The Official RT Thread

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

  1. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    +1. The OEM seats on BMWs always suck. I wonder if Bangle also designs these...? The only years the BMW seats didn't suck were the ones where they outsourced them to Corbin. My '90 K75SA had an OEM Corbin and it didn't suck.

    My RT has a Russell leather dual half-moon. It took 2000 miles to really break in, but now it's properly comfy. The only downside of a Russell is the looks. But then again it kinda fits the RT avant-garde-ugly style.

    Tank bag - I use the Touratech Flat tank bag. Love it! I've modified the rear strap to use a standard fastex 1" clip on nylon straps instead of their velcro fitting. This allows me to quickly unclip the bag and take it with me, or just loosen the front clips and fold it back for refueling. The velcro on the top has faded to gray, but otherwise it's been a great alternative to the OEM bag.

    FB
  2. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    Once the BMW tankbag plastic is junk , I'll get the plastic replaced . I really like the BMW tankbag . Fits great , a good size , and the quick connect mount is the best tankbag mount I've ever used . They all have good and bad points . YMMV :D
  3. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    Nice color . Congratulations .
  4. LeftCoastMan

    LeftCoastMan Been here awhile

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    Wait. That plastic can be replaced? I wonder if that's on your video. :evil
  5. LeftCoastMan

    LeftCoastMan Been here awhile

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    I think Chris Bangle is long gone from BMW. I'm still not a fan of the new 5 series.

    I had one BMW with a decent seat. A chromehead 1200C. I could ride that bike for hours without complaint. Though it didn't have a lot of spirit in the mountains, although it did have a boatload of torque. I miss the 1200C. I might have bought one if they were still making them.
  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Close, but not the same guy!:lol3

    Jim :brow
  7. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    I went with the BMW comfort seat over the stock. It (to me) is more comfortable and puts me closer to the ground. The BMW comm system replaced the SRC in my Schuberth and IMO is a far superior product.
  8. Deek

    Deek Deek / AdVentureMan

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    Agree on the tank bag; Touratech is great. I have a Sena and it works good, but I have not experience with the BMW.Schubert one.

    Don't agree the seat is that bad. I had mine rebuilt on the 2013, but never bothered on the other R1200RTs. Personal preference.
  9. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    agreed - sweet looking bike :thumb
  10. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Currently on Day 3 of owning an R1100RT. I like the bike so far.

    It does seem to be a bit heavy steering in the front, more than I expected it to be. Turning at low speed it feels a bit like a smaller bike does whose front tire is a bit underflated, resists a bit. At higher speeds it takes a pretty firm push to hold a line, but is very very stable. I've played with the tire pressures a bit and haven't noticed any difference.

    It isn't a big issue, but I want to make sure it isn't something that is wrong. My only other touring bike was a Concours 1000 and it had a similar feel except a bit less pronounced.
  11. bbjumper

    bbjumper Been here awhile

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    I have had my 00 RT for two and a half years (20k) and love the bike. I had a set of Pirelli Angels on it last and experienced similar issues, took a little coaxing to get her in the turn and then wanted to fall into it. Air pressure helps, run mine at 40/44. When I put on a set of PR3's steering was neutral and light. I haven't ridden a Concours but my experience is that the RT is lighter on it's feet than any other large bike I have ridden.

    Really don't know what more I would ask for in a long distance mount.

    Cheers:freaky
  12. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    There's more going on in the RT front end (telelever) causing there to be more overall front end weight, than most other bikes. The newer 1200's feel a little lighter, as they are lighter and ESA ll helps the feel some too at speed.
    Don't get me wrong, though, my '12 RT still feels more cumbersome moving around slowly than my Dyna, and the Dyna is heavier. tomp
  13. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Those pressures are a lot higher than those reccommended in the manual.

    Do most RT riders run the pressures high?
  14. Lil' Irv

    Lil' Irv Adventurer

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    I bought an '04 R1150RT last year after not having one in 7 years. All that time I had been riding a KTM 950 Adventure. Man 'o man did the RT feel heavy and ponderous. It also felt like I was sitting on the ground - kind of like moving from a 3/4 ton pickup truck to a sedan.

    Some of the heaviness went away as I got used to the RT again. When I removed the well worn Metzler Z6's and replaced them with the PR3's it really changed the bike. I run mine at 34/38.
  15. bbjumper

    bbjumper Been here awhile

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    I live in the PHX area and after complaining about very similar issues as you my mechanic recommended the increase in pressure. That's the same pressures that local law enforcement (Scottsdale PD and AZHP) uses on there RT's.

    It did help the handling and in addition it is supposed to help longevity by keeping temps down.

    Cheers
  16. JimVonBaden

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    It is pretty common to run pressures of 38-40/40-42. They do help lighten the feel. The proper tire also helps a lot!

    In the end, the R1100/1150RT is a bit of a truck in handling, but rock steady! If you really want sportier handling, aftermarket shocks are the answer. Higher preload in front and slightly less in rear really tightens up the ride and makes it (almost) flickable.

    Jim :brow
  17. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Flickability at speed is very much the same as the Concours, but much more confidence inspiring and stable.

    I will continue to play with the pressures to get my preferred settings.

    Its growing on my, after so many weeks on an 18 hp bike it is an adjustment.
  18. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    When I switched to PR3's a couple of sets ago, both a dealer and the tire specialist shop suggested running 40/42. I've keep them at this now and they run great and got just under 8k on the last set. Compare to the Metzler Z6 that were run at 36/38 and were toast at 5k.
  19. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    The higher pressure has been better. I did a nice little 80 mile ride last night and it handled much better.

    I don't think I am in love with the bike but it sure can cruise at 75-85 smoothly. I definitely need something to supplement it for short range riding.
  20. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Check out the new Yamaha FZ-09 due here in the Fall. 850cc triple, 115HP, 414lbs wet. Tom

    Here's a thread on the FZ:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=891652