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#1003600 - 01/14/18 12:15 AM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: BMW Commuting Guy]  
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CG,

You have the RT since 2016...?
And this the first time you have dropped it...?
If so, you are doing good.

When I first got the RT, different folks on these forums said "you may have been riding for years and never dropped your bike. but get an RT, especially a '02-'03-'04, and you are probably gonna drop it early on, and maybe later again".
And.... they were correct.


'02 R1150RT, '82 GS1100GK, '86 VT500
#1003616 - 01/14/18 05:28 PM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: Redman]  
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You may find this post: DIY System Cases Painting/Refinishing of some help.

After I had owned my RT for 5 or 6 years I decided to have the mirrors painted at an autobody shop. One had some drop scratches, both were pitted from the ubiquitous winter gravel on our roads. They come out looking very good, but it cost a couple of hundred dollars.

Mike Cassidy


2013 R1200GSW
2002 Silver R1150RT (gone)
2004 Kawasaki KLX 400 SR

I wish I could be 1/4 the rider this bike deserves.
#1003794 - 01/17/18 02:58 PM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: BMW Commuting Guy]  
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All of those comments are very good advice. Remember though, that if you DO order the nylon/plastic cyl-head protectors, make sure you get the right ones. Different sizes for twin- and single-spark bikes, and some of the cheapo Chinese copies simply won't agree to be bludgeoned into place and screwed tight.

IMHO, the Hepco & Becker ( and similar) crash bar kits are too heavy and expensive to make the investment worth-while for better falling-over damage protection.

When I dropped my Rockster - twice - and both drops occurred at less than walking speed, as above, I found that the little touch up paint bottles from RS-Paints, plus an hour or two with wet'n'dry beforehand made the small paint-damaged areas quite undetectable.
The full set of nail-varnish-sized bottles aren't cheap what with the various colours required and the topping-off clearcoat, but work out cheaper than a good paint shop's charges.


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#1003881 - 01/18/18 07:46 PM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: BMW Commuting Guy]  
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I used JB weld, a two part epoxy to fill the scratches in my rocker cover. Sanded smooth and and painted with a Auto store rattle can silver paint. Near perfect. Funny the scratches were there when I bought the bike, under the guards. Mike

#1003882 - 01/18/18 08:18 PM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: Mike279]  
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It's a law, valve cover guards are never to be installed until after the first drop. rofl


MrZoom
2013 RT
The rest are history
If everything is under control your not going fast enough!!!
#1003883 - 01/18/18 08:29 PM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: BMW Commuting Guy]  
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NAPA auto parts sells an aluminum colored engine block hi temperature paint in a spray can that is an exact match or as close as you're ever going to get.


James
'93 R1100RSL / '10 FJR1300A
#1003904 - 01/19/18 09:22 AM Re: R1150 RT Dropped [Re: BMW Commuting Guy]  
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Wish we could source that brand of rattle-can paint here in the EU, James.....


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