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Old 05-16-2014, 01:07 PM   #1801
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Great story. You be da man, if you are lowering the bars to the RS height at your age. I'll be 64 next week and have had to raise every set of bars on each bike I've owned over the past five yrs, to be able to ride any distance.

Post a pic when you have the new bars installed, and thank you for giving me the incentive to continue riding for many years to come. tomp dd50
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:47 AM   #1802
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New to me, I bought the same bike in 2005 and sold it for a Harley.

The only difference is this one is ABS.... Even the same dealer
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:47 PM   #1803
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My R850R at work

I ride to work as often as weather permits, and recent glorious spring weather means I've been riding quite a bit. Years ago there were several of us that rode, so my company's bldg. manager gave us a dedicated parking space. Attrition means I'm the only rider left, so I get this prime spot near the door all to myself.

My R850R Olympic Edition:

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Old 05-18-2014, 02:08 PM   #1804
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Thinking seriously about picking up an R12R as my next travel bike.

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Old 05-18-2014, 03:21 PM   #1805
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Thinking seriously about picking up an R12R as my next travel bike.

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you should. I had one, and it is the one bike I still regret selling (wanted a different experience from a K1300S, biggest mistake ever). The R was simple, straightforward, smooth, never missed a beat.

Granted, not the power some other nakeds have, but refinement is the name of the game. And somehow, being less stressed as a motorcycle (less weight, less extreme travelling) seems to alleviate some of the reliability issues some are having on the same platform but bigger (R1200GS's)

I never equipped mine for touring and was fine just scooting around, no windscreen, for hops in the city. It looked just right from every angle.

Always had a soft spot for this one, I can remember gathering the brochures even before I had a license. Still do, whenever I see one. Especially the later models that have most of the engine blacked out are just sweet.

Fit my size rather nice.

You can forget about the offroading stuff, but lets face it, 95% of the GS buyers would be just as well served by a R1200R with a windscreen and have a more enjoyable ride on it.

Throw some bags and panniers on, and I think you have a touring mount right there.

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My R850R Olympic Edition:

That is just simply a beautiful picture!! congrats on that fine looking bike, I think it gets treated with the respect and care it deserves. I wish you many enjoyable miles on it!


For those who want to check out some cool mods, take a look at these from unit garage, http://www.unitgarage.com





Pretty expensive I know, a bit too much, but I think they're cool nonetheless
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:34 PM   #1806
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Got a chance to get out on my R bike today for a couple of hundred miles both freeway and back roads. I am really liking it. The engine is a huge improvement over my departed 1150GS. Wind protection with the sport screen is not quite as good but the airflow cleaner. I am jonesing for one of the Wunderlich Trophy fairings and I will be putting it on my Christmas wish list so I am hopeful.

Anyway, the bike is uber smooth, takes bumps and rough pavement well but not as good as my Ohlins equipped GS. The ergos seem to be tailor made for my 5' 8 3/4" in frame. Even the stock saddle is good for the 5 hours I was on it.

The main purpose of the ride was to go to my preferred dealer which is a 90 mile ride but also near where the good roads are. I found out my bike is on the recall list so I need to schedule a time to go back down. I also ordered the Moto Lites for some extra lumes up front for better visibility. These are the brake caliper mounted lights that seem to be popular with the Beemer crowd. I had PIAA 1100X on the GS and liked them but I do like the idea of the lights on the fork so they would move with the fork. Could come in handy at dark intersections and the dealer recommended them for use with the Canbus system.

I also got a few proper pictures of my bike that aren't in the garage. Did I mention I am liking this bike!

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Old 05-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #1807
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Ariderx, cool mods, there. The Caponard you are lusting after is tested in the June issue of Cycle World. Only good things are really mentioned, especially for the lower than BM and Duc prices. Kinda interested me, too. tp
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:23 AM   #1808
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Nice pics Rick ... We'll all likely agree that's its one great ride.

I'm headed to Blue Ridge today - it's trip time!

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Old 05-20-2014, 06:22 AM   #1809
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I'm headed to Blue Ridge today - it's trip time!
Be aware that the feds love passing out speed performance awards on Skyline Drive (the northern end of the parkway in the national park). My '07 R1200R easily won an award one unusually warm New Years Day a few years back. They shoot radar through their windshields while driving in the opposite direction, so don't expect an accurate count, either.

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Old 05-20-2014, 01:13 PM   #1810
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I used to own this R1200R. Guy I sold it to must have traded it in.

I did the fairing mount...very quiet and smooth. Perfect for this bike, IMHO...somebody ought to buy it.

http://ebiz.netopia.com/diablobmw/st....nhtml?UID=268
ADD: Ran into the owner. He bought a new NineT and has this R on consignment at Diablo BMW in Walnut Creek CA.

This bike was maniacally cared for, while I had it and while he had it.
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:27 PM   #1811
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Be aware that the feds love passing out speed performance awards on Skyline Drive (the northern end of the parkway in the national park). My '07 R1200R easily won an award one unusually warm New Years Day a few years back. They shoot radar through their windshields while driving in the opposite direction, so don't expect an accurate count, either.

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One reason I never ride Skyline drive. That and 35mph speeds make it agonizing. I'll take the BRP any day!
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:50 PM   #1812
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Going to look at R1100R this Sunday.

This thread has awesome info and pics.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:30 PM   #1813
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At the top of The Back of the Dragon in VA ... Damn fine riding around here and a damn fine bike to riding!
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:48 PM   #1814
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Looked at a new Dark White at two different dealers past couple of days. I do want one really bad, but giving up the weather protection and paid for RT, I just can't push myself into trading it for the RR. For the same dollars, a new S1000R can be purchased, and it is considered the BEST nekked over 1K CC bike available today. OK, I admit, I couldn't fully enjoy the S's attributes, compared to the RR's, but 200 HP is a real turn on....
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:41 PM   #1815
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Question Squeek

I have a 2004 R1150R, 77,000 miles it has developed a squeak that sounds like it is coming from the rear drive or shock area, when you bounce it up and down, put it on the stand, etc...
Do the shock bushings get old and start making noise?
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