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Any regrets or outstanding issues with the lastest series of RTs 22+


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fourteenfour

I am starting to get that regrettable itch to buy another motorcycle complete with the horror of going to the gas station again... my last RT was a 2019 and now that 22's are starting to hit the used floor near 20k I am almost interested again.

 

I suspect the software issues are worked out but how would I confirm the bike has the latest update?  has ACC been all that useful to you?  Are the speakers really that much better than what the 19s had?  The rest of the bike looks the same outside of finally having an adaptive headlamp the bike always deserved

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Go here and get plenty of information.

https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/rt-series-post-2013.46/

 

I got one of the first ones and the bike really wasn't ready for release yet. Took BMW about 6-8 months to get it close to right. No speakers on mine but I like ACC. Main issue is you have to use BMW connected APP. Go to the sight above and there are many threads on different issues and solutuions. 

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Motorcycles are one of the most subjective matters where one's opinion is king, right?  So everything said here has to be filtered through your own rose or otherwise coloured glasses.

 

Having said that, this is the first bike I had where my initial excitement of the purchase did not vanish as my time with the bike went by, if anything I love the bike more. Bought it new in May '21 but unlike many out there I was buying a motorcycle with a large screen attached to it, not a large screen that happened to have a motorcycle under it, so my level of disappointment was in line with any other first edition product I have bought before it. The fact  is that BMW did work on fixing the issues, and for me, now with a dedicated Android bike phone, those issues are all solved. On the last big trip, (9k kilometres in 3 weeks, two up with a single wheel trailer in tow), I experienced no issues at all and I used the phone based BMW Connected App navigation for all of it.

 

If all you need is point to point navigation with no randomness thrown in, the built in nav is fine. If you want more, you will need a dedicated GPS with all the extra fruit.

 

As far as the rest of the bike is concerned, it is the best RT BMW has built to date. I had two other BMWs (a camhead RT and a CLC) and a bunch of Japanese bikes before this and I have now 42k kilometres on this RT, just as a perspective. The radar cruise is magic, the engine is fantastic and very engaging (yes the Boxer motor is definitely has me wrapped around its conrod :D), suspension well sorted and the handling is unreal, not just for its size and weight but in comparison with  most other non-sports motorcycles.

 

For me this is the perfect bike. Just a shame that it took me this long to finally have it ;)

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Daveyator

I noticed one minor thing with the cruise control on my first ride home. Lane filtering is legal here in California as some of you know. As a result I tend to ride near the edges of a lane from time to time. When I do that, sometimes, the cruise control sensor “misses” the vehicle in front of me and the bike speeds up. Kind of eye opening when not expected. IOW it seems like you almost have to aim the sensor. 

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1 hour ago, Daveyator said:

I noticed one minor thing with the cruise control on my first ride home. Lane filtering is legal here in California as some of you know. As a result I tend to ride near the edges of a lane from time to time. When I do that, sometimes, the cruise control sensor “misses” the vehicle in front of me and the bike speeds up. Kind of eye opening when not expected. IOW it seems like you almost have to aim the sensor. 

 

I haven't noticed the above but I can say it's not effective if you are following other riders that are staggered.   I need to be closer to the middle of the lane for the radar to see the rider in-front of me. 

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4 hours ago, strataj said:

 

I haven't noticed the above but I can say it's not effective if you are following other riders that are staggered.   I need to be closer to the middle of the lane for the radar to see the rider in-front of me. 

Actually that makes sense. I have to wonder how narrow that beam is. I’m 

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It took me almost 10 months to get my bike in 2022. Now with 11K on it and flawless.  Great machine!

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fourteenfour

How is the new headlight, both high and low, for night riding. One of the issues I had with my 19 which even had the fogs is that the light never seemed to be where I needed it nor go as far as I liked.

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2 hours ago, fourteenfour said:

How is the new headlight, both high and low, for night riding.

 

Both excellent. Had a CLC with the 4 headlights (2x high, 2x low). It was considered the best in the industry at the time. It created daylight especially on high beam. This is much like that. Plus you can get the "active" headlights with the higher specced bikes that swivel into turns. Convenient to say the least.

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fourteenfour

On the subject of phone integration, I read that the phone cannot be allowed to lock. I have a work requirement to keep my phone locked when not in use so it automatically times out.  What are the options or is this not an issue?

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7 hours ago, fourteenfour said:

On the subject of phone integration, I read that the phone cannot be allowed to lock. I have a work requirement to keep my phone locked when not in use so it automatically times out.  What are the options or is this not an issue?

 

Depends on the setup. The BMW Connected App has to stay in the foreground working, so it is technically in use. You can always download the app and see it for yourself. You get two weeks without a bike connected to the phone and therefore the app to test.

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