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post #1 of 28 Old Dec 4th, 2019, 9:27 pm Thread Starter
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My name is Earl and I bought a new 2019 BMW R1250RT in August.

Hands down the best motorcycle I have ever owned. I think the egineers got together and said, " What does Earl want in a motorcycle?" and then they built this one. I love it!

This is actually my fourth BMW. I had a 1986 K100RT I bought used. A 2001 K1200LT I bought new and a 2002 R1150RS I bought used. I still have the R1150RT too. My son rides it.
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That's a big jump in generations of BMW or any bike really, so it should be a lot better. I like the color.

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Welcome aboard. Looks like you could use high heel boots
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Congratulations on a great bike.

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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

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

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You are right, Earl. I think the R1200RT/R1250RT are the finest road motorcycles ever made.

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Welcome and congratulations! That Mars Red does look very nice in your picture!!! I am still trying to decide what color I want for my to-be-ordered 2020 1250.

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My name is Earl and I bought a new 2019 BMW R1250RT in August. Hands down the best motorcycle I have ever owned. I think the egineers got together and said, " What does Earl want in a motorcycle?" and then they built this one. I love it!
Hi Earl,

Phenomenal motorcycles for certain and they get better and better the longer you ride them! My '16 I ordered new and have 42K now and it rides as good or better than ever.

I wanted to mention to you if your dealer didn't you might want to run the front tire on the Michelin you have there at 39-40psi, not the recommended 36.3psi. That tire, at least PR4GT did and dunno about PR5GT if that's what you have, often scallops quite quickly when run at the recommended psi on wethead RT models.

Also, there are two small plastic end caps that I think your side cases rest against secured w/ two screws. Remove them and secure them w/ loctite as they migrate out and you can lose them. And, BEFORE you remove the side panels (the ones w/ the BMW trim pieces in photo below) come back here and read how to do it as they have a very vulnerable tab that snaps off if you don't remove and replace the panels the correct way which when done is both easy and won't break the tabs off. Not sure if BMW fixed these items in the newer models but in case they haven't you've been warned.

Some have suggested if you let the bike fully boot up BEFORE hitting the starter button you may avoid premature failure of your low beam bulb. Some think this is an internet hoax, but I've yet to have an OEM bulb fail and I practice this religiously. The low beam bulb is a challenge to replace, but once you understand it it's not bad and there are very good guides here about this.

One final minor suggestion: I never installed a protector over my headlight lens and within a short time it became very pitted. Were I to buy a new RT I would install this right away! You can see how pitted it can become and that below photo was maybe at 10K miles.

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Welcome and congratulations! That Mars Red does look very nice in your picture!!! I am still trying to decide what color I want for my to-be-ordered 2020 1250.
I am not even sure what the RT colors are for 2020 models. Do you know?

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Welcome aboard Earl,
I bought my 2018 R1200RTW in August. I concur with all the positive comments here. Excellent bike. My second RT, first was a 1998 R1100RT.

Here is a frame farkle for ya.

BMW left a frame to engine mount fastener exposed on both sides of the frame. Looks kinda fugly. I found these plastic plugs that fit the casting in the frame just right. They can be ordered online from McMaster-Carr, part number 9283K39 Polyethylene Plastic Snap-in Round Plugs, 1.74" to 1.83" ID, Packs of 20! It is a snug fit, which I don't expect to fall off. I have spares in any case.

Thanks to NoelCP above for the tip on loctite security for the side bag bumper cap. I need to do that. I have replaced the windscreen and added Ilium Works crash bars front and back. Good kit!

Good tips all, guys!! Thanks.

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Congrats Earl and welcome to the forum. I completely agree...the RTW is the finest motorcycle I've ever owned as well.

Enjoy your new toy!

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Couldn't agree with you more. Got mine in October and been adding farkles ever since. Currently getting a Russell day long seat and hoping it arrives soon.
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I am not even sure what the RT colors are for 2020 models. Do you know?
Yes. The new colors were released by BMW a while back, and I was hoping that it was not all that was going to be new for 2020. Unfortunately, that is all there is for the 2020 RT! Here is the release: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...20?language=en :


BMW R 1250 RT.
  • New paint finish Option 719 Blue planet metallic/Ivory.
  • New paint finish Option 719 Stardust metallic.
  • New paint finish Manhattan metallic (Style Elegance).
  • The colours Option 719 Blue planet metallic, Option 719 Sparkling storm metallic and Carbon black metallic (Style Elegance) will no longer be available.
  • New Option 719 seat dark brown.
  • Option 719 seats saddle brown and dark brown can now be ordered for all colours/styles.
Here's a question for you: What the heck is the difference between the Blue planet metallic that BMW is eliminating as compared to the new Blue planet metallic/ivory? For the life of me, I couldn't figure it out from pictures!


I have color print of the RT in Blue planet metallic/ivory and another one of the Stardust metallic sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now. I like both, and kept the pictures on my desk just to decide on which one I like better. In the past, I am always bias toward blue, and it will probably end up the same again!


BTW, you can go on the US Motorrad site and get to the "Build Your Own" section for the RT and you can see the new colors for yourself.

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BTW, you can go on the US Motorrad site and get to the "Build Your Own" section for the RT and you can see the new colors for yourself.
It never is the same as real life.
Take for example the UK version R1200RT Iconic. On paper is only looked good. However, in real life it was just outrageously gorgeous.

Likewise, the Carbon Black looked black on paper, but in real life takes on a nice dark blue.

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I know, Andy! I would love to have that UK Iconic color, but I can only work with what I have! The Mars Red in the OP's photo looks a lot more attractive than other pictures that I have seen. Angle of the light reflection, I am sure.

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Yes. The new colors were released by BMW a while back, and I was hoping that it was not all that was going to be new for 2020. Unfortunately, that is all there is for the 2020 RT! Here is the release: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...20?language=en :

BMW R 1250 RT.
  • New paint finish Option 719 Blue planet metallic/Ivory.
  • New paint finish Option 719 Stardust metallic.
  • New paint finish Manhattan metallic (Style Elegance).
IMHO that is a sad collection of colors other than just one: blue planet. There is no blue, no red, no ivory, no black. Huh?

My 2019 blue planet metallic:

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Jeff, Mars Red is retained for the 2020 model year, and so, yes there is a red in the mix. Total of 4 color choice.


I had seen your pictures of yours Planet blue metallic, and that's why I asked you as to what you think the difference to the new one might be! Looking at your pictures, it looks as if yours is darker, but that could have been because of the different lighting. Here's a studio picture of what the new Planet metallic/ivory looks like:





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Jeff, Mars Red is retained for the 2020 model year, and so, yes there is a red in the mix. Total of 4 color choice.


I had seen your pictures of yours Planet blue metallic, and that's why I asked you as to what you think the difference to the new one might be! Looking at your pictures, it looks as if yours is darker, but that could have been because of the different lighting.
Thanks. I hadn't seen that the Mars red version was still available for 2020. My dealer has one in stock, so had I paid attention I would have known that.

The only apparent difference with the blue planet bike is the pinstriping is now ivory, not white. Wow! And a saddle color other than black may be a special order.

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Thanks. I hadn't seen that the Mars red version was still available for 2020. My dealer has one in stock, so had I paid attention I would have known that.

The only apparent difference with the blue planet bike is the pinstriping is now ivory, not white. Wow! And a saddle color other than black may be a special order.
Actually, as far as the saddle is concerned, there are two choices now. You have the option of ordering either tan or brown. I am not going for either one.


BTW, would you have the color code for your Planet blue? I think that I have found the color codes for all of the new colors, but I want to double-check that it's not the code for the general color scheme. The codes that I had found shows slightly different code for your Planet blue metallic and the new Planet blue metallic/ivory!

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BTW, would you have the color code for your Planet blue? I think that I have found the color codes for all of the new colors, but I want to double-check that it's not the code for the general color scheme. The codes that I had found shows slightly different code for your Planet blue metallic and the new Planet blue metallic/ivory!
I have no idea. Is it on the bike somewhere? On the original paperwork?

Does it really matter?

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I have no idea. Is it on the bike somewhere? On the original paperwork?

Does it really matter?
I thought that you might know, since perhaps you had your top box repainted to match, as I will be doing. There is a code on the bike, under the seat, but that is the paint scheme code and not the specific paint code. If you could take a look, it will be very much appreciated! If I know what the paint scheme code for your color is, then by process of elimination, I will know if what I saw was the actual paint code or not.

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I think the engineers got together and said, " What does Earl want in a motorcycle?"
Congrats Earl on your new bike. I bet when the engineers got together they probably said this instead:

"Was will Earl von einem Motorrad?"

I guess I get to find out what all of the hubbub is about since I'm going to pick mine up tomorrow...
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I bet when the engineers got together they probably said this instead: "Was will Earl von einem Motorrad?"
I think "Earles" wanted a fork.

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Thanks for the tips for us new owners. I have to agree with Earl, this is by far my best BMW ever. We have had a similar path to the R1250RT. My first BMW was a 1985 K100RT and my last one before buying a 2019 R1250RT was a 2004 R1150RS. I had a few GS and a whole lot of other brands in there a well, but this one really ticks all the boxes for me.
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Beautiful scoot. I have a ‘17 RT and I agree it is a fine machine. My third RT. I’m glad you got the Ilium guards. Expensive but so worth it. Enjoy
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