. I wound up riding out to Napa, hitting up Bouchon bakery, riding out to Marshall for some Hog Island love, then down 1 to Pt. Reyes station, out Lucas Valley road to 101 home. On any of my previous bikes just getting to/from Bouchon would've been a day ender. On the RT I constant feeling of "where to next". I was comfortable, warm and my only gripes have to do with the Nav IV/Radio/BMW helmet com system being designed by crack addled simians. I wish I had purchased this bike instead of the 1198 a few years ago. Then I'd have a broken in RT:evil

    For the first time I made it to Yountville in time to watch the ballon launch. Figures Id left my camera at home :(
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  15. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    Ya, SchnickelBabe likes having the backrest, too.

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  16. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    Doesn't have to be a genuine $800 BMW top case either.I have used a Givi topbase rack and Givi top cases on several bikes,including a 2006 BMW R1200RT. Works just as good, and is lighter and much less expensive....and also has a nice backrest option.
  17. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    My givi was to big on my rt. I had a pelican camera case I mounted and found a backrest for iit on eBay
  18. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    There is currently a topcase on it, but am thinking I might take it off and do an accessory backrest, as that would give both of use more room. We'll see this summer. We are planning to go to every county courthouse in the state, so that should give a few miles to get things perfected.
  19. airstreamer1

    airstreamer1 n00b

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    I have been lurking here for about a month and so far I find this forum really cool!
    I picked up a R1100RT (2000) last month after doing enough research to figure out that I wanted an RT bike. It came with PIAA lights, hyper lights, tank bag, GIVI top case, sargent seat. I had a college professor that turned me on to RT bikes, and at the time he had a 1980 R100RT with a '47 Hollandia side car rig. I have wanted an RT bike ever since.
    So the new to me bike has been dealer serviced every 6000 miles since new and now has 74K on it. Everything works and it rides perfectly (will need tires before long though),
    My question to the experts is what failings should I expect in the next 25K miles? I have noticed that there is spline problems, FD problems, tranny dog problems etc... but all of these issues seem to be with the 1150's.
    I am super excited to put miles on this bike come fair weather and I would like to be able to "predict" whats ahead.

    Also as I gear up for spring, I would like to know your list of must haves for tools, spare parts etc that you carry with you at all times (Iam surprised this subject is not an ongoing thread here)?
  20. philbytx

    philbytx Friendly curmudgeon

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    Ok. Here's the most "common" issues on Oilheads of your vintage. Unless already replaced of course!!
    Replace Interior FI hoses in the tank plus exterior hoses. Interior hoses subject to hardening/splitting. Also R&R Fuel filter, pump damper and O'rings while you are there. About $100 for everything
    Replace flexible brake lines. Replace with Spiegler, Galfer or similar, around $400.

    Sudden HES (wiring!) failure (brittle and covering cracked/gone!), generally when water hits the unit. New unit around $200 (or, if you are handy and have time, R&R the wiring only)
    Starter issues (you think your battery is going). Valeo Starter magnet(s) detaching. Replacement about $200.

    Then you COULD get into "should I be spline lubing", yadda, yadda. If your bike changes gear OK don't worry.
    And don't worry about your FD, just check for 3-9 and 6-12 oclock movement on your rear wheel. Could be swing arm bearings though!) Plenty of info around on that. If no movement, just change gearbox and FD oil at 6k miles and check for metal bits :) !

    You can also try www.bmwst.com for RT stuff...TONS of info for you on maintenance etc.


    Enjoy your bike.......