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R1100RT
04-27-2009, 12:58 AM
If a person was considering buying a used R1200 RT. What are the advantages of certain model years (2005-2008)?

I am in the process of idenitfying which year I will upgrade to in the upcoming year. I presently own a 1998 R1100 RT with 72,000 miles and think I would appreciate the R1200 RT's electronic cruise control and the non-intergrated ABS brakes. I was thinking that certain years didn't have the ability to easily drain the final drive fluids. I enjoy doing some of the maintenance myself, such as: valves, throttle sync, plugs, brake flush and other normal items. I have all my tires and brakes changed at my BMW dealer to allow an expert inspection of the final drive and other items each 10,000 miles. I ride an average of 15,000 miles each season in all types of weather. I will keep the 1998, as it needs to spin the mileage up to 200,000 before it finds rest. I have all the lights, Ohlins and Rick Mayer's seat to make it a good ride.

I have looked at other models and seem to always come back to the RT. I am 6'3' and 215# which allows me no challenges in the height or bike weight limitiations. I can't fit under some smaller bikes fairings. I like the 40-50 mpg and don't like to go under the 40 mpg level since I commute 400 miles per week.

alanrd
04-27-2009, 09:07 AM
I recently bought a 2007 RT.( from a 2000 R1100Rt). 2007 and newer was my choice since 2007 went to non servo assist brakes (like your 1100) , and added a final drive drain plug. I'm 6"4' and 240. I think RTs fit me.
Good Luck

nplenzick
04-27-2009, 10:23 AM
I recently bought a 2007 RT.( from a 2000 R1100Rt). 2007 and newer was my choice since 2007 went to non servo assist brakes (like your 1100) , and added a final drive drain plug. I'm 6"4' and 240. I think RTs fit me.
Good Luck

How did you add the drain plug?

roborider
04-27-2009, 02:44 PM
I agree that if you can get a good price, the 2007 is a nice ride. I have a 2005 RT and it has been great (OK, OK, it chewed a final drive under warranty but let's not go there!). My servo assisted power brakes are fantastic. You can stop the bike with a feather (wow, can I exaggerate!). But, I agree, even though the booster pump is wonderful, I won't be so excited if or when it fails.

BMW I believe added the final drive drain in 07 when they changed from "lifetime" lubricated final drives to a service interval. I may not have that 100% correct, but close.

So, if you are short on cash, an 05 is a great machine, but an 07 offers some advantages.

Finally, at your height, you may want to add a larger windscreen, highway pegs, and perhaps a custom seat.

Robo

alanrd
04-27-2009, 05:49 PM
How did you add the drain plug?
It was added on 2007 RTs by BMW.

indycar
04-27-2009, 06:20 PM
I have an '06. For me, the differences between the 1200RT model years are insignificant. The additional drain is nice, but nothing I personally would base my purchase decision on. Same goes for the power assist brakes. Some hate them, some love them. I fall into neither - I am used to them and I practice 'panic braking' and they work great for me. I don't find that they cross me up when I ride a bike without them, as just like changing cars, one makes certain adjustments.

Find the bike with the options and extras you like and you'll be happy!!

Good luck and please tell us how you made out.

dave

mpmarty
04-27-2009, 07:57 PM
For me the 2006 RT is perfect thank you. The "power" brakes are nowhere near as touchy as my 2004 RT was. The brakes are no longer "linked" and my foot brake operates only the rear brake. I have no worries about EWS rings as the 06 models seem to be immune to this disaster. I prefer to swing the final drive out to change my gear oil as then I can lube the splines also. I'll bet those with drain plugs never get that benefit.

Things I miss:
The horns were great on the 04 and I replaced the 06 with a Stebel air horn
The turn signals on the 04 would flash at tripple speed when you first mashed the lever and return to normal when released. The 06 lacks that benefit but I had the signal minder from Kisan on the 04 which is an un-necessary item on the 06. The axillary "driving / fog" lights on the 04 are missed but I put HID low beam on the 06 and mounted Hella ff50 driving lights on the engine protection bars and run them with a Kisan modulator. The modulator ate highbeam units on the 04 until the dealer replaced the third one and told me "no more modulator" or no more warranty.

My mileage is better on the 06 as I got 47 to 50 mpg on the 04 and I'm getting 52 to 56 mpg on the 06 with a bit over twelve thousand miles on it. I only bought it a year ago.

marchyman
04-27-2009, 08:12 PM
2007 and newer was my choice since 2007 went to non servo assist brakes (like your 1100) , and added a final drive drain plug.

The '05 and '06 models had a drain plug, too. It just wasn't on the bottom of the FD. No, it wasn't a fill plug.

// marc

nplenzick
04-29-2009, 12:00 AM
It was added on 2007 RTs by BMW.

I just bought a 07 and it does not have the bottom drain plug.

akbeemer
04-29-2009, 12:11 AM
The best year for the RT is hands down, unequivocally and without doubt Biarritz Blue.

R80RTJohnny
04-29-2009, 09:32 AM
The best year for the RT is hands down, unequivocally and without doubt Biarritz Blue.

Agree!