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    new R1200RS

    Well I test rode one ... and when I got back to the dealer lot I sat there and said to myself " if I bought this bike, and was pulling out of the lot to go home with it right now, would I be excited ? ". Well the answer was no ... I wanted to like it but it just didn't do anything for me ... perhaps the bare R with windshield and bags would be more to my liking ? I am very used to my 24 year old R100RS so am used to a classic feel ... hard to replicate I think !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CANADIANSTEVE View Post
    Well I test rode one ... and when I got back to the dealer lot I sat there and said to myself " if I bought this bike, and was pulling out of the lot to go home with it right now, would I be excited ? ". Well the answer was no ... I wanted to like it but it just didn't do anything for me ... perhaps the bare R with windshield and bags would be more to my liking ? I am very used to my 24 year old R100RS so am used to a classic feel ... hard to replicate I think !!!
    I too prefer the new R1200R to the RS model. Just seems to "feel more right" to me somehow. The R does sit a tad more upright than the RS, and also seems to feel lighter and more flickable to me. None of this can be quantified, but were I to buy one it would be the R model.
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    It is clear the new R1200RS is not the bike for every one. What bike is? That is why BMW and all the other Manufactures offer so many models.

    Having owned an R100RT, which was quite similar to the R100RS, I can say there are huge differences. Good or bad is a matter of personal preference.

    I preorder the new R1200RS after sitting on one a a motorcycle show. I like brisk riding and long distance touring. For me the new generations of the RT had gotten to big, to bulbous, and the GS are just too tall and top heavy. The new R1200RS answered my needs.
    All the benefits of the new wet head engine, the new suspension and electronics with a fixed adequate fairing. That is why I bought one.

    But like most BMW owners, I have tailored my RS to best suit my needs, lower foot pegs to unfold older knees, bar risers to sit up a bit straighter, and a bit wider wind screen. 9000 miles and loving it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobzeliff View Post
    ... But like most BMW owners, I have tailored my RS to best suit my needs, lower foot pegs to unfold older knees, bar risers to sit up a bit straighter, and a bit wider wind screen ...
    I admit I am not like most BMW riders, but I have not modified the ergonomics of any of my bikes; never modified the pegs, the seat, the bars, no risers, and although I have experimented from time with a taller/lower windshield, I have always gone back to the original as the best one for me. My bike-purchasing approach is to find the bike that fits me the best from the factory, and then I simply get used to whatever small adjustments needed for my body to ride comfortably. This has worked well for me on six or seven bikes, nearly 200,000 miles and all lower 48 at least three times on three different bikes. If it were up to me, most after-market companies would go broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CANADIANSTEVE View Post
    Well I test rode one ... and when I got back to the dealer lot I sat there and said to myself " if I bought this bike, and was pulling out of the lot to go home with it right now, would I be excited ? ". Well the answer was no ... I wanted to like it but it just didn't do anything for me ... perhaps the bare R with windshield and bags would be more to my liking ? I am very used to my 24 year old R100RS so am used to a classic feel ... hard to replicate I think !!!
    I'm in the same boat.........Really wanted to like it.

    More annoyances than charms....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I'm in the same boat.........Really wanted to like it.

    More annoyances than charms....
    When I read that, I had to laugh....really hit home
    That's sums up how I felt about my departed '14 RT, and feel about my current '15 GS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobzeliff View Post
    It is clear the new R1200RS is not the bike for every one. What bike is? That is why BMW and all the other Manufactures offer so many models.

    Having owned an R100RT, which was quite similar to the R100RS, I can say there are huge differences. Good or bad is a matter of personal preference.

    I preorder the new R1200RS after sitting on one a a motorcycle show. I like brisk riding and long distance touring. For me the new generations of the RT had gotten to big, to bulbous, and the GS are just too tall and top heavy. The new R1200RS answered my needs.
    All the benefits of the new wet head engine, the new suspension and electronics with a fixed adequate fairing. That is why I bought one.

    But like most BMW owners, I have tailored my RS to best suit my needs, lower foot pegs to unfold older knees, bar risers to sit up a bit straighter, and a bit wider wind screen. 9000 miles and loving it.
    I couldn't have said it better my self....I did the same except lowering the foot pegs...9K miles and loving it as well.

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    Ive got 8000 km on my RS and the only thing I've changed is to add an outlet on the right side for my electric jacket. It's a stunning bike, so much fun to ride, so composed over bumps, so agile yet steady in the corners. Definitely the best bike BMW makes - for me.

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    R1200R > R1200RS for me

    after grieving for a dead '00 R1100RS for too long, i was all ready to go get the '16 R1200RS. but after riding them both, i brought the naked R1200R home.

    still early days, but i am in pretty deep love. i thought i'd miss the RS's narrower bars and tucked stance, but I'm even starting to like the wider bars leverage. i will need to put some bigger fairing on it (it came with BMW's smaller one).

    i wish i could get the R1200R in the same gray paint (mine is the red/white/black), but the rest of the RS plastic & weight just did not add anything for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rikb View Post
    after grieving for a dead '00 R1100RS for too long, i was all ready to go get the '16 R1200RS. but after riding them both, i brought the naked R1200R home.

    still early days, but i am in pretty deep love. i thought i'd miss the RS's narrower bars and tucked stance, but I'm even starting to like the wider bars leverage. i will need to put some bigger fairing on it (it came with BMW's smaller one).

    i wish i could get the R1200R in the same gray paint (mine is the red/white/black), but the rest of the RS plastic & weight just did not add anything for me.
    Check out Parabellum windshield for fairing.

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    I got my RS back in June - haven't changed the ergos at all and I love it to bits. It is uncannily stable and precise in turns, the seat's the right height, the engine is about perfect, the dynamic suspension is amazingly comfortable compared to my '09 RT, the riding position suits me. Sure there are a few niggles - the revcounter and speedo should have been reversed, the power outlet is on the wrong side, the navigator position isn't ideal. But what bike is perfect? I found the K1600 too much, the R1200RT too porky, the GS too tall, the K1300 too unwieldy, the 800's too small. It's just a matter of what you like - and I LOVE the RS!

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    I've not ridden an R1200R or RS but just looking them over and sitting on them I believe it would be the RS for me. It's fairing is beautifully styled and a nice size not too big, and only 12 pounds heavier. The slight forward reach to the bars would probably feel just right once moving. I can't help but believe I'd feel like a sail at speed on a R1200R which is probably why a lot of owners add windshields. But they're essentially the same bike get whichever one feels right.
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    Love my new RS. A perfect bike for me in ride height, ergonomics, power delivery, maneuverability, etc. Perfect for long hauls, or a quick commute. I'm hooked.

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    What options are available?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobzeliff View Post
    I have tailored my RS to best suit my needs, lower foot pegs to unfold older knees, bar risers to sit up a bit straighter, and a bit wider wind screen. 9000 miles and loving it.
    I pick up my new RS next weekend and of course am already shopping for farkles. I'll spend some time on it first before messing with the ergos, it might be great the way it is, but in case I need to lower the footpegs or raise the bars a bit would you mind posting what options are available for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUZER View Post
    I pick up my new RS next weekend and of course am already shopping for farkles. I'll spend some time on it first before messing with the ergos, it might be great the way it is, but in case I need to lower the footpegs or raise the bars a bit would you mind posting what options are available for it?
    Check out http://r1200rsforums.com/. More information than you can shake a stick at!

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