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#945090 - 10/08/15 03:11 PM Things you might not know about your Wethead  
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Coming from an '04 RT there was a LOT I didn't know about the new RT. I thought it might be a good subject for a thread!

Cruise Control Off: Did you know you can roll the throttle forward, like past idle, to disengage the cruise control? Beats flipping the clutch lever or tapping brakes.

Self Cancelling Turn Signal: Did you know that when making lane changes on Interstates the signals cancel themselves? Must have something to do with holding a steady speed, they won't do it riding around in stop and go riding. Takes a little longer than what I might do manually, but it worked every time I tried it on a 1500 mile ride last week.

These two came to mind, I know there are others that I cannot think of or don't know. What can you add?

#945092 - 10/08/15 03:47 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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From the manual:

The turn indicators automatically
switch off after the defined
time and distance.
min 10 s
min 984.3 ft (min 300 m)


The cruise shut-off is there too, though the language is not clear.

I think anyone would benefit from spending a half hour next to their bike, going through the manual and going through the procedures as they read. I've done it more than once and I still find details I've missed or forgotten.

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#945093 - 10/08/15 04:05 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Your suggestions are a great idea. We know we should read the manual, but lets face it, they are Sooo boring. Even the one for the 1150 was tedious. it seemed like every page was lecturing you about the iABS!
So you users, share the morsels!

#945094 - 10/08/15 04:10 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: lkraus]  
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Originally Posted By: lkraus

I've done it more than once and I still find details I've missed or forgotten.


Which is the exact point of the post!

#945098 - 10/08/15 04:59 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know the lip on the rear fender is extendable? I keep mine near all the way out to lessen road grime/spray.

Did you know your instrument cluster is adjustable? I think there is 3 positions. Push on the top or bottom and it will click to the next position. Moves the entire unit up/down.

#945102 - 10/08/15 06:36 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know that if you have you display on instantaneous MPG and come to a stop the display switches over to gallons per hour (gph).


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#945111 - 10/08/15 08:57 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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<Cruise Control Off: Did you know you can roll the throttle forward, >

That has worked like that also on the 2007 R12RT's.


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#945120 - 10/08/15 11:46 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know, you can set the home screen to a large digital speedo (audio system must be off to view)? Nice.

#945124 - 10/09/15 12:26 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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I have a 2015 and there is no d-tent on the instrument cluster. It will not stay where I want it. Gt

#945127 - 10/09/15 12:35 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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This applies to the GS wethead and probably to the RT also: the EXT TEMP reading changes in increments of 0.9 deg. F - not half degrees or whole degrees or even tenths of degrees. Why 0.9? Because the temp sensor is reporting half degrees C which equals 0.9 deg. F.

It annoyed me a little that the temp display would show 70.7-71.6-72.5-73.4 for example. After a little struggle my dealer figured out how to reprogram that display to show half degree increments, so now it's 71.0-72.0-73.0-73.0.. Perhaps I should have left it alone.


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#945144 - 10/09/15 10:19 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Sailorlite]  

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Originally Posted By: Sailorlite
This applies to the GS wethead and probably to the RT also: the EXT TEMP reading changes in increments of 0.9 deg. F - not half degrees or whole degrees or even tenths of degrees. Why 0.9? Because the temp sensor is reporting half degrees C which equals 0.9 deg. F.

It annoyed me a little that the temp display would show 70.7-71.6-72.5-73.4 for example. After a little struggle my dealer figured out how to reprogram that display to show half degree increments, so now it's 71.0-72.0-73.0-73.0.. Perhaps I should have left it alone.


Or perhaps you should have switched to Celsius degrees... I think the dealer computer can do that. wink

#945152 - 10/09/15 11:51 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: gordiet]  
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Originally Posted By: gordiet
I have a 2015 and there is no d-tent on the instrument cluster. It will not stay where I want it. Gt


Push on the top and then on the bottom of the instrument cluster. If it rocks back and forth easily, it is adjustable. Just takes a bit of a shove in the direction you want it to stay to lock in the detent. I would be surprised if the 2015 was changed.

#945155 - 10/09/15 12:08 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Sailorlite]  
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Originally Posted By: Sailorlite
This applies to the GS wethead and probably to the RT also: the EXT TEMP reading changes in increments of 0.9 deg. F - not half degrees or whole degrees or even tenths of degrees. Why 0.9? Because the temp sensor is reporting half degrees C which equals 0.9 deg. F.


Morning Sailorlite


The temperature SENSOR itself has no way of reporting whole or partial degrees (it just imports resistance change). The partial degree thing is done internal to the computer.


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#945160 - 10/09/15 02:33 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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If you plug in a USB thumb drive loaded up with tunes you can randomize their order by pressing and holding the Mode button down.

The downside is that randomizing seems to ignore directories. Constant bouncing between Rock and Smooth Jazz wasn't working for me. I guess separate thumb drives may be in order...I have plenty of those laying about. Randomizing within a directory would be better.

Ken


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#945167 - 10/09/15 03:42 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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#945175 - 10/09/15 06:03 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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If you use a I pod you can go to category then Radom from there. The random will work inside of any mode. For example artist, all songs, type of music.

#945206 - 10/09/15 09:48 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: rodantking]  
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Originally Posted By: rodantking
If you use a I pod you can go to category then Radom from there. The random will work inside of any mode. For example artist, all songs, type of music.


Thanks for this post rodantking...I stand corrected. I tried one more time on the way home from work today and it worked perfectly. I think the mistake I made before was not going into the directory and selecting a tune before turning on randomize.

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#945231 - 10/10/15 07:54 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Kitsap]  

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It's a babe magnet. Well, my daughter thinks it's cool.


Then BMW must have really made improvements to it.
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#945245 - 10/10/15 01:31 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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Originally Posted By: narcosis
If you plug in a USB thumb drive loaded up with tunes you can randomize their order by pressing and holding the Mode button down.

The downside is that randomizing seems to ignore directories. Constant bouncing between Rock and Smooth Jazz wasn't working for me. I guess separate thumb drives may be in order...I have plenty of those laying about. Randomizing within a directory would be better.

Ken

Ahhhhh......the real solution to your problem is to properly "tag" your MP3 files. The wethead's audio system does not take any notices of file directories, as you have found out, but if your MP3s had the ID3 section properly tagged (album name, artist name, track title, track number, genre, etc.) then the radio's player will sort them out for you. You will then be able to select play from any of those variables, and once the selection have been made you can use the randomized play and the selection will be retained within that group.

You will need a 3rd party software to do the tagging, and there are several freeware around (at least for Windows OS). The one that I use is called MP3TAG: http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html. I think that there might be a Mac version as well.


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#945246 - 10/10/15 01:45 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Panhandle Chuck]  
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Can some one offer some guidance on how to get the digital speedo on the screen please.

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Go to "user" setting in menu. Select "background". Push wonderwheel to the right to get into background and you will see "empty" "speedo" "logo". Select speedo. As far as I know, the sound system being on overrides the speed display. So the radio has to be turned off.

#945258 - 10/10/15 05:22 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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You don't have to do anything but turn the radio off. GT

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You are right! I didn't push hard enough. GT

#945279 - 10/10/15 10:44 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Thanks guys, worked great.

#945289 - 10/11/15 01:26 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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Originally Posted By: narcosis
If you plug in a USB thumb drive loaded up with tunes you can randomize their order by pressing and holding the Mode button down.

The downside is that randomizing seems to ignore directories. Constant bouncing between Rock and Smooth Jazz wasn't working for me. I guess separate thumb drives may be in order...I have plenty of those laying about. Randomizing within a directory would be better.

Ken


I'm so ADD, I love the switching between rock, bluegrass, funk, country, alternate, etc. Woah, there goes a rabbit.... grin


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#945344 - 10/12/15 12:18 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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when using the menu you can switch back to the "home mode" (audio display) by pressing the front of the wonderwheel


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#945361 - 10/12/15 06:17 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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You sure about that on a 2015? The adjustable instrument cluster, that is....

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#945363 - 10/12/15 06:25 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Antknee]  
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Originally Posted By: Antknee
You sure about that on a 2015? The adjustable instrument cluster, that is....


While I don't own a 2015, the 2014 absolutely has an adjustable instrument cluster. It appears that gordiet thought his 2015 did not have this feature, but was just not pushing hard enough. It does take a bit of force. It is handy for lessening reflections off windscreen at night, I don't see too much difference in daylight.

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It's there, you just need to push the top or the bottom of the cluster way in and it will click. GT

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Originally Posted By: Antknee
You sure about that on a 2015? The adjustable instrument cluster, that is....

I have a 2015 and yes it's there. Have mine adjusted to full up position. You do have to put some force on the top or bottom of screen depending on how you want to adjust


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#945387 - 10/12/15 11:32 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Antknee]  
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Originally Posted By: Antknee
You sure about that on a 2015? The adjustable instrument cluster, that is....
My 2015 is adjustable.


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#945395 - 10/13/15 02:40 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Better try this again!

#945527 - 10/14/15 04:55 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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Originally Posted By: narcosis
If you plug in a USB thumb drive loaded up with tunes you can randomize their order by pressing and holding the Mode button down.

The downside is that randomizing seems to ignore directories. Constant bouncing between Rock and Smooth Jazz wasn't working for me. I guess separate thumb drives may be in order...I have plenty of those laying about. Randomizing within a directory would be better.

Ken

Ken, try setting the audio to play a certain genre, then play the tunes in order, which will be alphabetical by tune title, which is effectively random.


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#945563 - 10/15/15 02:06 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: gordiet]  
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I've got a 15--yes..PUSH
At first I thought the manual said Nav and I was pushing on that...because that's what I want to adjust during the day


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#945564 - 10/15/15 02:13 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know that the menu diamond symbol sets the function you can automatically go back to. I think you set the function then hold the diamond button down. Lately I'm using it to go back to the suspension setting so that I can lower the rear when I stop to assist my passenger get off and on and help with sidestand angle.
Question: I always blip clutch lever to shut cruise off but you must manual raise the speed with the grip slightly or the engine speed will drop off slightly....but I haven't tried the throttle OFF trick because I thought the RPM and speed would drop off...does it stay pretty much where it was? Understand?


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#945770 - 10/17/15 11:23 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Panhandle Chuck]  
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Originally Posted By: Panhandle Chuck
Did you know, you can set the home screen to a large digital speedo (audio system must be off to view)? Nice.

How? Please do tell.


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#945773 - 10/17/15 11:25 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Just turn the radio off. GT

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Is there a parking light option on these bikes?

On my 2007, I could activate a park light so the bike would be visible at night on unlit roads.


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#945777 - 10/18/15 12:01 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Paul Szilard - Australia]  
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kind of, but not exactly. If you turn on your key and don't touch any of the brakes, the little circles up front will come on. As soon as you touch the brakes, the headlight comes on.

Downside is every thing that comes on with the key will be on too.


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#945780 - 10/18/15 12:43 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Paul Szilard - Australia]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul Szilard - Australia
Originally Posted By: Panhandle Chuck
Did you know, you can set the home screen to a large digital speedo (audio system must be off to view)? Nice.

How? Please do tell.


Go to "user" setting in menu. Select "background". Push wonderwheel to the right to get into background and you will see "empty" "speedo" "logo". Select speedo. As far as I know, the sound system being on overrides the speed display. So the radio has to be turned off, but you may still not have a speedo display if one of the other options have been selected.

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I would like to leave the bike locked but with parking lights on. Is this possible?


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#945801 - 10/18/15 05:31 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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I turned the background to speedo but it didn't have much effect.


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#945806 - 10/18/15 10:15 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Got it! I had to long press the Audio buttonto turn OFF the audio. I was using a short press, which just mutes the speakers, Great!


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#945811 - 10/18/15 12:19 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Paul Szilard - Australia]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul Szilard - Australia
Got it! I had to long press the Audio buttonto turn OFF the audio. I was using a short press, which just mutes the speakers, Great!

Which brings us to another "did you know feature". Yes, a quick tap on the top button on the fairing panel does mute the speakers. Nice when stopped in traffic.

#945812 - 10/18/15 12:54 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Another discovery...

You can remove the oil filter with the crankcase at normal levels if you need to. There will be some spillage but nothing too bad. Easily managed with a shop rag under it.


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#946388 - 10/25/15 01:14 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Paul Szilard - Australia]  
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BUMP

Is this possible, guys?


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#946394 - 10/25/15 03:09 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: TrickLidz]  
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It stays pretty steady with a slight drop off. A trick I use is to slightly twist the throttle as if I am speeding up just before I turn it to off. This really smooths out the off cruise control condition.

mike

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To turn the parking lights on you turn the ignition off then immediately press and hold the blinker switch to the left until the parking lights come on. To turn the parking lights off, turn the ignition on then off.

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hmmm tried the turn signal thing several times...couldn't get it to work...Anyone else get it to work?


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Just tried. Worked as advertised.


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#946768 - 11/01/15 05:27 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave

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Unfortunately, the 2014 cruise "off" is nowhere close as smooth and unnoticeable as it was on the '07....


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#946797 - 11/01/15 05:55 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Dave_zoom_zoom]  
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Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave



YMMV!

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#946849 - 11/02/15 07:32 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Dave_zoom_zoom]  
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Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave


Whatever the spedo will read will be quite a bit higher than actual speed. Better off to look at the "max speed" field in the GPS.

A few weeks ago I was toggling through the GPS screens with my wife on the back of the bike and she spotted that number. She wasn't pleased with me grin


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#946866 - 11/02/15 10:41 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: bwr]  
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Originally Posted By: bwr
Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave


Whatever the spedo will read will be quite a bit higher than actual speed. Better off to look at the "max speed" field in the GPS.

A few weeks ago I was toggling through the GPS screens with my wife on the back of the bike and she spotted that number. She wasn't pleased with me grin



Hi Brian

I'm sure that number that was recorded was either when someone else was "borrowing" your bike or perhaps when the GPS was in/on another vehicle. cool

Could you share that number with me? Maybe in a PM?

Thanks
Dave

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Originally Posted By: mbelectric
Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave



YMMV!

wave


It would seem you have had the throttle pinned on much more than just a Wethead! clap

Dave

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#946871 - 11/03/15 12:32 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Yes I did works great. Thanks for the heads up. Not sure if I'll ever use it...


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#946930 - 11/04/15 02:20 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Yes I discovered that, too.

#946931 - 11/04/15 02:33 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Dave_zoom_zoom]  
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Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
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Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave


Whatever the spedo will read will be quite a bit higher than actual speed. Better off to look at the "max speed" field in the GPS.

A few weeks ago I was toggling through the GPS screens with my wife on the back of the bike and she spotted that number. She wasn't pleased with me grin



Hi Brian

I'm sure that number that was recorded was either when someone else was "borrowing" your bike or perhaps when the GPS was in/on another vehicle. cool

Could you share that number with me? Maybe in a PM?

Thanks
Dave


So you were serious with the original question!!! smile

I haven't tried for the full throttle speed, but people have reported numbers above 140 mph and state that the bike was still pulling! I have seen about 122 on my GPS page that you guys were talking about.

I must say that the wethead is going to get me in trouble one of these days, because it will get into the triple digit range without me knowing or intending it!

You might find this video interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1T4nguQ8Bg


Pad. Gajajiva, Solon OH.

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#946938 - 11/04/15 05:21 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: PadG]  
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Hey, Thanks a million PadG!

I really enjoyed the U Tube. I think that road was a bit too busy for those speed runs. But, all went well.

It looked like he did 231km/Hr. @ almost 8000 RPM. Not to bad! smile As near as I can calculate (using radar) my RT speedo. is approx. 6% optimistic.

After watching the U Tube you referenced, U Tube referred me to "BMW R1200RT Nurburgring 18.5 Aug.2,14". I loved that one. There's no carbon living in that guys engine.

My apologies if this was a hijack. But, these are "Things you might not know about your Wethead"! grin

Dave

#946944 - 11/04/15 07:24 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: PadG]  
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Originally Posted By: PadG
Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Originally Posted By: bwr
Originally Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom
Sooo-

What is the maximum number that speedometer will read if you keep the throttle pinned?

Dave


Whatever the spedo will read will be quite a bit higher than actual speed. Better off to look at the "max speed" field in the GPS.

A few weeks ago I was toggling through the GPS screens with my wife on the back of the bike and she spotted that number. She wasn't pleased with me grin



Hi Brian

I'm sure that number that was recorded was either when someone else was "borrowing" your bike or perhaps when the GPS was in/on another vehicle. cool

Could you share that number with me? Maybe in a PM?

Thanks
Dave


So you were serious with the original question!!! smile

I haven't tried for the full throttle speed, but people have reported numbers above 140 mph and state that the bike was still pulling! I have seen about 122 on my GPS page that you guys were talking about.

I must say that the wethead is going to get me in trouble one of these days, because it will get into the triple digit range without me knowing or intending it!

You might find this video interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1T4nguQ8Bg


140!! I doubt that.

My GPS max speed reads 129.3 MPH. I made several attempts on a long flat straight deserted highway in Montana on a windless day. That's the fastest I could get it to go.

Note that I was at about 5,500 feet elevation. Might go faster at sea-level? Also, if I recall, I did have the windshield raised about 40% rather than in the lowest position.


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#946950 - 11/04/15 09:54 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: garr2]  
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Originally Posted By: garr2
To turn the parking lights on you turn the ignition off then immediately press and hold the blinker switch to the left until the parking lights come on. To turn the parking lights off, turn the ignition on then off.


You are a LEGEND! Just tried it and it works on mine too. Thanks so much for this. Where is this documented, or how did you know about this?

Thanks again!


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#946952 - 11/04/15 10:19 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead - Top Case [Re: realshelby]  
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As my top case from the '07 was sold with the old bike, I went and got the new central locking one.

To my amazement, the mechanism to secure it to the rack is inside underneath the luggage area, under a piece of carpet! This means that you can't practically, take the top box off and carry it into your motel! (even after disconnecting the electrics).

This seems like a really dumb decision to me.

I would have preferred the "old" style of dismounting, and I would have made the electrical connection such that it could pull out (without locking).

My only other complaint about the new bike is that I find the direction indicator switch awkward to reach, especially when inside a round about, when I need to swap from one side to the other whilst in the turn.


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#946957 - 11/05/15 01:18 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: bwr]  
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BWR...I can assure you the 14RT will hit a speedometer reading of 140mph and still be climbing....of course we all know there is some margin of error, but from an indicated view....don't ask me how I know...but I know.


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#947011 - 11/06/15 03:24 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Skywagon]  
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I saw 130 something with a pillion.


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#947094 - 11/07/15 07:45 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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I've enjoyed this thread - got the central speedo display working 'cause of the help here (the manual is useless), then thought it was time to figure out "hill starts".

I read the Manual. F**'g useless. Then watched a short video by the guys at Gulf Coast MCs and "click"! The trick being to pull the hand brake lever on hard enough to get a "pop" feedback in the lever, and watch for the (H) icon in the left display. Cool!

BMW should be doing this stuff.

#947096 - 11/07/15 09:07 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Paul Szilard - Australia]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul Szilard - Australia
Originally Posted By: garr2
To turn the parking lights on you turn the ignition off then immediately press and hold the blinker switch to the left until the parking lights come on. To turn the parking lights off, turn the ignition on then off.


You are a LEGEND! Just tried it and it works on mine too. Thanks so much for this. Where is this documented, or how did you know about this?

Thanks again!


I found it in the Owners Manual (p62).
But each time I have a question about my bike I go to the 'Table of Contents' in the front of the book or the index in the back looking for any keyword I can think of and ...... often nothing.
So then begins the thumbing through the whole booklet - a real pain!

And then there are the questions the manual doesn't seem to cover at all- such as WTF is the gear shift indicator.

Ian

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Originally Posted By: garr2

And then there are the questions the manual doesn't seem to cover at all- such as WTF is the gear shift indicator.


The "gear shift indicator" is more or less an economy gimmick. It tells you the optimum rpm to upshift for economical riding. I turned mine off as the flickering of it coming on and going off distracted me.

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I had the gear shift indicator on when I brought the bike in for the 600 mile service. After the test ride the tech asked about it. I got the 2nd 14RT from the dealership, my bike may of been first in for service. I find the future useless.

Jay

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Originally Posted By: strataj
I had the gear shift indicator on when I brought the bike in for the 600 mile service. After the test ride the tech asked about it. I got the 2nd 14RT from the dealership, my bike may of been first in for service. I find the future useless.



Morning Jay

I'm not sure of the intent of the shift indicator on the BMW motorcycle-- it might just be a gimmick or might allow BMW to advertise a slightly higher MPG.

On automobiles & light trucks with manual transmissions the manufacturer can increase the (window sticker) MPG rating slightly if the vehicle has a shift indicator as OEM equipment.


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#947113 - 11/07/15 02:41 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Originally Posted By: garr2

And then there are the questions the manual doesn't seem to cover at all- such as WTF is the gear shift indicator.


The "gear shift indicator" is more or less an economy gimmick. It tells you the optimum rpm to upshift for economical riding. I turned mine off as the flickering of it coming on and going off distracted me.

I am too lazy to turn it off!! smile I don't even notice it anymore.


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#948070 - 11/22/15 05:15 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Check out the following site: http://www.k1600forum.com
The 1600GTL has many items similar or the same as the R1200RT-LC, such as trunk, saddle bags, central locking, headlight, adding extra lights, canbus, etc.


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#948544 - 11/28/15 08:41 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: KSB]  
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Did you know the brake light stays on when you use Hill Assist? I use it a lot here on flat ground while waiting at intersections where I might normally not have my hand/foot on the brake. Good to keep the brake light on when stopped at intersections/lights......

#948589 - 11/29/15 02:57 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Did you know the brake light stays on when you use Hill Assist? I use it a lot here on flat ground while waiting at intersections where I might normally not have my hand/foot on the brake. Good to keep the brake light on when stopped at intersections/lights......
Thats interesting because my 2015 hill assist indicator wont even come on or hold the brake unless I'm actually on a hill.


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#948592 - 11/29/15 04:14 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: reg26]  
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interesting...mine his assist on 2014 works any time I engage it. Trust me...no hills in Houston. If I had only had this feature when I lived in San Francisco and thought the smell of a burning clutch was part of the morning air.

Try this...squeeze your front brake as far as you can, then let go. If it doesn't work I would ask the dealer why not. Squeeze hard, squeeze all the way, squeeze kind of quickly.

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I have done that. It works perfectly when on an incline but not when on flat ground. I'll run it by the dealer next time i'm there though. Not really worried about it as I only use it when on a hill. Thanks


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#948674 - 12/01/15 02:24 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know that the central locking remote can become unsynchronized? Usually happens when it first works to lock the bike while you're at your doctor's appointment and then fails (becomes unsyncronized) when you get back. Can't get to the manual because it's locked in the topcase. The key won't open anything. If I could have opened the topcase I would have been reminded that there's an unlock button on the right side...never had used it...I had a remote. dopeslap


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Right side of what? Gt

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Originally Posted By: gordiet
Right side of what? Gt


Right handgrip top

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Originally Posted By: narcosis
Did you know that the central locking remote can become unsynchronized? Usually happens when it first works to lock the bike while you're at your doctor's appointment and then fails (becomes unsyncronized) when you get back. Can't get to the manual because it's locked in the topcase. The key won't open anything. If I could have opened the topcase I would have been reminded that there's an unlock button on the right side...never had used it...I had a remote. dopeslap


I keep a pdf copy on my phone http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/index.html?content=http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/services/manuals/manuals_main.html&notrack=1

Hope it helps

Jay

#948849 - 12/03/15 09:25 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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#948856 - 12/04/15 12:49 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Hey Terry...tested the brake light on with hill assist. That doesn't happen on mine. Wish it did.


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#948866 - 12/04/15 01:24 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Skywagon]  
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Originally Posted By: Skywagon
Hey Terry...tested the brake light on with hill assist. That doesn't happen on mine. Wish it did.


David, you had me worried. I was afraid I was going to have to check myself back into the Liars Rehabilitation Center. So, last night after reading your post I ran out to the garage to see what was what. I started the bike then activated hill control. Brake lights stay on! Went back in to the house. Wondered if maybe being in gear would matter? Went back out and tested it in gear. Same results. So, I don't know what to say about those that don't work. My bike is a Non-shift assist/locking/alarm bike. Don't know if it matters?
Pic with engine running and no Hill control:


Pic with Hill control engaged:


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#948884 - 12/04/15 06:57 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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believed you...just reporting my doesn't....Crap..might have to get a new bike. Hey if you around this weekend I would like to see your new shield. If not I am going bail out from about Dec 11 through Jan 04. Maybe we could catch up or even take a ride.


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If you would like to turn off the "shift indicator" then here are the simple steps to do so.

Push the menu button until you find "Vehicle"
Then use the Wonder Wheel and push with your thumb to the left.
Select "shift indicator" and push the wonder wheel to the left.
Select "off" and then push the wonder wheel to the left.

All done.

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Did you know:
If you want to clean the bottom half of your windshield you can keep it in the fully raised position by setting it there and using the "Kill Switch" to shut off your engine. Do NOT shut off the ignition. When you are done cleaning the w/s, shut off the ignition and the w/s will park itself.


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Originally Posted By: KSB
Did you know:
If you want to clean the bottom half of your windshield you can keep it in the fully raised position by setting it there and using the "Kill Switch" to shut off your engine. Do NOT shut off the ignition. When you are done cleaning the w/s, shut off the ignition and the w/s will park itself.

Gee, all that I do is switch on without starting the engine and then move the windshield to any position that I want! The windshield will go full down when you switch off. I have yet to even touch the kill switch on my RTs!

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#950440 - 01/01/16 06:00 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: PadG]  
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Woops. How right you are. I jumped to the conclusion that the w/s worked on the R/T like it did on the 1600; didn't even try the easy way first.


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#950454 - 01/01/16 11:48 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Anyone know if it's possible to display MPH in a decent sized digital format AND TPM at the same time?

#950458 - 01/02/16 12:42 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Not that I've been able to figure out. GT

#951128 - 01/13/16 07:15 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know that the bikes clock is synched to the GPS? So when you ride across a US time zone the bike time changes automatically. Its a little disconcerting that the "time to destination" readout also knows...
Geoff

#951133 - 01/13/16 01:09 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: hefy_jefy]  
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Originally Posted By: hefy_jefy
Did you know that the bikes clock is synched to the GPS? So when you ride across a US time zone the bike time changes automatically. Its a little disconcerting that the "time to destination" readout also knows...
Geoff


Did you know that you can set whether your bike clock synchronizes with the GPS? In one of the menus somewhere......I like that it has GPS time function available and find it nice on trips.

#951166 - 01/13/16 10:25 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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That's cool, but I wonder if its more or less confusing? smile

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#952275 - 02/01/16 03:53 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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I tried to adjust my instrument cluster when I saw this option in the manual but mine will not adjust. 2015 R1200RT

#952290 - 02/01/16 01:21 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Captainflugel]  
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Originally Posted By: Captainflugel
I tried to adjust my instrument cluster when I saw this option in the manual but mine will not adjust. 2015 R1200RT


I think if you push with both hands at the top or bottom of the instrument cluster you will find it has 3 positions. You can wiggle it easily, more force will give you an audible click as it changes positions. 2015 models have this feature.

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That's the trick! GT

#953397 - 02/18/16 12:37 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: NoelCP]  
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NOEL, my instrument cluster allows for Digital MPH in Center display. Simultaneously, the side profile display on the right side allows for TPMS monitoring, MPG AVG, MPG INSTANT, Miles to empty, or ambient air temp. Also, the heated grips and seat icons. My bike is authority model.

#953431 - 02/18/16 12:09 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Jriffe108]  
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Originally Posted By: Jriffe108
NOEL, my instrument cluster allows for Digital MPH in Center display. Simultaneously, the side profile display on the right side allows for TPMS monitoring, MPG AVG, MPG INSTANT, Miles to empty, or ambient air temp. Also, the heated grips and seat icons. My bike is authority model.


All RT's do this, but you can't use the radio and have the digital MPH

Jay

#953755 - 02/22/16 08:36 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: strataj]  
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ah ha, I have no radio, well, not factory equipped unit at least. Cool feature I have is cruise works at 8 mph.

#953943 - 02/24/16 07:07 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Skywagon]  
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Yes I knew that!

#953950 - 02/24/16 08:07 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Bob H.]  
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Originally Posted By: Bob H.
Yes I knew that!


Sorry Bob, that's off topic. grin

Pat


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#953965 - 02/24/16 09:49 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Skywagon]  
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I've had mine up to 129 once. I don't see me doing it again but...

#954029 - 02/25/16 06:11 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know that the bikes trip odometer (1 & 2) looses the "tenths" after it rolls past 99.9 miles? I used to use the bikes tripmeter on my 2005 RT to record the number of miles per tank. On my 2015 RT I have to use the GPS tripmeter to record the miles per tank.

If anyone knows how to over ride this to show tenths of a mile past 100 miles please let me know.


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#964579 - 06/27/16 05:35 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: narcosis]  
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Originally Posted By: narcosis
If you plug in a USB thumb drive loaded up with tunes you can randomize their order by pressing and holding the Mode button down.


You also can simply play all. That plays them in alphabetical order which is effectively random and also prevents playing the same track twice. Interesting, too, is if you have multiple artists doing the same track (or the same artist doing live and studio tracks) you can hear them back to back and compare the various artists' approach.


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#964588 - 06/27/16 06:56 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Jim Lampru]  
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Jim....I don't understand what you are saying exactly. I know it drops tenths after 99.9, but if I understand your point, which I assume I don't, then the math is very small. For instance if you drove 100 miles versus 100.9, divided by gallons filled the number is tiny. Do that over a full tank and even smaller. For me I typically run about 300 miles between fills and it usually takes right at 6 gallons...or 50MPG. If I added the tenths, 300.9/6 gallons my mileage would be 50.1MPG. I've been pretty happy with my computer read out of fuel burn as it pretty much matches exactly what the pump is saying give or take a tenth or two/gallons. It' far more accurate than my cars or airplane.


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I always reset my Trip1 on fuel up. Since the trip only goes to .1 accuracy, I always assume at best my fuel mileage to .1mpg as well. I use the fuel pump's .1 of a gallon as well. But always drop every off after the tenths. I don't round.

But that's just me. Not scientific principal I'm sure. Just what makes the most sense to my OCD brain.


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#964610 - 06/27/16 10:37 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: 92Merc]  
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Thanks...now I understand your point. I'm lucky if I remember to actually get gas smile


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#964703 - 06/28/16 11:36 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: bwr]  
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I have recently returned from a european tour and whilst on a Motorway straight I opened the throttle to see where the engine would top out! I couldn't believe it when the dial went off the clock over 150mph. I later checked the GPS on the Nav5 which shows my maximum speed of 197mph. Now I know that can't be accurate but can't understand why it would read so high!!!
I would like to add at the top speed there was a fair amount of wobble which unsettled me and I wouldn't recommend anyone trying this.

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#964712 - 06/29/16 01:43 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: trickstercop]  
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Originally Posted By: trickstercop
I later checked the GPS on the Nav5 which shows my maximum speed of 197mph. Now I know that can't be accurate but can't understand why it would read so high!!!


GPSs do that sometimes. I've seen mine record a max of 193 for my 1150RT. I'd guess it's down to a signal or computation glitch.


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#964990 - 07/03/16 04:05 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Doing my first self maintenance at 10,000 km on my '16 RT and discovered the diff filler plug needs a 6mm allen wrench while the drain plug uses a T-45 Torx! Why not one or the other?

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Be careful of these final drive plugs! They are different pitch threads! You can easily bugger the threads on the housing and plugs if trying to install the wrong plug. My dealer was kind enough to do that on the first services for me.I was able to tap the threads to clean them up and all is well.

#965027 - 07/03/16 08:03 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: CRUSTYBEEMER]  
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Originally Posted By: CRUSTYBEEMER
Doing my first self maintenance at 10,000 km on my '16 RT and discovered the diff filler plug needs a 6mm allen wrench while the drain plug uses a T-45 Torx! Why not one or the other?


Afternoon CRUSTYBEEMER


Good Question--

The lower plug is sort of special to go onto that recessed area but still be short enough to not contact spinning parts inside the final drive plus have more threads per mm. (I can easily see that one being sourced for it's exact duty & purpose)

The upper plug was probably a cost saver as that plug is used on many BMW automobiles as the engine oil drain plug so BMW already had that part in their system, probably at a very competitive price--(or Possibly BMW had a bunch of the fill plugs left over from the automotive side & decided to source those as they already had them)

Or maybe I'm reading too much into this & it is as simple as the factory fill station tooling was set up for the hex drive plugs from a previous vehicle line.


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#1000306 - 11/06/17 10:24 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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As someone has posted earlier, you can operate the 'Menu' button in 2 directions. Effectively, rocking the top part of the button can get you to a favorite of your choice (for example heated grips).
But some of us didn't realise you could fast exit the 'mode' function by pulling the wonder wheel sideways.

#1000373 - 11/07/17 12:55 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know if the outside temp is somewhere below 40 F the seat and grip heat does not cancel after sitting overnight (I think). At least this was the case this morning. Road to work @ 36 F and the heated grips and seat came on at the setting from the previous day.


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

Most missed bike: Bultaco Sherpa T 326
#1000375 - 11/07/17 01:07 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know if you power the bike up with the engine kill switch in the off position (keyless ride models) the power will stay on for nearly an hour so you can play tunes while drying and waxing


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

Most missed bike: Bultaco Sherpa T 326
#1000526 - 11/08/17 05:09 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: realshelby]  
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Did you know if you buy a different motorcycle other than a new RT you will be deeply disappointed, since RT is the best motorcycle of all time?

#1000544 - 11/09/17 01:44 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: NoelCP]  
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Originally Posted by NoelCP
Did you know if you buy a different motorcycle other than a new RT you will be deeply disappointed, since RT is the best motorcycle of all time?

Yup!


Bernie
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#1000573 - 11/09/17 05:47 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Bernie]  
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Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by NoelCP
Did you know if you buy a different motorcycle other than a new RT you will be deeply disappointed, since RT is the best motorcycle of all time?

Yup!


If anyone should know it should be you! Congrats you lucky dog a new Alpinweiss '18! I love the white color but love my Platinum Blond too!

#1000578 - 11/09/17 07:04 PM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: NoelCP]  
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Originally Posted by NoelCP
Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by NoelCP
Did you know if you buy a different motorcycle other than a new RT you will be deeply disappointed, since RT is the best motorcycle of all time?

Yup!


If anyone should know it should be you! Congrats you lucky dog a new Alpinweiss '18! I love the white color but love my Platinum Blond too!

Thank you, the Platinum would have been my choice a few years ago. But the Alpinweiss is really growing on me.


Bernie
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#1000599 - 11/10/17 02:25 AM Re: Things you might not know about your Wethead [Re: Bernie]  
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Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by NoelCP
Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by NoelCP
Did you know if you buy a different motorcycle other than a new RT you will be deeply disappointed, since RT is the best motorcycle of all time?

Yup!


If anyone should know it should be you! Congrats you lucky dog a new Alpinweiss '18! I love the white color but love my Platinum Blond too!

Thank you, the Platinum would have been my choice a few years ago. But the Alpinweiss is really growing on me.


I am very happy that white was not an option for 2016 as that would have made my color decision more difficult. But in 2016 the Platinum Bronze (blond) was a no brainer!


Ed Apelianbike
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