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    Quote Originally Posted by bobzeliff View Post
    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.
    Thing about the old Airheads is that the market demanded the ability to carry more weight. Most Airheads used for touring these days are grossly overloaded. BMW did NOT approve top boxes on Airheads (until the '85-on models and the box is miniscule) and the weight rating for the saddlebags is pretty low. Many think the OE saddlebag mounts are weak and prone to breaking, but they'll be fine if the bags aren't overloaded.

    I've looked over the new RS but haven't ridden it or actually seen the saddlebags. I did do a constant dollar price comparison with the price I paid for a new R100RS in Dec 1983, and the prices are the same ... making the new bike quite a bargain and quite an accomplishment by BMW.
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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 !!!
    Well heck Steve, what did you expect? You already have the best motorcycle ever produced.

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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?
    My dealer suggested instead of the pricey OEM footpeg lowering, I go with the highest seat, which added an inch to the ergo height. Great idea, more cushion, I feel a little less like I'm sitting "in" it, works for me. Suburban Machinery makes a much cheaper foot peg lowering kit but it interferes with the side stand.

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    Ergos . . .

    3k on my '16 R 1200 RS without any ergo changes except adjusting the gear shifter.

    Can't imagine loving it any more than I already do. For me the position feels very upright, but I am coming off a Ducati, so ymmv.

    Been on short 'round towners with the guys and longer overnighters with the lady. Again, cannot imagine liking it more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pockomoth View Post
    Suburban Machinery makes a much cheaper foot peg lowering kit but it interferes with the side stand.

    This is not correct. I've had the Suburban Machinery lowering kit for over a year now. It does not interfere with the stock side stand.

    When I added a Wonderlich "big foot" it did, but I filed the offending corner a bit and all is well now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    I did do a constant dollar price comparison with the price I paid for a new R100RS in Dec 1983, and the prices are the same ... making the new bike quite a bargain and quite an accomplishment by BMW.
    I agree with you on the inflation adjusted price. The current prices are similar to those of the mid 1980.

    However, I'm still finalizing my opinion of the build quality and design. The plastic in the mid 1980's was mostly fiberglass and the paint on the tank was a work of art. Today, there's lots of plastic covering lots of "none too pretty" welds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjc_bmw View Post
    I am coming off a Ducati, so ymmv.
    So, a board with protruding nails would be an improvement?
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    Ergo tweeks

    I just got my RS and anticipate needing to add bar risers and peg lowering to accommodate my old bones. Can you advise what kind you installed and your impressions

    Regards,

    Lee

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Largo09 View Post
    I just got my RS and anticipate needing to add bar risers and peg lowering to accommodate my old bones. Can you advise what kind you installed and your impressions

    Regards,

    Lee
    I installed the handlebar risers from Helibars and think they are perfect. I'm still using the stock pegs and find them fine, I don't seem to mind having my legs bent a bit, and lower pegs would reduce cornering clearance. I am 5'9" for reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Largo09 View Post
    I just got my RS and anticipate needing to add bar risers and peg lowering to accommodate my old bones. Can you advise what kind you installed and your impressions

    Regards,

    Lee
    Give it a few thousand miles before making changes to your bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Give it a few thousand miles before making changes to your bike.
    The ANZAC rear fender is a good call........
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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    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.
    Same with me. I keep trying to hate the stock seat on my bike, but so far I'm unsuccessful. I guess I'll need some longer days in it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    The ANZAC rear fender is a good call........
    Do you mean the Mudsling or the BMW mud guard sold in the UK and Australia?
    Both are good accessories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Do you mean the Mudsling or the BMW mud guard sold in the UK and Australia?
    Both are good accessories?
    Following your lead, I installed the BMW Australian/NZ mud guard. Afterwards, I installed the MaMo Mudsling & engine shield.
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