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    Glad to be here

    Just bought an '07 R12RT. Loving it - and it's only been 3 days of commuting to work. Big change in comfort and enjoyment over my '96 Triumph Trophy. Looking forward to many miles/years/trips. G

  2. #17
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    hitch

    Friends!
    I have a 2008 R1200R and would like to purchase a trailer hitch for my bike. I am unable to find one. Please advise if you know a dealer or a shop that makes one. I would like to pull a small camping trailer
    Thanks

  3. #18
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    I've been lurking here for a few months, signed up yesterday and ordered a new RT today. I am from California, at least I have a family and a mortgage there. My wife says I have a nice home, I don't know. I have been working in Saudi Arabia for almost 12 years and have been riding an American bike here for a few years. The only problem is it is European spec so I couldn't take it home whenever I go. The local BMW dealer is the only one that can (will) order a US spec vehicle so this morning I bit the bullet and ordered a new RT. It will take a few months to be delivered so here I sit during the prime riding season without a bike.

    Anyway, looking forward to some good reading in the meantime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by porterjet View Post
    I've been lurking here for a few months, signed up yesterday and ordered a new RT today. I am from California, at least I have a family and a mortgage there. My wife says I have a nice home, I don't know. I have been working in Saudi Arabia for almost 12 years and have been riding an American bike here for a few years. The only problem is it is European spec so I couldn't take it home whenever I go. The local BMW dealer is the only one that can (will) order a US spec vehicle so this morning I bit the bullet and ordered a new RT. It will take a few months to be delivered so here I sit during the prime riding season without a bike.

    Anyway, looking forward to some good reading in the meantime.
    Congrats on the new RT - a great choice. There must be all manner of bikes to ride in Saudi before the hot season starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    Congrats on the new RT - a great choice. There must be all manner of bikes to ride in Saudi before the hot season starts.
    I plan on visiting the Harley dealer and taking demo rides before they find out I've already bought something else! They are the only ones here that have demo bikes.

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    I concur with everyone else about the RT's. I recently purchased a 2009 R1200RT and have loved every 1,150 miles of it so far. Have only had it for a couple of weeks and haven't had time to ride very much, but I'm planning a trip across country in late July (about 2,980 miles). Work keeps me busy as cop, but I'm on awesome bike every chance I get. Riding to the grocery store, or riding from the beach to the mountains doesn't make any difference...it's never enough miles...I have been looking for the longest routes anywhere. Awesome machine.
    Harold

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    You're not coming to the National Rally In Johnson City (Gray) TN?!
    That could be a great start to your cross country trip.
    Join us.

  8. #23
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    New to BMW! Wow, what a bike!

    As a lifetime rider of Harley-Davidson products, I've made the switch to a new BMW R1200RT. I've always loved the BMW boxers, and have always wanted one. While I still love Harleys, I wanted something a little different this time around. I just picked up my new Saphire Black RT last Saturday, and only have 200 miles on it now. When I test rode it last week, I wasn't sold on the bike and almost walked away, but the great dealer here (Moon Motorsports) asked me to grab my gear from my car one more time while he made some easy ESA adjustments (I'm not used to all this newfangled stuff, I'm a V-Twin person!). I got back on the bike, and all I can say is WOW! This bike is fantastic! I went for a 50 mile ride this evening after work, and familiarized myself with the ESA and other features. Now, this thing fits me like a glove and is so smooth, yet it still has the character that I love so much about twins.

    I'd post a photo, but you all know what they look like, so I won't take up any more server space!

    I love this bike, and I feel like I've now come full-circle with my dream of owning another classic brand of motorcycle!

    Looking forward to the forum, it's a change from my old HD Forums, but a welcome one, at that!

    Take care all!

    Kurt
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  9. #24
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    Now you did it...

    I just read the post on another section of the forum about Harley's financial woes, and now I'm feeling bad about purchasing another brand! Damn, Harley's are terrific bikes and run forever, they just need to do something to attract the younger crowd, and also make their new bikes more complete so you don't have to keep buying so many accessories (HD = Hundred Dollars) just to make it look complete. This is one of the reasons I made the switch to the Beemer, I was tired of spending an additional $6-10K just to make the bike my own. They need to put better pegs, handgrips, shift linkage, etc. on the bikes from the get-go. I feel like my new Beemer is ready to roll without any mods, save for adding panier liners and perhaps a GPS unit. I'm not sure about an aftermarket exhaust, do you have to dyno these bikes every time you change the pipes ala HD?

    Let's all hope for the best for Harley. They're an iconic brand and build a terrific product, they don't leak oil like they used to, and they just keep on running!

    Perhaps I need to run back to my local HD dealer and buy a second bike... Hmmmmmm.

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    Greetings, All!

    I'm the proud owner of a new 2009 R1200R, Midnight Black.
    I'm coming from an F800ST, which I thought was a great bike, and will miss dearly.
    But I wanted more - more power, boxer twin, shaft drive, telelever/paralever suspension, etc.

    Looking forward to learning about the R1200R from you all.

    Best,
    Jeff
    2009 R1200R Night Black
    2008 F800ST Graphitan (sold)

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    Welcome from Stoney Creek Ontario, Canada

  12. #27
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    From ZRX to LT to RT in one season

    What a trip... I sold my beloved ZRX so that my wife and I could do some traveling in more comfort. A friend owned an LT and raved about it, so off to the dealer we went. Looked at the new 09 RT and decided it was a little too expensive for us at the time. The dealer showed us a 04 LT for a very reasonable price (should have known better). We scooped it up in anticipation of a great riding season and off we went.

    After about two months of riding and complaining about a number of driveability issues the dealer reluctantly agreed to take it in for service. A month and a half later we start demanding our money returned... they didn't like this idea and swore up and down that they would fix the LT or find us a replacement. Due to the "aggressive pricing" of the LT originally they were completely unable to find us another one in the same price range. Calls and letters to BMW group Canada, threats of legal action, and daily phone calls finally convinced them to offer us a used RT at what they called "cost". We came to an agreement on the RT and they gave up trying to fix the LT and sold it to a wholesaler at auction.

    So here we are and in some ways happier, not for the experience but for the final outcome.
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    2009 r1200rt ABS circuit brake bleed

    where can I find a DIY write up for the brake bleed on the ABS circuit?
    has anyone done this?
    I see the DIY for the calipers and front and rear main resovoirs, but no info.
    on the the ABS circuit and controllers.
    Michael Vayo
    2009 R1200RT Biarritz Blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by beamermeup View Post
    where can I find a DIY write up for the brake bleed on the ABS circuit?
    has anyone done this?
    I see the DIY for the calipers and front and rear main resovoirs, but no info.
    on the the ABS circuit and controllers.

    Hi beamermeup,
    Ask questions like this in the Hexhead Forum area as a new question/thread.You'll get more responses

    On the later model Hexheads, you no longer have to bleed the pump & individual circuits as one did with the servo assisted "whizzy " brakes. It is as simple as going from the resevoirs to the calipers.
    Semper Fi has one for 07 and later here:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=36364
    Steve Henson
    SABMWRA MOA Club#62's Flat Fixer/ current forum moderator
    It's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away-D.Dillon/G. Strait

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    Hello - 05 RT

    Hey All,

    Just wanted to pop in a say hello to the Hex thread. I'm a new BMW convert coming over from the Japanese side as well. This is my first BMW and I've only put about 1000 miles on her but I've only had it for 2 weeks. This thing eats miles for breakfast

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