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    Quote Originally Posted by HIWAYMIKE View Post
    What a great group! Thanks for all of your words of encouragement and for your suggestions for RT upgrades. I just finished another 100 miles today. I am trying to get it to the 600 mile oil change and check up fast! I was told by the dealer that I could ride the bike as hard as I wanted as long as I stayed below 4,000 RPM. This doesn't make sense? It lugs below 3,000 RPM and it almost get started at 4,000 RPM. Did he mean "stay below 6,000 RPM for the first 600 miles"?

    At 5'10" the stock windshield seems to do the job. I actually like the dip in the middle because you can see over it better. Howevewr, the higher sides do cause some distortion when making slow speed turns and the view is cut in half by the edge of the windshield. Although it look too narrow from the rider's seat it seems to do the job so far. I may change my mind after riding in a heavy downpour. I had an Aeroflow on my '96 and you could raise it up and hide behind it and ride for hours in heavy rain.

    I guess I will get the engine guards. Folks seem to think the standard BMW ones are the most effective? I think I know about the $300+ hiway pegs mentioned in an earlier post. The wedge in gap by th eplugs and do not require removal if the head bolts for installation. I don't like the idea of taking the head bolts out, installing the pegs, and resting my feet on them for the next 10 years.

    Great tank bag ideas! Thanks! Any other accessory mounting tips? I jury-rigged a RAM MOUNT radar detector top plate to my tank bag mounting platform using zip ties and mounted my GPS to it today. I worked, but it is certainly not a good long term solution. I am eyeing the "mirror holes" by the levers as the starting point for a post and platform for RAM MOUNT bases!

    Let me see if I can include a picture of my Titanium Silver RT. I think I shrunk it small enough for this board.

    Thanks everyone! Ride on!
    HIWAYMIKE
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    Tasty new '07 RT

    Just picked up mine from BMW-ATL a week ago today. Nice extra tasty Blue with the "package" - bun warmers, heated grips, ESA, etc. Whooo-Hooo!

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    Engine Guards

    I highly recommend the BMW cylinder head guards. I was pushing myself out of a parking space when my left foot slipped on some gravel and over I went. You know how it is, it happens when you least expect it. Especially when you are trying to be more careful than you normally are with the new bike and all.

    I picked up a new 05 R1200RT left over April/06 last year and put 11,400 on the clock by Nov/06. Two weeks ago the bike just got it's 12,000 mile service. Quite expensive to the tune of $487 something. But, it is running better than ever! So, if you think your bike is running good now, wait a couple thousand miles. It gets better with age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    Congratulations! Great bike, I'm sure you'll love it more and more each time you ride.

    I think cylinder guards are a must. That you never dropped your '96 is impressive, but it's a roll of the dice.

    Post some pix--would love to see your big bug-free smile.
    Roll of the dice and those covers are expensive...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HIWAYMIKE View Post
    Great tank bag ideas! Thanks! Any other accessory mounting tips? I jury-rigged a RAM MOUNT radar detector top plate to my tank bag mounting platform using zip ties and mounted my GPS to it today. I worked, but it is certainly not a good long term solution. I am eyeing the "mirror holes" by the levers as the starting point for a post and platform for RAM MOUNT bases!
    HIWAYMIKE
    Ram makes a base plate that mounts on the brake res... works good. Save those mirror mount holes until after you decide if the stock mirrors work for you. I find them (stock mirrors) to be useless.
    Mike

    Current: '05 R1200RT
    Past: '71 Triumph Bonniville 650, '84 Kawasaki LTD 700, '86 K100RT

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    I use BMW's tank bag reason simply because it works so well. Clicks off and on the "grid" literally in a second.

    My R1200RT web page may be helpful:

    http://bmwdean.home.att.net/r1200rt.htm

    Jeff Dean − Tucson, Arizona − BMW MOA Co-founder (1972)
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    2014 & 2007 R1200RTs, R60/2s, R67/3, R51/3 ↔ 1949 R24

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    Yoda Lives!

    Jeff (or shall I say "BMW YODA"?),

    Great web site! You must embody the definition of "ENTHUSIAST"! WHAT A WEALTH OF INFORMATION. I will visit often and I follow the force.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean
    I use BMW's tank bag reason simply because it works so well. Clicks off and on the "grid" literally in a second.
    Exactly my reason - although that $300 for a tank bag was a hard one to swallow.

    I hate strapon bags - they are a pain to take off/put on when gassing. And the RT doesn't have a metal tank for a magnetic bag.

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    It took me awhile to part with the cash for the BMW tank bag but I sure am gad I decided to go with it. Here is the best price I found on it at $265.00 brand new in the box.

    http://www.webparts.com/cycles/access_r1200rt.htm


    Enjoy your new ride, Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIWAYMIKE View Post
    How about mounting my Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS, Radar detector, and Sony handycam? I had a nice shelf with RAM Mounts on my '96. What is the best way to mount up to 3 devices on the '07? Do you have any other suggestions? For anyone considering an upgrade from an 1100 RT to a 1200 RT - DO IT!
    Congratulations on your new bike. The 1200RT rocks !!

    These guys make BMW specific mounting solutions for many models including your 1200RT. Great people to deal with as well.
    BMR Products: http://bmrproducts.com/
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    More Mounting and Accessory IDEAS?

    Hey Guys!

    Thanks for all of the great ideas. There is much more out there than I thought. Please post any other pictures, web site references, suppliers, etc.

    As a follow up for anyone interested in my '07 RT first impressions. I rode it to Tampa and back yesterday. About a 230 mile round trip on some fairly remote back roads (what did we do before GPS systems?) I once again encountered masses of love bugs and some spotty rain. Now I think I know what you are saying about the stock windshield being too short!

    AT 5'10" with a 30" inseam I feel I am still too tall for the stock windshield. At FULL UP the love bugs were still splattering on my glasses, face, helmet, etc. I had to drop my shield to keep the bugs and rain off of m glasses. I think iit is time to look at a windshield at least 2" taller. Any suggestions? I had an AIRFLOW on my '96 RT and it was fantastic!

    I think I am beginning to feel the issues with the seat, too. My left leg started to go a little numb after two hours in the saddle. I thought I like the narrow seat design, but I am beginning to see why the wider and flatter Corbin and Seargent seats are popular after-market supplies. I also think at least one backrest may be in order. My back was sore afer a 5 hour round trip.

    Thanks,

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    Every BMW motorcycle I have owned since about 1973 has required me to replace the stock seat with an aftermarket model. BMW goes for style, not comfort, when it designs it seats -- except for the K1200LT, which has a good seat.

    I have used Rick Mayer saddles on my 1996+ RTs -- 1100, 1150, and 1200ccs.

    Jeff Dean − Tucson, Arizona − BMW MOA Co-founder (1972)
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    After two yrs of riding my 05 RT, I got a Rick Mayer seat and what a difference. I think an aftermarket seat is a must. Personally I wasen't impressed w Seargant and Corbin (too hard). Also check Russel. They too are excellent.

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    Same first name same bike. In fact we are about the same size and I just ordered a larger shield. I read some strings about the aftermarket seats and Sargent was given high marks for those of us who need the low setting and want the stand flat footed at the stoplight. I spent 8 hrs on my RT a few weeks ago with the Sargent seat and felt great afterwords. I agree on the engine guards and I dropped the $$ for the BMW tank bag and don't regret it. You might want to consider fender extensions to keep the RT cleaner in the rain. Place small mirrors in the upper section of the BMW mirrors. They help a lot with the blind spots and make use of that area your hands cover up.

    For visibilty I added hyperlights, PIA 1100X lights and 3M tape. The tape is availiable now for the new RT's. I gave up my '04 R1150RT with no regrets (now).

    Enjoy your RT.
    R1200RT '07, F650CS '03 & Suzuki Bergman '03
    R1150RT 2004 & K75RT 1993 Sold

    "It's all about the journey, make the best of the road you find yourself on."

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    Yeah here's a question for all you with knowledge me know nots.
    Let's say my RT has heated seats (which it does) and I want to go for something aftermarket.
    What happens next? Corbin, Sargent, la la la . . . . lemme know, okies?
    Pillon, too!

    Coolness.

    Wez
    Last edited by wezul; 06-15-2007 at 01:39 PM.

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