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2010 BMW R1200RT

Aux Lighting

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This is a repeat upgrade done to the former 07 RT. It adds some aux lights mostly for daytime conspicuity, but also to augment lighting at night.  same brackets from the same source, and the same inexpensive LED lights. The lighted switch was mounted in the right inner fairing this time. Same end result, improvement in both seeing and in being seen.


Back to Stock

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I have returned a number of vehicles back to a condition closer to stock over time. I have removed sissy bars and mini ape-hangers and straight exhausts and weird horns, and home made racks, and the list goes on. In this case, the replacement Cee Bailey windshield worked well from an airflow perspective, but my line of sight was through it rather than over it. Couple that with the fact that I found the stock shield to be quite good on the 07, and the result was a change back to stock. While there, I deconstructed an interesting extension of the GPS bracket that had some oxidized bolts. It is now back to a stock bracket. I also discovered that the rear shock feels wooden and needs to be investigated further....


Logging a Few Miles

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After a basic checkout of systems and fluids, it was time for a concentric circle of miles to get a better feel for things. It became even more apparent that the rear shock did not feel right. It did not pogo, but felt pretty “wooden” over bumps. However, it did not seem to bottom out, and had some travel if you bounced up and down at a standstill. Puzzling. The Givi lock is a bit finicky as the PO had pointed out. Otherwise, the machine worked well on about an 80 mile circle. the windshield is a bit tall for my torso, but is certainly effective at blocking wind. The Zumo GPS needs updating. 


Pickup and Transport

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As an engineer, you are in two minds when purchasing something from another engineer. Mind one is the engineer who has chosen the item because of its engineering, and is meticulous about maintaining it because of that. Mind two is the engineer who is certain that he can improve upon the machine using his/her engineering skills to correct deficiencies and undo compromises made in production. The former is very much appreciated by this buyer, and the latter can be scary. This RT is in excellent condition and has been well maintained. There are no significant modifications.  It does have a more comfy Sargent seat, and a Givi top box. It also has bar riser spacers.

It reportedly has recent synthetic oil in the engine, gearbox, and final drive. Good start, now lets get it back to the garage. 


I Like The RT

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There are some lessons that I cannot seem to learn. There are many instances on these pages of the CV garage returning over and over again to the same vehicle. My beloved 2002 is a repeat offender, the early 911 is a repeat offender, the BMW GS is a repeat offender, Norton Commandos are repeat offenders, and the BMW RT may be the most offensive of the offenders. 2 R100RTs, an R80RT (still here), 2 R1150RTs, and now a 2nd R1200RT. The only reason that the R1100RT has not made an appearance, is that it is the one RT that I do not care for aesthetically. I like the RT a lot. At least the R bike versions ;-)

Part of the appeal is the mile-munching capability. They are reknown for racking up mileages in the hundreds of thousands. Few cars can say that, and even fewer bikes. Second, they are reliable. which permits the first point. Occasional valve adjustments and quality oil are the primary requirements. Not that they have not had recalls and other issues in the modern era, but few compared to other marques. Third, they are comfortable, which also permits the first. Fourth, they are sporty enough. There are others in the segment that are sportier, but better riders than me have yet to know the limits of a modern RT on a twisty road. They handle well. Fifth, is storage capacity. You have to move to a true luxo-barge like the Goldwing or the K1600 to get any more storage. Sixth is weather protection. A generous fairing protects lower body. The hands are protected by the mirrors which have excellent visibility. They always had a large windshield, but the adjustable ones in the modern area can shield your upper body to the point of staying mostly dry in light rain. Seventh are the electronics. They are more and more sophisticated, but even on my R80RT, the alternator and the accessory plugs were intended to allow the rider to use heated gear and to power radios and auxiliary lights.  In position 8 is the headlight. In my opinion, he RT has always had a good enough headlight to leave the machine stock. My R80RT has a pretty good headlight for a 35 year old machine. The R1200RT has a really good headlight, stock. Ninth are passenger accommodations. Once again, true to its roots, the RT shines with a wide comfy passenger seat and rubberized pegs. The top box doubles as backrest. Last at number 10, is suspension. Between reasonable weight that disappears once underway, paralever, and good suspension when loaded with passenger and luggage, the RT never feels unbalanced. In fact, my R1150RT seemed to feel better two-up!

So there you have it. Ten reasons the RT is a fantastic motorcycle from any generation, and the reason that it remains in, and returns to, the Classic Velocity garage.