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post #1 of 23 Old Jun 16th, 2016, 4:41 am Thread Starter
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Hello All


I purchased an R1200RT today. I am totally new to BMW Motorcycles and also Sport Touring motorbikes. Ive had sports bikes (GSXR, CBR etc),Harleys and most Recently a single cylinder KTM Duke R690, which I found to be seriously FUN FUN FUN, but not good for covering distance on for obvious reasons.


I initially went to see a blue 2015 R1200RT, 3,400kms (2100 miles) on the clock, keyless go, gear shift assist pro etc, basically fully specced up. Had a test ride and was pretty impressed and how well the RT hides it weight. The gearshift assist pro was a nice touch too, but worked better above 3rd gear on the upshift, and generally worked really well when downshifting. I liked the boxer engine too, with good low down grunt, and appreciated the screen (first time Ive ever ridden anything with a screen). Had a play with the different suspension settings and found soft/normal best for me. (I weigh all of 75kg with all my gear on)


I was then taking numbers when I spotted another RT outside.


It was white and in Police Spec. The Police here in Australia had been using it to assess its suitability as a future replacement for their fleet. Only downside it didnt come with a pillion seat (can get a seat at a later date),no gearshift assist pro, no keyless go and no audio. It also had smaller panniers which should make filtering easier, and comes with a police style top box. Had two extra daytime running lamps on it too.


It all came down the lack of gear shift assist pro for me and whether or not it was worth a $5,000 saving.


After deciding I could live without those things, plus the fact that it was $5,000 less than the regular RT, I signed on the dotted line. I don't like the idea of blasting along with music blaring, can live with keyless go, and altho wouldn't have minded the gear shift assist pro, decided it was worth the $5000 saving. Has 8,000km (5,000 Miles) on the clock


Pick the bike up in 6 days. I am looking forward to it to say the least. Also got a Garmin V5 GPS thrown in as part of the deal


Looking forward to sharing and learning from others on this forum


Here are some pictures below


The Blue R1200RT I was initially intending on purchasing
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8357.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi



The White RT Police Spec
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8361.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8362.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi

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My Other bikes currently owned
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post #2 of 23 Old Jun 20th, 2016, 1:41 am
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Sorry after 83 views that nobody has welcomed you! Welcome to the forums....You will enjoy your new ride. I opted for a plain-Jane as well but, unlike you, I went for the light blue model.

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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

Congrats on the new ride, she's a beauty!

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post #4 of 23 Old Jun 20th, 2016, 5:30 am
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Welcome from the UK. There is another thread going on a different forum, but apparently you can add gearshift pro to a bike without it. It won't cost 5k either. Ask your dealer
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Congrats and enjoy the ride.
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Congrats! You will enjoy the RT. Steve
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The blue looks nice, but I think the cop bike in white is nicer. It really stands out with the white.
I hope you got the siren on the bike. You will be amazed at how handy that siren comes in.
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post #9 of 23 Old Jun 20th, 2016, 9:07 pm
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Welcome to the club! Nice bike! I like the "plain" look of the RT-P. You'll love that bike vs the civy version. The engine guards will come in handy when you low side or it rolls off sidestand. They are tough and offer superb clearance when cornering. The peg "feelers" will rub before the guards catch. The top open Panniers are smaller which allows you to slide by VS the fat ass Civy boxes. However, they are small and don't hold much. The top open is nice compared to side opening. The emergency light pods and sirens are removed from that model based on pictures. There should be a second battery mounted under radio box floor, but it only powers the emergency equipment, which you don't appear to have. There are hookups under the radio box for the front fairing speakers if you want to add a mini-radio receiver with blue-tooth very easily. The cruise control should work down to 9 MPH which the civy version does not. The rest of the bike is identical to the civilian version. I'd like to see a pic of the dash and handlebar controls if you can. Heated seat and grips standard on that model as well. Enjoy, you'll never want to dismount.
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post #10 of 23 Old Jun 20th, 2016, 9:39 pm
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Welcome! You'll enjoy it, no question about it. I think you were right to pick the pure motorcycle. My 2007 RT doesn't have many distractions and I ride it to ride. My Mustang has planty of gizmos and is easier to balance while I fiddle with them. Be safe and best wishes.
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Congratulations on the new bike and welcome to the forum. I really like the way that police bike looks with the smuggler trunk and thinner side cases. Good choice.

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Here is a link to BMWs Police bike web site.
BMW Motorrad Police Motors
When you get take time to look at this there is a lot of good information.
Welcome to the forum.
Yes I ride a RTP for work.


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post #13 of 23 Old Jun 21st, 2016, 4:29 am
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welcome aboard!
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Welcome to the site!!
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Welcome from Baytown, Tx. I have the '15 blue as well but with the bells and whistles. Enjoy 😊
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Welcome,
Don't worry if there are more 'views' than replies. A view means welcome.

everyone who opens a 'first timer post' always says that in their mind: "Welcome".
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post #17 of 23 Old Jun 22nd, 2016, 11:24 am
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I like that white, wish they offered it on the regular models.
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Welcome from Nashville Tennessee. Great choice on the white RT. You've got a nice stable of bikes!


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Welcome

I like the white color

Enjoy the ride

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Welcome to the site! I have a 2007 R1200RT, which, when running the VIN, comes up as a 20018 R1200RT-P. It has no police equipment on it whatsoever, but the speedo is spot on, which is unusual for a BMW. BTW, there are two pics of a water spout in your photo bucket. Did you snap them? Cool pics!

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Welcome from Vegas... Are you in Canada?

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Hello All


I purchased an R1200RT today. I am totally new to BMW Motorcycles and also Sport Touring motorbikes. Ive had sports bikes (GSXR, CBR etc),Harleys and most Recently a single cylinder KTM Duke R690, which I found to be seriously FUN FUN FUN, but not good for covering distance on for obvious reasons.


I initially went to see a blue 2015 R1200RT, 3,400kms (2100 miles) on the clock, keyless go, gear shift assist pro etc, basically fully specced up. Had a test ride and was pretty impressed and how well the RT hides it weight. The gearshift assist pro was a nice touch too, but worked better above 3rd gear on the upshift, and generally worked really well when downshifting. I liked the boxer engine too, with good low down grunt, and appreciated the screen (first time Ive ever ridden anything with a screen). Had a play with the different suspension settings and found soft/normal best for me. (I weigh all of 75kg with all my gear on)


I was then taking numbers when I spotted another RT outside.


It was white and in Police Spec. The Police here in Australia had been using it to assess its suitability as a future replacement for their fleet. Only downside it didnt come with a pillion seat (can get a seat at a later date),no gearshift assist pro, no keyless go and no audio. It also had smaller panniers which should make filtering easier, and comes with a police style top box. Had two extra daytime running lamps on it too.


It all came down the lack of gear shift assist pro for me and whether or not it was worth a $5,000 saving.


After deciding I could live without those things, plus the fact that it was $5,000 less than the regular RT, I signed on the dotted line. I don't like the idea of blasting along with music blaring, can live with keyless go, and altho wouldn't have minded the gear shift assist pro, decided it was worth the $5000 saving. Has 8,000km (5,000 Miles) on the clock


Pick the bike up in 6 days. I am looking forward to it to say the least. Also got a Garmin V5 GPS thrown in as part of the deal


Looking forward to sharing and learning from others on this forum


Here are some pictures below


The Blue R1200RT I was initially intending on purchasing
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8357.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi



The White RT Police Spec
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8361.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8362.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...4/IMG_8359.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi



My Other bikes currently owned
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...SizeRender.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...uke%20R690.jpg
Just Purchased R1200RT Today - New Member Saying Hi
Congratulation on your purchase and welcome to the forum. You will find it interesting and informative. As a new RT owner myself (6 months) I appreciate the excitement you feel. It is a great bike and it gets better once you get used to it. Just had mine in for its first service at the BMW dealer ( a little pricey) but not that bad. I plan on doing a lot of the future maintenance on my own.

Again - welcome to the BMW family and this forum.

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