BMW R****R Thread

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

  1. tpulls

    tpulls Been here awhile

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    Can anyone comment on how powerful the R1200R 'feels'? I've read that the 1200GS feels like riding a tractor, while strong and predictable it's not exactly an exciting ride. Is the 1200R engine tuned for more performance?
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  2. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    I've had both and they feel the same to me. And it doesn't feel like a tractor. It's a 100hp motor that pulls strong from down low. The GS and R are very sporting bikes. Don't let the GS haters fool you!
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  3. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    I can't comment on the difference b/n 12GS and 12R but I can on 12RT and 12R. There's a world of difference b/n the two. While still powerful in its own right, RT didn't compare with R in how the power's delivered to the wheels. Same motor but the difference of 100 lbs of so in curb weight is very noticeable which makes the R a much more exciting ride.
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  4. Effjay

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    Having sold the R1150GS a few weeks ago, I've been shopping for something used in premier condition to join my R1100S that isn't a budget buster. Although $14K+fees for a 2013 R1200R isn't chump change (local dealer has one in stock priced at $15,165), I sure like the looks - especially in the new Montego Blue color. One concern is that the "R" fuel tank is just 4.8 gal capacity (similar to my S-bike) which isn't ideal for all day backroad rides where stations are infrequent. Has this limitation been an issue for you guys?

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  5. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    It will lift the front wheel until the ASC kicks in.

    It will go 100 mph in 3rd

    Nothing tractor about it.

    David
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  6. celticus

    celticus Been here awhile

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    I love it! The black exhaust pipes, the silver frame, the scooped seat.the larger forks the nice sport fairing and the after market exhaust can. In that black it reminds me of a
    practical R1200S. I have an 07 R1200R and yours is a nice looking bike.

    Mark
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  7. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    I filled up the tank this morning on my 12R to do some riding around a local mountain (Catoctin) about 60 miles away. On board computer indicated I had about 240 miles in the tank. I think that's a pretty decent range.
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  9. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    dmcd, I didn't know you guys had autobahn in n. ireland. :lol3
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  10. tpulls

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    Thanks to those who have answered a couple of my questions already, but I have a few more about the R1200R!

    Suspension, I'd love to be able to stiffen it for faster canyon riding or loaded 2-up trips. I am extremely unfamiliar with BMW's telelever, so what tuning options do you have with the front? How about the rear? Would the bike feel undersprung for a 185 lb me?

    Speaking of fast canyon riding, what is the first hard part to drag on the 1200R? Can they be leaned over pretty aggressively? Those cylinders are so...far out.

    What servicing would I have to involve the dealer for? ie, special tools required or computer codes that need to be reset.

    Thanks!
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  11. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    BlueBlazerIrregular, that's a beautiful bike.
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  12. BlueBlazerIrregular

    BlueBlazerIrregular Bike Punk

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigote/8240097081/" title="IMG_0496 by El Bigote, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8344/8240097081_0ed962eb19_z.jpg" width="478" height="640" alt="IMG_0496"></a>

    Some changes from five years ago..still GREAT!
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  13. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    Ohlins, should do the trick for you with regard to suspension.
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  14. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I can drag the left peg on my RT. I cannot drag any peg on this bike. The back tire is huge and to get to the edge takes some really sharp curves or a bigger set of balls than I have. I think for on the street you will not find its limits.

    I feel the rear spring needs to be stiffer. I weigh 200 lbs. I will probably have the rear spring replaced this winter. I think the front spring and both shocks are fine.

    Mention shocks on a BMW board and you will be told they last 30,000 then you need Ohlins. I disagree. My RT still has original shocks. Front spring was replaced. Rear is showing signs of wearing out. Ohlins are not the only shock.

    On the R1200R No adjustments in the front, rear is adjustable for preload and rebound. I find the ride to be excellent for me or two up. I do not like my bike beating the crap out of me.


    Everybody is different.

    The R1200R is the best BMW built yet.

    David
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  15. rowbear2

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    look up lost rider here on adv . look for the pictures of him riding
    deals gap . you'll see ground clearance is not much of a problem .
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  16. tpulls

    tpulls Been here awhile

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    I bet it would ;) But if money was unlimited I wouldn't have even asked the question. If I'm spending $15K on a new bike I will not be upgrading stock parts for quite some time.


    Thanks for the info. Tire size is the same as on my CBR600 and I had no problems getting on the edges on the street. I understand this is no supersport though.
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  17. Patch

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    Been loving mine... for both everyday and for longer trips. It suits my riding style and fits me well, and haven't yet felt a need to replace the shocks. Sure, new anything would be great but dialing up the right adjustments is pretty easy after unpacking at the campsite.

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    and no worries on unimproved roads ... the R handles them very well
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  18. SQ Beemer

    SQ Beemer Been here awhile

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    I love these bikes. This is my favorite bike to ride on the road.

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    I agree. It's great in LA as there is plenty of space to get around. The City requires a scooter in my opinion.

    Wife and I running errands in and around LA:

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  19. LostViking

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    OK then, let's try this again,

    This bike is not now, and never will be a CBR 600. Trying to make it into one, or expecting it to behave like one, will end in dissapointment.

    However it can be ridden in a spirited maner. I don't see the tractor analogy as such as bad thing. It does have stump pulling torque. It will never rev like a CBR. But it doesn't need to.

    I found the stock suspension more than up to the task. For my purposes. Empty with no bags, two up, or loaded to the gils with traveling and camping gear on a twelve thousand mile trip. No Ohlins, I weigh 230, so you should be fine, you are much closer, spec wise to the teutonic ideal rider size.

    Have you ridden this bike yet?
    Most dealers will allow test rides. That will satisfy your curiosity faster than thirty pages of internet dribble.

    It is what it is, a very capable, versatile, comfortable, beautiful, motorcycle.

    It is not a GS, nor a Goldwing, or a Sport Bike. What it is, is a very nice standard bike that is able to dip it's feet into territories reserved for the aforementioned bikes, and do so quite well.

    And it looks good doing it, even dirty,
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    Hope that hepls.
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  20. jings

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