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    R1200R - Low Model?

    A friend of mine has an awesome deal on a 2016 R12R but, it has low suspension / low seat from the factory. My question is this, will "normal" length shocks front and rear and a standard or tall seat put the bike back to stock settings? I don't think there are any other components used by the factory to make the low model low but, I sure could be wrong, thus the question. Thanks in advance!

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    I didn't realize BMW sold a low version in 2016.
    If it is a low version, it will be very expensive to change the suspension and stands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    A friend of mine has an awesome deal on a 2016 R12R but, it has low suspension / low seat from the factory. My question is this, will "normal" length shocks front and rear and a standard or tall seat put the bike back to stock settings? I don't think there are any other components used by the factory to make the low model low but, I sure could be wrong, thus the question. Thanks in advance!
    As Lee said the stands, center and side, need replaced and then both shocks. If you really get a smoking deal use Ted Porter and get after market standard length shocks and you will really wake the bike up.

    Also you may need to swap out the seat also. A low seat has less padding and changes your knee bend height.

    That said you will get woken up by the cost of new shocks unless you can source used factory from someone. IMHO I would never pay the cost of OEM when you can have after market for about the same price and you get rebuild able units then. They are also much, much, better then OEM shocks.

    I would say shocks and stands you are in the 2750-3000K range so figure that into your deal.

    I drive a 17.5 GS low and love it. I am 5'10" and 200 lbs with a 30" inseam and it is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I didn't realize BMW sold a low version in 2016.
    If it is a low version, it will be very expensive to change the suspension and stands.
    I would agree with this statement and recommend that you double check with the dealer if this is true?

    Both the R and RS version sit normally a bit lower than the RT and much lower than the GS

    There were 4 seat height options so it that is the issues changing to a higher seat is easy.

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    Thanks for the details...I may be mistaken as the bike may have only the low seat...which is extremely low! If that is the case, that makes it an easy and cheap fix! Bike is the white with red frame, 600 miles, every option including GPS and hard bags....$9k...and first service has been done. Sounds reasonable to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    the bike may have only the low seat...which is extremely low! If that is the case, that makes it an easy and cheap fix! .
    If he searches for a used seat, all the R1200RS seats fit the R1200R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    Thanks for the details...I may be mistaken as the bike may have only the low seat...which is extremely low! If that is the case, that makes it an easy and cheap fix! Bike is the white with red frame, 600 miles, every option including GPS and hard bags....$9k...and first service has been done. Sounds reasonable to me.
    I would think that it should be easy enough to check whether or not the bike has standard or lowered suspension.

    1) Check the VIN to see if it has the lowered suspension option (if that's how its done).

    2) Get the specs on line and measure things like ride height, etc... If this is unavailable, get some measurements off a known bike that is standard suspension and compare to this one.

    In the end, if you like the bike and can get a standard seat, maybe it doesn't even matter?
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    I don't believe they made a low frame option for those bikes. I have a 2015 RS and there was no option other than seat height. Four different seats are available for the R and RS. The seats fit both bikes as they have virtually the same frame other than a minor change in fork area I believe.

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