Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
Windshield landing zone on a 12 RT, can it be adjusted?
As some have noted before me the windshield lands differently the first time you put it down after turning the bike ignition on from the next up and down actions after that first time. It seems like it is trying to figure out where the bottom is the first time it lands on its down setting and after that it has its bearings and knows where to go, where bottom is.
So when I turn on the key and make the windshield go down the first time it squashes the rubber bumpers and makes an ungraceful plastic on plastic landing as the black shroud under the shield contacts the dashboard. Ugh! My old 07 RT did no such thing. That does not seem right, so in an attempt to understand what was going and maybe correct it I disassembled my front end plastic today, removing the windshield, arms, and front cowling. Lots of interesting stuff up there, like the Sirius receiver antenna, wiring for the radio antenna, and large ground strap. Except for these last couple of things the Haynes manual I just bought was very accurate for the disassembly process, and it was easy to follow the pictures. Also kudos to the BMW engineers who made almost all the bodywork attach with a single screw size, yay!
So, my question after all of this is that I noticed that the windshield motor has a small black screw on the end of it (on the riders left) that looked to me to be a lot like an adjuster screw. It is at the end of the windshield motor before it makes a right turn into a gearbox that operates an axle that makes the windshield up and down arms move. I could not find anything in my Haynes manual about this screw or adjusting the windshield. Yah, I know, I should have taken a picture. But anyway, for those of you who have an official manual or may have encountered this, is this an adjustment screw?
My windshield comes down hard on the bumpers the first time then does not get within ½ inch of them on successive up and down actions. I think it can do better and I would like it to land softly on the bumpers when I put it down first and then do the same on successive actions like my old 07 windscreen did. Can it be adjusted? May common sense and manufacturing experience tells me this should be so, but maybe some of you know better
Thanks for your input.
Bill in Denver
PS, I have a very pretty 2010 K1300GT for sale if anyone is interested.
07 RT, 01 R1100RL, and a few other bikes...