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Old 07-20-2017, 12:45 PM
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R1200R, giddy up!

I've got my 1200GS in the shop today for some annual maintenance, tires, and the stanchion tube recall. One of my S1000RR buddies there informed me that he traded his RR for an R12R and is loving it. He's made a bet with me that if he sent me home on a R12R loaner bike that I'd be back soon to trade my Super Duke on the BMW.

OK, so I've put only about 50 miles on it today but dang, he might be right. It's got nowhere near the balls of the 1290R (down, oh, about 40 rwhp and a bunch of torque) but it's got a lot going for it too. Having grown accustom to the R motor in my GS, I have an appreciation for the character of it that I didn't have before. So having that engine in a bike that weighs 80 lbs less and set up for more sporty ergos kinda works. Add in the cruise control, all the ride modes, adjustable suspension, and a very good quick-shifter up&down and it's a pretty darn good package for a nekkid bike. It'll never attract any hot women the way my Super Duke does (uh, yeah, that's it...it's the hot women - like Morgan Fairchild!) and it doesn't have the visceral feel of the Beast but I'm thinking this bike might be fun to tootle around on. I might want to check out the R1200RS as well.

Any thoughts from the collective wisdom here? Or am I just getting wimpy and old? Do I trade for the R12R and renew my Cialis prescription or keep the Duke and the wood that I get from that bike.
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

Wes, I have been out on both the RS and the R (demo's at Bobs) and of the two I liked the ergos on the R better. With that in mind I, like you may not be quite ready to give up the power that our current bikes possess but I get closer with each passing month.
When the time comes (maybe next riding season) my choice would be the R with a windscreen and BMW side cases. I really like the R but am just not quite there as we speak.
I totally understand where you are coming from. Hold off on the Cialis until next year!
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

Not the same bikes but the same idea. I just bought an R3 for the track. I love - love - love my RR but for several tracks I ride it is a lot of motorcycle for sure.

As I am getting a little older I'm finding even the weight of my RR is a challenge at the end of the day. Not to mention the acceleration and braking required to slow it down - has become challenging as well.

The smaller bikes are easier to handle easier to hold up easier to move around in your garage. The smaller bikes don't have the big HP numbers - don't require as much muscle and they handle fantastic.

So is it we are getting a little older - or have we gotten it out of our system that we have to have the most powerful - fastest - meanest looking bike on the planet - I don't know - but I do know every day I'm still trying to learn how to ride well - and suddenly I've noticed I ride better on some of the smaller bikes.
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

Into my late 60's now and went last year from my k13 to the rs and not regretting it. It is lighter and more nimble , a lot easier going side to side in the twisties . That being said I don't understand why BMW has it listed in their sport bike category . For me anyways its not a sport bike. Maybe better refered to as a sporty touring bike
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

I totally get it... I really like the engine, and with the digital throttle it works well. The R is interesting, I was never grabbed by the RS , but... As I age, lighter is good - and I am seriously waiting on an R1200S, like the '07, but current electronics and the WC plant. I'd have one as soon as it the hit the dealer.
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

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Not the same bikes but the same idea. I just bought an R3 for the track. I love - love - love my RR but for several tracks I ride it is a lot of motorcycle for sure.


Dang Bruce. You're always one step ahead. I was just reading about how Ari Henning is going to ditch his KTM RC390 he's been racing and switch to the new YZF-R3. I think i'd really like spending some track days on a small bore bike like that.
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

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Dang Bruce. You're always one step ahead. I was just reading about how Ari Henning is going to ditch his KTM RC390 he's been racing and switch to the new YZF-R3. I think i'd really like spending some track days on a small bore bike like that.
Don't want to steal this thread - but Wes these small bikes are really fantastic - especially once they are setup - I'm in the process right now changing the entire suspension for track duty.
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Don't want to steal this thread - but Wes these small bikes are really fantastic - especially once they are setup - I'm in the process right now changing the entire suspension for track duty.

I'd love to hear how that goes for you and what you end up doing to it.
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Re: R1200R, giddy up!

I have a 1290 too, I think I'd never be happy going down in power by that much...!
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I have a 1290 too, I think I'd never be happy going down in power by that much...!


The R12R is quick and comfortable with all the bells and whistles. It's sort of like a southern belle that is beautiful, impresses your well educated friends, cooks like mamma, and is happy drinking bear and watching the ball game all afternoon. The 1290R is more like Angelina who says, "Come on with me and I'll wear your blood around my neck, we'll get tattoos were the sun don't shine, and we'll flirt with our mortality for a while." And there's the woody....
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