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    2021 rt BMW's to be shipped with radios to be installed later

    I am not sure if this has been covered. My dealer told me the first RTs will not have have a radio due to chip scarcity. The next batch will halve all the speakers and wiring but no radio. He wasn't sure when the full package will be available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdfbeemer View Post
    I am not sure if this has been covered. My dealer told me the first RTs will not have have a radio due to chip scarcity. The next batch will halve all the speakers and wiring but no radio. He wasn't sure when the full package will be available.
    I talked to my favorite sales rep last week and she said bikes can be ordered with the audio system. Bikes will be delivered without the radios and they (radios) will be shipped to the dealers and installed later, when available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patm View Post
    I talked to my favorite sales rep last week and she said bikes can be ordered with the audio system. Bikes will be delivered without the radios and they (radios) will be shipped to the dealers and installed later, when available.
    It would appear that attempting to rely on "just-in-time" global supply chains isn't all it is claimed to be. And of course, in the end, it is the consumer who suffers.
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    This shortage might be why the BMW Configurator does not show the radio as being either standard or an option.
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    Not really a plot to deprive anyone of anything.....Chip shortage is a global issue-

    DETROIT — General Motors is extending temporary shutdowns at three of its North American plants due to a global semiconductor chip shortage, which is expected to shed billions off automakers' earnings in 2021. ... GM also said its Gravatai plant in Brazil will take downtime in April and May.Mar 3, 2021

    More from CNN here-

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/tech/...hnk/index.html

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    Honda is doing a temporary shutdown in car production at US plants as well, due to the chip shortage. Some chip availability was already an issue pre-pandemic, due in no small part to the cryptocurrency miners. Then along comes COVID-19 and everyone needs a computing device for work or play, chip manufacturers and suppliers underwent shutdowns, shipping became a problem, and so on. It will likely be a year or so before that entire supply chain settles down again.

    Iíve been trying for several months to round up components for a new virtual machine host server at home, and have for now given up trying to get the chips and motherboards I want. Used high-performance motherboards are selling for more than new ones used to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Honda is doing a temporary shutdown in car production at US plants as well, due to the chip shortage. Some chip availability was already an issue pre-pandemic, due in no small part to the cryptocurrency miners. Then along comes COVID-19 and everyone needs a computing device for work or play, chip manufacturers and suppliers underwent shutdowns, shipping became a problem, and so on. It will likely be a year or so before that entire supply chain settles down again.

    I’ve been trying for several months to round up components for a new virtual machine host server at home, and have for now given up trying to get the chips and motherboards I want. Used high-performance motherboards are selling for more than new ones used to...

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    Stellantis (used to partially be Chrysler - the result of Fiat buying Chrysler and Peugot buying or merging with Fiat Chrysler or something similar) and Ford are partially building trucks and stockpiling them until they can get chips to finish the trucks. Ram 1500 and Ford F150 in particular. Globally manufacturers are losing billions. Time to rethink global supply chains I suspect.
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    Too bad one could not just use what they send wired then connect a cable to pipe music from an iPhone or Android. Guessing prior, if one ordered a base r1200rt model you got the speaker housing covers but probably no speakers...could be 100% wrong.

    Though my 05 r1200rt CD player is a keeper...not. Would think I could save a drop of weight if I had that item removed from the fairing. Indeed chip shortages are a real thing. Some Ford trucks are being made without a key chip which means they will get 1mpg less then otherwise if the Chip was installed.

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    BMW Motorrad Bulletin on Chip Supply Issue

    For those who are considering the purchase of a 2021 R1250RT, BMW Motorrad has issued a bulletin regarding the chip supply for the electronics of the bike. Here is the message I received from a contact in BMW NA this morning (3/26/2021):


    "There was a recent bulletin dated March 2, 2021 regarding the RT Radio System option: PRODUCT UPDATE - THE NEW 2021 R 1250 RT RADIO SYSTEM UPDATE Bluetooth for Music Streaming Standard

    Per the bulletin, the option will not be available in the first supply units of the 2021 R 1250 RT due to a global chip supply issue. Riders will still be able to play audio via the standard integrated Bluetooth system. Please refer customers to their preferred Motorrad dealer to discuss this and the details of the bulletin."
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    Translation please...what are they saying lol. Darn, it is bad enough they are making us wait so long to see this model at dealers and now this...will be a long summer waiting for a fix or updated ‘full’ radio.

    Place your bets now as to when this will be resolved. Car plants shut down due to chip shortages. Maybe, if lucky, by the end of this year but don’t count on it is my bet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Honda is doing a temporary shutdown in car production at US plants as well, due to the chip shortage. Some chip availability was already an issue pre-pandemic, due in no small part to the cryptocurrency miners. Then along comes COVID-19 and everyone needs a computing device for work or play, chip manufacturers and suppliers underwent shutdowns, shipping became a problem, and so on. It will likely be a year or so before that entire supply chain settles down again.

    Iíve been trying for several months to round up components for a new virtual machine host server at home, and have for now given up trying to get the chips and motherboards I want. Used high-performance motherboards are selling for more than new ones used to...

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    The brand new Volvo car plant near Charleston, SC recently announced production slow-downs due to chip availability.
    This sounds like a problem we're going to have to live with for some time.

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    Seems "non-essential" workers weren't so much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by escohal View Post
    The brand new Volvo car plant near Charleston, SC recently announced production slow-downs due to chip availability.
    This sounds like a problem we're going to have to live with for some time.
    Just think of the chaos and damage if a nation state decided to weaponize the lack of availability of critical parts. Pick the right pieces and it can do minor damage to the home economy and cripple whole other economies.
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    Radio and Active Cruise Control

    I put a deposit down on a new 2021 RT at the dealer yesterday. Dealers donít seem to know what is going on. So the sales person did tell me that the bike will not have the radio due to the chip shortage. Does anyone really know if the radio is standard and will BMW supply them at some point and have the dealer install at no additional cost? I may give BMW USA a call to confirm one way or another. Also, if your bike is equipped with Active Cruise Control, you will not be able to use this feature until DOT approves, which has not happened yet. Ducati is facing the same issue. I assume a software update once approved will fix this issue.

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    First Iíve heard about the ACC. When I called BMW NA they said they had no information about the radio issue. As it has become more well known perhaps they will choose to say something differently. Also as mentioned in another post, no TPMS due to the chip issue. Iím waiting to hear from BMW if they will retrofit the TPMS once they become available.

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