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    Glare from handlebars on instrument panel

    Has anyone found that it is hard to read the instrument panel due to glare bouncing off the handlebars onto the instrument panel on their 1200RT? The glare makes it really hard to read the readouts, such as trip, temp, gas gauge, etc. I have attempted a fix via electrical tape on the front of the bars, but thought there might be a more elegant fix?

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    I've not experienced that problem, but have you tried adjusting the screen? You can change the tilt/angle of it on Wethead RT's.
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    I've had the same issue in the past from time-to-time. Depends on where the sun is coming from.

    I've not done anything about it but figured that something matte (least reflective) would be best, possibly even a matte faux carbon-fibre tape. IIRC, it was as much or more from the inner-sides of the handlebars as it was from the fronts, but could be wrong on that.
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    I have had that same problem also. Iím working on making a pattern of the front of the bars. I have some matte black 3M that Iíll use to cover the front of the bars with. If it works I let you know.
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    I have not noticed it on my '18 RT, but we are headed out for a run any minute and I suppose it will bug the heck out of me now!

    I will post back my findings. One other thing, I wear polarized riding glasses all the time. Perhaps the polarization is cutting the glare.
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    I used newspaper and tape to surround culprit reflective areas, then used black Plasti-Dip to address the
    problem. Took about four coats to get a nice non reflective finish. And it you wish to change, just peel it off.
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    Depending on the year of your RT, some have installed the gauge pod from a late model GT to help reduce the glare....
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    Well, still riding, stopped for lunch. I noticed the reflection but it doesn't bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumpower View Post
    Has anyone found that it is hard to read the instrument panel due to glare bouncing off the handlebars onto the instrument panel on their 1200RT? The glare makes it really hard to read the readouts, such as trip, temp, gas gauge, etc. I have attempted a fix via electrical tape on the front of the bars, but thought there might be a more elegant fix?
    I have. I only notice it occasionally but find it quite annoying when it happens.

    Thanks for posting this; it's been the reminder I needed to put some tape on my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    You can change the tilt/angle of it on Wethead RT's.
    This little nugget was certainly worth the price of admission. 6 months and 2800 miles and I had no idea until right now. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpysquatch View Post
    This little nugget was certainly worth the price of admission. 6 months and 2800 miles and I had no idea until right now. Thanks!
    You're welcome!
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    Glare solution

    As was mentioned previously in this thread, I too used the Plasti-Dip solution which has held up for me quite well. It also has a factory looking finish which was surprising to me as I had never used this or done any paint work before. Really cool stuff for areas without friction as this stuff will rub or peel off with any friction. Here is a link I posted a while back with pictures, if I did this correctly.

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...=1#post1094143

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    On a multi day cross country trip

    I noticed the glare issue just last week on a long trip, and Iíve had this 2016 bike since new. I found dealing with this annoying because, in my latest experience, the information on the bottom right corner of the dash is in the brightest part of the reflected handlebar - right where customized information (tyre pressure, etc.) appears, and where the fuel range is automatically displayed. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but could be better.

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