Thanks for the replies.
I took possession of the RT last Sunday - the dealer was in anyway because of a 'Coffee-Rally' of the national BMW MC Club. The wife (riding her R 1150 RT - Biarritz-blau) and I had to go some 300 km's (about 187 miles) to get there - from Zealand to Jutland - and we just finished a party in our own club the night before while keeping the intake of alcohol to a minimum close to boring.
We had agreed to make the swap after the coffee-drinking was over and the waiting was worth the while. We had free grilled Frankfurter's (German sausages) and apple pie as well as raw amounts of coffee.
The dealer instantly sent the LT away as a loaner-bike (while service was being done to the client's own LT) and we were a little stunned to see it go away. It was never as personal to me as my old Honda ST1100 which we had sold to the same dealer last year. I had the ST for 11 years and had grown quite attached to it - I even spelled my name with caps 'ST'. But it was a funny feeling to see the old Light Truck disappear.
Then the 'new' slightly used and almost run-in RT was pulled out. It had 4613 km's on the clock (2880 miles) and not a scratch. It came with the full package: Big top box, Radio, ESA, Navi II (2610), cruise control and heated seats. I decided to buy an original tank bag and it was mounted right away. I also had delivery of a baehr Ultima XL adapted to the RT (it's a communication box in case you dont' know the baehr products) and because I wanted to mount it myself I had the baehr box filling up the trunk and I needed more space.
The first trip was just around the corner to the local camp-site where we had rented a cabin for the night.
The next day we went south to Germany along minor country roads (yeah - remember John D) and I just fell in love with that bike. Of course it is very different from the LT - especially the handling of the lesser weight when coming to a stop - and the accelereration is also much improved.
We stopped over at some friends in Germany and the next day we went home to Zealand.
I have on occasion been riding boxers - R 1100 and R 1150 - and they always seemed raw and unpolished in the engine department. The rest of the bikes have always been above standard and so is my impression of this bike. It still has a slight on-off-on-off hesitation when keeping a steady pace in town traffic. This should have been solved by the dual ignition but it is only partly solved in my opinion. It has a very long 1st gear and 2nd gear feels too low in rpm when doing a 90 degree street corner. I have to get used to that raw feeling otherwise I won't do good in the hairpins down in the Alps. The gear shifting is just as smooth as on an oil-clutched Japanese and much better than the LT's.
Acceleration is nice - not to be compared to a four cylinder Japanese - but nice. Vibes in the handles show up when rpm increase above 5000 but not alarming. I clocked 207 km/h on the GPS fully loaded one-up with trunk (that's about 130 mph). But there's more in it, I'm sure.
Wind protection is very good. I prefer to look over the edge, but the optics are OK if you want to look through it in the highest setting. Turbulence will occur in side wind conditions - the screen is too narrow to eliminate it.
The top box has to come off to ensure accurate tracking - it seems heavy and it is mounted far off the rear wheel center (the donut). BMW has again wasted precious space to make a double-walled trunk. I would have preferred a 50 liter Givi. We took a two-up trip with the trunk mounted, and the wife says she sits just as comfortable as on the LT. The buffeting we knew from the LT was not present, except for side-wind conditions. She also sits lower than on the LT and that's probably the best explanation.
I had the tupperware and the gas tank off to mount the baehr and I think there is an improvement to the size of screws and bolts - they're all the same size - wow.