The Official RT Thread

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

  1. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Put one of those on a few weeks ago. Huge improvement. :wink:

    I had developed a painfull bruise on my leg, I'd bang it against the intake bulge with my inside shin bone when digging for the shifter. Not good.

    All better now. :D
  2. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Here are a few comparison shots I took this afternoon -

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  3. bootzilla

    bootzilla Blah Blah, Woof Woof

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    I scored a sport suspension Paralever torque arm (this particular one was from a boxer cup bike, but the GS torque arms are the same length), and had a chance to throw it on the bike last week. This is an interesting mod...

    Here is a comparison of the two bars - stock RT bar on the left, 365mm bar on the right:
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    The initial reaction - the bike definitely sits higher in the rear...and is a lot easier to get up on the center stand:
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    It is also going to affect the side-stand a little...It isn't a problem in the garage, and I don't anticipate it will be a problem anywhere else, but I suppose I could always add some sort of extension if necessary.

    The idea here is that the shorter bar raises the rear end and makes turn-in quicker, making the bike feel more sporty. Does it? Well, I have the luxury of living about a mile from a twisty mountain road, and the verdict is still out after a couple of runs up the mountain, but my initial opinion is pretty good - turn in feels a bit quicker, and especially transitions from one side to another in esses - it rotates more easily. I need to get my Ohlins rebuilt and set up for my weight and the new ride height - and I think overall it will feel pretty spry.

    It certainly doesn't turn the RT into an R12S, but I think it is a worthwhile addition, as long as you don't pay a bunch for the bar. I'll have a much better opinion once I have the rest of the suspension sorted - I might even switch back and forth to see what bar feels better, but I'm almost certain the shorter one will get the nod.
  4. bootzilla

    bootzilla Blah Blah, Woof Woof

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    That extension looks great Hondo - I bet it works great for long rides - I always find that the shifter sits on the knuckle of my big toe - which wears on you after 4 or 5 hours. And heck - for $20, I don't see how you can go wrong - I might have to try one of these out.

    And in a perfect tie-in to my post above, looks like Illumiworks has an easy bolt-on side stand extension that would work great with my new Paralever bar - thanks for the link!
  5. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Yep, they have a lot of goodies there.

    They shipped my shift lever extension out the same day that I ordered it - :thumbup
  6. GB

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    Moved to Road Warriors.
  7. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Anyone running a 180/55/r17 on the rear instead of the 170/60/r17? My current rear tire is badly cupped, and I have a tire from a previous bike with a thousand or so miles remaining, though it's a bit wider. Thoughts?
  8. wmrra69

    wmrra69 WMRRA Race Director

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    Mine 2004 used came with a 180/55-17 instead of the stock 170/55-17.

    Was told that I'm gonna have to remove the muffler to get it off wheras the 170 doesn't require it.

    Gonna go back to the stock 170 shortly.
  9. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I'll check that, thanks. I only had the swingarm in mind and it seems like there is enough clearance for the wider tire on that side. I forgot about the exhaust side.
  10. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    It's time to start thinking about replacing my tires. (See above) Who's running what, how are they working for you, what would you never run again, even if they were given to you?

    The bike came with Pilot Roads, and I've put about 8,000 miles on them so far, with some tread left. They're badly cupped from being under inflated and over loaded. On my short list so far are Pilot Road 2, Road Smart's, and something from Metzler, the name of which escapes me. Maybe Avon Storms again. I'm open to recomendations, so let's hear it. Hopefully this won't turn into an oil thread, though. :lol3
  11. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    I took Metz off and put on Conti. Road Attacks. The RT never handled so good. Hope they last.
  12. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Forgot about them. Noted.
  13. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    This is what the Bridgestone on the front of my R1150RT looked like after I flogged it mercelissly-

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    I changed it in a parking lot (in the middle of a big ADV group ride) - replaced with a new Pilot Road.

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    Great tire!
  14. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    I have the Pilot Road and like it a lot.
  15. wmrra69

    wmrra69 WMRRA Race Director

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    I'm currently running Conti Motions.

    Happy with the ride. :ricky

    LOVE the price.:raabia
  16. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Did you install the Road 2?
  17. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Not familiar with that one.

    Lots of votes for Conti's so far.
  18. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I like 'em too. 8000 miles so far with tread decent tread left. And they handle well too.
  19. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    I'm very satisfied with my Pirelli Angel STs.

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  20. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    What zorst is that Xtrooper?