The Official RT Thread

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

  1. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    Hopefully this is not old news. But I found on the used 2008 RT I picked up last year, if you look back under the luggage rack at the rear socket, the opposite side is set up for a socket as well. Even the bodywork has a molded in recess for the additional socket. I plan on ordering 3 sockets from Powerlet and running all of them to a Blue Seal power panel. Will make it easier to hook up the Battery Tender during the winter.
  2. Yukon Ho!

    Yukon Ho! We can go ANYWHERE!

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    73 degrees and sunny here in Seattle. My 2011 (with 4,432 miles) failed to self-test, no ABS and ASC warning lights, neutral no sidestand -- would not start. Friend is master BMW tech, tried many things. 911GS showed no error codes at all. Another local guru guessed (correctly) the bike had been in sun for a couple hours, and that I regularly use the killswitch to stop the motor. Said very likely bad killswitch. Tried my friend's 2012 R1200GS behavior with killswitch engaged, identical behavior (no ABS & ASC lights as usual, no startie of course.) Getting mine out of sun, cooling it down did not help.

    To be eligible for warranty repair, dealer's computer must send diagnostic info direct from my bike to germany. So next Tues morning the bike will be towed to dealer. For a new killswitch. Wow.

    Advice is to a) never use the killswitch, use only key to stop motor, and b) when you stop in sunshine for a while, put a hat or something over the switchgear to keep it cool. Wow. Just, wow.
  3. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    One word for that, "Ridiculous". $20+K for a bike that won't start when in the sun a while is Ridiculous. I have a '12 and I believe it has the same switchgear set up. I normally use the key to shut off the engine, but thanks for the heads up. Been told that your condition was possible, and sadly, you confirmed it. tomp dd50
  4. roadstar

    roadstar Been here awhile

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    I think it was just a problem with the switch & not sun related. My 2010 sits in the sun all day at work & it starts everytime. Yes i turn the bike off all the time with the switch & then turn the key off. Next i`ll be hearing that you must use some sun tan lotion on the speedo cluster so your dials don`t burn. :lol3

    Yes i am sorry for your troubles
  5. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    FWIW, this problem has been discussed on other BMW specific forums, and normally it has been associated with sitting in hot sunshine. That's why the post caught my attention. Looks like a hit or miss kind of problem with the RT's...tomp
  6. roadstar

    roadstar Been here awhile

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    Recieved my BMW ON & Ironbutt mags on the same day , how cool is that. :clap
  7. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    On the Twin Cam engine have the valve adjustment checked before your 12k trip , then checked again when you get back home . According to the BMW wrenches that I've talked with , the Twin Cam engines valve adjustments are very stable , unlike earlier engines . YMMV
  8. roadstar

    roadstar Been here awhile

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    Maybe I should buy an airhead ? I don't want to pack a box full of shims on a major tour


    If your worried i`d go with a 05-09 , & if you really like an RT , go for a used police bike. :evil
  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Really it is a non-issue. The Camhead tends to stay in spec for quite some time. To be honest, even a bit out of spec is not going to hurt anything.

    I did a 7300 MILE TRIP IN 08 ON AN 05 r1200gs. I not only did not change the oil or adjust the valves, I waited until 10K miles to do either. The valves were in spec anyhow. In general, the oilhead and hexheads also stay in spec after 24-30K miles.

    Jim :brow
  10. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    On my '11 RT camhead, I've had the valves checked at 600 miles, 5,800 miles, 12,600 miles and 15,700 miles. So far no adjustments / shims needed. Next check will be between 23K and 24k miles...
  11. HeliMark

    HeliMark Adventurer

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    Add to the valves being pretty stable, my 2012 RT has 30K on it now and the valves have never been out of spec. I did change one to center it a little more, but it was still in spec, and would still be. Just did it to make it match the others.

    Mark
  12. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    05 rt. 50000 miles never needed adjusted yet
  13. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Yesterday, I installed a new set of upper windshield arms. When I picked up the bike, the arms were either broke already or they broke on the trailer ride home. I tried. to order a replacement set, but the dealer forgot to order, which turned out good for me. Googling around, it turns out the stock units are prone to breakage and there is a nicer replacement available.

    Installed them and adjusted my windscreen this morning and again this afternoon on my commute. Wow, I can have my helmet faceshield completely open and almost no buffeting hits my face.

    Nice, nice, nice.
  14. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Add a Laminar Lip to the screen and even that buffeting will be gone. The lip also allows for a greater variance of how the wind hits you throughout the screens different positions. I've found a movement of 1/4 to 1/2" can make a big difference with the lip installed... tomp
    No I don't work for Leo, but have used his product successfully on around eight different bikes...
  15. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    That's terrible. I hope they get your switch replaced ASAP and under warranty.

    I NEVER use the kill switch for anything. I stop my engine when I "park" by lowering the side stand while in gear. If the engine stops making noise, I'm pretty sure the side stand is down. I am pretty concerned with those "gas station" or "garage" drops I've seen or heard of here......figure it's best to verify the side stand is down with a quick tap of the toe after the engine quits.

    I like the idea of the hat over the ignition switch, but where do you put the Tyrolean hat when you're not parked?:D
  16. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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  17. LeftCoastMan

    LeftCoastMan Been here awhile

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    I purchased a very low mileage 2011 RT with all the bells and whistles.

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    Put on a few hundred miles. Still hate the seat, but my butt will learn. Thinking about a tank bag. Getting the BMW Comm system for my Schuberth helmet.
  18. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    The seat will always suck, the BMW comm is awful a sena smh 10 is better and cheaper. When my BMW tank bag yellowed (1 yr) I bought a touratech and liked it better, almost 200$ cheaper. Nice looking scooter.
  19. LeftCoastMan

    LeftCoastMan Been here awhile

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    I think the seat comfort is dependent on so many issues. And I just don't like the Harley shaped seats that everyone wants. They're not good for the twisties.

    As for the BMW Comm, it works better with BMW's bluetooth, you get to use the thumb controller to change volume and channels, and it fits cleanly into a Schuberth C3 Pro helmet.

    Can you point me to the Touratech tank bags? The nice one is about the same price as the BMW version. And I hate that yellowing plastic. You'd think they have that figured out.
  20. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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