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    Preferences for a '15 or '16 RT?

    Evening everyone,
    I'm shopping for either a used 2015 RT or a new 2016 RT. Thinking about a '15 just to save some cash. I presently ride a 2010 RT and a 2003 K1200RS, and will be selling. or trading in, my 2010. I'd appreciate any of your thoughts on the merits of '15 versus a '16. Are there any appreciable differences I should be considering? By the way, its not easy to find a low mileage '15.
    Thanks for your advice
    john

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    John Erkan
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    hmmm, why bother with a 2015 or 2016 in today's economy unless you have lots of disposable cash. why not go with a 2014 as that is the year that you got the most bang for your buck in terms of hp and torque increase as well as numerous goodies like gear shift assist, hill climb mode, et. al,,,,,,,as well as the big jump to water cooled heads. I bought a leftover 2014 RT in 2015 that already had the shock recall done. I now have about 6k on it and just got it back from the shop for the 6k maintenance. I did have an oil leak on the bottom of the engine that entailed complete removal of the engine from the bike and the gear shift assist went belly up. Just picked it up today and went for a cruise in 65F weather here in upstate ny and was in heaven. This is the nicest bike I have ever owned or ridden. it just keeps on getting better!

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    There are still 2015 models available from dealers and they currently have $2000 incentives. That gear shift assist pro is amazing.


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    My neighbor has a 15, and I have a 16. Park them side by side and (except for the color) you cannot see any difference. To me, it's purely a used vs. New decision... one only you can answer.

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    Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by RUNNOR View Post
    Evening everyone,
    I'm shopping for either a used 2015 RT or a new 2016 RT. Thinking about a '15 just to save some cash. I presently ride a 2010 RT and a 2003 K1200RS, and will be selling. or trading in, my 2010. I'd appreciate any of your thoughts on the merits of '15 versus a '16. Are there any appreciable differences I should be considering? By the way, its not easy to find a low mileage '15.
    Thanks for your advice
    john

    I'm looking for a camhead RT.
    If you decide to sell, bing me.
    I don't know where you're located, I'm in n-east Ohio, would prefer something relatively close by, health issue precludes a lengthy fly-n-ride, and am looking for a clean, low mile bike.

    I owned a 2014 RT and other than color and maybe a couple options like DYNAMIC ABS there is very little to no difference from a 2016 model that I'm aware of.

    Here's an example (wasn't mine) from the local market if you're interested.
    http://mathiasbmw.com/Motorcycles-BM...4-a54b01118e4b
    Evidently, no DYNAMIC ESA.
    Last edited by dmilan; 03-09-2016 at 12:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmilan View Post
    I'm looking for a camhead RT.
    If you decide to sell, bing me.
    I don't know where you're located, I'm in n-east Ohio, would prefer something relatively close by, health issue precludes a lengthy fly-n-ride, and am looking for a clean, low mile bike.

    I owned a 2014 RT and other than color and maybe a couple options like DYNAMIC ABS there is very little to no difference from a 2016 model that I'm aware of.

    Here's an example (wasn't mine) from the local market if you're interested.
    http://mathiasbmw.com/Motorcycles-BM...4-a54b01118e4b
    Evidently, no DYNAMIC ESA.
    I have a 2011 RT, black with 28K+ miles for sale. Have it listed in CycleTrader and Craigslist-Cincinnati. I live in Cincinnati.

    http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2...0-RT-117331057

    larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by royaltyl View Post
    I have a 2011 RT, black with 28K+ miles for sale. Have it listed in CycleTrader and Craigslist-Cincinnati. I live in Cincinnati.

    http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2...0-RT-117331057

    larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquajoe View Post
    There are still 2015 models available from dealers and they currently have $2000 incentives. That gear shift assist pro is amazing.


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    My 06 RT shifts better without the clutch (upshifts anyway) than my 14 does with shift assist!

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    Like the others have said, it's mostly a difference of pricing. You'll buy the 2015 for $2,000-$4,000 less which is always good, but remember that you will likely sell it for $2,000 or so less when the time comes. If they're both new than length of warranty isn't an issue. Plus there is one new for 2016 color.

    Regarding the Dynamic Brake Light / ABS, first, I don't believe it comes on the RT "will be offered for 2016 as part of the ABS Pro option for the R 1200 GS and S 1000 XR models and as standard equipment on all K 1600 models." and second, I think even those bikes only get it on the EU market bike not the North American models. I might be wrong but that's my recollection of what I'd read.
    AFAIK, the only difference in NA market 2015 vs 2016 RTs is one additional color being offered.

    I've just bought a used 2014 with just under 600 miles on it and 25 months left on the warranty for a price that worked well for me. While the base price on a new RT is very tempting, once I option it out the way I want (Dynamic Package, Touring Package, Nav V, Top Case, etc) the price rises quite a bit. For me the virtually new 2014 works, but that's me, to each their own.

    Best of luck with the search.

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    The only difference between a 14 and 15 is keyless ignition option. I agree with prior poster, If $$ is a factor at all I'd look for the best deal of any 14 or later RT. That's what I did!

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    thank you all for your input, it's very helpful. I'm on the hunt now for a low mileage '15.
    John

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    Thanks for the insight Alan. You bring up good points.
    John

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    [QUOTE=aquajoe;1037574]There are still 2015 models available from dealers and they currently have $2000 incentives. That gear shift assist pro is amazing.


    Thanks Aquajoe, how would I locate a new '15 model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquajoe View Post
    There are still 2015 models available from dealers and they currently have $2000 incentives. That gear shift assist pro is amazing.


    Thanks Aquajoe, how would I locate a new '15 model?
    Your dealer should be able to look up available inventory in the BMW database and see what's sitting in crates in New Jersey. Either that or just start checking dealer's websites.


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