The Official RT Thread

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

  1. tbrown

    tbrown Quasi-Master of Time & Space

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    I used to do that but now I just downshift and use the front brake. My "conventional" bike is a '2000 Aprilia Mille R. Good engine braking and a slipper clutch. I only use the rear brake for holding it on hills while waiting for stop lights. :ricky
  2. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    So I think what my servo unit is doing has been solved.. No doubt many here already know. Under high speed braking or bumpy breaking, the brakes let go for just a split second. Yesterday it dawned on me that this is the time when normally, the abs would be kicking in as the front wheel is locking up. So I get a split second of pucker and then braking again. So....no matter...the abs unit is being ejected soon. But at least in my mind....I know why....I think.

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  3. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    I am with you on the downshifting. However ...given the relative fragility of the 1150rt clutch....I tend to baby it more than a typical wet clutch.

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  4. tbrown

    tbrown Quasi-Master of Time & Space

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    This was even more of an issue with 1100RT's It's less of an issue with 1200RT's. ...PROGRESS!

    I hate what happens when you pull up to the line at a red-light and there's a pothole or bumps from heavy trucks stopping hard. If you're not careful, you tend to glide out into traffic. ABS can be a wonderful thing...but not always.

    Point is, really watch the surface of the road when you're stopping so this doesn't happen...especially that last 3 feet or so of pavement. :eek1
  5. gremor

    gremor RS'er

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    Yes that is what happened to my 2000 RS.

    With the wife and I two up on it, in 4th or 5th gear, you would roll on the throttle only to see and hear the RPM rev and no acceleration.

    Thank God I purchased and extended warranty on the used bike and got it all covered!

    Add a pic of the mess!

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  6. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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  7. tbrown

    tbrown Quasi-Master of Time & Space

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    Clutch is not fragile, the 1100's and 1150s have this oil seal thing when it happens, oil drips onto the clutch and wrecks it. Downshifting doesn't matter for that.

    1150s are linked brakes. The foot pedal and the hand brake do exactly the same thing on those bikes. You can only use the pedal or only use the lever and the bike will stop using both brakes. On the 1200RT, the rear brake pedal is not linked, it's independent of the front. Only the lever is linked. I like that system better.

    Another thing better on a servo 1200 is that when you're pushing it around in the garage with the motor off, you don't have to squeeze on the brake for all it's worth to get it to work. These improved servo brakes are really good, maybe my favorites.

    BTW, our local club President lent me the keys to her brand new wet-head R1200RT. It has ALL the options on it. Nice bike with more power. The fly-by-wire throttle kind of reminds me of the brakes on an 1150...a little touchy. Man, you don't have to try very hard to get hard acceleration on that thing! Brakes are very good too but the lever was set on the "littlest hand" adjustment and definitely not for me. In spite of the supposed lower center of gravity and such, the thing felt kind of wide to me. I could get used to built-in GPS and a sound system with Sat radio, FM, AM, Bluetooth and iPod all built-in. It's a pretty nice layout. I think I like my Wilbers suspension better than the ESA. I couldn't get happy with any of the settings, but I only had a 10 minute ride or so.

    Happy to report that they didn't ruin it and I wouldn't mind having one of them. I like the looks a little better than the old ones too.
  8. TrailCruiser

    TrailCruiser Been here awhile

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    Just traded my RT for a GSW, good deal on all my now unused farkles HERE.
  9. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Congrats on the GSW and moving the farkles to deserving homes. tp dd50
  10. CHOPPASTYLE

    CHOPPASTYLE Been here awhile

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    Been trying to find one and it looks like twisted throttle is the only place that carries them. Estimated arrival date is May 30th b/c they're coming from Germany. Any other ideas? links?

    Choppastyle
  11. CHOPPASTYLE

    CHOPPASTYLE Been here awhile

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    mounting 2 rigid industry dually's
  12. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    It's been a while.

    Critical things have been done. Shitty footpegs are gone. Before selling me the bike, Ben said "those pegs are shitty, they need to be replaced". Alas, an inmate had some for sale for $35 shipped. Very nice Kurykans...or however it's spelled. Apparently the old owner(s) had long legs...so moved them back one hole.

    Indeed, shitty. Like 8 bucks from various places.

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    Bam!

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    Full extension!

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    Shitty before and shiny after.

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    I still have the shitty footpegs if anyone in the Denver metro is dying for them. Otherwise, they can be purchased from www.shittyfootpegs.com for 10 Rubels.
  13. MeterPig

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    hi there, I wasn't meaning to say it was fragile over all...just relatively fragile to a wet, oil bath clutch. I spent some time with the Portland contract mechanic when the 1150RT's were new on the scene for the PPD. Indeed, they fried many a clutch after living with the hulk like clutches from the KZ1000's. It's a car clutch and I get that. On my accord, it is going on 250k with gentle use. I expect 100k out of mine without abuse or more. With abuse...yeah, I give it less. Besides...it's a cruiser...there is no need to abuse it.

    To your point about the oil leaking, that is a pain and I expect it to happen at some point. Heck, the thing is 12 years old...so things are bound to happen. Thanks for the info!
  14. KLRscoob

    KLRscoob Been here awhile

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    What a proper R1200RT tire looks like after chasing sportbikes all day while riding two up! This is exactly why I love this Bike! Not many bikes could handle two up in comfort all day and then dice it up with the sportbikes in the twisties!
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  15. ka5ysy

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    What is fun is to pull a pass on a crotch rocket on a sport touring bike with the luggage on in 4th gear after listening to the crotch rocket shifting madly to find the sweet spot in the high end of the RPM without success . The look on their face is worth the price of the bike . Doing it two up is priceless ! God I love my RT ! :lol3
  16. roadboxer

    roadboxer Adventurer

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    Just curious, has anyone mounted any clearwater lights under the oil cooler on an 1100Rt? If so have pics?
  17. MotorcycleWriter

    MotorcycleWriter Long timer

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    Hey,

    Been pretty active over in the Airheads group while doing a partial resto on an '89R100GS. Now that it's mostly sorted out I'm going to be riding it during the hot months while I go over my '02R1150RT. Mostly I want to bleed the ABS brakes since it hasn't been done in a few years. Probably wouldn't hurt to lube the splines as well, but first things first. The bike has 28K miles on the odo and hasn't shown me any problems during the 10K I've put on it over last few years. Can anyone here direct me to a good online procedure for doing the brakes? I've got the funnel from Beemer Boneyard that someone recommended and a couple of manuals, but I'd like to look at a FAQ or a DIY as well, if there's one out there.:deal My mechanic skills are good and I'm not fearful of trying things, just short on time like the rest of you.
  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Try this: http://advwisdom.hogranch.com/Wisdom/service_abs3.pdf
  19. Cameleer

    Cameleer Worldcrzer

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    Hi to all, I installed auxiliary rear view mirrors on my '01 1150RT (mounted on the unused holes on the handlebar) but now they vibrate like crazy, especially the left one. Any ideas on how to dampen the vibration? (rubber or something?) thanks
  20. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    Sync the throttle bodies?