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Offlinewethead

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    Thinking about a 2017. Would love your input
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      Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
      « Reply #1 on: 2018-02-12 11:10:40 »
      Thinking about a 2017. Would love your input


      To do what? What have you got at the moment?

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        Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
        « Reply #2 on: 2018-02-12 18:27:43 »
        I travel cross country all Summer. Currently have a Wing
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          Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
          « Reply #3 on: 2018-02-12 18:53:33 »
          I travel cross country all Summer. Currently have a Wing
          Well, the RT will feel a lot more agile.
          It will also feel cramped.
          With an aftermarket screen on it (such as the Werks Quiet Ride) the air management will probably feel better on the RTW.
          Luggagewise, not much in it.
          Performance...different, I think I haven't got enough experience with the wing to give a balanced viewpoint on that.
          Noise - the 'Wing should be quieter.
          Braking - The Wethead will win.
          Comfort - The 'Wing by a country mile.


          Does that make the RTW a bad bike? NO! Just very different.


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            Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
            « Reply #4 on: 2018-02-12 19:04:03 »
            I have travelled on RT cross country before so I am aware of those traits you pointed out.


            I guess I am more interested to know if there have been any improvements on the 2017 over the earlier wethead.


            Like, does the tranny still clunks? Any glitches with the electronic wheel, any changes on the interface menu


            Seems like lots of companies nowadays don't do much to certain models from one year to the other.



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              Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
              « Reply #5 on: 2018-02-13 11:45:52 »
              I guess I am more interested to know if there have been any improvements on the 2017 over the earlier wethead.


              There have been tiny changes between model years. The 2017 model has been a useful one as the transmission is significantly smoother to change gear...with one exception. Once the engine is warm going from neutral into first is greeted with a loudish clunk. All other selections are silky smooth.
              Other than that, there is nothing really to note in terms of changes that I have spotted.

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                Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                « Reply #6 on: 2018-02-13 20:00:08 »

                There have been tiny changes between model years. The 2017 model has been a useful one as the transmission is significantly smoother to change gear...with one exception. Once the engine is warm going from neutral into first is greeted with a loudish clunk. All other selections are silky smooth.
                Other than that, there is nothing really to note in terms of changes that I have spotted.


                I have a 2017 model and can confirm it is a brilliant machine in every way - but, when warm, neutral to first is almost always noisy. Quickly forgotten about once on the move .....   ;D
                My 4th R1200RT = 2016 (2017 MY) R1200RT LE

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                  Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                  « Reply #7 on: 2018-02-13 20:10:08 »
                  On my last '16RT the neutral-first klunk would literally shake the bike. I can't imagine that would not be a destructive pattern over the long life of the bike.


                  I have always rolled to a stop and pop in neutral to rest my clutch gripology. But with these RT/s the best suggestion I heard coming to a red light was to put it in first, turn the engine off.


                  On the other hand, that is going to promote wear and tear on the batt and the starter...I would guess.
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                    Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                    « Reply #8 on: 2018-02-15 10:28:38 »
                    On my last '16RT the neutral-first klunk would literally shake the bike. I can't imagine that would not be a destructive pattern over the long life of the bike.


                    Yet, amazingly, we have not heard of any issues with the gearbox, and some of the owners of these Wetheads have now piled on some high mileages!

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                      Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                      « Reply #9 on: 2018-02-15 11:24:59 »
                      On my last '16RT the neutral-first klunk would literally shake the bike. I can't imagine that would not be a destructive pattern over the long life of the bike.
                      I have always rolled to a stop and pop in neutral to rest my clutch gripology. But with these RT/s the best suggestion I heard coming to a red light was to put it in first, turn the engine off.
                      On the other hand, that is going to promote wear and tear on the batt and the starter...I would guess.
                      Sorry to barge in, but if my bike is more "agricultural" then the Harley next to me, it is gone! :nervous:
                      Never thought of trading my bike in, but you sure are not encourage it!

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                        Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                        « Reply #10 on: 2018-02-15 17:34:49 »
                        I moved from a 2007 RT to a brand new 2017 model and the difference is huge. Enjoyed previous bike but love the feel of the wet head. No issues with it as a great bike in its own right but I can imagine it's a leap of faith to come off a wing. I guess the only downside is BMW certainly know how to charge serious money for their Motorcycles

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                          Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                          « Reply #11 on: 2018-02-15 17:58:24 »

                          Sorry to barge in, but if my bike is more "agricultural" then the Harley next to me, it is gone! :nervous:
                          Never thought of trading my bike in, but you sure are not encourage it!


                          Geez...I am not encouraging you to trade your bike. I simply shared my own experience for the sake of conversation, not be accused by assumptions to what I said.


                          And, what is a more 'agricultural' bike? I did not get that at all.


                          If you don't mind, I like to discuss motorcycle issues on an objective manner. My sentiments, my love power, my sense of self identity is not tied to a motorcycle manufacturing brand.


                          For your information: I have owned 4 RT/s and a K16. Its not like I don't like the bikes. Then again, personally, I do not need to defend them against the world either.
                          If it takes you all day to do something you used to do all day, you are getting old.

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                            Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                            « Reply #12 on: 2018-02-15 21:01:39 »
                            Geez...I am not encouraging you to trade your bike. I simply shared my own experience for the sake of conversation, not be accused by assumptions to what I said.
                            And, what is a more 'agricultural' bike? I did not get that at all.
                            If you don't mind, I like to discuss motorcycle issues on an objective manner. My sentiments, my love power, my sense of self identity is not tied to a motorcycle manufacturing brand.
                            For your information: I have owned 4 RT/s and a K16. Its not like I don't like the bikes. Then again, personally, I do not need to defend them against the world either.
                            Am just gonna respond to your first line: am not accusing you of anything! Is all in the sake of conversation.

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                              Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                              « Reply #13 on: 2018-02-15 21:11:35 »
                              ok, lets move on then.


                              I am still curious as to what is an 'agricultural' bike?
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                                Re: What can you tell me about the 2017 RT--good or bad
                                « Reply #14 on: 2018-02-15 21:47:06 »
                                Will give an example, and I hope you will not jump all over for:
                                Have your car next to a farm tractor! Your car, ( I hope) is a fine, refined street machine!
                                The tractor is a agricultural machine! The car is smooth, quiet when it takes off. The tractor
                                is noisy, shakes when in gear, in other words, "agricultural" which is fine for what it was built!
                                And that is the best I can do! :kacsint2: