The Official RT Thread

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

  1. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    About the only advice I can offer is no matter what else you might do....
    DO NOT TEST RIDE AN R12RT
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  2. rous44

    rous44 Long timer

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    Three of us were planning a road trip last spring, so we all bought RTs. Unfortunately one of my friends died of a heart attack before we were scheduled to leave.
    I bought an '05, he bought an '09. So now I'm thinking of selling my '05
    (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=614934) and buying his '09 from his estate.
    What differences am I going to find between the two bikes?





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  3. ADK

    ADK ____

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    I'll bet that '09 is haunted!! :grim
  4. spanker

    spanker bada bing, capiche?

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    mirrors, mirrors, tell me about the mirrors. Where did you get them? I sprung for the BMW-overpriced units because I didn't find anything else out there........do tell.
  5. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    Well, these were really not much cheaper but proves that there are options out there.

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    I got them here:
    http://www.moto-science.com/product/bmw-f650xf800rf650gsf800gsr1200gs-alloy-mirrors-pair

    And had to visit a couple of hardware stores to assemble the parts to mount them to the RT's perch:

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    Henri may have put these together in a kit - the other BMW kit he sells doesn't work for the RT.

    This is what it looks like when it's done:

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    They are classy, high quality, very adjustable (clears my Z-Technic screen in any position, and don't vibrate. One of these days I may paint the stalks black but they don't look bad as they are. I tipped the stock mirrors out so I have a broader side view and I feel so much better having a clear view of my six.
  6. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    One thing that comes to mind...no noisy servo brakes on the '09. :)
  7. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    After a while, I stopped noticing the sound of the servos on my 04.
  8. ka5ysy

    ka5ysy Doug

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    Ghost Rider on an RT. Wow !:clap
  9. rous44

    rous44 Long timer

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    Let's hope.

    It would be good to have my best friend riding with me again.





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  10. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I wanted a dashboard for my 2003 R1150RT and decided to make my own instead of buying one.

    First I laid out the shape of the dash on cardboard -

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    Then I cut a few short lengths of steel for brackets, drilled mounting holes in them, then mounted the brackets to the fairing -

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    I then "eyeball marked" where I wanted the bend to be on the first bracket, squared it up in the vise and hammered it into the angle (took a few tries to get the angle correct) -

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    After I got the first bracket made I duplicated the angle for the 2nd one.

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    The brackets on the fairing -

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    I set the cardboard mockup on the brackets to do some more eyeball measurements -

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    I sat my Garmin 205 GPS on the mockup to see what angle would work best while seated -

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    I traced the cardboard template onto an aluminum sheet and cut out the dash. It took some time to file & smooth the edges.

    Then I then made an aluminum mount (bent in the vise) to velcro the GPS to. I cut a notch for the power cord -

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    The I removed the mounts, drilled holes to mount the dash to, and countersunk the holes in the dash (the screws need to be flush with the dash so that a smooth surface is available for velcro mounting). I also secured the GPS mount plate to the dash. All hardware is stainless steel-

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    Then I painted it flat black and added the velcro to mount the GPS and radar detector. I mounted the radar detector on the left side at first but decided to move it to the right due to the power cord location on the unit -
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    Then I had to hard wire the GPS and the radar detector.

    The Garmin 205 GPS requires a 5 volt power supply, and they normally achieve this by way of a small circuit inside the cigarette lighter power cord. So I ordered a cigarette lighter adapter cord off of eBay for $5.00 shipped (vs a "Hardwire cord" for $20) and used it.

    What I had to do was to remove the circuit from the cigarette lighter housing and waterproof it. I did this using a hot glue gun, and then I wrapped it all in electrical tape.

    The radar detector didn't have this requirement, though there was a resistor inside the cig lighter adapter (12v feed).

    I found this pin in this connector had a switched 12 volt supply available (I spliced into the lower right wire) that I used as my 12v power supply (it's a lighting circuit).

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    For those that don't know what "switched hot" is, that means that 12 volts will only be available when the key is in the ON position.

    here is a view of the dash with the units mounted, cables installed - I used rubber grommets to protect the cables) -

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    Here are a few pics of the completed project -

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    I also ordered a GlareStomper GPS shade to kill the glare on the Garmin.
  11. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    Hondo's dashboard - Very nice job!
  12. 1LIFE2LIVE

    1LIFE2LIVE Long timer

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    Very Nice - Well Done!

    :freaky
  13. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    One of the fuel disconnects failed and I went looking for a replacement.

    I found that a replacement from BMW was going to cost approx $25 for 1/2 of the coupling, so I looked around here for a better/cheaper source for the Quick Disconnects.

    After reading a thread here on metal disconnects, I decided to replace all four pieces with with replacements from McMaster/Carr.

    I also ordered 1 pkg of 100 orings - of the Viton material (best for gasoline) - so I can replace the orings each time I remove the fuel tank (at least yearly for brake fluid replacement).

    So here is what I bought from McMastrer/Carr -

    - 5012K672 Acetal Quick-Disconnect Coupling Socket, 1/4 Cplg, for 5/16" Tube ID, with Valve - 2 each $ 13.34

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#5012k672/=8pq0jt

    - 5012K712 Acetal Quick-Disconnect Coupling Plug, 1/4 Cplg, for 5/16" Tube ID, with Valve - 2 each $ 11.72

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#5012k712/=8pq0sx

    - 9464K16 VitonĀ® Fluoroelastomer O-Ring AS568A Dash Number 011, Packs of 100 (Same as 9464K342) $ 6.32 for a pkg of 100

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#9464k16/=8pq0x3

    My total was $31.38 + a few bucks shipping.

    Here are a few pics-

    The new parts -

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    A closeup of the new disconnects -

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    The old disconnects are black -

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    The new disconnects installed

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    I lubed up the orings with a light coat of vasaline to allow them to come together without any binding.

    Also, make sure that you use new fuel injection hose clamps (not typical hose clamps) - I bought 4 clamps at NAPA for a few bucks.
  14. The Dirty One

    The Dirty One Been here awhile

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    we just used some disconnects from motion pro to replace the broken ones on a customers bike. they seemed to work well also.
  15. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Nice job on the dash Hondo. I just got back from Central ADV Rally III and Finger Lakes BMW Rally without GPS. Lost power to the unit. I like your design, I may have to incorporate it to mine.
  16. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    What kind of mileage should I expect the clutch to
    last? While on vacation I experienced slipping in 6th
    gear. Bike has around 31000 miles.
  17. D-Mac

    D-Mac Been here awhile

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    They usually last a lot longer than that. If it's slipping, it likely doesn't have long through.
  18. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    I just received a shifter extension from Illium Works, and it's a really nice piece -

    http://www.iliumworks.com/Store_Detail.cfm?ID=220866&InfoID=5919&ShowLarge=True

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    They are sold by other dealers but those dealers charge more for shipping ($10) than Illium Works ($$6) so I bought it direct.


    I bought it because I found myself having to turn my leg in towards the shifter to shift. This extension will extend the stock shifter by 3/4".

    I'll post up a photo later today when I install it.
  19. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    My new bike came with the extensions on the brake and shifter levers. They are excellent! You'll love 'em.:clap
  20. jxmos

    jxmos RT_Rider

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    I bought a set of used Touratech crash bars for my 2005 R1200RT. Unfortunately,the seller neglected to remove the lower mounts from his bike...and sold the bike months before selling the bars. Of course things get more interesting...Touratech is redesigning this crash bar and does not have the lower mount in stock. The salesman said it may take months to receive them, if they recieve the earlier mounts at all.

    I know its an off the wall question, but would anyone happen to have a set of Touratech Crash Bar (lower mounts) for an R1200RT that could be reunited with a set of bars? The mounts appear in pictures 3 and 4 of the this document - http://www.touratech-usa.com/media/mUIwTG/09-047-0102-1.pdf :D