no one is ever totally happy with their bike as it comes from the
factory. We all want to make our bikes unique, and love to add all
sorts or accessories that improve comfort, performance, and
Luggage & Tank Bags
Foot Pegs & Backrests
They All Do That:
apparent that many RT's share certain characteristics - some we
love, some we dislike.
also clear that no two bikes are alike - each one develops its own
character based on the way it went down the assembly line; the way
it was assembled by the dealer; the way the bike is maintained;
and the way the bike is used and cared for by its owner.
FAQ addresses the most common issues that everyone asks about
which your wrench or another RT rider will say "They
all do that".
Pulls To The Right
many mechanical issues that always come up, especially with regard
to performance upgrades of OEM equipment such as exhaust and
Tires & Wheels
Brakes & ABS
and tank removal
Tankbag ABS platen mod
repair with Plastex
and final drive
BMW R11xx Sticking Starter
will find lots of interesting tips and instructions on the care
and feeding of your RT, as well as some ideas for making it
Lift Your RT
Check Engine Oil Level
Fit a Helmet in Top Case
Protecting Your Paint
Install Air Horns on the BMW
Shimming The Saddle
Tie It Down
Ship Your RT
Many people feel that the RT's sidestand is less than adequate and
worry about the extreme lean angle that the bike on the sidestand
- especially when the bike is fully loaded.
the other hand, I have not heard of bikes falling over either. The
RT-P has a different sidestand that is more robust and longer than
the stock one. Sinking is a problem for the sidestand in soft dirt
or hot blacktop.
Dim The Panel Lights
Install Heated Grips
Install a Euro-Switch to Control
Break-in Your New RT
want our bikes to look their best. Here you will find information
on how to best maintain your RT's appearance.
Paint & Plastic
several excellent sport-touring motorcycles that are available for
you to consider. Other bikes in the genre to investigate include:
RT or ST?
RT Vs. FXRT?
RT or Concours?
New or Used RT?
you ride a Harley are considering a BMW? Read the musings of Kent
Lundgren in RT Vs. FXRT If
you would like to contribute a comparison of the RT with other
models, please let us