I just bought my first BMW, a 2007 R1200R, a couple of weeks ago. I wanted ABS, but I think Don Eilenberger really summed up the reasons I bought it - weight, looks easy to work on, and versatility. I've been riding a 1981 Kawasaki KZ1100 for the past three years, and before that had a V-Strom, an SV650 and a 1995 Magna.
Mine came with a sport shield and I'm planning to buy a larger windshield and an aftermarket seat for touring. I called Sargent this morning and am waiting for them to commit to using stainless steel staples before I order. I like the looks of the Givi A760 fairing but haven't seen any posts from an R1200R owner who has tried one.
This looks like a great forum - I'm looking forward to talking to you.