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    Question silly/important for R1100RT owners ONLY

    When I bought my first airhead back in the Pleistocene era, the dealer told me "some guys don't put the '1000cc' decals on the side covers." So I didn't. A newbie, I was making a great effort to somehow grab every bit of the BMW legend and mystique I could find. Later the side covers were scratched and so I put the decals on. I still didn't feel very mystique-y. Eventually, the bike was painted and some years later, sold. Of course I wish I had it back, but I was naive, and some dealers like to sell bikes rather than repair them.

    Different decade, and I'm working in New York and walking around exploring...'cause it's free...and I pass by a showroom with the then new, almost kinda red R1100 RT in the window. "Holy crap!! That's a BMW!? Weird color, but I gotta have one!" I didn't really notice the decal on the side panel bc I was so busy looking at all those screws, and that amazing shape, and the fold-away lift handle...and that weird color. "It's not really red is it? I mean not RED red. I mean not red like the Italians would think of as red."

    So now I have one, and aside from the ride, the fun, the motor, the...well, everything, including the weird color, I love it...except for the "R1100RT" decal on the side panel. And so while I wait for a day off with riding weather...it's only May 19th here in Chicago, and about 40 degrees. And sure, you rounders, I'll prol'y put on my longies and go for a ride.

    But the big Q remains: shall I spend some time with a hair dryer and take those decals OFF!?
    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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    I have some "carbon fiber trim" on my R1150RT with the same question, should I remove it. My worry is that it's covering a scratch on the tank ...

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    The paint may have faded so you may find the outline of the decal left after you remove it.

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    "Original decals are, for lack of a better word, good." - Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko - Wall Street(1987)

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    Sorry, not an RT owner, so I shouldn't have responded; please ignore my post.

    On the other hand, some of my best friends are RT owners, so I feel their pain and I do sympathize with your problem.

    You decide...

    Johnny


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    Exclamation gotta love the bmws guys!

    [QUOTE=montliz;993258]Sorry, not an RT owner, so I shouldn't have responded; please ignore my post.

    On the other hand, some of my best friends are RT owners, so I feel their pain and I do sympathize with your problem.

    You decide...

    Johnny



    Hie-larry-ass! Thanx and ride safe! ....oh shoot. was I supposed to ignore this part, or the other??
    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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    I own a r1100rt. Sorry, I must be missing something. I can't imagine why you'd want to remove that model decal. To me it's a brand of pride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 26667 View Post
    .... shall I spend some time with a hair dryer and take those decals OFF!?
    I did (and it's run better ever since).

    A riding buddy who owned the same color RT did it too, and his really ran well. Mine's in the middle. They both have over 100K miles on 'em.

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    Cool Ii KNEW it!

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIENHITCHHIKER View Post
    I did (and it's run better ever since).

    A riding buddy who owned the same color RT did it too, and his really ran well. Mine's in the middle. They both have over 100K miles on 'em.

    Barber_trip_Dec_2011.jpg

    They look even faster now!
    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 26667 View Post
    ...and that weird color. "It's not really red is it? I mean not RED red. I mean not red like the Italians would think of as red."
    OH, Sienna Red - really was my favorite color RT. Don't take the decal off.
    Michael Stock, Trinity, NC
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    Cool translation

    Quote Originally Posted by m_stock10506 View Post
    OH, Sienna Red - really was my favorite color RT. Don't take the decal off.
    I believe "Sienna" translates as "Nope. Not quite." in several languages
    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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    I had to walk out to the garage, and look as they didn't standout enough to notice. Sure enough they are.

    I think I am going to leave them on. They kind of represent. Like the badges that say 426 Hemi, Boss 429, Saturn V. You know the important one's. My RT is in that company, so I'll leave them where they are.

    Dadrider

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    Its also considered polite to help other people know what just passed them.

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    The savings in aerodynamic drag alone are worth the effort... Take Them Off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by derost View Post
    The savings in aerodynamic drag alone are worth the effort... Take Them Off!

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    The decals are actually vortex generators, They decrease drag and increase stability at speed.

    Go ahead and look it up. It has to be true........ It's on the internet..
    Last edited by Dadrider; 05-22-2015 at 08:17 AM.

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