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    2012 rt low speed surge

    Just picked a new r1200rt today,great bike,but a very annoying 1st gear low speed surge,anyone else heard of this?

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    Ed Kilner #176066
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    Nov 2011
    Mississauga, ON
    Mine is a 2011. No surge, but a lot of torque. Sometimes, too much twist and it will feel like a surge! Are you sure this is not just you getting used to the throttle?
    2015 R1200RT; 2011 R1200RT RIP; 2000 Triumph 900 (sold)

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    Jun 2012
    Arroyo Grande California


    I'd agree with Ed. When I first came to my 12R1200RT (from an 1978 R100/7) I struggled some with the high gear ratio starting out and the sensitive throttle. It gets better with practice. Don't spend much time at one speed though when "running in" your new engine. Read that owners manual section "running in"
    Will Stagg
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    Feb 2011
    SW Montana
    I also had this surge with '11. After about 500 mi. it went away..almost. A few thousand miles more down the road I installed the Booster Plug..what surge

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    after about 700 miles the surge went away on my 2011

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    have a 12 . No surge from day one. I did stall it in the parking lot at the dealer twice before I was underway. Cold I have stalled the bike a couple times. No surge. Sensitive throttle far better than my oilhead.

    Now 3 months old, 6,000 miles and it still keeps running better. I don't think my bike needs a booster plug. It runs fine the way it is.


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    Sheboygan, WI


    Quote Originally Posted by rhood1960 View Post
    Just picked a new r1200rt today,great bike,but a very annoying 1st gear low speed surge,anyone else heard of this?
    Give it some "time in the saddle." Engine mapping/throttle sensitivity takes several thousand miles to settle in - with the rider as well as the machine.

    The R1200RT is a sweet ride - will never have the low-speed throttle control manners of a V-twin, but still a nice bike.

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