My Wife's R1200R is prettier than my GSA

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Boulder Ed, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Reading last 1-2 pages.. I take it you guys didn't get, or didn't like the R1200ST?

    I'll agree that it's a WTF:huh design, but I liked it when I saw it in person, made
    the already bulky 1200r look huge..

    ..and then it whizzed away sounding very much like a 250cc. :lol3

    Seriously, I could live with that thing, I don't look much better either.
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  2. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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  3. BigEasy

    BigEasy Long timer

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    I got them, still want one if I could find the right one for the right price.

    I had a shot at a red and graphite '07 that Atlanta BMW had that was used with like 450 miles on it when I was down there for work but timing was bad and I couldn't pull the trigger. I bought my RR a couple months later.

    The sexiest one I've seen was the elusive all black. Chicago BMW had one when I stopped in once. They'd ordered it in for a guy from Minneapolis I think, very good looking scoot.
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  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Cool, yeah, they're very rare, even here in EU.. but I also like the R12R better..
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  5. Durangoman

    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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    Love the white!


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  6. Boulder Ed

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    Yep, my wfe wants white now for hers instead of black, so if anyone has a whte one and wants to swap tanks and panels, I's be happy to do the trade.
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  7. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    My wife's R1200R was successfully ridden 8200 miles to the Dust to Dawson gathering where (5) total R1200Rs were present. 4 were ridden by fearless females. All had a great time and the 1200R's proved themselves quite capable of the Yukon and AK. And no we did not go of roading with it, but a few rocks did bounce off the GSA skidplate we'd attached prior to the trip. Only problem with it was it needs a serious fender extender to prevent mud form plugging the oil cooler. Someone needs to find a way to reposition the dang cooler! Seemed to me earlier 1100 and 1150 R's both had coolers up high along the sides of the gas tank!
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  8. PizzMor

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    So how do you like the Sargent seat as opposed to the stock one?
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  9. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    Any inmates found a suitable tire that fits the R and is OK for some light off-road and gravel use? The stock tires seem pretty slick to go into any mud,. I have heard that the TKC tire will be available in the sizes to fit her, but that is too knobbly IMHO for a lot of road use. Except for the hard seat, this bike rocks. No desire to go for a GS instead.

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  10. Boulder Ed

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    I have noticed some delamination on one edge of our new CF front fender by Bestem. Everyone makes a mistake and ships a defective part once in a while. This part has been on the bike for 4 months now, and I first saw the problem 2 months after install. I suspect it was there when I installed it and I just missed it due to smalll size of the initial defect. I have submitted a warranty request and will update everyone on how it goes. This is one of those times where a company can either step up and take responsibility or tell the customer to pound salt, of course loosing 1000 other customers in the internet age in the process....:eek1
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  11. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe...

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    It's a '99 R1100R with over 86K on the clock. I couldn't believe how great its condition was and it was rather obvious its previous owners had taken good care of it.

    I'm in the process of doing some farkeling it with factory windshield brackets (eBay) and a Cee Bailey windshield. I just installed an upgrade cam chain tensioner from Rubber Chicken Racing and it needed a new starter, that was done a few days ago. It came with factory luggage and is an absolute blast to ride.
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  12. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    I sold this R1200R a year ago to get a dual sport. I ended up selling the dual sport (Husky) since the mountains are just too far away and I've got too much else going on to realistically get up there more than a couple times a year.

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    But...I can buy the bike back! Owner is considering a new 2012, and I am really tempted to go bring my old bike back home. The Parabellum fairing gives smooth quiet air at chest and head, while still having that open-air feeling.
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  13. Closed Casket

    Closed Casket Suicidal, but a nice guy.

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    I've owned close to 40 BMWs, including a bunch of oilheads, and this bike makes me smile every time I jump on it and twist the throttle. Raced a guy in a newer Vette tonight and easily pulled ahead, front wheel pawing the sky. Had a (big) lady friend on it yesterday and went 110 on a backroad, no muss no fuss. But hey I'm nearly 55 and can't do that shit, right? Did 800 miles on it in 1 day 4 weeks ago, no sweat. This bike does it all. I've loved my 6 GS 1200's, but this bike is better if you just want to ride the street. The stock seat blows chunks (getting it redone in 2 weeks by Mr. Ed's Moto) and I look forward to the day I can afford Ohlins or Wilburs, I have no idea how BMW could put these spindly shit shocks on their bikes. WTF +1000. :eek1

    But the base bike is so righteous I can't imagine a better BMW for the real world. I've owned 2 R1200RTs, the aforementioned 6 R1200GS's (including a GSA), ST, RS'es, K bikes, etc. This thing is fast, looks great and purrs until you open up that throttle.

    Went 270 miles on the last tank, and that included two blasts over the ton.

    Get one. :deal

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  14. davidji

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    I hoped to buy one I saw on Craigslist somewhere around Pleasant Hill almost a year ago. I wonder if it was that one? What year is it?
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  15. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Might have been my 2007. I'm in Lafayette. Owner is in WC. I'm not buying it after all. Need to spend my cash finishing the airhead dirtbike.

    It's a great bike. I rode it last weekend for a bit.
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  16. Snapping Twig

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    I'm a fan!

    Oddly enough, it's the second least popular BMW, but not to me. IMO, it's the do all, be all.

    I can take it anywhere from the twisties to the highway to off the highway. I spent a week on mine earlier this summer touring Northern California.

    Did a few farkles, but the most important one was also the most recent - new suspension.

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    Yes sir, I really do like this ride!

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    Mt. Shasta in the background.
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  17. Boulder Ed

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    NICELY STATED! SO TRUE! You see low mile bikes with farkles out there for $9K now, with the same year GS being 3K more... I love GS's too, but the R simply rocks. Every rally we hit there are a few and the owners love them to death. The thing is so light compared to my GSA I drool every time I push it around in the garage while getting both my and my wife's bikes out. My GSA is slow and top heavy to no end and essentially a truck to carry the camp gear on. I did just run the GSA on an iron butt saddle sore 1000, so it can do somethings pretty well :1drink
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  18. NoobIAm

    NoobIAm Far, far from the Garden.

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  19. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    Yea my wife's R is definitely way prettier than my Uly even after riding in the rain - nothing can save the Uly. Now she has the blued pipes and a new y-pipe black ceramic coated and the bike is dyno tuned with a PCIII. Plus it hasn't rained in weeks so it's actually clean-ish now haha.

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  20. Boulder Ed

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    Just a couple new pics from last weekend at Steamboat Springs, CO. Unfortunately they show more cool fall colors in cottonwoods than close up of the bike, but you folks have put so many awesome pics up on this thread already, it's hard to add value! This was at the Steamboat Springs campground which was a nice spot, pretty deserted in the tent area, but confirmed our latest theory, developed over 50 nights of camping this summer, that all campgrounds are built along freight train routes.

    A few changes from the original pic on page one: new Touratech hand guards, swapped out the german crash bars for these possibly less protective ones by Machinart (which tested fine in a zero speed wind induced tip over). Added the potentiometer cover, after a recommendation by another R1200R owner we met in Alaska this summer. Added the BMW OEM rack you see taped up to keep it from looking like hell after one season. We are big fans of duct tape. The less sticky galfers tape we tried once, hoping to avoid the sticky residue removal that comes with duct or electrical tape, wears through too soon and will surprise you with a nice wear spot on your new rack. I really miss the old Reynolds chrome racks we had on the old /5,/6/, /7 boxers.

    Note average fuel economy has been 54mpg over 11,000 fully packed up miles this summer vs. 47.5 on my loaded GSA. Also we got about 6,000 miles out of a set of Pirelli Scorpion Dual Sport tires, on the Yukon roads, but limped it along keeping below 65mph most of the time to optimize tire life for the trip. Finding your tire of choice in the Yukon, when you actually need it, is a challenge 90% of the time, even with the handful of credit cards you may need to buy one.
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