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R1100RT
06-02-2009, 01:48 AM
I am considering purchasing a used R1200 RT. What are the differences between the 2005, 2006 or 2007 R1200 RTs?

Color will not be a primary decision maker. Just wondering if any one of these model years has an advantage over the others. I currently own a 1998 R 1100RT and have taken a demo ride on the newer model. So I understand the changes that where made from the 1100 series.

Thanks for your opinions and information.

marchyman
06-02-2009, 02:01 AM
What's your opinion about iABS vs iABS II (the first has the electro-assist servos)? That's likely the biggest difference. '07 has newer ABS.

tbryant
06-02-2009, 03:25 AM
I have put many, many trouble free miles on my 06 RT but I would recommend the '07 due to the servo brakes going away. I haven't had any issues in 68k but I know that someday there is likely an expensive repair coming. Plus, if I'm not mistaken, '07 re-introduced Biarritz Blue...yummy!

Terry

greenwald
06-02-2009, 01:19 PM
I have put many, many trouble free miles on my 06 RT but I would recommend the '07 due to the servo brakes going away. I haven't had any issues in 68k but I know that someday there is likely an expensive repair coming. Plus, if I'm not mistaken, '07 re-introduced Biarritz Blue...yummy!

Terry

Similar endorsement. Have an '05, and with over 34,000 miles, and no problems with my servo-assisted brakes.

But the '07 simplified the system, so I'd lean in that direction.

Good Luck!

GKSullivan
06-19-2009, 03:05 AM
IMHO, the '07 is the sweet spot for the reason stated. The '07 brakes are great without the servo. The 08's have an aggravating service light that comes on that can only be reset by the dealer. Some who do their own service just put a piece of tape over it!

Gael

R80RTJohnny
06-19-2009, 09:42 AM
I agree with the comments about the brakes. The time involved to service the servo-assisted brakes is daunting. FWIW the '08 have the final drive drain plug.

Still wonderful machines.

leadfoot
06-19-2009, 11:25 AM
IMHO, the '07 is the sweet spot for the reason stated. The '07 brakes are great without the servo. The 08's have an aggravating service light that comes on that can only be reset by the dealer. Some who do their own service just put a piece of tape over it!

Gael
Just an addition on the 08 model. If you prefer, or intend on performing your own maintenance, the GS-911 now has the capability of resetting the service reminder. I will be getting one as soon as the wife realizes she bought me one for Father's Day!:dance

rglassma
06-20-2009, 02:56 AM
I have an '05 RT with 30K miles on it. It has been trouble free.. I am very pleased with it. If you go beyond the '05, the horn has been modified and on the '06+, the horn is wimpy. The servo brakes did go away in most '06+ models. I have an extended warranty good until '13 so I am not too worried about the brakes which would be covered if they fail.

I would avoid ESA as much as possible even though I do like mine simply because of the cost of replacing the shocks.

My '05 is just terrific and I personally wouldn't trade it for a newer version.

TourNut
06-21-2009, 03:18 PM
The R1200 hexhead engines have the counterbalancing shaft and two weights for engine smoothness, for a twin.

EGRAHAM
06-22-2009, 03:30 PM
I have an 06, believe manf. date was 12 05, my purchase date was 3.06. A couple of things;
brakes-how do you ride? Downshift or use brakes? I'm doing the 60k service and the brakes have < 40% wear. No issue with the brakes.
ESA-it is great.
Horn- is strong/loud, not wimpy.
My biggest issue is the stock seat, replaced it with a Bill Mayers.
Don't get over analytical on the years, this is a great bike.