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Well after many years of lusting after one I finally purchase a new 2012 Midnight Blue Rt. As is the practice of BMW Canada the Rt's come in fully loaded the only choice was with or wihout the radio. I went without. I come from a long line of Honda's,St1100,VFR800,St1300. All great bikes I have kept the 1300 the 1100 is long gone and the VFR is currently for sale. I have put 1000 Km on the RT in less than week and must say it is a very different bike compared to the Honda's. I now understand what is meant by "character". First impressions : It is light,handles way better,NO HEAT. In spite of all the internet chatter on the FD failures I think this is the bike for me. By the way tried the 1600GT,just too much engine for me. THe RT suits my riding pattern and skill to a T. Looking forward to being part of the community
 

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Congratulations on the purchase and welcome to the forum. I recently traded an 03 RT for a 12 RT, and the new bikes are a lot of fun to ride. Enjoy, and again, from one 1200 newbie to another, welcome. tomp dd50
 

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Hi Jim,

Welcome to the group. Enjoy that new bike, it will continue to amaze you for many happy miles. Be safe out there.
 

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Welcome to the asylum. Good to have you here.

Kept the VFR? I think fondly of them too... tell me about it. Which one/yr etc.
 

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Well after many years of lusting after one I finally purchase a new 2012 Midnight Blue Rt. As is the practice of BMW Canada the Rt's come in fully loaded the only choice was with or wihout the radio. I went without. I come from a long line of Honda's,St1100,VFR800,St1300. All great bikes I have kept the 1300 the 1100 is long gone and the VFR is currently for sale. I have put 1000 Km on the RT in less than week and must say it is a very different bike compared to the Honda's. I now understand what is meant by "character". First impressions : It is light,handles way better,NO HEAT. In spite of all the internet chatter on the FD failures I think this is the bike for me. By the way tried the 1600GT,just too much engine for me. THe RT suits my riding pattern and skill to a T. Looking forward to being part of the community
Hi Jim congratulations on the new RT you are going to love it I have a radio on mine but rarely use it I have Bluetooth on my IPhone to Sena headsets so I can receive phone calls as well. It took me about a year to fully understand the limits of the RT. First lesson was to always make sure the side stand is fully down when parking you will forget one time.
I live in Souther France so it's most of the time in the Alps 3rd & 4th gear most of the time keeps the back tyre on the road.
I put additional wing mirrors on the handlebars for me it's perfect no blind spot when cornering. Bought a comfort seat from BMW with the dorfin it makes life better for the passenger & very slightly lower than the stock seat.
Best bike I have ever owned for long days out & touring Europe.
Safe riding, Frank.
 

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Jim:
I too am enjoying my 1st BMW - R1200RT. I now have about 2600 miles on it and taken on the maint myself - pretty simple and straight forward. I have the tri color, low seat, touring and communication package (I don't get much use out of the radio). I did not get traction control. After riding Harley for the past 40 years, I am not missing my FLHS of the past 20 years - at all. I installed the Remus slip on and can hear my mtr now and dropped 4 1/2 lbs too.
 

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I recently traded my Goldwing GL1800 for a 2012 RT.....what a great bike...does everything the wing does and weighs 300lbs less.

"Frankicello" you are right about the side stand. In March I rented a F800 and the owner of the rental company was acting a my guide for a couple of days riding north and west on Nice (not far from you). Well I pulled over on the side of the road, put down the side stand, and over went the new F800 right in front of the owner!!!! The first thing I noticed when I saw the Rt was it looks like the same side stand......
 

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Welcome to the blue and white side :bmw:

I'm loving my 2010 RT, all options except the radio and top trunk. I use an 8G bluetooth MP3 (Samsung) connected to a Sena SMH10 headset for all comm's. I purchased a Givi E52 top trunk mounted the day I got it. Saved a ton over what the OEM 49 liter box offers. BTW, that blue one is one of the best colors on a BMW motorcycle I've ever seen. :D
 
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