BMW R****R Thread

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

  1. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

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    Just, but it leaves little room for anything else, and it's awkward. I have a Nikon D300s and it's awkward to fit in and leaves room for little else (with 16-85 lens attached). The depth is deceiving since there's a channel on the bottom to hold the tank ring. The body fits in across the wide part of the bag.

    Edit: looks like my version of the Engage is a generation older than the one in the pics, although the general shape is the same, and I assume the size is as well.
  2. Patch

    Patch Been here awhile

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    I don;t have a DSLR ... but as sturgeon points out it will, but leaving little room for anything else. The false depth due to the recessed channel underneath for the ring attachment does take up a chunk of space. I only keep basic odds and ends in mine. The 2 zipper pockets on the sides are marginally useless. I keep the rainfly on the right and usually a pocket-knife and earplugs in the left.

    Oh - and it does not touch the tank. The release cord in the front of the pack could hit if you don;t keep it tight, but it shouldn't matter. After 10k miles with this bag I have no noticeable marks

    heres an interior - the bottom comes up appx 1", then another 3.5" to the top. The "nose" (what I call the part facing the seat) is appx iPhone length :D
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    Oh ... and the opening is big enough for a six pack or a growler. My brother moved into his new house today so I brought him a gift this morning :freaky
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  3. Weird Bug

    Weird Bug Weird BUG

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    I think that my 2011 R1200R has more power than my 2006 Ducati ST3s (dyno at 105 hp). The ST3s was awesome at 100+ mph and the R1200R is awesome below 70 mph. I'll take the BMW though. Plus I can do the valves myself - couldn't on the Duc.
  4. BigEasy

    BigEasy Long timer

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    Thanks again guys!:clap

    I don't have a full frame DSLR mines a 2/3's I believe it's called a D3000 so it'll fit a little better than theD300.

    I think there may be one of these in my future, again, Thanks:freaky
  5. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

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    I hate to tell ya, but the D300 isn't full-frame either :banghead:

    Dyslexics untie!
  6. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Sorta. I have both an '07 R1200R that has been an excellent and reliable ride, and an '09 F800GS that is the most fun ride I've had. I have no problem with the F800 for highway riding, but the R1200R is better for that - except the R really needs handlebar risers, one of these days.

    Fred
  7. Eric R. Shelton

    Eric R. Shelton Adventurer

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    I used to wheelie my Multistrada 620 from time to time, but I've never had the front wheel up on my cam head. I've even turned off the ASC to try, if somewhat sheepishly. Am I just the biggest ninny there is on this thing?
  8. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I have a Versys that I intentionally lift the front wheel in first. On the R I am glad for the ASC . No you are not a ninny, I am stupid. I have never turned off the ASC. Sometimes it surprises me then the ASC saves my azz . This bike is too big and too expen$ive to screw around like that.
    David

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  9. Derbobs

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    When you accellerate really hard, the front wheel comes up in first, second and third. Just a little bit, but it does.

    But i am not brave enough to try a real wheelie in first.
  10. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Just whack the throttle at three grand. Tell me what happens.

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  11. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    So after two days of riding on the R, I like it, but it's going to require some getting used to. Someone in this thread suggested it was like driving a Jeep -- I agree with that one. It's like a two-wheeled truck. A really powerful two-wheeled truck. It requires stronger steering inputs than I'm used to, and isn't as nimble as the F650GS, but it is great on the highway. It's also incredibly stable at low speeds -- even making the mini-GS feel tippy. I think I'm going to hang on to this one...
  12. Derbobs

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    I crash? ;)
  13. pauljr

    pauljr Adventurer

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    Who is the case and backrest from?
  14. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    This?


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    And this is what happens if you just keep leaning too... :evil



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    Seriously though, the R will wheelie in 1st through 3rd no problem, 2nd being my favorite gear to do it in with a bounce of the throttle, no clutch, but I don't have any fancy ASC to keep my from having fun and learning how to improve my throttle control. :wink:






    Took another quick ride up to the Redwoods from SoCal, this time with my partner, the friggin' tree hugger!
    Hit 90,000 miles on this trip, the trusty 1200R is still going strong, though in the last 6K miles it did use a 1/2 quart of oil, something kind of new. :D



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    I did forget what bike I was on when attempting to ride on the Lost Coast in search of a campspot, Pilot Power tires aren't the best for deep sand I guess, good thing Nancy was there to help push me out.



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  15. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    It should be very nimble, we have a 650GS also and the R hands down handles better in all situations, on pavement at least.

    Assuming the tires are fresh and properly inflated, if the steering is heavy you need to adjust your suspension, start with the preload then worry about other settings. It should just fall into corners without even thinking about it and hold it there till you exit.


    What year and how many miles on it?
    how heavy are you with gear?



    Here's a good place to start with getting your bike setup:

    http://www.eilenberger.net/Suspension/suspension.htm


    Good luck!
  16. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Hmmm -- it definitely takes a PUSH to get it to lean -- doesn't feel nearly as quick as the mini-GS. It's a 2002 R1150R with ABS and about 18,500 miles. Both tires were a little low (like 3psi below recommended) and I haven't touched suspension settings yet. With gear I'm maybe 165lbs, plus the BMW side cases and a Givi top case.

    Thanks for the suspension link!
  17. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Right on, well the 1150R is a bit heavier, I had an 05' and it wasn't quite as nimble as the 12R, but still it shouldn't need a big push to get it to lean into a turn and handled well.
    At 165 and then with the bags you're right about at the "normal" BMW rider weight, assuming they are original stock shocks with stock springs. Check your sag with the preload all the way out and check any other settings your shocks have.
    By all means play with the settings until you find what feels best following Don's writeup I posted the best you can.

    With only 8500 miles the shocks *should* still be OK. Does the tires have any flat spot in the center? I know when mine get worn the steering can feel heavier and unstable in corners. It's amazing how fresh rubber can bring a bike back to life when it comes to handling.

    Good luck and welcome to the BMW R club!
  18. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    Thanks! I'll do a bit of poking around and see what I can figure out. The tires still have good tread, but aren't new, or even close. I'll start with the preload, though...
  19. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I made it my self. I am a welder. The case is a pelican type. The back rest pad I bought for $5.00. I then made the mount for it, including holding it behind the girlfriend to see where she wanted it.

    I only bolted the case to the back rack.

    I don't like the big top case back there. My last bike was an RT and I missed the glove box. Later i added a cigarette lighter so I could charge my phone or kindle fire HD or.....

    There was really no back rest available with out the top box. That pelican type case was on another bike before this one. Its car wash proof.

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    1/8" X 2 aluminum, 1/4 X 1" aluminum, some holes and stainless countersunk screws (bolts?)

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    Thank you lost Rider, I was thinking the poster did not believe me the bike would lift the front wheel.

    The camhead R is a little lighter, a little lower and a little more powerful than the 1150. Its a little more RRrrrrrr!

    Love this freekin bike!
  20. Jedi Apprentice

    Jedi Apprentice Been here awhile

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    Where is Don's write up? I have had my rockster for about a month and would like to get the suspension tuned in properly for my weight.