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#1001776 - 12/01/17 08:34 PM Camhead the perfect bike?  
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Hi all,

Am considering coming back into the BMW fold after selling my R1150 RT some years ago. Have been looking for a 2011 RT (in Ontario Canada) for a few weeks and have been watching the camhead forum on this site to learn of any issues I should be aware of. But there is not much activity on the camhead forum compared to the others (oilhead, hexhead, waterheads), which could be a red-herring to think they don't have problems. I'm thinking this may be the bike to buy?!

Your thoughts...

Thanks,

#1001777 - 12/01/17 09:07 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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My Camhead was an awesome bike, just got smitten with the Wethead. Only trouble I had was switchgear fails (3), others may know if BMW covers those after warranty.


Jim Carter
2013 WR250R
#1001778 - 12/01/17 09:15 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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That's what I did. I found a 2013RT with only 7800 miles. Yes there are possible problems but other than the switches not much is common. Switches are under warranty and had been done on mine. I also got full records of service.
The water cooled are nice but more $$. I was able to transfer many of the accessories from my 2005 RT over which saved me more money.


MrZoom
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The rest are history
If everything is under control your not going fast enough!!!
#1001783 - 12/01/17 11:50 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: mrzoom]  
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I believe the Camhead is the perfect bike, at least for me.

I've put 120K on a '10 and a '13 and each has been bullet proof. Valves bed in needing little adjustment and the bike is easy to service. It manages heat very well ducting most out the bottom. Has a honking alternator and room under the seat for accessories and tools. Great on/off throttle at 4K and above through the curvy stuff and sounds the best of the boxers too. Lots of used farkles available.

Bill

#1001786 - 12/02/17 01:35 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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+1 on the camhead. I only have 40k miles on my 2013 but it’s a great ride and I concur with everything Bill says above.
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#1001788 - 12/02/17 01:53 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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Bought a 2011 eighteen months ago with 3800kms on it here on Vancouver Island. Have been to Halifax and back, Alaska and back, and Alberta countless times. Now have 60000kms and would say it is by far the best motorcycle I have ever owned. Do my own service work and valves are still in spec. Brings a smile everytime I ride.

#1001792 - 12/02/17 02:45 AM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: JAllen]  
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Have had my 2012RT about two years. My other twins were a R75/5, then a 81RT, and 02RT. It's a great motor and tranny and the suspension, brakes, and lighting is excellent. The bags fit well and I like the tank bag rack on the tank which has now been discontinued. I know many others on this board immediately change the seats. It fits me well with just an Alaska Leather on it for a little more cushion. Like others, the dealer recently took care of my switches even though they are out of warranty. The retail for two new switches and labor is just a sliver south of a thousand bucks so you will want to inquire with a seller as to if they were replaced. I'm not sure what year had poorly designed switches other than my 2012. Good luck on your deliberation.

#1001802 - 12/02/17 12:46 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: MichiganBob]  
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+1 for the Cam Head. The engine is a vast improvement over the Hex Head that I owned. This bike fits me well. I have a peg lowering kit, pull back risers, and an RTL seat, which makes the bike fit me like a glove. I had my switches replaced under warranty and have not had an issue with them since. I can do 500-800 mile days with ease when I need to in relative comfort. I have debated buying a water cooled RT, but I just don’t see the need. I bought my bike when it had 3000 miles on it and now have about 40,000. Besides normal maintenance it hasn’t cost me a dime. Except for farkles..... but that’s on me :-)

Doug


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#1001814 - 12/02/17 06:08 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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+1 on the camhead as well. While I've ridden much less the past 2.5 years (leased an electric Focus), it is without a doubt the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden or owned. If your butt can stay awake, 1000 mile days are not that bad and the discomfort is not bike related if you have a good seat. If I had a gripe, it is that the dash display always seems to pick up glare that gets enhanced with polarized sunglasses. Not sure any bike has the perfect electronic display though.

Peter


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#1001871 - 12/03/17 05:15 PM Re: Camhead the perfect bike? [Re: chrisz]  
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Ditto on al the above. Camheads have many fewer problems and idiosyncracies than earlier boxers. Maintenance issues are well known. I would like to have a sight glass for the final drive, but that's common to all BMWs, I think. LCD display is terrible in bright sunlight, the only real fault IMHO. Not much choice in the tank bag area, but not terrible. This may be my final bike. Have a dealer inspect it before purchase and ask what recalls gave been done.


Hank Murphy
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