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    As of today I'm officially an oilhead

    Bought me a R1200R and I hope to make lots of problem free miles with it.

    Here are some pics (made with my HTC phone)







    Still waiting for some parts for mounting the F800GS mirrors, will look much better as the standard round mirrors. I'm a happy puppy again

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    That looks nice, I'm just selling my R1200R to buy a F800R.

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    Karim! Congrats.....nice bike!

    The R12R was the first BMW I "noticed", but then I went with the F8.

    I'd like to know your comparisons between the two!

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    Didn't u own an F800ST? Why the R12R? I've been looking at the R12R and may consider purchasing one in the next year...Congrats and enjoy!

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    @Sunny: only one day is too short for a real comparison. My first impressions are very positive, it feels lighter in the bends as the F800S does (and less light when walking with the bike) and the thrust low down in the revs is an absolute blast.

    @Lou891: I have owned a F800S for 3.5 years but it was a lemon and BMW bought it back. Switched to a R1200R because I use my bike daily and I hope this bike will do 100.000 km without real problems.

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    Good to see your posts again.
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    Congrats Karim! I've alwys had a soft spot in my heart for that bike.

    How's the low seat?
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    There seem to be a lot of people with a sweet spot for this bike, lots of positive feedback whilst riding

    It's not the low seat but the extra high comfort seat on offer here as an option, and also part of the 'Touring Edition' currently on offer here.

    It feels a bit like a firm bean-bag in the way it surrounds your backside, quite comfortable have been riding for 3 hours without a stop today and my bottom feels fine.

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    Nice, I rode a R12R as a service loaner for a weekend, nice bike.

    As for the turn in, thats an R bike trait. They R, my Dads R12GS, and my R12S all have much less resistance to leaning in than my 800S does.


    And yes the engine does have a very fat low end, but its not as smooth as the 800s twin. Then again, I'm used the the 12S, which doesnt have isolated bars, some of the vibes are because of that.


    Congrats and enjoy the bike!
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    Congratulations! For someone with a lemon F800 you sure were postive all the time. Cheers
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    Hi Goolam, glad to see you are also still around!

    I've loved my F800 to the very end. As you might have read I've had all possible problems (back-wheel lockup, piston-slap and so on) but last fall my clutch seized for the third time (as in: locked up and had to be rebuild, again) which was the last drop which overflew the bucket (as we say in Dutch).

    I'm very glad I've been complaining to my dealer formally from day one because now I had a solid case according to Dutch law even though my bike was 3,5 years old and @ 48.500 km. BMW NL and my dealer accepted it and made me a generous offer so all is good now and I'm glad I still have a very pleasant relationship with my dealer.

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    Congrats on the new ride. If my bike ever starts giving me problems, I'm coming to the Netherlands to complain! The dealerships sound a lot more 'customer oriented'
    Formerly on a Lahar Grey F800S, then after 47,000 happy miles it was traded in for a new Midnight Black F800ST, which was more or less converted back to an S. And now I'm on a brand new R1200RS, which is rather awesome! I'll still stick around if you'll have me, though, as my wife is now on the F800... 

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    Quote Originally Posted by lt8x7 View Post
    Good to see the Dutch mountains in the background
    that's the title of a book by Cees Nooteboom, well worth a read

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    I wanted to chip in that I followed Karim's footprints. My 2008 F800ST was my first motorcycle. Put 34,000 miles on it in two years but had heaps of trouble--six warranty repairs and three calls to roadside assistance. So in June 2011, I also made the leap to a R1200R. I now have a bit under 14,000 miles and expect to have 20K in the first year. It's my favorite material possession ever. The only trouble so far was a faulty fuel strip.

    I modified it with a Ztechnik shield, the "touring package," and a BMW "comfort seat." I love it dearly.

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    I've blogged the experience at http://hexhead.blogspot.com/

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    The 2010 was the last SOHC. And, notacop, the biggest difference is that is actually on the road. The last two months I had the F800ST, it was in the shop 4 weeks out of 8. After months of haranguing BMW over the problems I had with it, they gave me $1800 toward the R.

    In addition to the reliability issues and the increased power, my other reasons for trading was that my F800ST didn't have ABS and I had a bad habit of locking the rear during hard stops, and the more relaxed riding position and better suspension of the R.

    I re-took the BRC a couple of months after getting it. Because it was raining, only one other student showed up--a guy in a full dresser Harley. It was almost comical how much easier it was for me. I thought he was going to start a fire from all the sparks as his footboards dragged during the maneuvers.

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    Good to hear you don't regret the switch either RockBottom!

    I agree the R1200R's best property is it's reliability, I have only seen the dealer for the scheduled maintenance . And no it does not get the same mileage as the S did (R1200R 1:17, F800S 1:22) but I can live with that as long as it stays as dependable as it is until now.

    By the way: the saddle shown in the pics above was the low comfort seat (as Rob suggested) but it took me some time to notice. It was an error made by my dealer which he corrected so now I have the high comfort seat and that is perfectly suited for me and my favorite seat in the whole world .

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    I debated using one of the many seat rebuilders like the Mayers or Russell, but opted for the BMW comfort seat because it doesn't look like a tractor seat. I had to go with the low because I'm inseam challenged. It works for me up to about five hours, then I throw an Airhawk on it.

    I'm excited that the BMW MOA annual rally is about an hour from my house this year, so I'll get a chance to hob nob with some of "my own kind."

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    Test rode an R1200GSAWC today, love the new engine and can't wait for the new R1200R



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    I have about 60,000 miles/96,560 kilometers on my R1200R in a little less than four years of ownership, but test rode one a R1200RT today and may trade if I can make the money work. I still adore my R12R but I'm 58 years old and need to dial my riding back a little bit. Plus a normal riding day in the summer is 350 miles/563 kilometers or more.

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    The "Concept Rodster" looks really great. Some say its ugly but not everyone had to like it. It polarizes.
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    Personally, I am not a fan of the headlight nor the exhaust on the "Concept Roadster".

    The Sales Manager at my BMW shop hopes BMW never tries selling the bike in the U.S. She hates the looks of it.
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    On my comment above. Bought the 2014 RT. Absolutely loved it. Fifth day I had it I was grounded with BMW's "do not ride" bulletin. Two weeks later I'm still waiting to see how that works out. Word is it may take 3-4 months to fix them.


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    Steve I'm feeling for you. Did you get a nice loaner bike?

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    Yeah, it really stinks. I was scheduled for the run in service the day the "do not ride" bulletin came out and had scheduled a six day trip the following week for some of the best motorcycle roads in the eastern U.S. And now I have to look at it every time I go to my garage.

    The dealer hasn't finalized the details but I think he's going to loan me the R1200R that I traded. I love that bike, especially in the summer when I like having the wind hit me, but sure hope the RT is fixed when the weather starts getting cooler.

    BMW says that the weather protection is so good on the new RT that you can ride in the rain and not get wet (at least as long as you keep moving). And what really sold me is the electric windshield. I started my test ride on some curvy back roads but then got on a major highway. I was getting buffeted just like I did on the R1200R but when I raised the windshield, it was totally quiet and calm. With all that wind protection I may not even need my electric jacket and gloves over the winter.

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