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#1002726 - 12/25/17 04:19 PM 2017 R1200RT Stability  
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On Saturday I took delivery of a 2017 R1200RTW. Put in a hundred fifty miles riding it home before rushing off for dinner and then a couple days’ trip to family. All I can say at the moment is WOW!, what a step up from the R1150T. However, I have as issue which will likely mean a return trip to the dealer. In preparation for that, here’s my concern:

I left the dealership in Rain mode (just happened to be in that setting). Within 5 miles I noticed that the handling was twitchy occasionally and that the bike seemed to wobble a bit left/right. My first reaction was, huh, fast steering—and that I needed to adapt. Switched to Road mode. Later on the highway, I noticed a couple times at 70-80 mph that buffeting created enough enough wobble for a fraction of a second to get my attention.

I don’t know the tires or pressure and don’t know if Mode is a factor, and won’t be back home till tomorrow. Have others had these types of issues? What should I look at or check?

Happy Holidays,
RB

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#1002727 - 12/25/17 04:33 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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I won't tell you there cannot be something wrong. Do check your tire pressures.

But, I also think there is such a difference in the '04 RT and the new Wethead RT that it just might be how "responsive" the new one is. I came from an '04 RT also. That said, if your bike has the Continental tires, there is about half of your problem......

Congratulations!

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#1002728 - 12/25/17 04:42 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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Thanks. I’m really impressed by the bike. And I’m willing to accept it may be me. Stay tuned ...

#1002729 - 12/25/17 04:46 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: realshelby]  
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if your bike came with Continental Tires, take it back to the dealer and tell them to put something else on. Mine road walked so bad when I got it I thought I had made a huge mistake. I went from an 1150RT too. Changes tires and now rides like it is on rails. I hate admitting this but sometimes when out in the country and no one around, I will ride for many miles in cruise with my hands in my lap...it is that stable. Tire pressures of 37-38 on front and 42 in the rear. I know things could happen but it sure is relaxing.

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#1002731 - 12/25/17 06:01 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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The funny thing is it feels fine handsfree. And nice quick responsive steering. But then a gust or disturbance once in a while and a bit of left right left that takes away your confidence in its stability. A small shake but it’s there.

I’ll check tires and pressure later today.

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#1002733 - 12/25/17 07:18 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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Roger, when I first got my 14'RTW, I too experienced the exact thing you explain above ....("But then a gust or disturbance once in a while and a bit of left right left that takes away your confidence in its stability. A small shake but it’s there.").

It was the Continental tires that came with my bike. They were the worst tires I have ever ridden on. My bike was so unplanted, unstable, wind prone, etc., I thought I had made a terrible mistake with choice of bike after have an 1100RT and a 1150RT, both great bikes. I got rid of them with only 2,400 miles on them.

Changed over to Pirelli Angels A spec and they changed my bike into a total different piece of machinery. Loved it - corners like rails, stable on straights, smiles in my helmet.

Now using Roadtec 1's and feel the same.

So....like others have said, check your tires. They make a huge difference, at least for me.
good luck.

#1002739 - 12/25/17 11:47 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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Michelin PR4 GT Front & Rear
Front 35 psi
Rear 44 psi

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#1002744 - 12/26/17 02:06 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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Roger, there was an almost identical post to yours in the other forum a couple of months back, and in that case the new owner checked everything, including tire pressures, before he was going to take it in to his dealer for a thorough check. In that case, the rear tire pressure was right on the recommended pressure of 42 psi, while the front was at 34 psi (BMW recommend 36 psi in manual). My recommendation to him was to get the front pressure up to the recommended level at the very least, but many of us ride at 40 psi front, which is what I suggested to him while he was at it. The response back was "wow! It's like riding a different bike!"

I am making the same suggestion to you! Get the front tire pressure to 40 psi, and take the bike out to see how that feels! 44psi is a little high for rear, but that shouldn't affect stability. Personally, I would drop that to 42.

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#1002748 - 12/26/17 03:57 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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PadG (& everyone),
Thanks for that suggestion, I am going to take your advice and take a ride this afternoon.

I just got off the phone with the owner (and an experienced R1200rtw Rider) at the small dealer where I purchased who said exactly the same thing (almost). He said 38/42 but that 44 was okay. He further said that “every once in a rare while” he has to replace a front tire.

I’ll take the ride and post the results at 40psi/42psi.

#1002761 - 12/26/17 10:41 PM Re: 2017 R1200RT Stability [Re: roger 04 rt]  
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I brought the front pressure to 39/40 and went out for a 50 mile jaunt. That seems to have done the trick. The steering IS quick and nimble, but it also seems precise. I never would have guessed the difference 5 PSI would make. Next is a trip on the highways to see what 75+ feels like.

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