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    RT vs. RTL

    What's the difference betwen an R1100RT and an 1100RTL (other than a letter)?
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    My understanding is the the RTL is lowered in height. This typically means a different seat and different suspension stuff, but I don't know what exactly they change.
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    Wasn't there an RT with a lower fairing? Went around the front of the motor and around the heads? Maybe mid 90's? I was thinking that that was the L. I liked the look but they did away with it, maybe due to heat issues.

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    I thought the "L" was for Luxury and included the comfort seats and the radio prep kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWPhreak View Post
    I thought the "L" was for Luxury and included the comfort seats and the radio prep kit.
    The 96RTL came with the radio installed. The BMW comfort seats came in 98 or 99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkCloud View Post
    The 96RTL came with the radio installed. The BMW comfort seats came in 98 or 99.
    Jon's right. The first release of R1100RT's at the end of 1995 were either RT or RTL models. I bought an RTL, and the radio took weeks to finally arrive, which wouldn't have been so funny, except that it was the same radio BMW had been selling for six years in the K100LT. We got a free polo shirt in exchange for having to wait.
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    from the BMW of santa cruz specs page

    heres the link.
    http://www.bmwscruz.com/motorcycles/...rt.html#Engine

    1996 BMW R1100 RT and RTL
    The Tourer of the future

    Standard Equipment
    Integral touring fairing with full lower protection
    Single key lock system for ignition, steering, fuel cap, and seat storage compartment locks
    Integrated ignition and steering lock
    BMW anti-theft AM-FM radio w/cassette and remote control (RTL only)
    Catalytic converter, Motronic engine management and ABS II
    Adjustable seat, windshield, and shift lever
    Hazard warning flashers and power accessory sockets
    Rider's information display (oil temp, fuel indicator, clock, gear gauge)
    Adjustable warm air ducts for cold weather riding
    Integral luggage cases and large luggage rack for optional top box
    Heated handlebar grips (RTL model only)

    hope this helps!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSfornow View Post
    Wasn't there an RT with a lower fairing? Went around the front of the motor and around the heads? Maybe mid 90's? I was thinking that that was the L. I liked the look but they did away with it, maybe due to heat issues.
    that was the RS, the RT always had a lower faring

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaZanetti View Post
    that was the RS, the RT always had a lower faring
    Yep I have the wrong model. Having a bad day so far. Anyway is the RS with the lower an RSL? Always liked the look of those, I was looking for one at one point but in the end moved on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSFORNOW View Post
    Yep I have the wrong model. Having a bad day so far. Anyway is the RS with the lower an RSL? Always liked the look of those, I was looking for one at one point but in the end moved on.
    Yes - 1995 R1100RSL:


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    My RT

    My 1996 RT came with heated grips but no radio.
    I was always under the impression the "L" model referred to the radio option in 1996. This may have changed in the following years to include comfort seat.

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    My 1996 RTL (as stated on the title) has a BMW radio and heated grips. According to the PO that is the L was for.

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    I'm thinking the L models also had color matched lids on the top case & side bags.

    All the better for my boots to scuff - though they do give the bike a nice look.
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