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Old 12-30-2016, 09:43 AM
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R1200R vs R1200RS

For those who have purchased a(n) R1200RS did you consider (pre-purchase) getting the R1200R and adding a windscreen along with BMW bags and luggage rack instead?
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:19 AM
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Mitchell, I came from a K13S MS that I found slightly uncomfortable position-wise after a back surgery. I looked at several models from different brands before settling on the R1200RS. For me the bar/seat positioning of the S didn't quite work, plus I liked the body work of the RS. And I've always truly enjoyed the twin motor. Have you ridden both? Where I live there are several available on the used market ( dealer and factory-used demos) that are selling in the mid 15K range.

While the RS does not have the high rpm rush of acceleration of the K models it leaves nothing to want for in the handling department. Weighing 40 some pounds less and with its' flat torque curve it is a nimble handling machine with more than adequate performance. With the up/down shift assist and all else it comes with I really don't miss the K13 all that much. Do the math for the power to weight comparison of the two and you may be surprised at the slight difference you see.

Oh, by the way, for those of you who were perhaps put off by the dash you should know that there are actually three different settings available changing the size and content of what is displayed. Kinda neat!

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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

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Oh, by the way, for those of you who were perhaps put off by the dash you should know that there are actually three different settings available changing the size and content of what is displayed. Kinda neat!
But none of them give you an "analog" tach (like the S1000's).
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Ken, my K1300S is not going anywhere as I just love the bike. This spring I am adding another bike that will give me a little more comfort on longer multi day rides. Wind protection and storage capacity are two deal breakers so I have been all over the lot regarding what I might get. I have looked at everything from a HD touring bike, KTM GT, and back to the R1200R or RS. While the HD is quite appealing it is rather heavy and pricey so I came back to BMW. The question I have geared to forum members who have purchased either of these two bikes. I am leaning toward the R because the seating position and bar ergo suits me better but comes without plastics, bags, and windscreen.
Bags and windscreen can be added to the R but just not sure which way to go.
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Both of us considered the R1200R. I only had a very short 10 mile test on the R and Debbie took one out for 30 miles. She noticed the R was a little easier to steer.
Both of us were surprised that the small Sport shield gave decent wind protection.
If we had a chance to take a long test ride, and found it comfortable for long rides we may have bought the R.
We have been used to the riding position and wind protection of S and RS bikes so we decided to go with what we are used to.
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Thanks Lee I appreciate your post as that was the kind of info I need to help me decide. Gonna be a tough choice but I have the winter to mull it over.
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

If we had a larger garage and budget, I'm pretty sure there would a couple of R1200R bikes in the garage for shorter trips.

This is the Sport shield I mentioned.
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Nope - came off 2003 R1150RS and didn't even consider the R1200R...
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Mitchel, you should test ride a GSW before you buy anything.
Don't knock it 'till you've tried one.
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Agree with trying a GSW and would also add a XR 1000 for a test ride.

I had both the R and RS for a week on lending last year and did over 1000 km on each bike.
I preferred the RS by far on long distance rides. The R was Ok for slow and short distance rides, but even there I liked the RS better. By the time you add the items the RS have as standard to the R, you could probably buy a RS.

Then is the newly announced KTM 1290 S. A 160 hp and 140nm torque monster. My next bike.
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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

Not an R LC but slightly older 2013 R. The owner wanted a small shield and somewhat of a retro look but still more protection than a naked. The builder is in AZ and does one off for particular bikes to match lines and color. So an R with a small shield and bags and the R's ergos might be a nice match for you.

http://www.carpemoto.com/carpe-moto-gear/

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Re: R1200R vs R1200RS

The dealer let me take the R1200R for our group's breakfast ride. About 125 miles, all back roads some twisty. some brisk riding.
I loved the R1200R, however I do a fair amount of touring so have long enjoyed the benefits of the windshield for wind and rain protection.

I sat on the RS at a motorcycle show...and preordered one. first one in Vermont.
My intent from day one was to lower the RS foot pegs (my older knees) an see how the narrower RS bars (vs the R)felt. After riding my RS for about 6 months I did decide to raise the RS bar by about 1 inch (Wonderlich). I like the narrower bars.

The only other difference between the R and RS is a slightly longer wheel base. The front axle is move forward about .5 inch. (look at bottom of front fork on both to see the difference). This slows the steering a bit, but makes the RS track fast sweaters like on rails.

Love my RS.

Ride them both...enjoy!
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