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    Eggzactly. I assume that those who are saying...

    Eggzactly. I assume that those who are saying "I've been riding for years and since I know how to brake, I use both brakes" are properly doing so on their RT by applying only the handlebar lever!
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  2. Thread: R1200RT Mirror.

    by Tom K.
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    The addition of bar risers will significantly...

    The addition of bar risers will significantly improve the field of vision on the stock mirrors. Not perfect, but better.

    Tom
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    Site is back up - BMW quotes 570 lbs. for the RT...

    Site is back up - BMW quotes 570 lbs. for the RT and 504 lbs. for the GS, so removing 150 from the RT would make it 84 lbs. lighter than the GS.

    It may be useful to remember that back in '05 when...
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    While I have the OEM radio & keep a garage door...

    While I have the OEM radio & keep a garage door opener in the compartment on top of it, I'd still recommend the small handlebar mounted bag from Touratech.
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    I've found that with the proper windshield...

    I've found that with the proper windshield adjustment, the stock radio on my '06RT is good to about 75 mph - although I seldom use it over 50.

    Tom
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    The RT has a very tall first gear so I find it...

    The RT has a very tall first gear so I find it best to engage the clutch at about 2,000 RPM or so when starting off with a passenger, feeding throttle as necessary to keep the motor from bogging...
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    I could never get the hand pump which came with...

    I could never get the hand pump which came with my '76 /6 to do anything useful - and since that was over 30 years ago, I'll stick with my Airman Sparrow and Slime compressors.

    I can vouch for...
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    When I picked up my new RT in Dec., '05, my...

    When I picked up my new RT in Dec., '05, my dealer prepped it with 10w40 oil - so you can find out from your dealer on Tuesday what viscosity is in it now.

    Since I now rarely ride below 50o, I...
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    To get off the centerstand: Sidestand down,...

    To get off the centerstand:

    Sidestand down, transmission in neutral, bars straight or slightly left, right hand over brake lever.

    Push forward, apply the brake when the bike comes off the...
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    +1. And no problems with the supports. Tom

    +1. And no problems with the supports.

    Tom
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    And my Z4 originally had "Lifetime" coolant - but...

    And my Z4 originally had "Lifetime" coolant - but my dealer still did a 4 year change under the covered maintenance policy. Personally, I'm glad to see BMW adjust the service recs as more info...
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    Were you riding within a few miles of the dealer...

    Were you riding within a few miles of the dealer when the gauge started to work? I find that's often all it takes to clear up an intermittentent problem & just figured it's how the universe works.
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    While I've wondered that myself, I'd think the...

    While I've wondered that myself, I'd think the cables would need to be lengthened.

    Tom
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    Unfortunately, this has happened to a few folks. ...

    Unfortunately, this has happened to a few folks.

    On my '06 RT, it was locked into the 2 up preload - even though the dash icon would change. The telltales were that the icon didn't flash to...
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    I had one of the first Sargent low seats on my...

    I had one of the first Sargent low seats on my '06RT. It was the same height as the BMW low seat, but somewhat wider, so flatfooting wasn't quite as easy. It is superior to the OEM low seat for...
  16. IIRC, it was very easy to remove - just grasp...

    IIRC, it was very easy to remove - just grasp with the fingers and gently pull up. The big difference is that the pump auto-shutoff doesn't kick in prematurely so fill ups are much easier. Mine's...
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    I basically agree. After a great deal of 2 up...

    I basically agree. After a great deal of 2 up riding on 3 GoldWings, my wife & I switched to touring by sportscar a few years back, and I traded my '88 1500/6 in on a 2006 RT. While the Wing was...
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    I'm also 5'10" with a 30" inseam on a good day. ...

    I'm also 5'10" with a 30" inseam on a good day. The stock low seat on my '06 RT easily allowed me to flatfoot but was uncomfortable after 50 miles and torture by 100. (BTW, investing in a peg...
  19. Thread: R1200RT recall.

    by Tom K.
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    My '06 RT was subject to a similar recall in...

    My '06 RT was subject to a similar recall in July, '06. Doesn't seem to be a big deal, especially as it affects only about 1500 '07~'09 RTs.

    Tom
  20. For many years, I've routinely had both straight...

    For many years, I've routinely had both straight gas & E10 remain usuable for lawn equipment for over 18 months when treated with Sta-Bil. Is there any evidence that StarTron offers any advantages...
  21. My '06RT also needed a bit of throttle when...

    My '06RT also needed a bit of throttle when starting at 5,000 ft and 40o in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I think that switching from 20w50 to 10w/40 oil might help.

    Tom
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    According to BMW, the GS peaks at 85 ft lbs @...

    According to BMW, the GS peaks at 85 ft lbs @ 5750 rpm and the RT's 85 ft lbs peak is reached at 6,000. The difference equates to about 4 mph in top gear (107 vs. 111)

    Tom
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    Although I've only been riding for 35+ years, I'd...

    Although I've only been riding for 35+ years, I'd urge you to give the RT another chance for general use.

    What works for me is realizing that the combination of a light flywheel (compared to the...
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    Don't feel too badly - I'm sure you've helped...

    Don't feel too badly - I'm sure you've helped some others avoid the same misteak!

    When I found out that the Xenon assembly for one side of my Z4 cost $800 + $200 for the bulb, I gave up any idea...
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    I'd question the person who told you that you...

    I'd question the person who told you that you could exceed a true 132 in 5th. Unless my excel formula is wrong, 132 in 5th = 8,000 RPM = redline. I accidentally hit 8 grand in 2nd once and the...
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