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    New 1250rt owner. Questions about first service and a passenger

    First off -- been a BMW rider for about 20 years. The RT is my 4th BMW and I still have my 1150GSAdv which I love. She is family. Its been a few years since I was an active rider. Would ride on and off through out the year but I'm taking this hobby back on. I picked up a new 1250RT last week and its been fun to both ride and farkle shop. Can I ask a few questions?


    - the shop near me closed (sad....) - what is involved in the 600 mile service? Assuming that with enough YouTube I can do this service myself or should I find a dealer? Been fixing bicycles most of my life but never tried a motorcycle. Is it Oil, Trans, and Final Drive fluid change or is it more involved? I'm patiently waiting for JVB's Shiftcam videos

    - the right glove box holds the iPod cable but honestly how does one fit a phone in there? Itís a tight fit to say the least.

    - this is a fun ride. Bought it so that the girlfriend is more comfortable when we ride together. Any suggestions or changes to the RT for her comfort? Top box is coming but just trying to think through what else for her.

    I'm currently planning on a deep rehab for the Adventure. There are spots of rust but with only 35k miles, she deserves a solid restore. Loved taking her out to the fireroads the other day around me.

    Great to meet you all. Intros are hard.

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    I took both of our 2016 R1200RSs to the dealer for the 600 mile check. After that I've been doing the service.
    I have a GS-911 so I can clear the service reminder and I plan to take the bikes in every couple years for a computer update.
    My service list for the 600 mile check should be the same as your R1250 except for the steering head bearing.

    600 Mile Check R1200RS_LI.jpg
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    I just picked up my new RT this weekend, but previously had a 2016 RT.

    I agree with you about the cubby for the phone. Mine wonít fit in there, either, and itís a standard size phone.

    I believe the 600 mile or so service is just an oil change and check of all the fasteners to make sure all is secure. I donít have the manual in front of me, but I believe the first service is done anywhere between 375 to 750 miles or so. There is only one thing checked on the schedule, but I didnít see it explained as to what that first service actually involved.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I took both of our 2016 R1200RSs to the dealer for the 600 mile check. After that I've been doing the service.
    I have a GS-911 so I can clear the service reminder and I plan to take the bikes in every couple years for a computer update.
    My service list for the 600 mile check should be the same as your R1250 except for the steering head bearing.

    600 Mile Check R1200RS_LI.jpg
    Interesting Lee.. Thanks for this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlb56 View Post
    I just picked up my new RT this weekend, but previously had a 2016 RT.

    I agree with you about the cubby for the phone. Mine wonít fit in there, either, and itís a standard size phone.

    I believe the 600 mile or so service is just an oil change and check of all the fasteners to make sure all is secure. I donít have the manual in front of me, but I believe the first service is done anywhere between 375 to 750 miles or so. There is only one thing checked on the schedule, but I didnít see it explained as to what that first service actually involved.


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    Yeah -- I may have to get creative about the phone.. I use it for maps and music so its important. Spending $1K on a GPS was not high on my list.....
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    With all my bikes I always have the dealer do the 600 mile service. This way there is a record of your bike at the dealer and if there is an update of any kind they can do that too.
    I also do the brake flush on an annual basis for the same reason. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDERR1150GSADV View Post
    With all my bikes I always have the dealer do the 600 mile service. This way there is a record of your bike at the dealer and if there is an update of any kind they can do that too.
    I also do the brake flush on an annual basis for the same reason. YMMV
    I find having them do the first service will also give you a feeling of how the service department operates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I find having them do the first service will also give you a feeling of how the service department operates.
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    Yeah wish I could do that - but with the dealer closed I'm in a different planet. I appreciate its a special case. Guess I could call around to others within a 4 hour drive and see if they could do the 600 mile on a "ride in" basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imperialstout View Post
    Yeah wish I could do that - but with the dealer closed I'm in a different planet. I appreciate its a special case. Guess I could call around to others within a 4 hour drive and see if they could do the 600 mile on a "ride in" basis.
    A growing problem unfortunately. I have done it with an appointment. Lots of threads lately on dealerships closing. I just received an email from Max BMW that their pick up program is in effect. Probably too far but what the heck, you can try.
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    Welcome to the club. You will love that bike! Mars Red MEtallic is the fastest color, by the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by imperialstout View Post

    - this is a fun ride. Bought it so that the girlfriend is more comfortable when we ride together. Any suggestions or changes to the RT for her comfort? Top box is coming but just trying to think through what else for her.
    My wife is fine with the 49 L topcase. She did NOT like the Givi 56 L topcase on our rental in England; the back rest pad was too straight and made her uncofortable.

    As for the seat, all we add is our Alaska Leathers sheepskin covers. We have done a ride over 5 hours long, however, restroom breaks every 2.5 really do not necessitate using anything else. If you know what I mean. HA

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    Road TRIP!!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    A growing problem unfortunately. I have done it with an appointment. Lots of threads lately on dealerships closing. I just received an email from Max BMW that their pick up program is in effect. Probably too far but what the heck, you can try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWeldin View Post
    Welcome to the club. You will love that bike! Mars Red MEtallic is the fastest color, by the way.



    My wife is fine with the 49 L topcase. She did NOT like the Givi 56 L topcase on our rental in England; the back rest pad was too straight and made her uncofortable.

    As for the seat, all we add is our Alaska Leathers sheepskin covers. We have done a ride over 5 hours long, however, restroom breaks every 2.5 really do not necessitate using anything else. If you know what I mean. HA

    Cheers,
    William
    I went with blue. I need to figure out how to reduce my file size of the bike.

    Sheepskin covers. Will look into this and I appreciate your honest ideas. $1k on a new seat is big. Will research!
    Brad Gross
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlb56 View Post
    I just picked up my new RT this weekend, but previously had a 2016 RT.

    I agree with you about the cubby for the phone. Mine wonít fit in there, either, and itís a standard size phone.
    Are you saying the right cubby won't accommodate something like iPhone 6s? Did your phone fit in the '16 cubby? Mine does along with a charging cable so I can charge while flying in my '16.

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    I have a Samsung S9 and, with the charging cord attached, it wonít fit in the right cubby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dlb56 View Post
    I have a Samsung S9 and, with the charging cord attached, it wonít fit in the right cubby.


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    My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S10 with a skin, it fit with the cord but the key is to have 90 degree USB. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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