Re: 2010-2013 R1200RT Hitch
joeb83, I have the bushtec hitch for my 2011RT and like yourself really don't like the hitch stickin down when I'm not using. Here is the thing though, it removes (the entire hitch) in about 10 minutes tops. Mine is hanging in the shed right now because I have no plans to tow in the near future.
There is a small bracket on the right side that once in place provides the right side mounting point & is completely concealed by the saddlebag. Other than this small attachment, everything else unbolts easily (2 left front bolts, 1 left rear peg mount, and one right mount). The hitch can be installed and removed without pulling any other components.
My power for the trailer lights gets rolled up under the seat when not in use and fished back down past the rear panels when needed. I wired directly to the rear light assy without using a convertor. You can do this if your trailer has led lights without over-loading the canbus. You can purchase the sideways lead/wire ends from any auto-parts store to make the wiring connections correctly. Or you can use a convertor off the battery, your choice.
The main point of my posting is that the BT hitch can be removed or installed with little time and effort. I believe it took me about 30 minutes the first time to get everything installed. A good bit of that time was going to the hardware store to get the CORRECT length bolts to mount the hitch properly. Once you have the right bolt lengths the install is dead easy.
One tip for you or anyone else: The two front left mounts are the gear selector mount bolts. Do NOT remove them both at the same time. Back them both out a little so the hitch can be fished into place and then remove and install the new longer bolts needed to mount the hitch one at a time. Each of these bolts get a nut when the hitch is installed so don't run them all the way in until the nuts are started. I leave these bolts with nuts in place when the hitch is removed.
Hope this helps.....