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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    Why did you not try the other options than Dyna? I never use that on my '15 RT. "Spongy" is new to me. Try another RT and use other than Dyna.

    I have R1100RTs in the past and used the stock mirrors only. I use just the stock mirrors on my '15 and '07 RTs and have no problem with them. Several RT riders add more mirrors.
    I ran out of time and traffic was getting really bad so I wanted to head for home. My main goal was to make sure a new rt was still a candidate for one of my next bikes as I plan to buy a new bike or two in the short term. And I think it's still a candidate.

    Before I would buy one I'll ride again and try more modes, etc and get it on some twistier roads. And the plan was to ride a r1200gsa afterwards but someone bought it. That is what the salesman rides and says the weather protection compares to the rt.

    I wonder if any vendors reflash the ecu of the rt for different maps. For example the fz-09 and fj-09 very commonly gets reflashed and limitations that Yamaha put into the ecu for whatever reason (epa, for example) can be tweaked for the better. The fz09 was notoriously twitch in A mode unless reflashed.

    In terms of the mirrors, they are ok looking right back, but the blind spot to the side is larger than my r1100rt which was very noticeably today on the 5 lane freeway in traffic.

    I had intended (if I buy a new rt this year) to wait and get a 2017 with ABS pro but the dealer is trying to talk me into a 2016 by knocking the price down. Quoted me a discount good until end of august. Not sure what I'll do there and how ebony comapares to carbon black.

    (I am not crazy about the look for the RTW front and think the black color helps hide the busyness)

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    For my test ride on a 2015 R1200GS, the dealer wisely set the mode to "rain."

    I have yet to try "Dyna" on my GS. I guess I ought to at least try it. It's usually on "Road" mode.

    You might also try out a wethead GS before you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22893 View Post

    My biggest "disappointment" was the throttle/fueling. In dynamic mode (which is all I tried yet) there was alot of spongy "play" in the throttle. While driving along I could twist the throttle back and forth quite a bit with nothing happening except a sort of squishy feel. Turn more and suddenly the engine came on fast. Same when throttling down, play then sudden decel.

    I don't mind the power coming on suddenly, but didn't like all the "play" there was up to the point it activiated the throttle. I don't know if that is how they all are or if this one had throttle cable play.

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    I usually ride with my 2016 R1200RS set to Dynamic and I do not get the spongy feel or get a feeling of too much freeplay. BTW, the bike does not have a throttle cable.
    My wife has the same bike and it has the same feel in Dynamic. She normally has here bike in Road mode. On our first trip we got into road construction where we were creeping at slow speeds and she did not like the instant on off feel when trying to ride at 10 MPH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I usually ride with my 2016 R1200RS set to Dynamic and I do not get the spongy feel or get a feeling of too much freeplay. BTW, the bike does not have a throttle cable.
    My wife has the same bike and it has the same feel in Dynamic. She normally has here bike in Road mode. On our first trip we got into road construction where we were creeping at slow speeds and she did not like the instant on off feel when trying to ride at 10 MPH.
    I don't literally mean throttle cable play as I realize it's throttle by wire.. I mean in the spring and linkage there is a spongy range of motion before any fuel is sent to the injectors. It then feels like a physical about of play in the mechanism.

    The instant off is a common attribute with FI (both my other bikes sort of have it) but for me the issue is the about of motion in the grip before anything happens. With my FJ-09, the only use I have found for B throttle mode is standing up on at less than say 20 mph on dirt roads. Helps a little with the instant on off of the FI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBEmerson View Post
    I'm duly embarrassed about not getting the RT on the center stand.
    Your whole report is so out of phase w/ my experience it seems like a total trolling event, but you get the benefit of the doubt.

    I find the center stand so balanced in my '16 RT it's definitely easier to hoist up compared to the F800GT which is 130lbs lighter unloaded. As for RTLC's engine being buzzy, I came from F800GT which developed a virtual harmonic resonance at 4200rpm on up under load--the bike was fine as long as you didn't try sustained speeds of 72mph on up, but quite frankly i find canyon riding superior on RTLC over GT. I find just linear increase in low pitched thrumming vibration in the RTLC, what I fondly describe as rumbling butter. Really well balanced, holds lines much better as well than F800GT. If you're bent on ultra smooth minimal vibration consider FJR1300ES, 2015 gets you 5 speeds and so you don't need to do a lot of shifting in the twisties.

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    New guy here but not new to the boxers. After owning a 09 R1200R, I was stunned by how much more powerful the 15 GSLC engine is. There is simply no comparison.

    I also love (not just like; "love") the vibration and noise from the boxer engine; never can get tire of them. The rattling and roar make the bike feel alive and vibrant. Tested the K1600 and actually found the smooth 6-cylinder very unnerving; too smooth. It felt like something was missing during the ride and made me feel detached from the bike.

    But to each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    "Spongy" is new to me. Try another RT and use other than Dyna.
    I'm not a big fan of the throttle-by-wire, but some of the comments I've read/heard lead me to think that some of the observations might actually be fuel system "timing" issues related to lean operation. Depending on the "mapping" of the engine controller and the operation of the monitoring sensors on any given bike, one could possibly get these abrupt throttle responses.
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