It’s ALIVE!!!!


April 18, 2018. Our 2014 BMW R1200RT fires up for the first time in the new riding season

April 18, 2018. Our 2014 BMW R1200RT fires up for the first time in the new riding season

Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  1:30 pm, MDT.

After a late Spring snowfall a few days ago, we’d lost all hope that Spring would arrive any time soon.

But today, the sun is shining, and it’s a relatively balmy 8 degrees Celsius.

I fired up our old, 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D, which had been put into winter hibernation in the garage, backed it out onto the street, and wrestled the RT off its centrestand.  I had squeezed it between the nose of the Mercedes and the garage wall for the winter.

Last October, I had prepped the RT for winter storage by filling the tank with premium unleaded gas,  added the requisite amount of StaBil fuel stabilizer, inflated the tires to the recommended level, and plugged in an Optimate ‘computerized’ battery tender into the RT’s right-side 12v socket, and left the charger plugged in all winter.  (Some folks advise against having a battery charger on the bike full time during storage, but I decided to try it with a computerized battery charger.)

With the RT on the centrestand, I went through a basic pre-first ride check list:

  • Oil level in the right-side engine sump window?  Check.
  • Front tire Dunlop Roadsmart 3 tire pressure (40 psi)?  Nope.  It had leaked down to 32 psi.  Pumped it up to 40 psi.  Check
  • Rear Dunlop Roadsmart 3 tire pressure (42 psi)?  Nope.  It too had leaked down, but only to 40 psi.  Pumped it up to 42 psi.  Check.
  • Inspect the tires for cuts or objects embedded in the tread?  Aaack!  I found a piece of gravel ‘shrapnel’ piercing the ‘fat’ part of the tread on the front tire.  I pried it out with a flathead screwdriver, and it was about the size of a large piece of pencil lead, and didn’t appear to puncture the tire.  I’ll keep an eye on the front tire pressure.

Moment of truth. . . turn on the key, watch the tach and speedo needles do their standard sweep while the RT’s electronics do an “Is everything OK?” self-check, hit the Start button and ‘vroom’, the RT gratifyingly lights instantly and maintains a steady boxer-twin idle, just as it should.

It’s ALIVE!!!  Hallelujah, brothers!  The riding season has started!

One Comment

  1. Saturday, here we come….I checked my tires also & they were down 6psi from Last August when I put the RT to bed, before heading to OZ for the 3 mths.

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