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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxed-in View Post
    I fitted bumpers to the RT boxes (panniers), they are a standard part, means if you happen to catch the side of the box, it stops the box getting scratched......

    Bumpers are good, although if you are not bothered about BMW oem, Halfords sell car ones that fit really well and are a lot cheaper and do the same job

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    No crash bars on mine.

    Regret not ordering the (hugely expensive) audio option.

    Bought my top box and Nav V in Belgium whilst on a long weekend bike trip there and the saving vs UK paid for the whole trip! (Mind you, €1.42=£ when I bought them Aug 2015 )


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    I fitted the pannier bars and engine bars. Top box with brake light, fender extender and the wunderlich side stand enlarger.

    Going to fit some aux lights in due course once I can get a set at a decent price.

    I have the nav v which I think is fine

    Enjoy the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by busy builder View Post
    I bought a 2014 RT LC and have never for one second regretted that decision, I ride one up, and take off the panniers but use a top box, unless I need extra luggage. Living way up in the Highlands, I have a long way to go to get anywhere so tourer is my choice.
    I cannot really see how BMW can improve this bike, it's great on twisties and long runs, it has all the options available at the time, what's not to like ?
    I agree entirely!
    Just back from two weeks tour with my pal in the Tyrol and Vosges mountains. Both on 2014 RT LC.
    Smooth as anything on the motorway trek down and up again but remove the panniers and this bike will hustle trough the twisties and hairpins. Spent most of the time trying to get the pegs down and then finally on the last day managed a wee scrape on a right hander. This bike does everything. In saying that I always have an internal discussion on what other bikes I'd like to have?

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    the rt is a great "all round" bike, its no wider than my transalp 600 when filtering. in fact the mirrors are in a better position as they are lower. even with the panniers the rt is fine for filtering. its no wider than the mirrors. ive taken it to the alps, the pyrennese and the picos and it handles the twisties great, probably not like a sports bike, but pretty damn good. in my opinion they are better looking than the gs. the weather protection, screen, heated grips, cruise control are brilliant. and im not an old fart (yet)

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    Well swap over next Tuesday.

    Went for Nav 6, engine bars and aux lights.

    Just in time for a trip up to Scotland again.

    Will bore you with photos when I can work out how too since photobucket may no longer be an option.

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    Well done

    Enjoy the bike and enjoy Scotland!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsey View Post
    Don't know why most BMW dealers are so arrogant-been into N Oxford a couple of times with a mate who lives nearby and you can literally walk in and spend 10 minutes walking round the bikes without one of the bearded tits asking if you have any questions/need help etc.

    It's become a bit of a sport just to pop in there !!
    True story told to me by a friend of mine:

    An old friend of his moved to Pidcocks BMW in Long Eaton . Said friend told his mate if he knew how he could sell more bikes. The new guy wanting to make an impression in his new position asks how?

    " Say Hello'' when people walk in

    salesman looks agog

    Yes - its that easy





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    Quote Originally Posted by S A Watt View Post
    I fitted the pannier bars and engine bars. Top box with brake light, fender extender and the wunderlich side stand enlarger.

    Going to fit some aux lights in due course once I can get a set at a decent price.

    I have the nav v which I think is fine

    Enjoy the bike
    I am going to fit these, super bright from: alchemyparts.co.uk
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    Quote Originally Posted by patzx12 View Post
    I am going to fit these, super bright from: alchemyparts.co.uk
    I wouldn't - you're being ripped off.....

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182568333970

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    Well, I picked her up from Williams Motorcycles yesterday morning and swapped over from my GS, which had done 10,000 miles over the last ten months.

    First thoughts after doing 100 miles yesterday going back to the office and then a bit of a ride out last night:

    Really impressed with the ride and handling. Far better weather protection and, whilst the bike looks huge, it seems to shrink when you climb aboard. It is surprisingly nimble for such a big bike and not heavy at all. It's also easier to move around when parking up etc than the GS.

    It's very early days but, so far, I'm delighted with it.

    Negatives so far:

    I loved the leg position on the GS and struggle a bit with the RT. I know that the seat pushes your legs further apart than the GS but, on the higher setting I keep catching my legs on the pegs when I put my foot down and, on the lower setting, my knees are a bit cramped up and I am prone to cramp at times. So that's taking a bit of getting used to.

    The dash is far clearer than the GS and the controls are pretty easy to work through. Central locking is brilliant and I didn't even though that I was getting it.

    Mixed views on the mirrors. I like their position but guess I need to play around with them some more. Visibility from them is not as good as the GS, so quite a few more lifesavers.

    Oh and avoiding wearing my white helmet as much as possible as I don't want to look like a copper.

    So thanks for all the helpful comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topcat2006 View Post
    I wouldn't - you're being ripped off.....

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182568333970
    Thanks, they do look the exact same product. I have these on my CBX1000 very good quality with alloy body not plastic.
    I will get a set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davel View Post
    Well, I picked her up from Williams Motorcycles yesterday morning and swapped over from my GS, which had done 10,000 miles over the last ten months.

    First thoughts after doing 100 miles yesterday going back to the office and then a bit of a ride out last night:

    Really impressed with the ride and handling. Far better weather protection and, whilst the bike looks huge, it seems to shrink when you climb aboard. It is surprisingly nimble for such a big bike and not heavy at all. It's also easier to move around when parking up etc than the GS.

    It's very early days but, so far, I'm delighted with it.

    Negatives so far:

    I loved the leg position on the GS and struggle a bit with the RT. I know that the seat pushes your legs further apart than the GS but, on the higher setting I keep catching my legs on the pegs when I put my foot down and, on the lower setting, my knees are a bit cramped up and I am prone to cramp at times. So that's taking a bit of getting used to.

    The dash is far clearer than the GS and the controls are pretty easy to work through. Central locking is brilliant and I didn't even though that I was getting it.

    Mixed views on the mirrors. I like their position but guess I need to play around with them some more. Visibility from them is not as good as the GS, so quite a few more lifesavers.

    Oh and avoiding wearing my white helmet as much as possible as I don't want to look like a copper.

    So thanks for all the helpful comments.
    Good luck with your new bike Dave. We did 26000 fast miles on the K1200GT you sold us in 20008,

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    Bloody hell.

    If I'd known you were coming over to collect the RT, I'd have given you a lift from the airport again !

    2008 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davel View Post
    Bloody hell.

    If I'd known you were coming over to collect the RT, I'd have given you a lift from the airport again !

    2008 ?
    In a Porsche, yes please

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