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Old 03-09-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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RT and RS windshield interchange?

I'm researching buying either an early RS or RT and I'm wondering if the windshields are interchangeable. Not having any examples at hand I'm limited to pictures on the Internet and the fairings uppers look quite similar but do not appear to be exactly the same.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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Nope

The RS & RT upper fairings (left & right sections, & cockpit) are different:
  • The RS upper fairing curves father back to the rider, & the bars are flatter & swivel within the confines of the fairing;
  • The RT upper fairing is flatter, to accommodate the wider & taller bars & more upright seating position.
You can however get RS fairing blades that are taller, to partially duplicate the RT height. The limiting factor is the bars & the more sporty crouch these place you in.

The fairing bottoms & mid section are exactly the same.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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Thank you. I thought that might be the case but I couldn't find a proper side by side to compare.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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The windshields don't interchange

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:47 AM   #5
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Thanks, Boxerboy. That really contrasts the upper fairings and handlebar positions, now I have to make up my mind about forward lean vs sitting up. Hard to second guess that without actually sitting on one or the other to see how it feels.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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Riding an RS is like riding with your hands in a bucket. The bars take some getting used to and aren't to everyones taste. I'd take an RT everytime.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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Age has a lot to do with it also! The RS is a beautiful design but the lower and narrower bars wouldnt work for me.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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Having both models .. The RS is much " sexier" than the RT ... and and fun to ride on my 2 hour blast to airport each week for work . Any further than that I do feel a discomfort that I don't get on my RT .

Also with winter coming on ... I will be switching soon back to the RT ... Just nice to be dry whilst I am riding ( yer I know I am getting soft in my old age )

As said before ... If I had to only had to own one bike ... It would be the RT ... The Oldest of the Old Man bike .
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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Having both side by side in the garage ....

Riding RS is like having a blower right in front of your halemt the whole time while you riding it .... and the back and neck hurts sometimes.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:35 PM   #10
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The sexiness of the RS is really calling me but my old mans brain is telling me RT. Thanks for the firsthand experience responses.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:10 AM   #11
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The sexiness of the RS is really calling me but my old mans brain is telling me RT. Thanks for the firsthand experience responses.
Mind you the best BMW riding position for me @ 5'7" is the 90S one, the little screen give good protection and almost no buffeting, especially when combined with a tank bag, it really gives you a day long riding position.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:17 AM   #12
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If the RS fits you, there is no other bike (imo 'course)
Totally competent motorcycle.
Up with, and beyond, Joe average on his GSA.
Regarding noise from an RS screen, there are quiet helmets, and even earplugs available these days.

Oh, the RS sure is a LOT prettier than her sister.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:53 AM   #13
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My RS is bone stock, as are the past two.

It fits me perfectly. No risers on the handlebars, no extended screen. Just stock.

Mind you, I'm 5'10" and looking at the shots that are on my desktop, so was the rider in the wind tunnel.

For high speed continental cruising, covering 1000-1200 a day, it's a fine tool.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:41 AM   #14
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I just need to place myself on one of each and see what fits. That RS really calls me, I already know I prefer shorter bars and a bit of forward lean. 5'10" too so I might fit the aerodynamic profile as well.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:09 PM   #15
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RS v RT

The conundrum.

Personally, I was seduced by a pearl white temptress; while I do fully enjoy the aesthetics of the RS, the positioning of the bars makes riding a painful experience after only a handful of miles. Specifically, the lower back/hip.

While I've not ridden an RT far, the more upright seating position is immediately more comfortable for me. I do like the RT look, just not as much as the RS.

For me, it's form vs function; function will one day win out but for now...
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