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#1003222 - 01/05/18 08:22 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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Hello Team:

New 2012 R1200RT (Model: 0440) owner here, this is my first BMW bike. My previous bike was a 2013 Victory Cross Country that I trade for the BMW because Polaris discontinued the Victory brand in favor of the Indian Motorcycles brand. So far the bike is a dream to ride. I am very impressive with all the technology that comes standard in this model. What are the issues that you guys mentioned above the electric switches? Is that recall? How do I know if the recall has been performed? So far I did an oil change as soon as I rode out of the dealership. Last weekend I installed LED bulbs for the brake/tail light.

Best regards,
RB


- 2012 R1200RT
- 2011 HD Fatboy
- 2006 HD V-ROD VRSCR
#1003237 - 01/06/18 03:12 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: Zapata]  
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Originally Posted by Zapata
Hello Team:

New 2012 R1200RT (Model: 0440) owner here, this is my first BMW bike. My previous bike was a 2013 Victory Cross Country that I trade for the BMW because Polaris discontinued the Victory brand in favor of the Indian Motorcycles brand. So far the bike is a dream to ride. I am very impressive with all the technology that comes standard in this model. What are the issues that you guys mentioned above the electric switches? Is that recall? How do I know if the recall has been performed? So far I did an oil change as soon as I rode out of the dealership. Last weekend I installed LED bulbs for the brake/tail light.

Best regards,
RB


Might be best in the future to start a new thread as we are hijacking the thread.

There was not a recall on the switches, they were under what BMW calls a campaign. If the switches malfunction they will replace them. The switches in question are the left and right handlebar switch clusters. Went through a couple of each on my camhead.

Here is a link to check for any recalls on BMWs LINK

Enjoy the RT, they are great motorcycles!

Mike


'13 K1600GT
'16 R1200GS
'04 Yamaha FZ1
#1003238 - 01/06/18 03:16 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: MikeB60]  
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Check out the "Sticker Shock" thread Zapata.

#1005696 - 02/20/18 08:09 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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I'm looking at trading my R1100RT on a R1200RT 2010 tomorrow . Good to see everyone is happy with them .

#1005788 - 02/21/18 07:55 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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Yep pick it up Monday .

#1008042 - 03/25/18 12:09 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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The camhead must be the best bike to buy...as there isn't much to complain about on this particular BMWST heading.

Look at all the postings in the wethead/oilhead and hexhead headings. Lots more issue discussion. Yes, and from the top of my head I do know that the oil went from 94/95 to the hex at 04/05 til the cam at roughly 09/10 to the 14 wet and til now.

I have owned the bikes from the airheads up to the wetheads. My oilhead, which I sold to a friend, now has 200k miles, still going strong. It did have a few things that needed to be pre worked on though. Even more so on my 07 12GT.

Just saying......long live the camhead....and yes i might get a wethead.....

cheers

#1008079 - 03/25/18 01:13 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: Lester V]  
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I'm going to hit the big 70 very soon. My riding needs have changed a lot since I first mounted that 1969 BSA 441. Being in Michigan, there are no mountains with 15 mph switchbacks except for my yearly jaunt west or southeast. What I have are hundreds of miles of back roads through farmlands, around lakes, and of course three pretty large lakes. My 2012 camhead performs extremely well for this kind of riding. This summer, I'm doing a bucket list ride southwest, California coast, see my kids and grandkids in Washington state, up toe Banff and Jasper, and across northern superior through Thunder Bay and Wawa. The camhead will be flawless for such a ride, just like my oilhead performed to Alaska,

In short, I can't imagine a wethead giving me any more satisfaction for the riding I'm doing. Maybe it's smoother or has more power or torque but how much better can it be? I'll ride one someday and see if I'm wowed so much that I run out and get one. But not any day soon.

Ride safe,

Bob

#1008764 - 04/03/18 12:03 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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Coming from 250k miles worth of oilheads the camhead is an amazing machine. Much less maintenance and with 90k miles on my 2011 RT zero issues except fuel strip one time (BMW covered replacement.)


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#1008838 - 04/04/18 12:26 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: GSman]  
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Originally Posted by GSman
Coming from 250k miles worth of oilheads the camhead is an amazing machine. Much less maintenance and with 90k miles on my 2011 RT zero issues except fuel strip one time (BMW covered replacement.)

I' ve never had a fuel strip issue on my 2011 as mine doesn't have one. Maybe you got a 09 that was registered as a 2011?

#1008844 - 04/04/18 12:48 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: Lester V]  
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Originally Posted by Lester V
Originally Posted by GSman
Coming from 250k miles worth of oilheads the camhead is an amazing machine. Much less maintenance and with 90k miles on my 2011 RT zero issues except fuel strip one time (BMW covered replacement.)

I' ve never had a fuel strip issue on my 2011 as mine doesn't have one. Maybe you got a 09 that was registered as a 2011?


I thought I've read that folks have this problem with 2013's. Was it limited to specific models years or are they scattered throughout the entire production run of Oil/Cam heads?


'13 R1200RT 90th Anniversary Edition
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