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    R1200RT engine failure

    Last week my 2006 R1200RT suffered total engine failure while cruising at 73 mph on Rt91 in central Vermont

    It was the first ride of the season after an oil change.

    Shop is telling me that this type of cylinder failure is a known issue but I'm not finding any such info online

    Bike has 20000 miles on it
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    Not a known issue that I have ever heard of.
    Please define "total engine failure" - what component(s) of the engine have failed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r2frame View Post
    Last week my 2006 R1200RT suffered total engine failure while cruising at 73 mph on Rt91 in central Vermont

    It was the first ride of the season after an oil change.

    Shop is telling me that this type of cylinder failure is a known issue but I'm not finding any such info online

    Bike has 20000 miles on it
    "First ride after oil change" and "total engine failure" might possibly be related. Was "cylinder failure is a known issue" uttered by the same shop that did the oil change?
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    Check out the FPC or Fuel Pump threads. There is one recall issue and other fuel failures that do happen to some bikes due to corrosion. Also a bypass cable can be used to get moving again until parts arrive. Often this failure results in a tow. Mine failed on an expressway at 120 Kph... pretty much as yours did.

    Edit: Assuming the bike 'just stopped running'.
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    "Total engine failure" is a very vague phrase.

    Did the engine explode into a million pieces, a rod come through the side, many nasty noises and lots of smoke and oil everywhere?

    Or, did it just stop running ... with none of the above?
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    Some of the early 1200 bikes had cylinder wall failure with the Nikasil surface fracturing. I think this was mostly the early R1200GS bikes but am not positive it was restricted to GS engines.

    So what really failed - or doesn't the OP or dealer know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerphile View Post
    "First ride after oil change" and "total engine failure" might possibly be related. Was "cylinder failure is a known issue" uttered by the same shop that did the oil change?
    You may have nailed the actual cause there.

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    He mentioned the right cylinder. There were right cylinder failures (piston seizing, I think) in the very early years of the R1200. I haven't head of that issue for ten years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r2frame View Post
    Last week my 2006 R1200RT suffered total engine failure while cruising at 73 mph on Rt91 in central Vermont

    It was the first ride of the season after an oil change.

    Shop is telling me that this type of cylinder failure is a known issue but I'm not finding any such info online

    Bike has 20000 miles on it
    I can hardly get past your bike has 20K miles and is 11 years old. Is that right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemergirl View Post
    I can hardly get past your bike has 20K miles and is 11 years old. Is that right?
    That was my first reaction too. Could riding too little be the cause?

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    Too little riding is probably not the cause.

    I just wonder if the same people who are telling you the engine is known for doing this, are the same ones who drained the oil...and may have caused the problem. I wouldn't put it past them to try covering up that the drain plug or filter wasn't tightened enough and the oil drained out as you rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daboo View Post
    Too little riding is probably not the cause.

    I just wonder if the same people who are telling you the engine is known for doing this, are the same ones who drained the oil...and may have caused the problem. I wouldn't put it past them to try covering up that the drain plug or filter wasn't tightened enough and the oil drained out as you rode.

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    Generally you notice that sort of thing since the rear tire isn't known for sticking well when covered in oil (DAMHIK.. I just do..)

    We need more info from the OP before we can make informed interwebz guesses on the cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post

    We need more info from the OP before we can make informed interwebz guesses on the cause.
    Yep.
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    We need more info from the OP before we can make informed interwebz guesses on the cause.[/QUOTE]

    Oh come on now. It is more fun to speculate what happened and come up with a solution based on the speculation. Who needs facts !!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    We need more info from the OP before we can make informed interwebz guesses on the cause.
    It doesn't appear the OP has been back since he edited his post on the 8th
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