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post #1 of 13 Old Sep 30th, 2015, 11:28 am Thread Starter
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Ordering a new R1200RT

Hi all-
I am new to this forum and new to BMWs. I live in Europe and have decided to sell my HD and buy a BMW. I plan on ordering a 2016 R1200RT. I need help determining best options/thoughts.
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First, welcome! You will love the RT, especially if you do a lot of "spirited" long distance touring.

What options? I think that the choice is very personal one, based on how you ride and what you can afford. It might be easier to see what options you could drop! If you can handle it, get all the options offered! For me, if I had to drop an option to save on money, that would be the "keyless-ride". It's nice, but you really don't need it, and if I didn't have it, I wouldn't miss it a great deal. Other than that, I love all of the other options on this bike!!!!

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Boy are you going to be one happy dog. The only option I would not get is the no key option. You use a remote key fob to get the bike works up and running. (I was told this by a BMW employee and I firmly agree) I would not get the integrated lock system either. Having the bags and gas cap with electro/mechanical locks integrated is just going to be one more thing to fail. If you can get ABS Pro on the bike (cornering ABS) I would go for that. What are you going to do on a trip and your gas cap refuses to open. There is not a key slot in it either. I have to assume there is an emergency trick to open it but I do not know what it may be. Enjoy your new bike.

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great info- thank you!
What about the sport silencer? Thats a $1300 option.
Is it worth the money?
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great info- thank you!
What about the sport silencer? Thats a $1300 option.
Is it worth the money?
thanks all!
I THINK it is included with the "Premium Package". If you carry much stuff get the topbox. The panniers are good for a trip but a PITA to access if loaded. As others have said you will love the RT. steve
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great info- thank you!
What about the sport silencer? Thats a $1300 option.
Is it worth the money?
thanks all!
Personally, I would not go for it! It does not improve performance, but it will be lighter than the stock silencer. It's supposed to sound really nice, but IMHO, not $1,300 nice!

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Part of the charm of an RT is the stock silencer. It is well made and will last many years. Sounds good and is quiet for long rides. The BMW sport silencer used is no improvement in my mind. I would take a pass on it. I know your coming from a Harley but you will grow to appreciate the ambiance of the new bike. It is sporty, fast, comfortable and huge weather protection. You can cruise all day long at any speed you choose, even 100 or more mph if you want. Very little wind noise when you set the windshield to your specs. Your going to like it. After you get that first 50 or 70 miles start hitting it a little harder, more firm acceleration with cool downs for a minute or two after. After 300 miles start going for it more often with the same cool downs. The engine benefits from a firm break in. Look into a fuse block for electrical distribution if your into add on electrical stuff. And install a pigtail direct to the battery for a smart motorcycle trickle charger. You can not charge easily back through the stock plugs. And they are only good for 5 amps which will not drive a heated jacket liner or an air pump. Plenty to read about all this stuff.

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My 15 vhas everything. I could do without Hill Assist. The key less is not really my idea of key less. On my accord as long as I have the fob, push the button it starts. Here you have to push the button and then push a starter button. Makes little sense. Pro shift is cool but I use the clutch no matter how hard I try not to.

Since you need to have this to get that you have to sift through what comes with what package.

Even if you got it stripped down you are going to fall in love with the bike and motorcycling all over again.

Enjoy deciding what you want or need as that is part of the fun discovering the packages and what they add to the bike.

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Welcome to the forums and congrats with your grand spanking new bike.
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I have been looking over the options. Is the center stand an option on the 2016, or standard equip?
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I have been looking over the options. Is the center stand an option on the 2016, or standard equip?
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Center stand is standard.

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I plan on ordering a 2016 R1200RT. I need help determining best options/thoughts.
thanks for your help!
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Hi,

I'm heading down the same path or will pick up a '16 FJR1300ES. If I go RTLC I will order mine with the Touring & Dynamic Packages only, plus TPM, a dual accessory socket, and no keyless ignition. Best of luck on your purchase decision
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You can not charge easily back through the stock plugs. And they are only good for 5 amps which will not drive a heated jacket liner or an air pump.
The two power sockets are good for a combined 10 amps, this is right out of the riders manual. I regularly power my Gerbing jacket liner (6 amps) with the front power socket and have never had a problem. A passenger would not be able to use heated gear at the same time but not a problem for me as my wife does not enjoy cold weather riding.


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