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post #1 of 54 Old Jul 2nd, 2016, 12:19 pm Thread Starter
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I was hoping for the 2016 British red. But, as usual, the new R1200RT colors are disappointing -- alpine white and carbon black metallic. Ebony Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic are no longer available. Platinum Bronze Metallic remains in the program.
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Bug guts should show up on the white real well. :-)
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Always wanted a white bike, for some reason. Looks good on the RT.

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If BMW wanted a white R1200RT it could at least have chosen something elegant, like Dover white (see photo), and not the refrigerator-like Alpine white. Disappointing.


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If BMW wanted a white R1200RT it could at least have chosen something elegant, like Dover white (see photo), and not the refrigerator-like Alpine white. Disappointing.

Agreed, a "vintage" white would suite the RT better. But, still, much better than that crazy San Marino Blue Metallic!

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Agreed, a "vintage" white would suite the RT better. But, still, much better than that crazy San Marino Blue Metallic!)
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I think the BMW color design team is just a depressed bunch of folks...they just seem unable to select colors with any pizzaz.

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Come on BMW, you guys just dont get it do you.
Black and white are NOT colours.
Give your customers some colours PLEASE!

I do like the UK 'Iconic' Red, but I don't like the price tag that accompanies it!
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If BMW wanted a white R1200RT it could at least have chosen something elegant, like Dover white (see photo), and not the refrigerator-like Alpine white. Disappointing.

My chiropractor had a BMW Like that.

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Come on BMW, you guys just dont get it do you.
Black and white are NOT colours.
Give your customers some colours PLEASE!

I do like the UK 'Iconic' Red, but I don't like the price tag that accompanies it!
neither is grey or silver.

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I know you want a great paint scheme but I have two words for you: German Engineering. Read it again: GERMAN Engineering.
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Hi all, first post. Do you you think abs-pro and flashy brake light will be a retrofit option for earlier RTs?

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As Henry Ford said.... You can have any color you want, as long as it is Black...

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I know you want a great paint scheme but I have two words for you: German Engineering. Read it again: GERMAN Engineering.

What do you mean?
Do you consider it better than American/Japanese/English engineering?
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I like the white / black combo. I had to gold wings like that and it always stood out in a crowd.

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While I have the color I want BMW is not alone in piss poor color options. Yamaha FJR and many other bikes suffer from this.

Not sure what it is with bike colors and how a company decides what color it will use in any given year?

Unless the RT is going to get a new generation in 2018 or 2019?

According to the Press release it seems to me they are working on the transmission which I suspect is to smooth out Shift Pro?

I also see Shift Pro as a prelude to paddle shifters and DCT clutch technology?

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Benefit of a white RT: People think you are the police. Especially if you have appropriate riding gear. Amazing how polite people can be

BMW must have purchased millions of gallons of Platinum Bronze Metallic they are trying to get rid of. That color was used on the cars starting about 2010. I had an X5 in that color. Depending on the light it changes colors dramatically, anywhere from silvery to golden.

BTW: I really like the San Marino Blue. Just not enough to replace my 2011 Polar Metallic. A GSA in that color would be fantastic.
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I was hoping for the 2016 British red. But, as usual, the new R1200RT colors are disappointing -- alpine white and carbon black metallic. Ebony Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic are no longer available. Platinum Bronze Metallic remains in the program.
My car (2014 535d) is Carbon Black Metallic. Its an interesting color. It looks black in some light, but blue in others.

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Sign me up. Ebony Metallic is exactly what I've been waiting for.


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Apparently in the past, every time they offer black in the RT the next year there is a model change. Read that on another forum
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Apparently in the past, every time they offer black in the RT the next year there is a model change. Read that on another forum
Carbon Black Metallic has similarities to Ebony Black Metallic. Both look black at certain light levels and viewing angles. With brighter light at different angles, Ebony has undertones of red, Carbon has undertones of blue. Ebony has been available since the introduction of the Wethead, so either the poster on the other forum is mistaken or BMW considers neither color to be a true black. I'm expecting a minor facelift around 2018, before a major redesign around 2022-2023.

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The white with my white helmet, people would definitely think I was a cop.
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Would have been nice if they had made the 2016 iconic special edition color available for the 2017 RT, I'd have jump on that in a heartbeat! I love that color! Painted top case and all.
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Would have been nice if they had made the 2016 iconic special edition color available for the 2017 RT, I'd have jump on that in a heartbeat! I love that color! Painted top case and all.
Me too. Alas, it was only available in England (I mean the United Kingdom -- if it is all still there).
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Me too. Alas, it was only available in England.
Was it only available in England? Think you will find it was available only in the United Kingdom? Bit of a difference there. England is one country in the UK. Nice colour though
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Was it only available in England? Think you will find it was available only in the United Kingdom? Bit of a difference there. England is one country in the UK. Nice colour though
Ah, but, Great Britain was also referred to as England generally - a good few years back.

I too think that is the nicest colour BMW have put out on a bike for a very long time.
Even if it didn't have the black highlights, that red would have been good.
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What do you mean?
Do you consider it better than American/Japanese/English engineering?
It's different, that's for sure. Look at the aircraft in WWII. That is a good example of the differences.

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Having owned a Harley for many years, the Beemer is definitely better engineered than them.
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I was hoping for the 2016 British red. But, as usual, the new R1200RT colors are disappointing -- alpine white and carbon black metallic. Ebony Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic are no longer available. Platinum Bronze Metallic remains in the program.
I like white and black but sticking with my Quartz Blue Metallic.
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I was hoping for the 2016 British red. But, as usual, the new R1200RT colors are disappointing -- alpine white and carbon black metallic. Ebony Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic are no longer available. Platinum Bronze Metallic remains in the program.
I thought British racing colors was green and Italian was red?

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Off topic, but has anyone heard of changes to the RR or XR?

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i know this thread is about color, but other than ABS Pro,dynamic brake lights and Riding Modes Pro. Is there any info if the bt got upgraded to a more updated version or led headlights?

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Alpine White looks great on my 328 but makes the RT look like a utilitarian cop bike. I don't think they'll sell many but who knows.
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Alpine White looks great on my 328 but makes the RT look like a utilitarian cop bike. I don't think they'll sell many but who knows.
I think you could add some interesting vinyl graphics to the Alpine White RTW to jazz up the appearance a little. That would be my plan anyway.
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What do you mean?
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I mean: they focus on how their vehicles run more than the colors and tend to be conservative with colors. Just look at the colors of German cars.
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I mean: they focus on how their vehicles run more than the colors and tend to be conservative with colors. Just look at the colors of German cars.
I know what you mean but that is what the market requires.
If the demand was there they would be more adventurous.

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I can't remember ever seeing one on the road though- most people go for black, white, red, blue or grey.
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Pictures don't do the 2017 Carbon Black justice. It's kind of a trick color, shiny black inside a garage and a deep (carbon paper) blue in sunlight. I think it looks great in person.
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Pictures don't do the 2017 Carbon Black justice. It's kind of a trick color, shiny black inside a garage and a deep (carbon paper) blue in sunlight. I think it looks great in person.
Me too...
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I was hoping for the 2016 British red. But, as usual, the new R1200RT colors are disappointing -- alpine white and carbon black metallic. Ebony Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic are no longer available. Platinum Bronze Metallic remains in the program.
Disappointing is the word. Don't the six cyl. bikes sport a nice red on them for '17?




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It's my first white bike and I love it. ...and even though I've only had it six weeks I got lots of "likes" from fellow BMW riders during last weekend's ride to Big Bend National Park.
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Come on BMW, you guys just dont get it do you.
Black and white are NOT colours.
Give your customers some colours PLEASE!

I do like the UK 'Iconic' Red, but I don't like the price tag that accompanies it!
Hahahahaha......I knew that I like you for some reasons! I agree with ALL of the above!!!!

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Hi all, first post. Do you you think abs-pro and flashy brake light will be a retrofit option for earlier RTs?

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I doubt it for the ABS Pro, since that will need a different electronic sensor module. Flashy brake light? You can easily do that on your own right now! Get one of this module: Skene Design Motorcycle Visibility Lights

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BMW is definitely on the conservative side with regard to paint colors - But I wonder how many bikes they would sell if they offered a Kawasaki green or Honda red?

I think a few nice candy apple reds and bright blues would be nice from time to time.

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BMW is definitely on the conservative side with regard to paint colors - But I wonder how many bikes they would sell if they offered a Kawasaki green or Honda red?

I think a few nice candy apple reds and bright blues would be nice from time to time.
You may be right, BUT, I think they are missing out on some value income. If they spent a bit of time offering self adhesive pinstriping or vinyl colour inserts they would make a reasonable income. Just something to break up the slabby, drabness of a single colour.
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Benefit of a white RT: People think you are the police. Especially if you have appropriate riding gear. Amazing how polite people can be
Absolutely! If I were buying today it would be the white model combined w/ a nice black and white modular helmet, a few choice stickers and maybe some Clearwater Lights to really emphasize the MC cop effect! It's probably the single most effective action you could take to improve your safety in traffic, except if you're around someone w/ an axe to grind w/ police!

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