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    BMW RT1200 first impressions

    Picked up the rental RT this morning. Itís a fully loaded 2015 with about 35k miles.

    First thing Iíll say is that it is brimming with tech. The GPS works great though itís a bit finicky because thereís so many options. Could be entirely my inexperience with such devices.
    Likewise thereís a plethora of menu items to adjust. One thing I wasnít fussy about is adjusting the heated grips via the menu vs. a switch on the bars.

    Riding-wise (all of about 30 miles) it has bags of power with just me aboard though I donít suppose another person will make much difference.
    Handles quite well with a less tippy feeling on turn-in. Itís running the new Bridgestone T30 tires which seem fine this far.

    This water cooled bike is a completely different beast than the 2008 we test ride. That vibrated while idling and juddered pulling away. This is butter smooth all the way from idle to way past useful rpm.

    Iíll say more after more miles


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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    You should be able to set the heated grips as a favorite on the menu button. Find the grip setting and toggle the menu switch up and hold it in this position for a few seconds. That should set the grips to come up whenever you toggle up on the menu button.

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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    David,
    I rented one of these when I did a week long tour through Alps in 2015, the highlight being the Stelvio Pass. The RT1200 handled great. That being said, I still find the ST more comfortable.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip,
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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    Thanks for the report. Where are you riding ?? Pic's are appreciated,,, Cat'

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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Catmandu2 View Post
    Thanks for the report. Where are you riding ?? Pic's are appreciated,,, Cat'
    Pics are forthcoming but here it is when I picked it up.


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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    Spent more time on the RT yesterday carving corners with Larry (Igofar) who is possibly one of the nicest people Iíve met.

    Shared lots of laughs and he shared about the equivalent of an STís weight in his first-hand ST technical and mechanical knowledge. I truly appreciate meeting Larry.

    More about the bike:
    Pluses:
    Long-legged. We did a brief freeway stint and it just lopes along at somewhat extra legal speeds.

    Suspension:
    The ESA is very cool. I switched from one person (preload) normal(rebound and ?) setting to one person comfort when we got to the freeway and the expansion strips almost disappeared.
    Later that night when I picked up my partner I set it to two person and the bike perceptibly rises as the suspension adjusts.

    Comfort:
    The stock screen is not that great for me (5í 10Ē) although thereís none of the vacuum effect felt on the ST.

    The stock seat was fine for me all day.
    The bars feel wider (the whole bike is wider) than an ST though I appreciated the extra leverage muscling it through the switchbacks and dodging fallen tree branches and piles of pine needles.

    Mechanical:
    When I picked the bike up from Mo at Eaglerider (so easy to deal with!) it felt quite refined compared to the other RTs we rode. Now it feels a bit more clunky; shifts are loud no matter how I try to finesse them. One aspect that is uber-cool is the pro-shift. Downshifting for a corner is slick; close the throttle, press down on the shifter and then just crack the throttle and it clicks down. Done.

    Power:
    Yup, itís got some! Under 4K rpm itís docile. Above that and it gets really serious about moving.

    More later but hereís a shot Larry took while we stopped on the coast.
    Thanks Larry!




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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Catmandu2 View Post
    Thanks for the report. Where are you riding ?? Pic's are appreciated,,, Cat'
    Whoops! Iím in the San Francisco/Palo Alto area.


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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    That's great you were able to spend time with Larry! Hopefully you'll have enough time there so Larry can teach you some of his tricks on ST1300 maintenance!

    Enjoy the trip!
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    Re: BMW RT1200 first impressions

    I was expecting a thorough run down on the gas mileage.
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    BMW RT1200 first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Whooshka View Post
    I was expecting a thorough run down on the gas mileage.
    Well now that you mention it...
    Running hard in the mountains and a bit of slab and city averaging about 40 mpg
    (Guess I have reputation huh?)

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