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Old 01-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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My Wife's R1200R is prettier than my GSA

After a serious list of farkles, this bike is pretty dang nice.

The goodies:

Rick Mayer seat
One of a kind cut down ZTechnik windshield (look mom, no more helmet buffeting)
Carbon fiber front fender (Bestom) and rear hugger (Ilmberger)
Leo Vince full titanium pipe (5.8 pound reduction). I hate PC. It's too quiet!!!!
Rizoma mirrors (totally effective, improved clarity)
Wunderlich Vario levers, and center stand lift gizmo
Kaoko throttle Lock
Micro flooter driving Lights sold by Wunderlich
Integrated rear brake light flasher unit
Hyper lights for even more flashing action
Tank and side plastic protector
Raised tank bag mount for scratchless little tank bag (tank bags suck IMHO)

Recent additions (pic forthcoming, hopefully with changing aspens in the background)
Touratech hand protectors
Machineart cylinder head protectors, already tested (and passed with flying colors) on the way to Alaska this summer in a wind driven zero speed tipover (crash bars are shown for sale if anyone needs em)
BMW OEM tail rack
Touratech potentiometer protector
BMW GS adventure skid plate added 2 B cool. Nice fit and perfect size for the bike


It's prettier than my GSA, way way faster, lighter and does just about everything one would want. The only drawback is a bit smaller frame (best suited for people less than 6', and it gives up some off road worthyness for substantially better street manners than a GS. Ground clearance is less and no skid plate initially, and has a taller first and 6th gear. Still close to perfect for 95% of the adventures most of us will take. To me used R1150R and R1200R's are the current bargain priced BMWs.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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Red one is on my short list this year - IMHO the best bike BMW makes
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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Red one is on my short list this year - IMHO the best bike BMW makes
+1

That's the only BMW at the moment that I would buy and that I consider
not to be overpriced.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
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I made a mistake visiting BMW dealership last spring.
After riding DL-1000 for seven years i took r1200r for a spin around block (20miles) and i was hooked on this bike.
Week later i became owner of 09 black r1200r with farkels such as:
Sergant seat (love M stripes)
Cee bailes tall windscreen
Highway foot pegs (they are awesome on long runs)
Clear water aux light (V-strom had way better lights than oryginal BMW)
All hard lugage (top case little to small only 27 liters)
Over all great bike for travel, around city and for qucik runs for groceries.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:07 AM   #5
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What the curb (wet I guess) weight of the R?
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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What the curb (wet I guess) weight of the R?
BMW claims a 492 wet weight.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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I made a mistake visiting BMW dealership last spring.
After riding DL-1000 for seven years i took r1200r for a spin around block (20miles) and i was hooked on this bike.
Week later i became owner of 09 black r1200r with farkels such as:
Sergant seat (love M stripes)
Cee bailes tall windscreen
Highway foot pegs (they are awesome on long runs)
Clear water aux light (V-strom had way better lights than oryginal BMW)
All hard lugage (top case little to small only 27 liters)
Over all great bike for travel, around city and for qucik runs for groceries.
So how do you like the Sargent seat as opposed to the stock one?
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:16 AM   #8
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I believe wet on the R is 504. Saddlebags add about 22 pounds empty.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:11 AM   #9
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Can a RS play?

Man I love this bike, best all-arounder for me!



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Old 01-14-2012, 06:17 AM   #10
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RS is an interresting ride

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Can a RS play?

Man I love this bike, best all-arounder for me!



One more

I had a loaner RS from Cycle Specialties in Modesto, for a couple days while I lived in the Central Valley of CA. and they did a recall on my GSA. It was a higher mile bike as are a lot of RS's I see advertised.
Pros: typical tall geared BMW bike feel
Pretty decent wind protection at speed
Clearly a good BMW to have in the garage! I love some of the color combos they did on this bike.
Kind of cool almost retro look compared to todays designs
Cons: Alternately flashing ABS lights from low battery condition at startup common to these bikes (or R1200C's with servo ABS)
My wrists hurt on a couple rides due to ergonomics. Would have to adapt myself a bit to this
Frame/suspension felt a little loose/sloppy at low speed but clearly the bike is built to run at fast speeds and sport tour its tail off.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:06 AM   #11
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:33 PM   #12
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Anyone have any experience carrying a passenger on a 1200R? Specifically passengers who are as tall or taller than the rider and what their impressions of the ride are.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:07 PM   #13
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Anyone have any experience carrying a passenger on a 1200R? Specifically passengers who are as tall or taller than the rider and what their impressions of the ride are.
I've only ridden the RR as a demo bike for a long day and had a passenger. I am 5'11" and she is almost 5'10". She said other than riding a bike herself, it was the best pillion bike she could remember being on other than a full cruiser where she feels like she sitting on a recliner. Great grab handles and foot pegs were positioned well. And she is all legs w/ a short torso so that is normally a concern. She didn't feel like some other bikes where the pillion is "perched" way above the rider.

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:16 PM   #14
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That helps a lot Pyrate, thank you. You have touched on and addressed some concerns for my wife.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:20 PM   #15
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That helps a lot Pyrate, thank you. You have touched on and addressed some concerns for my wife.
Given that the R has the same frame as the RT, it's just a matter of the seat (and obviously wind protection) how comfortable a passenger is.
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