2011 Bmw R1200r

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by staves, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Hoop71

    Hoop71 Been here awhile

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    I was also getting alot of noise/buffeting from my sportscreen so I took it off and gave it a try...well it is night and day! MUCH cleaner air without any screen. Don't think I will go back but will keep it just in case I change my mind.

    I should also note that I ride mostly secondary roads at speeds up to +/- 100km/h so its not bad. The wind blast is pretty strong at about 110-120km/h but I rarely get to those speeds on the back roads so it isn't a problem.

    Could not imagine doing 80mph without a screen for longer than 5-10 minutes though...would be +++tiring and annoying.
  2. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    My brother bought a new 2011 R1200R and I have ridden it a bit.

    He had the OEM flyscreen and added the the big Wunderlich screen. He now has the Wunderlich Cafe screen that matches the black with white stripes paint job on his "classic."

    The fly screen didn't work because the bugs still hit him in the face.

    The big barn door buffeted my helmet like crazy.

    I didn't have a chance to change the angle on it to try before he replaced it with the cafe screen.

    He tells me the cafe screen has lowered the noise and kept the bugs off his face shield.

    FWIW.
  3. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    Thanks for the input! I won't lie: since I got a Classic I've been eyeing that Trophy screen. 'Cause a modern R90S would be dead sexy.

    @Rabid Dog Re:Ergoism- Thanks for the input. One of my problems is that I've never been particularly ergo aware. I'm the chucklehead that can fall asleep on a too-soft mattress or a wooden floor so I don't understand sleep number beds, for example. But once I do experience proper ergos I think, "Oh! This is what everyone was talking about!" So I'll look into some adjustments, because I'm just aware enough to know I'd like a bit less bend in the knees when I'm riding.
  4. dmcd

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    Having read the above posts I now realise that its not just my imagination that more flies are hitting my visor than they used to on my old Bandit:hmmmmm. I have the BMW optional fly screen, but I didn't realise it was suppose to attract the flies:shog.

    Anyhow, I'm too cheap to change it. With regard to the buffetting, if I'm getting a shift on I push my ass back in the seat and hunch down a bit. I'm only 5'8" and it works ok for me.
  5. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    Wait a minute!!!

    Are you SURE the '12 Classic uses tubeless tires?

    If this is true, I KNOW my brother will want to mount those on his '11 Classic.

    The tubes in the tires are the only thing he does not like about his Classic.

    Can you SHOW ME PROOF?

    Thanks.

    Not that I don't trust you.......

    To quote Reagan, "Trust but verify." :deal

    Cheers.
  6. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    Sorry, my bad!

    I thought I read in this thread that they swapped out the tubes for the 2012 model. I just doubled checked this thread and couldn't find it. Therefore, the tires are tubed.

    I deleted my old post stating otherwise.
  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    How tall are you? I am only 5'8", but have the short legs and long torso of a 5'11" person.

    I use a Scorpion XO 1000, and it seems to work well when I ride the R1200R with a fly screen, just for reference.

    Jim :brow
  8. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    Jim, I'm 6'0" with about a 34" inseam. I'm going to try removing the fly screen first, just as an experiment...
  9. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    Wow, this thread has been lying dormant for a while, so I'll give it a bump.

    Has anybody got experience with sealing a spoked rim to use tubeless tires? Either the Alpina kit or otherwise? Nobody has commented on that (I went back and re-read all 36 pages!), and I'm thinking that's my next project.

    Also, why do spokes have to remain adjustable once the wheel is true? Why can't they just be brazed , welded, or sealed into place? It seems silly to me to leave a weak spot in the design, so there must be something I'm overlooking...

    :ear

    PS- I'm asking here because another R-bike specific forum doesn't allow my IP address right now (currently deployed in Afghanistan, missing my bike even more).
  10. Hoop71

    Hoop71 Been here awhile

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    Sent you a PM Eric.
  11. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    Why send a PM- post it up so we can all learn- NOOBS!!!!!!!:huh:lol3
  12. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    The rules say we're not supposed to disclose the content of PMs. It was something that could be said in private but may have been taken as being in poor taste if said publicly, is all.

    Rest assured, when I get a good answer on the topic I'll write it all up here and share what I learn with everybody!
  13. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    Just ordered my Wunderlich Trophy fairing, and I'm home from Afghanistan in just about two weeks. I'll have that thing bolted on and a review for anyone interested ASAP! :D
  14. Hoop71

    Hoop71 Been here awhile

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    Good choice Eric.

    Did you get the email I sent you Re: Tubeless conversion?

    Dan
  15. Eric R. Shelton

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    I did, thanks Dan. I think I'll put off that project and painting the frame black 'til the end of this year's riding season. Then I can still tinker with my bike and let it know it's loved even when it's too cold to ride. :D

    I'm toying around with the idea of painting the wheels white and doing the spokes black. I know it'll show dirt and brake dust really fast, but I'd like to ramp up the two-tone aspect of the "Classic" a little bit more. I suck at pre-viz, so what do you guys think?
  16. Weird Bug

    Weird Bug Weird BUG

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    Okay - it's official (as of last Friday). I now have a 2011 R1200R - in Smoke Grey with panniers. Picked it up in Atlanta Georgia Friday after test riding at 5:30 in downtown. Headed to the mountains after that and untrailered the bike Saturday morning for a day of riding.

    After 130 miles I have a good first impression of the bike. It was 32 degrees when I started, but I was comfortable with heated vest and heated grips.

    The bike has what I would call "effortless" power. What I mean by that is you simply do not have to think about it - it's just always there - no matter the gear, no matter the incline. I did not ring it out during the day, but when I opened it up a little it responded beautifully. I mainly just enjoyed the ride and did not "challenge" and roads. Got 45 mpg on ethanol loaded fuel - should get better with non-ethanol.

    The bike fits like a glove. Everything was easy to reach and the seating position was perfect for me. What really suprized me was how light it felt and how easy it was to maneuver.

    You know, I read discussions/threads about which bike is better than the other, but we often compare bikes that were made for different purposes. My Ducati ST3s for example is an awesome bike - all around, but it is best suited to higher speeds and more handling in the corners at higher speeds, lower angles. Once you hit 80 mph it feels really good, at 90 beautiful, at 1XX awesome.

    The R1200R can go fast, corner well, and is very comfortable, but one bike is not necessarily better than the other. It seems to mostly depend on what kind of riding YOU are doing and what YOU are looking for.

    I've had a GS (2006), an RT (2007), an ST (2009), and the Ducati before this (others years ago). I keep moving towards the naked bikes and his one fits the bill for now. I'm looking forward to a few weeks on it for an extended trip this summer.

    (BTW - If anyone wants to sell their BMW rear rack let me know. I need one for a backrest or top box.)

    More to come I'm sure...

    Also, thanks to Jim for the maintenance DVD. Looking forward to saving on those costs.
  17. Woland

    Woland Wannabe adventurer

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    So I need some advice from people with more knowledge than I. I have a R1200R '07 with a high comfort seat. Since I live in the western part of Sweden I'm not unfamiliar with riding in the rain unfortunately, but one of the things that annoys me is that the seat soaks up quite a bit of water.

    The question I pose is how to prevent that? Which leads to the question of the material of the saddle. Is it leather? And if so how do I best take care of it to prevent it from letting water soak through?

    TIA.

    /Fredrik