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I just purchased a 1100 RT-P. It's an interesting change from the two other bikes I have riden for the five years. I have a couple of questions but I'll post the most important first. I want to lower the front seat. It's adjustable. It looks like I would have to take off the radio box to do that. Any suggestions.

 

Thanks.

 

Jim

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just open the radio box, grap the lever thats near the front straight out, then lift up on the seat at the same time and it should pop off. When putting it back on you must pull the lever the same way.

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See my sig.

 

Oh yeah...and congrats! They're a little extra fun to ride. (and the fastest color, of course!!!) DAMHIK!

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Just bought an 1150RT-P. Lots of fun. Lots of switches. I had to make a call to find out how the seat worked. Never would have guessed it was that lever.

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Just looked at your page. Lots of good information. I'll check some of those things out. I did put a volt meter on the connectors and tried to figure out what was what. Your data made it a lot easier.

 

Mine did not come straight from the CHP. Someone else had it for a year. The right side forward crash bar is almost touching the "tupperware". I was going to replace it.

 

Question? The tublar pieces that span the inner and outer pieces of the front crash bar, where the flat plates are attached is flattened on both sides. Is this "normal"?

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Question? The tublar pieces that span the inner and outer pieces of the front crash bar, where the flat plates are attached is flattened on both sides. Is this "normal"?

If your crash bars are bent and flattened, it means the bike was probably dropped a lot during low speed cone pattern work. That could mean the bike was used as a "trainer" for rookie motor officers. Do you know who owned the bike before you?

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I have his name. It was purchased from Pomona, CA, if i remember correctly, and sold to MAX BMW (New Hampshire ?)in April of last year who sold it in that same month, after maintenance, to someone from Georgia. I got in a few weeks ago.

 

The crash bars show some scractches on the lower edges. The flattned piece is the round tublar piece about four inces long, that spans the area between the two longer bars and has the attached flat plate for lights, siren, etc.

 

There are some scratches on the edges of both mirrors. Never thought about it being used as a trainer.

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The right side forward crash bar is almost touching the "tupperware". I was going to replace it.

 

Let me know if you are looking for replacement crashbars. I'm not using them on my 2000 (the faster silver one!)

 

Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine. Mine has been in daily commuter service since I bought it a year ago. Other than the full service I had performed when I bought it, all that I have done is change the oil/filter, replace rear brake pads and 1 leaking fork seal.

 

Great bikes.

 

Tom

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Question? The tublar pieces that span the inner and outer pieces of the front crash bar, where the flat plates are attached is flattened on both sides. Is this "normal"?

That flattened piece is normal. The bars on my RTP have exactly the same thing. It hasn't been crashed, but the tubes were flattened during production to allow the accessory mounting platforms to be welded to the bars. I have my Hella FF50s bolted to those platforms, works great!

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Thanks. I thought that might be the reason but I thought maybe the strenght of the tube would have suffered but I guess having the plate there mimizes that. I intend to mount some motolights there.

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Just bought an 1150RT-P. Lots of fun. Lots of switches. I had to make a call to find out how the seat worked. Never would have guessed it was that lever.

 

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That's the least obvious thing about that bike, how to take off the friggin seat. I spent a couple of hours and nearly broke some parts trying to figure out how to get that seat off, before I finally found that lever, and recognized it as such.

 

I was flat out intimidated by the bike when I got it, with the full Whelen emergency strobe kit attached. I was afraid it was going to reach out and handcuff me for impersonating a LEO or something. Heck, we had the bike loaded in the back of my pickup, and it was like running a rolling traffic block all the way home. NO ONE passed me. I had to pull over and slow down a half dozen times so four lanes of traffic could pass (My pickup looks just a bit like some of the CHP p/u's the use for monitoring the big rigs, but that's about it.).

 

Anyway, after I stripped down the plastics and radio box, and pulled off the emergency equipment, the whole bike started making more sense to me.

 

Then I found this site, and REALLY started learning about the bike. It's great. I really want a 2004 civilian RT, but am having so much fun with this bike that I just can't justify dropping the additional cash into another bike. The black and white colors get old (as with the reaction from some of the cagers), but looks cool, and it's a blast to ride.

 

In another life, I'd be riding one of these things at work.

 

Have fun with it! thumbsup.gif

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re: crash bars. Mine were bent on one side as well. (The bike also had road rash on the right cylinder and fairing, which the Ebay seller failed to disclose until I purchased the bike. Was a good deal otherwise, so I said 'what the heck'.)

 

I just took the bars off, put them into a padded vise, took my time, and bent them back. Unfortunately, the subframe where the bars mount (at the top, I believe) is also bent. Completely straightening the bars would involved taking apart most of the top half of the bike. I might do that and have the bars rechromed, if I ever get around to repainting the bike.

 

But you know, it doesn't effect the way the bike rides one bit, and it costs me nothing to straighten the bars and just ride the bike. If I wanted a shiny, prestine, all farkled up bike, I'd buy the 2004 civilian RT I've been lusting over for six months. For about $6,000 and some change into this bike (including CA sales taxes), I can ride and repair this bike for a fraction of the cost of a newer ride.

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Scott, I am enjoying it. Speaking of the seat it is much more comfortable than the stock seat I had on my 1150RT's.

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Way to go! A nice bike, eh?

 

Not sure if your bars mount the same way, but I took the bars off my 2003 RT-P, and use the mounting point that protrudes through each side of the fairing as the place to mount some additional lights (to be more conspicuous/safe). Makes it a very easy attachment with no special brackets needed. Lights are powered from one of the unused circuits the LEOs used.

 

Enjoy your purchase.... clap.gif

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Oh yeah...and congrats! They're a little extra fun to ride. (and the fastest color, of course!!!) DAMHIK!

 

Absolutely right Woodie! Gotta be the fastest color cause they're specially built to catch all the others!

Truly, my RT-P is a joy to ride. Rare birds here in South Louisiana so it gets a goodly share of looks from folks. Something I did with mine was to mount a pair of Sho-Me LED Micro-lites in the plate around the license (the original Whelen lights had been removed). Found em on ebay. They are hooked into the brake light circuit. I was going to install a Hyper-lites kit but those Sho-Me's have more LED's. They really light things up back there.

I also re-installed a siren speaker on the crashbar and a Whelen airhorn amp under the plate in the radio box (airhorn only as siren is illegal here). Ran it through the horn circuit to replace the pathetic horn. That has woke up more than one lane crowder!

 

The RT-P's (1100 and 1150) are the most beautiful bikes ever built, IMHO anyway.

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Scott, I am enjoying it. Speaking of the seat it is much more comfortable than the stock seat I had on my 1150RT's.

 

The RTP's come with the standard RT comfort seats. I didn't know this until I picked up both a standard and a comfort seat from another poster on this forum, and found out the comfort seat was identical to the seat on the RTP. (I also found out that my bike has the "tall" windshield; I expect that was a special order for the bike's rider, but I could be wrong and all the RTP's might come with them. The OEM windshield is 14.5" from the bottom "dip" to the top of the screen, and the "tall" version, if I recall, is 16.5" high. Still too short for me; getting a Cee Bailey's +4" soon).

 

In any case, I got the comfort seat to see why everyone was complaining about the standard seats, and found out that I was already riding with a comfort seat. One look at the standard seat and I said "oh... that's why". dopeslap.gif

 

I also found out that the RTP's shocks are better than the OEM, but am still planning on some Works shocks down the road (55K miles on the bike; it's time).

 

Have :::: safe :::: fun out there Marty!

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Scott,

They come with the tall w/s. I just got a stocker for summer time/thanks BES. thumbsup.gif Kinda nice having the battery in the glove box. Took about 2 minutes to wire in the gps. grin.gif

 

I always had the stock seats cuz the comfort was too wide. This one seems to be perfect for me. Should have tried one before.

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