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post #1 of 12 Old Jan 13th, 2020, 5:31 pm Thread Starter
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A while back I got some info on people concerned about a surfacing engine noise on the 1250...What has become of that?

Beemer moma fix it?

It disappeared?

has become accepted?

What happened with that issue?
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post #2 of 12 Old Jan 14th, 2020, 12:50 pm
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What noise?

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Both of my RTs make engine noise. Then I know the engines are actually running. I love both the '17 and '19. Best RTs ever. My most difficult problem is deciding which one to ride when I head to my garage.



If there is a Harley nearby I cannot hear my RT's engines.
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5000 miles on my 1250rt and no unusual noise.

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Very real for me, I did find a partial fix for it that helped but it is still there. Enough for me to be selling the bike next month and accepting a huge loss on the overall deal. I loved my 1200 but buying the 1250 was the biggest motorcycle mistake I have ever made.
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Very real for me, I did find a partial fix for it that helped but it is still there. Enough for me to be selling the bike next month and accepting a huge loss on the overall deal. I loved my 1200 but buying the 1250 was the biggest motorcycle mistake I have ever made.
Could you explain further on the issue and your partial fix?

Sorry to hear you have to take a financial bath to get out of something that is a problem rather then you just wanting something new.

After the LT, when I got on the RT I was like WTF is this motor blowing up? Then when I got the GS it also is noisy but since I have inspected it at 59 miles, 600, miles and every 6000 after I pull covers, check cam and cam timing, and just look around at all I can. I really dont know why they are so noisy but I see no evident wear including the cam lobes so I just go with what everyone says is normal.

I have no plans to own a 1250 but I sure would like to know more about this noise.

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Very real for me, I did find a partial fix for it that helped but it is still there. Enough for me to be selling the bike next month and accepting a huge loss on the overall deal. I loved my 1200 but buying the 1250 was the biggest motorcycle mistake I have ever made.
Wow that is some story. What noise(s) are you referring to that the 1200s didn't also have?

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He might be talking about a noise that sounds like the bike is pinning or pinking (depending on which side of the pond you are on). Mine does it sometimes, but I just ignore it. It runs fine and I wear ear plugs so I don't notice it really. Still love the 1250 over my 1200, but I accept its a motorcycle and have owned many Harleys so engine noises don't bother me, especially as I have a 3 year warranty

Some GS owners have reported a loud clicking sound from the left hand cylinder on ticker, which has resulted in an engine swap, but not sure how big an issue that is, only a few reported in the UK.
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He might be talking about a noise that sounds like the bike is pinning or pinking (depending on which side of the pond you are on).
It's 'pinging' on this side of the pond. My '16 has always made this noise as did a new '16 I test rode after taking delivery of mine and wondering that that pinging-like sound might be, and I know many others can relate to it as well w/ R1200RTW (apparently different w/ GSW due to how sound is reflected off of fairing pieces etc). My dealer thought it might be the throttle/actuator making the noise. I know people of tried high octane ethanol-free gasoline which had no impact on the noise.

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... My '16 has always made this noise as did a new '16 I test rode after taking delivery of mine and wondering that that pinging-like sound might be, and I know many others can relate to it as well w/ R1200RTW (apparently different w/ GSW due to how sound is reflected off of fairing pieces etc). ...
Mine does it too sometimes. I always run top tier brand high octane fuel, so I don't worry about it. Besides, I usually listen to music in my helmet, so I can't hear it anyway.


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Besides, I usually listen to music in my helmet, so I can't hear it anyway.
I don't hear it since using 29dB ear plugs properly inserted and me too-I am almost always listening to music thru a Sena 10R and the ear plugs actually improve sound I assume is from serendipitously filtering out the correct interfering frequencies. Unfortunately going thru those ear plugs I have to have volume set to 1 click below maximum, but at least there is no distortion to speak of that seems to start at the max volume setting. For short errands I often skip the plugs and music and then I can hear the so-called pinging sound which manifests between about 2800-3800rpm only during acceleration which of course just reinforces the perception it's pinging! Very satisfied it isn't though, thankfully.

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It's 'pinging' on this side of the pond. My '16 has always made this noise as did a new '16 I test rode after taking delivery of mine and wondering that that pinging-like sound might be, and I know many others can relate to it as well w/ R1200RTW (apparently different w/ GSW due to how sound is reflected off of fairing pieces etc). My dealer thought it might be the throttle/actuator making the noise. I know people of tried high octane ethanol-free gasoline which had no impact on the noise.
I never heard it on my 1200 and it doesn't happen either on our 2015 RTP. My 1250 was the first time i have come across it. But it doesn't bother me
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