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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hondo, Apr 28, 2010.
Thanks for the info and the link.
I wish him well with that R1100 also. My cousin has one and loves it; although mine have been the newer models.
Another good forum is the RT secion of the BMW LT forum, HERE.
This is my first post on this forum. I have been posting on the Olds Cool page for awhile. I bought a used 03 RT going on 2 years ago and it came with the radio kit but no radio. I have kicked the idea back and forth about installing something but didnt want to lose the storage space, spend $$$ or finding out I didnt like it afterward.
I came across this video on Youtube and it sounded like a way to try the idea out. The waterproof FM receiver has an integrated amp and access for an MP3 plug in. Since my bike already has the antenna and speakers I think I am going to give this a try. I ordered the radio yesterday and have to design a way to mount it. May be a piece of junk but for $40 I will give it a listen.
I would also recommend the forums at bmwbmw.org as a source of RT info. BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington They are a fun and helpful group of folks just like here and the other forums that have been recommended. -John
That would work as long as it puts out anough volume. Price is nice. I tried something different, a J&M Inetgratr into which one can plug a satellite radio, GPS, cell phone, radar detecter, etc. I mounted mine on the handlbars with a RAM jury-rigged mount. It has an FM radio built in. Cost is a bit higher, but then it gives you much more flexiblity...for instance, I plugged in one of my MP3 players, which is the music source I liked most often. Now it's output is a J&M helmet plug....that ups the price a bit, so unless you want to pay for a super quality headset also, you're better off trying the less expensive option first!
I have attended the Square Route rally many times in the past. Nice ride down from NE Ohio!
Here is a link to the radio itself. Sounds too good to be true with the rated power.
Sorry Deek - just saw this... the NavIV is wired directly to the two connectors strapped to the frame of the bike - one is for power, the other for audio, I believe. Works great - powers up when the bike starts, powers down when I turn off the bike.
I have a Sony marine radio on my rt. useless unless playing while washing the bike
There are a lot of rural county roads in my area that I ride so I hope it will work out since I'm not always going to be blasting down the interstate. I have heard both sides of the story thats why I opted for the cheap way. I also ordered an inexpesive Sansa MP3 player. I could use it under the helmet if desired. Total investment under $70.
Last March I tore it down to check and lube the splines,removed the canister and bleed the ABS so a lot has to do with the winter blahs.
I assume that these will eventually start sucking air?
Answer: A little worse than that...clogging up the fuel filter, buggering up the pump and/or just losing pressure out of the pump to the injectors!
Ah the dreaded HES wiring, I have read alot about this. Seems like you take this as it comes or carry a new one just in case.
Answer : IMHO - Don't take it as it comes....it will stop you dead and leave you stranded (DAMHIK!)
Best thing to do is replace your HES assembly, repair the old wiring on it at your leisure and then sell it or keep it as a spare :) !
Thank you for the replies, I will get after these items before season starts.
Has there been any discussion on an oil/water cooled RT yet?
There is a bit on the BMWLT forum I believe, or maybe the BMWST forum.
I asked the owner of my local BMW dealer this exact question yesterday. He is actually expecting them to release a water cooled version of the RT this fall. Of course, this is just his gut feeling, nothing official. I think it would be a great bike. Also took a really good look at the GTL, nice.
My post earlier about the mini radio turned out to be a joke. Got the turner and the instruction sheet said it put out 2W per channel. Not the 50W advertised. The harness wasn't even close to looking like the picture.
Shark radio had the balls to tell me the sheet was wrong. After several communications they told me to keep it and and they would give me a full refund. When I see the statement I will believe it.
Glad I didn't take the fairing and instrument panel off before hand!
Thought I would update my problem. I was getting nowhere, so I stuck the tank back on and took it to the local BMW shop so they could hook the computer up. That did no good because the system would not read with servo running. The service tech unplugged the connection and worked the front and rear levers (all of which I had done 600 times) and the servo just stopped, and the thing started working fine. Took it for a nice ride and all systems performed perfectly. I had called Tyler at Module Master and was going to take the electric side off and send it to him. He thought it may be a bad diode or switch. If it screws up again, I will send it out to him. Bad thing is, they still haven't got a fix for the fluid side. So if thats goes bad, well you know $$.
Mwood, thanks for the video of the new motor, that is cool.
My servo stuck once On my 05 and it was the rear brake switch needing adjusted.
I owned an RT and put 35k miles on it in a few years. It was a great bike, ran well, handled good. At 6'2" it was just a bit cramped for me so I sold it and bought a new GSA. Overall I liked the GSA better than the RT, even for highway blasting. I put almost 50k miles in the GSA then made the mistake of buying a new Griso. Suddenly the boxer motor lost its charm and that burnt orange Stelvio was looking damn sexy too.
What the hell, ya only live once. I ordered the Stelvio, sold the GSA in September and took delivery of the Stelvio in mid December. If someone asks me my opinion, having owned several representatives of both brands I'm going with the Italians.