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    Question New R1200RT- discolored exhaust pipe

    Have a new R1200RT with almost 600 miles on it, and the exhaust pipes are quite discolored, is this normal?
    Haven't tried to clean them yet, in for the 600 miles check/oil change next week.

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    It's normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reel Job View Post
    Have a new R1200RT with almost 600 miles on it, and the exhaust pipes are quite discolored, is this normal?
    Haven't tried to clean them yet, in for the 600 miles check/oil change next week.
    Yup. 100% normal.

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    Yep, enjoy the patina of a single walled pipe (not double walled). If it bothers you, there are colored coatings but you should just enjoy the natural color.
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    Cool

    Yup - that's what they look like after only a few hundred miles, if that.

    BMW saves weight by not enclosing the primary exhaust pipes in secondary ones that are chromed, like most other manufacturers.

    Even the 'chrome option' offered by BMW involves only chroming the original pipe - that only lasts for a while. In the battle of 'heat vs. chrome,' heat will always win.
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    Do you have the stainless steel or chrome pipes? The s/s pipes turn a sort of brown with the heat from the exhaust. The chrome turns blue. I have chrome pipes. They match the Barritz blau of my RT .

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    Yup... mine turned in less than 200 miles.

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    Mine now has 225 miles, and I'm seeing the same. I asked the salesman about the chrome option and decided that for the $, I really liked that look
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    It's the standard exhaust,stainless.
    Not chrome, for $150.00, maybe that would hold up better.
    To late now, anyone have success bringing it back to original?
    Don't think thats going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reel Job View Post
    It's the standard exhaust,stainless.
    Not chrome, for $150.00, maybe that would hold up better.
    To late now, anyone have success bringing it back to original?
    Don't think thats going to happen.
    Reel... Search Google or Bing "Polish BMW header pipes". Numerous links will appear showing products and experiences. I do agree with you. Can see a bike like the R1200GS having the turd brown header pipe color, but have had more than a few note it's a shame an expensive, classy bike like the R12RT has the ugly brown header pipe color, and that one must spend $150 for the double walled/chrome option (Which I do think looks OK with a blue/rainbow color).

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    See it's all in the eye of the beholder. I don't mind the exhaust color. It's been like that since my /5 and to me it's a sign of a stainless single walled pipe, which I like. I don't like weight for looks. Every pound saved is worth it to me. No chrome anywhere on my RT.
    Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
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    It is a waste of time to try to keep them pretty. You'll spend more time polishing than riding. It is a characteristic of the bike and just goes with the territory. If it truly bothers you, then invest in a professional coating; in the long run it will cost less than the endless supply of polishes you'll need to buy (not to mention the cost of treatment for the sore elbows).
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    It's my understanding that the chrome pipes that stay shiny are actually a pipe
    outside a second inner pipe. It's not the chrome itself. A lot of extra weight to achieve a look.

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    At one point, I was considering having my airhead's OEM pipes coated by this type of process:

    http://www.directcoating.com/index.htm

    Instead I spent four times as much replacing them. Probably not the shrewdest decision I have ever made, but definitely in character.
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    I had a 2007 now a 2011, I occasionally spend a little time with a suitable polish like Simichrome and they clean up nicely without a lot of work. I sort of like the look after the Simichrome treatment. They will eventually turn brown again, but the Simichrome sort of evens out the brown.

    Steve

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