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post #1 of 13 Old 05-03-2017, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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R1200R, 2016 vs 2017

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Getting close to pulling the trigger on a R1200R and trying to decide between a 2016 or 2017. I've ridden both and the changes to the transmission really does make a significant difference, but not sure if it's worth the extra $1500, thoughts???

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It's interesting that you've noticed a significant difference in shifting. Other "reviewers" do seem to generally notice some difference but don't describe it as significant. If I were to notice that kind of difference I don't think I'd be happy with the 2016 for very long.

Fortunately for me, I've never ridden a 2017 model and think the 2016 is fine.
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The ABS Pro may be the icing on the cake that could tempt you to 2017.

Otherwise it's a matter of colour choice, although the best colour is available in both models.

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The transmission on my 2015 seems fine. I have few complaints about it. Just that you can't really use the shift assist upshifting from first to second gear and at low speeds. That isn't a big deal though since it is easy to use the clutch. Not sure that is fixed on the 17.

Also sometimes it lurches forward and clunks when shifting from neutral to first at a stop light, but my other bikes did that too.

Seems like they made improvements to smoothen out the transmission? I guess since I never rode a 17, I don't know what I am missing. I am not sure how it can be "significantly" better though since there isn't really anything wrong with mine. You know better than I do.

ABS pro is a neat feature, but it can be added on to a 15-16.

If the transmission and the color changes are that important to you, then get the 17. Otherwise, I am sure you can get a really good deal on a new 16 or a great deal on a gently used 15-16.

Could you please elaborate on what the significant differences are with the transmissions? I am curious. Thanks.
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Good question, without knowing the tech behind it all I can say is the transmission on the 16 had more of a 'clunk' where the 17 was much smoother (like buttah, lol!). To be fair I didn't miss a shift on either bike but it was pretty noticeable after riding the 16 first.

Still trying to decide if the additional features, slightly preferred color (Grey 17 vs White 16) and possible higher resale value is worth the extra 2K...
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I am more than happy with my '15 even with a clunky shift from neutral to 1st. The rest of the changes are fine. Never get a false neutral and all are smooth using the quick shifter (correctly). Using the clutch is a tad clunky but not enough to make me want to sell a remarkable bike. I would take the '16 and spend the savings on exhaust/hugger/GPS/luggage/etc.....

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I suppose the other aspect to consider is the inclusion of a judder damper in the transmission - could potentially contribute to longer life due to less shock transmitted to components.
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I found my transmission on the 16 bedded in quite nicely after a few thousand miles. Ymmv.

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If you're going to buy a new BMW you might as well buy the latest and best technology. I think that's why we buy BMW's anyway. As far as my 2016 R, my transmission is as good or better than any motorcycle transmission I've owned. As far as I know, the only transmission difference for 2017 is the addition of a shudder damper. Honestly. I'm not sure what it does.

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This is what I read is different about the transmission:
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For 2017, all R1200 models receive judder dampers on the transmission output shaft (formerly standard equipment for just the R1200GS Adventure), along with revised selector drum actuators, transmission shafts and transmission shaft bearing.
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