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    '09 R1200RT Fuel Tank Cap

    Now if BMW is going to build a really expensive bike like an RT, you think they wouldn't skimp on parts, right? Wrong....the entire bike is only as strong as its weakest link. The mechanism that keeps the gas cap propped open (that little 'click' sound when you open it) is controlled by this cheapo piece of plastic (the red one below). A roller pin goes into 2 microscopic holes at the end of the red thing as a pivot. My original one broke last year. Sure, BMW won't sell me the plastic part, nor tell me where to get it. They'd much rather I buy a brand new cap for about $250. So I took a shot and bought a used cap on Fleabay from a 2015 K1300S, and it happens to use the same piece (dumb luck). Now, after a year, the replacement one broke last weekend. If anyone else here has experienced this with any year bike, please let me know if you've come up with a better solution. Yeah I can leave it off, and then the lid would just flop around when open, which is no big deal. I just like when things work the way they're supposed to. I would assume a machine shop could make one out of metal. Just needs to be strong enough not to break, but flexible enough to spread a little to get the roller pin in. Just hard finding someone to make a one-off piece without it costing a fortune. Was hoping someone already did it, so I didn't have to re-invent the wheel.
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