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Old 11-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #31
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Well, my advice is don't take a test drive. You'll get more desperate.
I'm actually thinking of getting a "90 Years of BMW Motorcycles" special edition. I really like the looks of the red one, so dynamic and bright, but the SE is just that: a bit more special.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:27 PM   #32
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Here are my two R's side by side. Actually one's an airhead.


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Old 11-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #33
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Wanted to buy this one but they didn't take the offer - and I'm not desperate yet ...

I bought it. You don't know what you are missing.

3 months old 6.000 miles on it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #34
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Been looking for this th read

I rode an airhead for 20 years.
Next I bought a 2000 R1100RT. I put 37,000 miles on top of the 100,000 that was on it.

Next I bought a brand new 2012 R1200R RED!

I love it. I wanted a bike more like my old airhead than the RT. Lower, Lighter and Lots more midrange power.



I have many more pictures. :)

I still have the airhead. RT is for sale.

So far I ride the Versys to work because its lighter and cheaper to run.
We have snow right now, ;(



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Old 11-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #35
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I rode an airhead for 20 years.
Next I bought a 2000 R1100RT. I put 37,000 miles on top of the 100,000 that was on it.

Next I bought a brand new 2012 R1200R RED!

I love it. I wanted a bike more like my old airhead than the RT. Lower, Lighter and Lots more midrange power.



I have many more pictures. :)

I still have the airhead. RT is for sale.

So far I ride the Versys to work because its lighter and cheaper to run.
We have snow right now, ;(



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How's that windshield working for you? I'm looking for one for my 12R for the winter riding. Been looking at Cee Bailey. They come in four different heights.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:34 PM   #36
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I bought it. You don't know what you are missing.
It wasn't for not wanting to, we made an offer, but the price they were asking wasn't worth getting a used one with two previous owners of unknown riding style for. I could put a bit more on top and get a new one where I know what it was put through.

And don't get me wrong, it wasn't about the savings in itself, I can afford a few new ones if I were inclined enough. And that's what we might end up with ...
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:50 PM   #37
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #38
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You've got helluva serious farkles there sir! Top loading panniers & serious custom fairing. I love it! Can i ask where you've sourced these from?
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:12 PM   #39
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You've got helluva serious farkles there sir! Top loading panniers & serious custom fairing. I love it! Can i ask where you've sourced these from?
The panniers are Jesse for an R1150GS and the fairing is a Hannigan ST. The bike has a GS suspension which raises it 3-1/2 inches. The front fender is K1200RS.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #40
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The panniers are Jesse for an R1150GS and the fairing is a Hannigan ST. The bike has a GS suspension which raises it 3-1/2 inches. The front fender is K1200RS.
Now I have to ask why you didn't just start out with a GS as a base?
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:34 PM   #41
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good thread!

I got an 04 1150r for local 2up riding and it fills the bill perfectly. I have an RT, but unless we're going over 100 miles, we take the r. Easy to handle in town 2 up, cool in the hot weather, and plenty of power. They seem to be undervalued too. I got a hell of a deal on mine last fall. I test rode a 1200, and they are much more sophisticated but would've cost me about 4 times as much.


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Old 11-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #42
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Now I have to ask why you didn't just start out with a GS as a base?
Because I don't have all of my bright ideas in the proper order. I put the Hannigan on the R and didn't like the knee bend of the R (I am 6'-2"). The GS suspension included the GS footpegs brackets which were 3" lower than the R's. It also made it better on unimproved roads and gave enough clearance for the Jesse bags. It has been to Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik NWT.

But yes, it would have been easier to start with a GS.

ETA: not sure it would have looked as nice with the GS tank, gauges, wheels, side and rear trim.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:12 AM   #43
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Here is some R12R love for ya!

Great Bike,

Here she is when I picked her up from Max in Troy, (Thanks Craig!!)



Added a Wunderlich seat,



Added some Kriega Bags,



Turned it into a Proper Adventure Bike!!!



Then rode it 12,000 miles across the US,

Stopped in the U.P. and paid my respects to the Men of the Edmund Fitzgerald.



Got Rained and snowed on in Glacier N.P.



Traveled through Washington and Oregon,



Crossed over Snowy Mountain Passes,



Put the wheels in the Pacific Ocean,



Talked to some birds,



All in all, an extremely capable bike. Which I agree is always highly under rated. It's fast enough, handles well, carries a load well. Capable of two up duty, Looks good, and most of all, no drama. Just turn the key, hit the switch and ride. Not to mention it is also extremel versatile.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:02 AM   #44
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Hey Viking,

Looks like you've taken some serious road trips on that 12R. I've seen folks who've taken the R's to some off the beaten paths that some believe only GS's are built to handle, like you've sampled some here. I'm planning to take my 12R to many dirt roads in the mountains of Colorado the coming year.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:07 AM   #45
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Here is some R12R love for ya!

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You need to get out more.

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