The Official RT Thread

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

  1. Shaun09

    Shaun09 Riding the Asphalt Ribbon

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    These are the highest output H7 bulbs available, 65 watts from Osram: http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html. The only way to get more lumens is with HID (and that's not recommended by the lighting experts due to the forward glare from an uncontrolled beam).

    LEDs aren't available for an effective bulb replacement that I'm aware of and would suffer similar beam focus and glare problems as HID.

    Google is your friend for amber LED wedge bulbs: www.google.com/search?q=amber+LED+wedge+bulb

    Cheers!
  2. Skred

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    "amber LED wedge bulbs"

    Is there a specific type of connector or bulb type, such as BNC or screw in, that I am looking for?
  3. Shaun09

    Shaun09 Riding the Asphalt Ribbon

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    Bulb types 194, 168 (and I believe T10) all use the same base connection. It's quite common (hence, "wedge" bulb).

    LEDs generate a lot of heat and may not be appropriate for some enclosures.

    After going through a pair of inexpensive amber LED wedge bulbs from Autozone, I got a pair of these from PIAA: http://www.piaa.com/store/p/179-168-Wedge-XTreme-White-Plus-Twin-Pack-Halogen-Bulbs.aspx.

    There are similar products that may cost less: http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/194-led-bulb-1-led-wedge-base/197/. This last one allows you to select a color and beam angle (wider may be better for conspicuity).

    Cheers!
  4. Budman

    Budman Been here awhile

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    Had PR3's put on my bike July 2nd. Ran over something yesterday and got a chance to use my Stop and Go tire plugger.

    Are you guys aware that there are no B rated PR3's anywhere. Nationwide back order on them. They will not be available till at least the 24th of August according to my dealer and a couple of online places.

    So I put a B rated PR2 on the back. It drove ok on the 50 miles I put on it this afternoon. Im not wild about putting different tires on fron and back but didnt have much choice if wanted to ride.

    Any thoughts about this combo?

    Bud
  5. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Not a tire expert, but from what I've read, the difference between 2's and 3's is the wet road traction improvement with the change in the tread design. Hope you get great life and control from the combo.
  6. doggrell3000

    doggrell3000 Been here awhile

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    dear forum

    i am getting a little impatient waiting for the release of the 2014 bmw r1200rt lc motorcycle . i know bmw wants my $20,000 but all i see from them are those awful pics of the demo bikes covered with swirly decals . please if anybody knows when the press ( or us mere buyers ) can see this bike let me know . the 2014 bmw r1200rt lc will be the epitome of motorcycle design and luxury touring . what is the release date ? thanks .

    doggrell3000
  7. ka5ysy

    ka5ysy Doug

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    They could tell you, but then they would have to kill you. Or make you ride around the world until the official release day party. :huh

    Patience. As my wife tells me all the time !:lol3
  8. longjt

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    I used them for about 40k miles and found them nice but the front wore out sooner than the back on every pair. Also they didn't like tar snakes, at least the Utah variety. I've switched to pr3s and couldn't be happier. No more tar snake squiggles and the front and back wear out with the same mileage, about 12k. Mind you I am not talking about Roadsmart 2s.
  9. bbjumper

    bbjumper Been here awhile

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    Ditto on the PR3's, great in the wet too. I have 8k on mine and it looks like 12 -14 is definitely doable.

    Cheers
  10. k12lts

    k12lts Been here awhile

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    I put a new set of Z8 tires on my 1200RT before the trip to the MOA rally in Oregon. After about 5700 miles they look like they still have over 50% tread. I expect to get 10-11,000 from them.

    I run 36-38 front and 42 rear,
  11. xit109

    xit109 Been here awhile

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    Can't believe I have been around here for a couple of years and just found this thread.:baldy I just finished reading all 93 pages of RT devotees. I have an '04 1150RT that I picked up 2.5 years ago. It had 6K on the odo when I bought it. I absolutely love it. I have put some money into toys as well as maintenance. Considering what I paid for the bike I'm not complaining. I have been learning from guys on here as well as a couple of the other sites mentioned. Just picked up some of JVB Prod discs and look to learn a lot more about my bike. I'm coming up on the next big maintenance at 24K and hope to feel comfortable by then. In the interim, thanks for all the info you guys have shared. I pick up something new all the time. I do have one question for you guys, I've been running Metzlers since I picked the bike up and have been happy. It looks like the majority on here have been using PR3's. Anyone have suggestion as to either or why? I mostly commute. Have about 12K on the current set of tires. I probably have 1-2K more before replacing them. Just looking for additional feedback. Thanks for everything! :clap
  12. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Just found this thread also and am in same boat (bike) as you.
    Bought 02 RT 3.5 years ago and it had ME888s on it. Made the mistake of buying same on frt. when it wore out. Don't get me wrong, its a good tire but when the back needed replacing I caught a deal on the PR2s. Man what a character change. The bike felt sooo much more nimble in the turns, and again when I changed the frt to the PR2 it improved again.
    For a change this time I am trying a Shinko on the rear, at a savings of over a third the $ of the PR2 I had to see if the PR2 is THAT much better... only 300 on the Shinko so I don't know yet.
  13. xit109

    xit109 Been here awhile

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    Cool. Thanks for the info. I had not looked at the Shinko at all. I'll check them out. I'm looking for best mileage most likely as I do not get to the twisties often enough. For the times I do I'm not really aggressive to make it the reason to purchase a shorter life tire.
  14. NonDairyCreamer

    NonDairyCreamer incomprehensible

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    Can someone tell me how often the transmission input and output splines need to be inspected and or lubed? And how long does this take? For a 2010 to 2013 model.

    Thanks
  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Never, it is not on the service schedule.:deal

    IF you feel like doing it, schedule a whole weekend the first time. I can do it (clutch change) in about a day.

    Jim :brow
  16. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    http://bmwdean.com/r68-article.htm

    A great article on the 1952 R68. 600cc's of sport bike fun over a half century ago. No GPS, no ESA II, no plastics, or hard bags. Just a 100MPH fun bike.
    Would love to have one of these...

    Enjoy the read, I did... tomp dd50
  17. rogueriderer

    rogueriderer LOL at Seriousness

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    I posted a thread about Highway pegs on an RT a few days back. I read this whole thread and didn't see much on the hwy pegs for a '13 RT. Any of you guys have opinions on the ilium vs. the wunderlich bars and pegs? Thanks much. :wink:
  18. oldspice1972

    oldspice1972 Been here awhile

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    I installed a set of the Ilium pegs a while back on my '12 and they are fantastic. Probably the single most useful farkle I've installed.

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  19. rogueriderer

    rogueriderer LOL at Seriousness

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    Looks like a couple of bolts hold them in place. Is that all there is to it? Or are you drilling and tapping some holes throught the metall down there?
  20. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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