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    Mr. Natural XTrooper's Avatar
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    Hello!

    After riding Harleys for nearly 40 years, I picked up my new '09 RT two weeks ago. Now that I have a little over 1000 miles on it, all I can is, I love it!

    These photos show the bike at Hermy's in Port Clinton, PA where I bought it and in my driveway the day I brought it home.



    Last edited by XTrooper; 11-25-2009 at 10:36 AM.
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    Welcome to the fold..just out of curiosity, what made you switch?...
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    Why did I switch? Well, I'm sorry to admit it was age and chronic tennis elbow exacerbated by the weight and physical input needed to ride my much-appreciated Electra Glides.

    I didn't want anything other than a touring bike and didn't want to take a step backwards in comfort, but I needed something lighter and more nimble. The BMW R1200RT seemed like the proper and logical choice and, as it turns out, it was!
    Steve
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    Good to have you Steve. Did you ride as a trooper? That is, were you a motorcycle policeman? Great choice the RT, touring bike that will perform like a sport bike when necessary.
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    Welcome Aboard XTrooper

    Just about any technical question you might have about your RT
    and
    where to take them touring is available here either via the search button
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    by just starting a new thread.

    Come back often.

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    Very nice introductory post Steve.

    Your bike looks great!

    Glad to have you here as part of the family. Looking forward to reading more of your posts as you get a chance to try out the new ride.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!

    jamesdunn:
    Good to have you Steve. Did you ride as a trooper? That is, were you a motorcycle policeman?
    I received my motor officer training in the '70s and, for a time I was, but most of my career was on four wheels.
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    Welcome, nice choice of bike!
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    Thanks, moose! I was really wondering if I was making a $20K+ mistake when I bought my RT, but those concerns are well behind me now.
    Steve
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    mmmmm Black - very nice.

    Welcome and enjoy your ride - it is a beautiful bike.

    If you're interested in working on it - check this out

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    Welcome aboard XTrooper! Nice looking bike and of course everyone knows that black is the fastest and most nimble.
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    Thanks, men!

    Semper Fi, Luis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTrooper View Post
    Why did I switch? Well, I'm sorry to admit it was age and chronic tennis elbow exacerbated by the weight and physical input needed to ride my much-appreciated Electra Glides.

    I didn't want anything other than a touring bike and didn't want to take a step backwards in comfort, but I needed something lighter and more nimble. The BMW R1200RT seemed like the proper and logical choice and, as it turns out, it was!

    I was riding a Harley softail and switched for many of the same reasons -- the change in weight and nimbleness was amazing. The lean angles far superior. The long-distance comfort superb. I won't go on but I could

    Welcome to the forum -- this has been a great resource for me to learn about my RT and BMW bikes in general --- you'll get lots out of the discussions and some laughs along the way.
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    Very nice bike! It's so clean it looks like you could eat off it.
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    Thanks, guys! I've added a few things to the bike now that I've had it a few weeks (4 on Friday) and have a few more miles on it.

    BMW pannier protectors
    Fuzeblock FZ-1 fuse block
    Ilium Works shift lever extension
    Ilium Works side stand foot
    RAM-B-345U reservoir cover center ball mount
    Suburban Machinery rider foot peg lowering kit
    Touratech brake lever extension
    Touratech cylinder head guards
    Touratech / Kahedo rider and passenger heated seats
    West Tool & Design windshield support arms
    ZTechnik VStream windshield



    Last edited by XTrooper; 11-25-2009 at 01:32 AM.
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    2011 F800GS - Alpine White

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