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    Fellow oilheads - I picked up a 2007 R1200R yesterday, a trade on my F800ST. Less than 10,000 km on the clock. Granite grey, side luggage & low & high (custom) screen to choose from - low installed now for the hot weather.

    Loving it so far - there's a post in the general forum on first impressions.

    I have no manual yet - need to see dealer on that - but wondering why my key fob has two push buttons on it. Did I get the last guys garage door opener or is there some reason these come with the bike. The fob is BMW-branded.

    Look forward to lots of good riding on this bike. Guess I'll have to think about a new name for myself now as well - I'm no longer F800gecko!
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    Yes I've been wondering about that. With the F800 I could use the second button to switch off the alarm but on the RR I have to use the key to switch off the alarm.

    I asked my dealer if this was standard behavior and he said it was so I guess the fob is a generic part used on all BMW's even though on some the second button has no function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by de100kb View Post
    Yes I've been wondering about that. With the F800 I could use the second button to switch off the alarm but on the RR I have to use the key to switch off the alarm.

    I asked my dealer if this was standard behavior and he said it was so I guess the fob is a generic part used on all BMW's even though on some the second button has no function.
    Finally got to my dealer and picked up the manual. He says the striped key sets the alarm and the other one disarms it - or visa versa (sorry, dyslexia has hit again). There's a red light on the panel that flashes when it's activated. It will be armed 120 seconds after the button push. This from a sales guy, but he seemed quite familiar with it all. I've not tested the alarm yet.

    Love riding the R12R. Watching sport bikes dance in traffic, I realize I'm not as nimble as I was on the F8, but this is one fine ride. I don't think I could go back & if I did ever get a smaller bike, it would be a single enduro type between 400-600 cc - never had a big one-banger & would like a try some day.
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    I am looking at potentially going this route myself...the F800S is great fun around town, but after riding an R1200RT the other day, it made my F800S feel somewhat rough around the edges.

    That said, how would you say the R1200R compres to the F800s? I ask not out of idle curiosity; I simply cannot find an R1200R demo model at any of the dealerships within two hours' ride.

    I mainly do around town riding (about 30 minutes of highway commuting each day, plus other errands), but once it cools off at night, I like to go out and hit the cloverleaf onramps/offramps, and what few curvy roads we have around here.

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    Almost a year later & I'm still enjoying the R1200R... I did the equivalent of marrying it... vanity plate: BXR12
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    Good to hear you do not regret buying the R1200R and neither do I It has amazing capabilities especially when riding two up So glad my two daughters now enjoy riding with me.

    I've started thinking of changing the color (now black) to a metallic version of British racing green.

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    How about posting some pictures? The R1200 R is way overlooked in my opinion with a lot of people opting for a GS1200 that never gets ridden off a highway.
    How is the seating position and the bend in the knee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeMike View Post
    How about posting some pictures? The R1200 R is way overlooked in my opinion with a lot of people opting for a GS1200 that never gets ridden off a highway.
    How is the seating position and the bend in the knee?
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    rode the K13s recently nice bike but Jap switches It had the fob with 2 buttons and the red light on the dash
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeMike View Post
    How about posting some pictures? The R1200 R is way overlooked in my opinion with a lot of people opting for a GS1200 that never gets ridden off a highway.
    How is the seating position and the bend in the knee?
    Here ya go:

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    My R12R will be one year old on July 2, and I just hit 20,000 miles today.
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    How are you guys liking the R bikes now after riding them awhile? I'm considering trading my 800ST for a 1200GS

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    I've now owned my R one year and three weeks, and have 22,000 miles on it. It's my favorite thing I've ever owned in my life. It has the "grin" factor like my F800ST, but more power, a better suspension, a slightly more relaxed riding position, and greater reliability. It the jack of all trades I was looking for that's a good commuter (including into Washington), fun to play with on the weekends, and fairly good for touring. The only mechanical problem I've had is one fuel strip that needed replaced. The side cases are awesome.

    The only weakness is that stock seat is bad and it helps to add mirror extenders and a shield. It does burn a bit of oil which my F didn't, so I have to remember to check it. But with the view window, checking and adding more is a piece of cake.

    I'd never seeen another R1200R in the wild, and saw 5 or so at the BMW MOA rally yesterday. Since I often ride all day and see no or, at most, a few BMWs, it's strange seeing 10,000 of them in one place at the rally. I only stayed a couple of hours yesterday because the triple digit heat, but will go back up today. I also had to dodge a bear combing back.

    I rode a GS during my dealer's demo days. It's the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden--even more than the RT. But I didn't find it is much pure fun as the R. Plus, I'm really inseam challenged and the GS is too high unless I get the lowered one. The R with the low BMW comfort seat (which is the same height as the regular stock seat) plus beads or an Airhawk is about as high as I want to go. I also like have something less common since the GS is BWM's biggest seller.

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    I agree with RockBottom the bike is the best thing I ever owned. I do have the (high) comfort seat and the mirrors of the F800GS so no need for any farkeling there.

    The R1200GS and RT do not suit my needs as good as the R does and I think it's much more nimble so I would suggest you to take a test ride on an R too before you decide.

    Have fun!

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    I have been happy with my 2007 R1200R, also. I really like the build quality and I find the stock seat comfortable enough to sit on for 12 hours at a time. The only problems that I have had with the bike was that it has left me stranded and needing a tow twice. Once because of a failed key sensor ring (the dreaded EWS warning) and the other time due to a suddenly dead battery. The only recalls that I have had were two to relocate/replace the front brake lines and one to replace the temperature sensor in the FI system.

    Having said that, I still prefer to ride my F650GS twin. It is lighter, narrower, easier to balance and more fun on paved back roads. It also gets better mileage. I am getting 5055 mpg using premium fuel on my R1200R and 60-70 mpg using regular fuel on my "650". Both bikes have a range of about 250 miles before getting a low fuel warning. For some odd reason, I have been able to put as much as 5.5 gallons of fuel into the tank of my R1200R, by filling it to the brim. That is useful when riding out west when you never know if the next gas station will be closed due to the economics of meeting environmental regulations.

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    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    Thanks guys for the detailed responses...wow, quite a testimonial to say its the best thing you've ever owned! Especially since you guys are previous or current F800 owners. I test rode an '11 GS today and was quite impressed with the torque and the sound as well as the suspension and brakes. I did get quite a bit of buffeting on the highway and the mirrors were hard to see much detail in due to the vibration, but I very much liked the additional leg room and the upright seating posture.

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    I find the R1200ST a bit more tiring to ride as it's heavier to ride, did 1000 mile day trips on the f800 but so far have found 500 miles is enough on the R1200ST
    some of the differences in quality are based on the higher price band, the F800 was priced to attack sports bikes, the bigger Beemers are not economically challenged
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturmgreif View Post
    I ask not out of idle curiosity; I simply cannot find an R1200R demo model at any of the dealerships within two hours' ride.
    Dave @ Magic City Cycle has a brandi new one on the floor. Think it's Red, it's gorgeous.
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    Yeah, I was drooling over that during my last service appointment...unfortunately, it's not available for demo rides.

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    Not available for demo ride?
    If I was seriously looking for one, it had better be available for a demo. I mean it's for sale, as isn't it?
    Go back, tell David that Rick, the guy who ordered the 2, 2012ST's said to let you take it for a demo ride!
    If you're really serious, I'll talk to him. He might laugh at me, but I don't know why they wouldn't let a potential buyer demo that bike???
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