My Wife's R1200R is prettier than my GSA

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  1. Boulder Ed

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    I had a loaner RS from Cycle Specialties in Modesto, for a couple days while I lived in the Central Valley of CA. and they did a recall on my GSA. It was a higher mile bike as are a lot of RS's I see advertised.
    Pros: typical tall geared BMW bike feel
    Pretty decent wind protection at speed
    Clearly a good BMW to have in the garage! I love some of the color combos they did on this bike.
    Kind of cool almost retro look compared to todays designs
    Cons: Alternately flashing ABS lights from low battery condition at startup common to these bikes (or R1200C's with servo ABS)
    My wrists hurt on a couple rides due to ergonomics. Would have to adapt myself a bit to this
    Frame/suspension felt a little loose/sloppy at low speed but clearly the bike is built to run at fast speeds and sport tour its tail off.
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  4. Boulder Ed

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    Is the Rick Mayer seat lower than the stock seat and is your wife happy with it?[/QUOTE]

    She is very happy withe the Rick Mayer seat. I've owned probably 15 different Corbin's, a sargent, a russel that came on this bike when we bought it (see Russels website, as it her very own bike with the seat shown in the pic). She The seat is stock height, but tapered in on the last 10 " towards the front, so your legs get to the ground easier than a stock set up. We went to his shop to have it done, 3 weeks after I came home with a beauty for my GSA. Rick did a great job and his seats are as comfortable as you will find. To be honest, her's is really a work of art. I consider it one of the nicest seats I've ever seen.
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  5. dmcd

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    Funny you should mention that, when I went to buy a GS I took my wife with me and we came home with this:evil...........

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  6. FBB

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    Odd how that works. We stopped by the shop to get me some winter gloves. I didn't get the gloves but she got the bike... :deal
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  7. advNZer?

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    its a crying shame BMW stopped the RS/ST line.Granted the ST was ahhhh interesting to look at but they were a good bike
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    I think it's just a shame that nobody builds this (it's a photoshop job):

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    (in Jim Von Baden's PhotoBucket account)

    I don't think it would be that hard for a good shop ... yeah, likely between $1000 and $2000, but I guess it would still sell quite some. I plain love the looks.
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    :norton "We are looking for skid plate now for ours. We only found one so far, but it was out of stock"

    GS skid plates fit the R just fine.
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    I have a different theory, and not sure it is supported or not, but I've heard that some are chrome over stainless and that the chrome turns blue whereas the polished stainless ones just turn sort of a brown color. I'm not sure, mine is an '09 and turned brown. It doesn't bother me, but that ceramic coating looks pretty good.

    BigEasy, if you don't mind sharing, about how much was the ceramic coating, and has it held up well? Is it Jet-Hot?

    Sorry to go slightly OT....love my R12R BTW :D.
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  11. Unleaded

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    I have a factory skidplate from a GSA. Took it off the bike with less than 2000 miles on it to install an aftermarket plate. PM me if you're interested. I'd send it to you for the cost of shipping if you need it.
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  12. gremor

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    I saw that when Jim first posted it.

    I would buy that bike tomorrow if BMW offered it.:clap
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  13. Boulder Ed

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    This is the prettiest thig I've seen yet! Thanks for sharing ! I'm surprised nobody tried it yet, but think about the cost of the parts alone from BMW. I think way over the top if you had to buy them piecemeal.

    Also for all of these folks suffering emotionally and financially with endless fairing attempts to stop helmet buffeting, this prototype bike's fairing looks about right for wind protection on an R as well.

    We noticed on the R1150R.org site someone has been working with Cee Bailey to create a new windshield for the R1200R. I'd bet on it only working for a relatively small group of riders unless it is adjustable somehow. I'll be interested to see how folks like it should it go into production. The solution we now run on my wife's bike, (a cut down Ztechnik) ain't perfect but is a pretty good compromise and now allows longer days, and is way more stylish than anything we've seen to date. Kind of keeps the sport look of the bike intact.
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    There are a couple of ride reports on the new shield over at the R1150R.org now.

    Sounds like it works fairly well.
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    Is that a chicken next to you?
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    I met this fellow at at a rally in N. Ga. a couple of years ago. He did the customizing all himself.
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    Wow. Love it! But if it's not available anywhere - it doesn't help. I have neither the skills, nor the tools, nor the time to do this myself. I could probably get the skills and time (have worked in a car shop when I was young, and don't have to left hands), but tools is a problem, space to build this, patience to do it and so on.

    Let's put it that way: I have more money than time for something like this ... :lol3
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  18. Boxer-lust

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    That photoshop R1200R/S would have been a great successor to the R1100/1150RS...:clap
    Too bad they never made it...
    Nice job on the homemade R1200R with the RS fairing...much cleaner looking than their own R1200ST...
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  19. Boulder Ed

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    What did it come off of? Looks like maybe a 1150RS? Maybe not as modern looking as the earlier photoshop job, which I love, but still clean , nice and timeless looking. It might be easier to do than you think. Not cheap for sure, but maybe not so difficult. If one had orders for 20 or 30 of em, you could find a way to engineer it right and get er done. It surly looks way better than the Parabellum scouts you see people adding from time to time.
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