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    I paid $900 about two months ago for a 12K...

    I paid $900 about two months ago for a 12K service and new Z6 Interacts to a dealer in the SF Bay Area. Bike is an '09 RT.

    "Dealer" is a bit of a misnomer, because I'm sure I didn't get any deal...
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    The BMW final drive issue, and BMW's handling...

    The BMW final drive issue, and BMW's handling thereof, right or wrong, are well known.

    The choice seems clear:


    Accept it.
    Ride something else.

    If I was one of those guys that felt...
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    If inflation delta p carries half of an 800 #...

    If inflation delta p carries half of an 800 # load with tire rigidity carrying the rest, you could put the same tires on a 300# bike with a 100# riderand not inflate them at all.

    It ain't that way.
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    It's really quite simple. Going up 10,000 feet...

    It's really quite simple. Going up 10,000 feet without bleeding off air IS adding 4.5 psig. Descending 10,000 feet without adding air IS subtracting 4.5 psig. Note that I did not say "is like." ...
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    Dry clutch. Normal.

    Dry clutch. Normal.
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    The pressure differential across the wall of the...

    The pressure differential across the wall of the tire will increase by about 4.5 psi as you go from sea level to 10,000 ft, so if your tires are properly inflated at sea level, it would probably make...
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    Plan your rides so that you head west in the...

    Plan your rides so that you head west in the mornings and east in the afternoons.

    Some guys have used anti-glare films, like for computer screens, or visors that fit over the instrument panel, as...
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    Are regular Z6's, i.e. not Z6 Interacts, history?

    Are regular Z6's, i.e. not Z6 Interacts, history?
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    Every multi-cylinder road back I've had had a...

    Every multi-cylinder road back I've had had a major clunk when shifting from 2nd to 1st, unless you slowed to a crawl or stopped before downshifting. It's most noticeable on the RT. I agree that...
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    So if you are in heavy freeway traffic in LA...

    So if you are in heavy freeway traffic in LA moving near the legal limit, and you have ten miles of vehicles behind you in your lane and every one wants to pass you (This is not a farfetched...
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    Uh, I think most would agree that "trailing"...

    Uh, I think most would agree that "trailing" somebody means that you're behind them, exactly as the OP described. CA DMV says minimum safe following distance is 3 seconds. I'd say it's more like 2....
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    Sure, if I have open road in front of me and a...

    Sure, if I have open road in front of me and a faster rider behind, I'll pull to the right and waive the faster bike through, but that wasn't the case here. The OP said he was trailing the vehicle...
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    I do a lot of twisty mountain riding, and I...

    I do a lot of twisty mountain riding, and I wonder if that adds to tire mileage by spreading wear across the entire width of the tread rather than concentrating it all on the superslab band at the...
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    I've got 11k miles in Z6's, and it looks like the...

    I've got 11k miles in Z6's, and it looks like the rear will go a couple of k more. The front looks to be about half done, but I'll probably change it when I do the rear.
  15. An estimate? With the LCD backlight, 4 days for...

    An estimate? With the LCD backlight, 4 days for a Zumo 550 to drain the bike battery to the point that you can no longer start the bike. What's the basis for that estimate? Total guess. A map...
  16. I wired mine, a 550, straight to the battery with...

    I wired mine, a 550, straight to the battery with a fuse. Had to remove a lot of plastic to fish the wire through there.

    An unswitched power supply has some advantages. You can use the...
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    Cookie, I would say either the left or right tire...

    Cookie, I would say either the left or right tire track, depending on what the traffic around you is doing. I try to keep a good space cushion between me and the surrounding vehicles, to be visible...
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    Haven't you heard that ST's have a head shake...

    Haven't you heard that ST's have a head shake problem and will buck you off if you exceed 75 mph, and the heat from the ST engine will cook you if the outside temperature exceeds 45 degrees F? (Just...
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    Now maybe an RT will pull smoothly with an open...

    Now maybe an RT will pull smoothly with an open throttle from 2000 rpm or even 1500, but to me, anything other than a near-idle throttle setting below 3000 rpm feels like lugging.

    Accordingly, I...
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    For those that have decided that the BMW...

    For those that have decided that the BMW recommended change interval is too long, how did you arrive at your preferred interval?

    In other words, why, for example, 3000 miles? Wouldn't 2000 be...
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    Yeah, I forgot that the model year changed over...

    Yeah, I forgot that the model year changed over half way through the lifespan of this thread. I was quoting my recollection of the BMW-published '09 GS vs. '09 RT figures, which I believe went 473#...
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    As I recall, if you take 150# off of an RT, it...

    As I recall, if you take 150# off of an RT, it would be about 110# lighter than a GS. I wouldn't call that "a little."

    However, the BMW Motorad Site is down, so I can't quote exact figures. If my...
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    Slip the clutch and don't be afraid to give it...

    Slip the clutch and don't be afraid to give it gas as needed, but don't let the revs get too high while in the friction zone. That's all you can do.

    I agree that first, as well as second, is too...
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    After years of trial and error and more than on...

    After years of trial and error and more than on in-garage drop:

    Putting bike on centerstand, I'm standing on the left side of the bike with the sidestand down.

    Taking the bike off the...
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    ASC really only claims to keep you from spinning...

    ASC really only claims to keep you from spinning the back wheel if you give it too much gas. This can be quite handy, at least the MotoGP guys think so.

    If you are extremely talented or extremely...
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