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    Very true. However, my R1200RT has not been as...

    Very true. However, my R1200RT has not been as reliable as my Gold Wing was. On the other hand, if BMW were to replace the lightweight plastics and aluminum with Honda-style thick steel, my Beemer...
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    Just one plug per cylinder so you can turn the...

    Just one plug per cylinder so you can turn the crankshaft through the rear wheel while the transmission is in 6th gear.
  3. Thread: Europe

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    GlobalRider, your advice and links are exactly...

    GlobalRider, your advice and links are exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a million. I have a lot to read and comprehend. Your examples are very encouraging and it looks more and more like the...
  4. Thread: Europe

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    Budget estimate advice sought

    I would like advice how to budget a European tour.

    I will spend next summer's vacation visiting my daughter in Berlin. I do not know yet how long my trip will be. Also, money is an object and I...
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    So you are upset that Windows XP, released in...

    So you are upset that Windows XP, released in 2001, is no longer be supported next April and is not being supported well enough now. News flash: Apple does not support 12 year-old products any...
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    Part of the satisfaction of getting somewhere is...

    Part of the satisfaction of getting somewhere is how you got there. Ignoring what other but people would think (who cares?), you would feel some satisfaction arriving on your bike. Normally a trip,...
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    I'll give BMW credit for doing Harley one better...

    I'll give BMW credit for doing Harley one better on performance add-ons. Harley sells replacements parts that increase the performance of the bike. BMW figured they could increase the profit margin...
  8. Thread: 500 cc Harley?

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    Too heavy

    In my state, a training bike must be under 500cc, weigh less than 400 pounds, and have a seat low enough to accommodate the rider. This 500 Harley weighs 480 pounds. They would have to get the state...
  9. An alternative to easing out the clutch as you...

    An alternative to easing out the clutch as you shift into first is to roll the bike as you shift into first. It does not matter if things turn from the engine end or the wheel end. It will shift into...
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    The belt I bought in February from the dealer...

    The belt I bought in February from the dealer went on easily enough using Jim Von Baden's technique and a helper to turn the rear wheel.
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    I assume you would need a GS911 to reset any of...

    I assume you would need a GS911 to reset any of the software-controlled functions.

    What needs to be reset? What is the issue that needs changing?
  12. Thread: RT hard bags

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    Open a normal top-loading saddlebag and you can...

    Open a normal top-loading saddlebag and you can lower four plastic grocery bags into it with one hand. They will stay in place while you close the lid with the same hand.

    Open the RT's saddlebag,...
  13. Thread: RT hard bags

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    I wish. I think the size is okay but damn, the...

    I wish. I think the size is okay but damn, the side opening is a pain in the neck four times a day and twice that on Sunday.
  14. I'll try these suggestions

    On my side case, it was the receptacle on the case's inner wall that broke apart. I'll try some of these suggestions. Thanks.
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    Tire manufacturer's specifications

    Getting back to the original point, the tire manufacturer sometimes suggests a different pressure for their product. Call them and ask. Michelin's representative (800-346-4098) said to use the...
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    Time for everything

    When it came time to replace the 1989 Gold Wing that served me well for 23 years and 260,000 miles, I figured that another Honda would be the most practical decision. Oh, I had a few problems in a...
  17. Gee, I never really thought of it. I guess you...

    Gee, I never really thought of it. I guess you have to put your bikes away before October. Do you ever get to ride much in October? When does the riding season start in Fairbanks?
  18. So Cool!:clap

    So Cool!:clap
  19. The position and bend of the hose makes sense as...

    The position and bend of the hose makes sense as a vent but what is there to vent?
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    You can access it from any web browser so you...

    You can access it from any web browser so you have to have an Internet connection. I "print" sections to PDF files or OneNote so I can view it off-line.

    Forgive me if this is considered...
  21. 2005 R1200RT: What is this mystery snorkel on the taillight?

    I removed the taillight from my 2005 RT for a bulb change and noticed this weird little rubber hose that only attached to the taillight. The free end has a 45 degree angle cut and attaches to...
  22. Thread: On the 2014 RT

    by bdimon
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    When my 2005 R1200RT overheated (just once) all...

    When my 2005 R1200RT overheated (just once) all the blocks in the temperature gauge starting blinking. The blinking stopped just after I got moving again.
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    I use Jim Von Baden's videos and also bought a...

    I use Jim Von Baden's videos and also bought a lifetime subscription to the Haynes on-line manual. Individually they have weeknesses but together they are great. I can jump to a list in the Haynes or...
  24. Yeah, the same thing happened to me; on a slope,...

    Yeah, the same thing happened to me; on a slope, the computer would complain about the oil level. I could see oil in the sight glass and the book said you're okay the as long as you see oil in the...
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    Why is the filler neck so long?

    Thanks for showing us these pictures. I was really surprised how far that filler neck extends into the gas tank. I assume it is to ensure an adequately sized air pocket when filling the tank. But why...
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