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    "glove" compartment in 2010 RT

    I just got a 2010 RT without the sound system option. There is a glove box opening in the right fairing which is very awkwardly shaped. It's also deep enough that any small object you put in there will be lost. I wish I could use it for things like garage door opener, EZ pass etc, but it's very difficult to reach in there, particularly if you're sitting on the bike. I've even contemplated putting a false bottom in to make it shallower, which would of course waste alot of the room. Has anyone come up with a creative solution. I come from a touring cruiser which had a windshield bag that I found very useful for small items. That's the only thing I miss about my old bike. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PABLOH3 View Post
    I just got a 2010 RT without the sound system option. There is a glove box opening in the right fairing which is very awkwardly shaped. It's also deep enough that any small object you put in there will be lost. I wish I could use it for things like garage door opener, EZ pass etc, but it's very difficult to reach in there, particularly if you're sitting on the bike. I've even contemplated putting a false bottom in to make it shallower, which would of course waste alot of the room. Has anyone come up with a creative solution. I come from a touring cruiser which had a windshield bag that I found very useful for small items. That's the only thing I miss about my old bike. Thanks.
    I saw a great idea on the BMWST.com site for this -- heavy duty stick-on pads with velcro or hooks, attached to the inside walls of the compartment near the top -- a bit of velcro on your door opener, a key ring to place on the hook, etc., and your items are always at hand at the top of the compartment.

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    I've got the same thing on my '09 RT, but haven't minded the depth. Maybe I've just got skinny hands.

    An insert is available for the empty box that lets it be used as a more convenient glove compartment. I've been tempted to buy one, but like I said, the empty hole is a nice bottomless pit for me to store all kinds of little-used items.

    Here's a couple links to a dealer site that describes the insert:
    http://www.sierrabmwonline.com/r1200...e2e7b8c87bed52

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    Quote Originally Posted by mneblett View Post
    I saw a great idea on the BMWST.com site for this -- heavy duty stick-on pads with velcro or hooks, attached to the inside walls of the compartment near the top -- a bit of velcro on your door opener, a key ring to place on the hook, etc., and your items are always at hand at the top of the compartment.
    I actually did this with the garage opener this weekend. But I haven't tried riding with this setup yet, so I don't know if the velcro will hold. The drawback is that it makes it even more difficult to reach in and out of the box.
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    Glove box

    Do not bother with the insert, it provides a very small / useless storage slot
    I have a small cloth, and some other less frequently used items in it instead of the Tank bag.

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    BMW had a nice little zippered bag that would hold a quart of oil. That along with spare gloves, helmet leash, and the owners manual pouch fit nicely in there.

    sniff....we sold the RT last weekend and I'm still sad....

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    The compartment has a small psuedo shell to the rear of the opening. A pocket or keyring garage door transmitter fits there nicely with velcro tape. Easy to get to even with gloves on and it is hidden under the closed cover. The rest of the compartment holds my owners manual, BMW anonomous book, and insurance/registration info.

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    It is awkward to get into. I use mine for essential things like spare gloves, maps. Pretty much the things that I would use with the bike parked (because you can't get you hand in very far while seated). One fine use I have found is that it will hold the BMW brand quart of oil. I just squeeze some of the air out of the bottle and it slides in.

    It's definatly not for easy access!

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    Thumbs up

    I bought the insert pouch when I took delivery of my R1200RT back in 2006 (was $32 back then!). Holds spare sunglasses, eyedrops, ear plugs, headache meds and a few other little items.

    When I remove it, beneath is a can of Plexus, wrapped in a dish cloth, for cleaning of the windshield, mirrors and faceshield.

    It's a BMW accessory that is still available, and I find it quite useful.

    http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=39131

    Good Luck with whatever you choose.

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    The BMW pouch insert is a good investment. I also use it for a spare pair of sunglasses and also slide my Navigator IV GPS in there when not riding the bike. The GPS removes with the single click of a button and is too tempting to less honorable riders. The pouch removes easily so you have access to the remaining waterproof room in the well, like a tire gauge, registration, RT handbook, accessory cord, etc...

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    Gee whiz! I never thought of that type of use of the empty radio hole. Mine is stuffed full of microfiber towels and various cleaners and polishes. The clip under the lid holds a little flashlight also.
    Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)

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    Buy a pouch? There's this new technology called Ziploc bags and they work great. Money, pens, tire pressure gauge, scratch paper....etc. Also keep the Anonymous book in there.
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    A .45 fits nicely under the pouch. I'm just sayin'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by savategreg View Post
    A .45 fits nicely under the pouch. I'm just sayin'!
    Okay this was my laugh for the day!

    Don't cross the border into Canada with that though, you may land up in jail, confiscated bike and lost .45

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    Thanks for all the ideas. Not to hijack my own thread, but what's this stuff about carrying oil around. I've ridden Japanese bikes up to now, and I have never had to put a drop of oil in them, except during routine oil changes. Should I expect my new RT to burn oil??
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