I thought long and hard about what bike I wanted after spinal surgery earlier this year. My '03 Speed Triple was a brilliant ride, but my neck was killing me after a few short miles - the suspension was not winning the war with Chicago potholes and the ergos were a bit too aggressive for my newly tender upper back. I knew I wanted a naked bike with sophisticated suspension and a semi-upright riding position. I can only afford one bike in the stable, so the new mount needed to handle daily city commuting and weekend 500-ish mile trips. I do most of my own wrenching, so the new bike had to be accessible. To cut a long story short, after going back and forth on a dozen different bikes, I ended up with a low mileage R1200R with top and side system cases. The only BMW I had ridden was an '06 GS for about five minutes, so I could barely remember what a boxer felt like. Now, a month after taking delivery (yet another satisfying sight-unseen purchase) I am absolutely in love with this roadster. While not as nimble and pulse-pounding as the Speedy, the R12R is, for my needs, a nearly perfectly balanced bike. Light enough for city maneuvering, substantial enough for planted expressway work; the engine is smooth and predictable in power delivery and dead easy to maintain (so I'm told). At 6'2" with the stock seat and pegs and MV risers, the R fits me like a glove. My back appreciates the telelever front suspension and the suspension, together with the partially linked brakes, function brilliantly. I commute daily and ride in whatever nature has in store that day so the ABS and Pilot Road 2 tires are confidence inspiring. It's a relief to buy a bike and not have to go to town changing things up. The stock exhaust makes the R sound like an overgrown scooter, so last week I added an Akrapovic slip-on. It sounds just slightly louder than stock with the baffles in, with more resonance and rumble. I'm not an overly aggressive rider, so any HP gain is a bonus. I'm having a Hyperpro suspension setup installed in a few weeks - that's it for mods for now. My girlfriend and I just ran up to Horicon Marsh in WI this past weekend and the R was a joy 2 up (Airhawk pads were helpful for the 300 mile trip). IMHO, the R12R is BMW's stealth wonder bike. Not as muscular as the GS, not as insane as the K1300R, and not as comfortable and sophisticated as the K and R touring bikes. But for me, this is as good as it gets.