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    Boxer Fan JT_R1200S's Avatar
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    2015 r1200r

    Well I decided after six months of debating and looking, to replace my 09RT with a 2015 R1200R

    Selling points for me on the 2015 R1200R:

    Dynamic ESA, I find this works really well
    Electronic shift assist (guaranteed to get you speeding tickets)
    Standard front forks, I just like this look and feel
    Overall Ergonomics

    #1 reason to buy this bike though is the amazing tune on the new water head engine.

    They have the engine performance nailed. From idle to any gear you are in it just runs amazing. It's everything I wanted the RT to be, and my RT had a Remus header, Remus exhaust, and a Dobec fuel enricher. I went with the R1200R since I also didn't need the bags and extra weight as I picked up a 2003 Goldwing for long haul trips a couple of years ago. The R1200R is my around town and daily driver bike. I looked at the new Ducati Monster, but the ergonomics just didn't do it for me, I took a 2015 Ducati Multistrada out and on paper it should have wowed me, but it sure didn't feel like it has the HP numbers listed on paper. The R1200R seems like it's got more ponies than the Multistrada, the tune on the engine is just that much better, and I had the Multi in performance mode. I debated on a Diavel but I liked the new BMW roadster style better. BMW nailed this bike for what it is intended for. I know I give up performance against the S1000XR and the S1000R, and I like the concept of the S1000XR but it just felt large to me. The K1600 engine is also an amazing design and I have taken the K1600 GTL out, but t's not quite the style I wanted.

    The R1200R is plenty fast and just a joy to ride, and as is typical of the boxer engines (on a closed race track of course) performance fails off significantly after you get into the 130's, but under that just twist the throttle and enjoy. The R1200R gives a performance feel similar to the HP2 Sport but in a cruiser bike. I find the steering response decent, not quick of course like a sport bike where you are over the front wheel, but just a good neutral response and the bike is extremely stable and planted.

    Of course this is a biased review of a new owner…

    -JT
    Last edited by JT_R1200S; 02-11-2016 at 05:04 AM.
    (2015 R1200R, HP2 Sport #168, 2003 GL1800)

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    Congratulations JT! Last summer I traded in an '04 R1150RT and a '95 Honda VFR for a '15 R1200R and have zero regrets. I went into the dealer for crush washers and ended up buying a new bike (my wife is a saint). At the time I lusted after the RnineT, but the R1200R caught my eye in the showroom as well. After test riding both the ergonomics of the R1200R made it a clear decision for me. I'm at 3000 miles with no issues thus far. Just waiting for spring...

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    another happy customer

    i'm still in break-in period, but i'm also liking my '15 R1200R lots.

    and thanks @JT_R1200S, i can now tell my wife that i'll be careful not to push it too hard when over 130

    Rik

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    I have a 2015 R1200R as well. My only complaint is that the rear suspension is too stiff.
    Jeff Dean
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    Co-founder, 1972, of BMW MOA -- http://bmwdean.com/r1200rtw.htm
    2017 R1200RT, 2019 R1250RT, 1967 R60/2

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    I have a 2015 R1200R as well. My only complaint is that the rear suspension is too stiff.
    Just curious. Can't you adjust the rear shock preload and damping?
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Just curious. Can't you adjust the rear shock preload and damping?
    From what I've seen on Jeff's earlier posts, he has the shock set at the softest setting.
    Jeff's not new at this game.
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    Now that I think about it I do have one complaint to share about the front forks. I feel the slightest amount of stiction in the forks when pulling out from a complete stop. It doesn't seem to matter how hard or soft I brake when coming to the complete stop, but 9 out of 10 times when I release the clutch in 1st gear I feel the forks releasing a small amount of residual compression while getting underway. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    I have a 2015 R1200R as well. My only complaint is that the rear suspension is too stiff.
    FWIW I had the same problem with my RS when it was new. Do you have ESA? I do. Over a month or so / 1 to 2 000 miles it clearly changed to less harsh. In there there was the first service and there was software update . I can't put my finger on any specific thing but the harshness is much less now gone.

    The ESA is clearly some what adaptive. After riding 100 miles on smooth interstate and then hitting Vermont's frost heaved roads the suspension is bouncy/under damps for the first few miles...then tightens that up. nice

    PS IMHO the rear ESA shock still is not as good as the front fork. It has poor high speed dampening.

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    My 2010 R1200R was my favorite physical possession I had ever owned in my life. Until I got my 2014 RT.


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