BMW R****R Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ninepeaks9, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    I got an 04 1150r for local 2up riding and it fills the bill perfectly. I have an RT, but unless we're going over 100 miles, we take the r. Easy to handle in town 2 up, cool in the hot weather, and plenty of power. They seem to be undervalued too. I got a hell of a deal on mine last fall. I test rode a 1200, and they are much more sophisticated but would've cost me about 4 times as much.


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  2. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    Because I don't have all of my bright ideas in the proper order. I put the Hannigan on the R and didn't like the knee bend of the R (I am 6'-2"). The GS suspension included the GS footpegs brackets which were 3" lower than the R's. It also made it better on unimproved roads and gave enough clearance for the Jesse bags. It has been to Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik NWT.

    But yes, it would have been easier to start with a GS.

    ETA: not sure it would have looked as nice with the GS tank, gauges, wheels, side and rear trim.
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  3. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    Here is some R12R love for ya!

    Great Bike,

    Here she is when I picked her up from Max in Troy, (Thanks Craig!!)

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    Added a Wunderlich seat,

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    Added some Kriega Bags,

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    Turned it into a Proper Adventure Bike!!!

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    Then rode it 12,000 miles across the US,

    Stopped in the U.P. and paid my respects to the Men of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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    Got Rained and snowed on in Glacier N.P.

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    Traveled through Washington and Oregon,

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    Crossed over Snowy Mountain Passes,

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    Put the wheels in the Pacific Ocean,

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    Talked to some birds,

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    All in all, an extremely capable bike. Which I agree is always highly under rated. It's fast enough, handles well, carries a load well. Capable of two up duty, Looks good, and most of all, no drama. Just turn the key, hit the switch and ride. Not to mention it is also extremel versatile.
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  4. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Hey Viking,

    Looks like you've taken some serious road trips on that 12R. I've seen folks who've taken the R's to some off the beaten paths that some believe only GS's are built to handle, like you've sampled some here. :clap I'm planning to take my 12R to many dirt roads in the mountains of Colorado the coming year.
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  5. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    You need to get out more.

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  6. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Seriously, though...LostViking shows why the typical GS owner really belongs on a R. If you want a little more torso wind protection, the Scout fairing will do the trick, but you're still out in the open on a real motorbike.
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  7. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    My sentiments as well. Maybe that's a reason there are so many used GS's for sale out there. Too much bike for most jobs.
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  8. cug

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    I think the reason is very simple: there are so many more GS sold in the US than R bikes that the used market reflects that probably very closely.
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  9. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    GS better for taller folks and ones that think the adventure depends on the name of the bike.

    It can be an adventure on any bike.

    Sent from the phone in my shoe. Maxwell Smart.
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  10. cug

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    Adventure is taking inappropriate equipment into far away places ... :deal
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  11. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    You want adventure? Ride across North Dakota as Rt. 2 submerges before your eyes.

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  12. Hoop71

    Hoop71 Been here awhile

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    I'll chime in with the first "Classic" of this thread.
    LOVE the bike! So versatile, good for touring yet very fun in the twisties.

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    Did I mention how much I love this bike?
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  13. tpulls

    tpulls Been here awhile

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    I was at the dealership today throwing my leg over nearly everything I saw. Out of all of the uprights the 1200R fit me best, actually, it felt perfect. A test ride might be in my future. Is it at all possible to do some 2-up touring with these things?
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  14. andy57

    andy57 quiet one

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    Every ride is an Adventure for me,just climb on and head out where ever the raod takes you. This pic is just coming back from an early Thanksgiving morning ride, did not want to miss dinner

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  15. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    According to my girlfriend the passenger seat is great.

    Almost as much room for two as my RT

    She does not like the wind from my Parabellum windshield. It suites me OK.

    There may or may not be better, LIke I said last bike was an RT

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    We returned from Bradford PA to Medina NY in a day taking all back roads like this one. It rode like a dream.

    Much easier for me to handle than the RT two up.
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  16. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Definitely yes. Plenty of power and torque. Take your check when you do the test ride. :D
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  17. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    You've got some serious windshield. Where did you get it?
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  18. vicvegas

    vicvegas eager beaver

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    Hoop71, Thats a great looking 12r! very nicely done with the black headers,rims,mirrors, and tinted screen! love that bike! did you have the wheels powdercoated or did it come like that? Man i'm diggin these bikes lately. I can really see one in my future. I want to see more pix guys!!
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  19. Hoop71

    Hoop71 Been here awhile

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    I had the wheels powder coated myself. I think it makes a dramatic difference in the look of the bike.
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  20. vicvegas

    vicvegas eager beaver

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    Well next summer, if you think about selling her a I'd like to call dibs now. I'm gonna sell my 10' Road glide and I'll be looking for my next obsession. I usually head to B.C every summer for a few weeks of riding in my favorite province so your in the perfect area for a fly an ride for me:)
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