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    New to me 2015 RT!

    After owning my 2005 RT for 10 years, I figured it was time to upgrade.

    So, I found a nice used RT that was used by Eagle Rider with 60k miles for a great price, fully optioned.

    The thing is, he didn't have the 2015 manual, I think I got a 2014 manual. The display functions seem a little off from the manual, or I do not have the patience to work through it. Any place I could go to get a new 2015 manual?

    Also, this bike seems lower than my 2005, could have a low seat, I am going to get a new seat pretty soon anyway. I love the Sargent on my 05.

    I am really confused by the wonder wheel, it pivots inward and outward... A super quick rundown might help. Next up, pair my stuff, buy a NAV unit and put another 60K on this great bike!

    Only thing I need to check, and a photo would help, is to see if the windshield is going all the way down. It stops, but seems as if it should go lower.

    Also, does the NAV somehow lock into the dash so it cannot be easily stolen? My 05 at least had a funky screw bit.

    John.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    After owning my 2005 RT for 10 years, I figured it was time to upgrade.

    So, I found a nice used RT that was used by Eagle Rider with 60k miles for a great price, fully optioned.

    The thing is, he didn't have the 2015 manual, I think I got a 2014 manual. The display functions seem a little off from the manual, or I do not have the patience to work through it. Any place I could go to get a new 2015 manual?

    Also, this bike seems lower than my 2005, could have a low seat, I am going to get a new seat pretty soon anyway. I love the Sargent on my 05.

    I am really confused by the wonder wheel, it pivots inward and outward... A super quick rundown might help. Next up, pair my stuff, buy a NAV unit and put another 60K on this great bike!

    Only thing I need to check, and a photo would help, is to see if the windshield is going all the way down. It stops, but seems as if it should go lower.

    Also, does the NAV somehow lock into the dash so it cannot be easily stolen? My 05 at least had a funky screw bit.

    John.
    I had a 2005 RT once. Rode it all over the U.S.

    A BMW dealer should be able to get you the 2015 manual. A dealer should be able to tell you if your windshield is working right. The Nav does not lock on on the 2014 and later RTs. If you leave the bike, take it with you.

    It took me a while to get used to the wonder wheel. Now I am used to it.
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    John - BMW Motorrad has a website from which you are able to download a PDF copy of the 2015 RT manual...and a whole lot of others besides. Anyway, take a look at this URL(http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/i...html&notrack=1). You'll have to wade through it a little, but you'll be able to eventually get the manual you want. This will do until you get a hard copy.

    I hope this is helpful.

    JG
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    I had a 2005 RT once. Rode it all over the U.S.

    A BMW dealer should be able to get you the 2015 manual. A dealer should be able to tell you if your windshield is working right. The Nav does not lock on on the 2014 and later RTs. If you leave the bike, take it with you.

    It took me a while to get used to the wonder wheel. Now I am used to it.
    To add to BMWDEAN list:

    You'll find your manual here http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/i...html&notrack=1

    The wethead has a lower seat 31.7-32.5 inches, you may also check to see if the bike is equipped with the low seat option 29.9-30.7 inches.

    Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    After owning my 2005 RT for 10 years, I figured it was time to upgrade.

    So, I found a nice used RT that was used by Eagle Rider with 60k miles for a great price, fully optioned.

    The thing is, he didn't have the 2015 manual, I think I got a 2014 manual. The display functions seem a little off from the manual, or I do not have the patience to work through it. Any place I could go to get a new 2015 manual?

    Also, this bike seems lower than my 2005, could have a low seat, I am going to get a new seat pretty soon anyway. I love the Sargent on my 05.

    I am really confused by the wonder wheel, it pivots inward and outward... A super quick rundown might help. Next up, pair my stuff, buy a NAV unit and put another 60K on this great bike!

    Only thing I need to check, and a photo would help, is to see if the windshield is going all the way down. It stops, but seems as if it should go lower.

    Also, does the NAV somehow lock into the dash so it cannot be easily stolen? My 05 at least had a funky screw bit.

    John.
    The seat has a high and low adjustment. Lift the seat, turn it over and you'll see how to make the adjustment.

    Congrats on your new scoot!
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    John - Looks like you're getting some assistance with the new bike. You should be able to DL and read the 2015 manual.

    I don't want to turn this into a windshield thread, but there are many alternatives, both OEM and aftermarket. BMW started making a "Low" windshield (part #46 63 8562239) for the bike in, I think, 2017. Oddly enough, the piece costs more than the original size. I suppose it depends on the weather you'd expect to encounter. I'd take a photo, but I replaced my OEM with a normal size V-Stream. The photo wouldn't do much to help. With the V-Stream even when it's cold (upper 30s) I leave it in the lowest position. That said, I'd still prefer more summer ventilation.

    All in all, it must be a big change from the 2005 version. Have fun!
    John Gamel - BMW MOA Consumer Liaison
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    This will do until you get a hard copy.

    JG
    I copy the Riders Manual to my computer and phone.
    I use the PDF version more than the paper manual because the PDF has a search function.
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    I really like my 15RT
    As far as windshield’s go check out Werks Quite Ride, after riding in heavy rain I switched, went from getting drenched to almost dry
    My RT buddies have all switched, Werks gets ***** from me

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    I really like my 15RT
    As far as windshield’s go check out Werks Quite Ride, after riding in heavy rain I switched, went from getting drenched to almost dry
    My RT buddies have all switched, Werks gets ***** from me

    Jim
    I use the Quiet Ride windshield on my R1200RTs year 'round.

    https://www.werksparts.com/quiet-rid...eld---bmw.html

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    You guys sure are helpful!

    I have a new iPad, so I think the .pdf manual will suite me just fine.

    Too bad they did not provide a locking solution for the NAV. I was hoping I just missed something.

    So far, the windscreen seems pretty quiet. This bike is amazing, I just need to learn that dang wheel! haha!
    John.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    Too bad they did not provide a locking solution for the NAV. I was hoping I just missed something.
    I use the left “glove box” to store and have the GPS locked when parked.

    The central lock system should keep it protected.

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    I solved the nav security issue when I bought my 15RT
    It works until you get a committed thief, then nothing works
    I removed windshield and drilled a small hole in push button near the glare shield, then screwed a stainless sheet metal screw in(button won’t move with screw in)
    Reinstalled windshield. With windshield in parked position there is no room to access screw head, i’ve Parked in some pretty crappy areas at times and nav is still there
    Again if some miscrete really wants it, no matter where it’s on bike they will get it

    Jij

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