R1250RS Day-rides and Playlists

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tjt94, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. tjt94

    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    My T120 got traded on this new R1250RS so I’m starting a new thread that features the RS. It is the 12th bike I’ve owned and therefore has been named Zwolf.

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    One of the challenges I have with any bike o own is getting it setup to be comfortable for my 6’4” body. The T120 managed fairly well with additional height to the seat via padding, an Airhawk, and a sheepskin.

    For the BMW, I added the Airhawk, a set of Suburban Machinery peg lowering blocks and Helibars bar risers. This transformed a pretty comfortable bike into one that seems to have been built for me.
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    As part of the initial 600 mile break-in, I did a nice 180 mile loop. I’m fortunate to live near some of the best motorcycle roads in Southern California so I did the San Diego S2 and Sunrise Highway. The ride up the Banner Grade proved that the RS likes the curves, is well planted and the fueling spot on.

    Julian was too crowded (per usual) so no pie today. Instead, I bought an iced tea and a Payday and headed down Sunrise Highway to one of my favorite overlooks.

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    Music is a bigger part of my life than riding so I always listen to albums while riding. I will post my playlist for each ride chronicled in this thread.

    Playlist: Stomu Yamashta/Steve Winwood/Michael Shrieve - Go; Pink Floyd - Darkside of the Moon; Pat Travers - Crash and Burn; The Meters - Rejuvenation
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    Having completed the 600 mile service earlier this week, I did a 205 mile counter-clockwise loop into San Diego County on Saturday. Weather was decent but warm for the mountains (90's) and around 105 in the desert on my return at noon. The RS is really a wonderful bike for this kind of riding. I do miss my T120 for some things, photos and backroads, but the BMW is a much better fit for me. It also is a whole lot better for any freeway riding I have to do.

    I took the Airhawk off and replaced with my normal sheepskin pad. I have added one layer of foam exercise padding to the bottom. I will likely add one more layer for an additional 1/4 inch. It's not much but coupled with the dropped pegs I believe I am set for huge daily miles if I so choose. The 200 miles was absolutely nothing.

    The ride was quite enjoyable for the most part. The section of CA-94 from Honey Springs Road to the Tecate turnoff had a lot of traffic and a couple of sport bike riders going like hell. Otherwise the roads were mostly mine.

    I am waiting to get a luggage rack (SW Mototech) but it is backordered for 6 - 8 weeks. I have also ordered a set of Shad 36 liter sidecases but they too are backordered with expected delivery sometime early in Oct (of this year I hope). This seems to be the norm for nearly all things for all bikes. I am looking at other options for a luggage rack but they are limited, some are ugly, and the BMW rack is spendy. If anyone has other ideas for me to consider on a rack, let me know. I am glad that I bought the Nelson-Rigg tailbag. I seems to complement the bike well and provides the kind of storage that I use for day trips anyway. The sidecases may spend much of their time on a garage shelf once I receive them. Who knows, maybe I will just go with a luggage rack and the tailbag.

    Regardless, I am enjoying the RS quite a bit. No buyers remorse.

    Playlist: Kraftwork - Autobaun; ZZ Top - Tres Hombres; The Sheepdogs - The Sheepdogs; Drive By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera

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    It is (mostly) a great bike. I have been enjoying mine for the past 6 years. If you dont have it already you may want to get the BMW sport (high) seat with your peg/handlebar mods.
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    I have not gotten one as yet. I have looked at it but wondered about the sculpted sides. I prefer a broader seat so I might go with a Sargent or a Wunderlich. I also have an Airhawk that I used for a couple of weekends before getting my sheepskin with added padding to add a little height back on. I am thinking of leaving the Airhawk off as it's squirminess isn't what I like.

    How does the BMW Sport seat compare in width in your opinion?
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    I have never named any of my bikes until now. I don’t think that machines have gender so naming in feminine or masculine conventions doesn’t work for me. However, my BMW seemed to need a name. It’s Zwolf. Zwolf is the German word for 12. This is the 12th bike I have owned. 12 also has other significant meanings to me so my R1250RS has been so christened.

    (I tried to get the decal made locally but the setup was $100!! I went online and got it delivered for $4. Slight difference.)

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    I did a quick loop up through Borrego Springs since the temps were under 100 degrees for the morning at least. I am really enjoying the ride of the RS. Although I am 6'4", I have found that keeping the windscreen in the low position keeps my helmet in clean air and there is no buffeting at all. I have also found that the cruise control is essential for the highway as this bike likes at at 90 and above without a blink.

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    S22 from Salton City to Borrego goes past some badlands area that was used in the final episode of one of the later seasons of the Bosch series.

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    S22 above Borrego Springs is one of the great motorcycle roads of this desert area.

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    As always, the ride up or down S2 is a treat. It looks like the area received some rain recently and the ocotillos responded with popping new foliage.

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    Usually I am a lone rider, but today I did a short ride with a couple of friends. For a change, the temps were under 100 so it was even better than usual. Not much to report for description other than we swapped bikes and I rode my buddy's 850 GS. I found the suspension to be very comfortable but going from the boxer 1250 to his parallel twin left me wanting the power my bike has. I did not get to ride my other buddy's '93 airhead but will next time. It looks to be a nice bike and runs very well.

    All in all, a nice morning ride!

    Playlist: Elivs Costello - My Aim Is True; The Foo FIghters - One By One


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    The look of thinking you left your phone at home (only to discover it in your pocket a couple of hours later)
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    After breakfast burritos:
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  10. SteveBlack

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    Beautiful bike ! I have an 02 R1150R so I'm in the right century, just not the right decade haha. Dumb question. Did you need to get longer cables when you added the risers ? I also have the peg lowering kit and it's great although I'm only 6 foot. Thanks in advance
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    No. The Helibars bolted right on in about 10 minutes of time. No new cables or anything else. There does not seem to be any stretching of wiring looms or anything. Super easy and quite affordable as well.
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    Thanks!
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    I had the day off for the end of the 1st Quarter of the school year and had planned on riding up to Cabazon for a pic with the dinosaur for the Same Place, Different Bike picture thread, but a high wind advisory for the mountains prompted me to postpone for another day (my route included Idyllwild-Pine Cove and through Julian). The wind management on the R1250RS is really quite good, prob not as good as a big touring bike or a Hyundai Elantra, but I just didn't want to start the week out more tired than necessary. The route I substituted was just under 175 miles (instead of 300) and is one I enjoy every now and then.

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    First stop, Bonds Corner Store. I’m not sure when this place was shuttered but it definitely has a history. The north-south road is Bonds Corner Road so the Bonds must have been one of the early settling families of the area.

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    The All American Canal brought water to the Imperial Valley in the 1930s making it one of the most productive agricultural areas in North America. Here us one of the many drops that the water goes through. The elevation of the beginning of the AM Canal is around 150 feet above sea level with the end of the canal being nearly 230 feet below sea level, thus requiring these drops.

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    Before there was any agriculture in this area, there was a famous stagecoach line, The Butterfield Stage Line that ran from St. Louis to San Francisco between 1858 - 1861. Here are the remnants of the stage stop at Andrade, California.

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    The Ocean to Ocean Bridge connecting Yuma, AZ to Winterhaven, CA was an important artery for transportation and commerce. During the 1930's, the CHP stopped people from crossing if they didn't have documentation of a job in California or other proof of their need to be in the state. This placed many homeless people from Arkansas and Oklahoma into Yuma where the settled.

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    Riding north towards the southern beginning of the CABDR, I passed all of the variety of ag fields. The produce fields are being planted but the date groves looked great today.

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    The Cloud Museum didn't have any clouds today. I'm not sure that they really have a cloud exhibit but they do claim to have the largest Model T collection in North America.

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    View looking south at the Laguna Dam.

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    Senators Wash is quite full for this time of the year.

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    Squaw Lake is below Senators Wash and has its outlet to the Colorado River.

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    These desert bighorns cared less that I was there let alone the landscaper that was mowing just next to them.

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    Entrance to the Yuma Proving Grounds.

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    10/11/21 - I am very happy to have replaced my T-120 with this R1250RS if only for the wind management. The T-120 was well sorted and upgraded for my riding, but this BMW is an incredible upgrade in suspension, feel of quality, and power. I thought about getting a GS when I purchased this but am glad I didn't. I save $3K-$4K and like the look and color scheme. I am not real fond of the white GS's that are out right now, although some of the decals on the Rally models do make them look great. I also don't need the temptation to go riding off road. My off road rides on my T120 are well chronicled here and having a bike that is built for it would only get me to ride places that I shouldn't alone, and that is how I ride. I also like the exclusivity of the RS as it is not one you often see, certainly not like a GS or other adventure style bike. The lowered pegs and HeliBars made this bike very comfortable for my 6'4" body. It's just a great riding bike!

    Playlist: It was a jam band day - Gov't Mule - The Deep End 1 and 2; The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker.
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    Shad cases look great. How do you like the fit and functionality?
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    The fit is first rate. I opted for the 35 liter aluminum sides as opposed to the 36 liter boxes. A full face helmet fits in the 36’s but not these. That doesn’t matter to me. They are the right size for what I want and look right on the bike. I purchased them from a company in Italy for around $250 less than Shad USA and got them delivered two months sooner too. Bonus bonus!
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    I'm sure you probably know that Shad makes many of the BMW OEM bags, quality stuff. I absolutely hate the painted lids on many of the new BMW bags...designed to look like crap over time. The aluminum you've chosen is a great alternative.
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    I too bought an RS this spring a '17 R1200RS.. and i have been thoroughly impressed with it. I picked it up in Escondido and rode it home to northern idaho.. it was the first of many great trips..

    I am enjoying your posts and pics.. You live and ride in a cool area.. more please !

    Cheers!
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    Thanks. There are great roads here but you are extremely well situated for riding (at least in the summer).
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