Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
R1200RT test ride
My regular riding partner just replaced his '04 RT with the new '14 RT and I took it for a spin through the Santa Cruz mountains yesterday. Wow, what an excellent bike, it's the first BMW I ever thought was worth the money to buy new. Steering and fueling are dead-nuts perfect from 0 to 100, don't know how they did it. Ergs and mirrors are improved, stock windscreen is excellent, electronics make since, vibrations greatly reduced, just WOW. With the new GT becoming an over-sized sport-tourer, the RT just replaced the GT as the perfect sized s-t.
Which brings me back to my '08 K12GT. I enjoy the bike immensely, but the off-idle fuel management is just dreadful. I didn't realize how much I have to ride around it until I got on his new RT that just rolls away from idle throttle so smoothly at any speed in any gear, with no jake-brake effect when you chop the throttle. I've never had the roaming idle, bucking, stalling, or other problems that have affected many GT owners, and have never done any of the airbox mods. After researching all the temperature fooling devices, they just doesn't seem worth it. Some seem to have had good luck with a PC5 in getting the fuel injection to act like a bike should. Will somebody who has actually installed a PC5 care to give an update on their long-term satisfaction???
Last edited by troyt; Mar 23rd, 2014 at 12:41 am.