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I had heard or read that the 2013 models will be announced next week - is that accurate?

I've also read there may be a revised 1200 roadster using the existing engine with changes in the front suspension and rear seat/rear fender design.

My plan is to order a '13 but want to wait and see what they're offering.
 

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The 2013's were already announced. There are no changes to the r12r except for color- no more red or smoke ( the fastest r12 but for the Classic). The new colors are tan and blue. You can see them in the Beemer website
 

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The 2013's were already announced. There are no changes to the r12r except for color- no more red or smoke ( the fastest r12 but for the Classic). The new colors are tan and blue. You can see them in the Beemer website
Unbelievable. Most boring most traffic-invisible colors in the universe. Great way to kill a bike BMW, or maybe a great way to ensure that they sell to bike buyers who like county fairs, the worlds largest ball of string, etc.
 

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Unbelievable. Most boring most traffic-invisible colors in the universe. Great way to kill a bike BMW, or maybe a great way to ensure that they sell to bike buyers who like county fairs, the worlds largest ball of string, etc.
:mob:How hard would it be to offer the bike in 'normal' attractive colors. It's like they want to make the bike less and less desirable. tan?? to each their own but man that just sounds ugly.

side note- really interested in info on this ball of string. Where and how do I get to see this.:dizzy:
 

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I wonder whether there is a German translation of "Conspicuity"? Probably not or we wouldn't be getting freakin' Tan, Blue, etc. I agree with Classic11, would it be so hard, BMW, to have options like Chrome Yellow; Red?
 

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Totally, fleuger99. I'd rather be a live show off than flattened by a minivan mom who just didn't see my Invisa-Blue BMW bike. See below:

An investigation into the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk

Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #263 [2007]
Authors: S. Newstead & A. D'Elia
Abstract:

This study has assessed the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk through the analysis of real crash outcomes described in mass crash data reported to police in two Australian states. A stratified induced exposure study design was employed identifying vehicle to vehicle crashes and crashes involving unprotected road users as those having a risk dependent on vehicle colour whilst exposure was induced from single vehicle crash involvement. Analysis was stratified by vehicle type, light conditions and jurisdiction of crash.
Results of the analysis identified a clear statistically significant relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk. Compared to white vehicles, a number of colours were associated with higher crash risk. These colours are generally those lower on the visibility index and include black, blue, grey, green, red and silver. No colour was statistically significantly safer than white although a number of other colours could not be distinguished from white statistically in terms of relative crash risk. The association between vehicle colour and crash risk was strongest during daylight hours where relative crash risks were higher for the colours listed compared to white by up to around 10%.
 

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Totally, fleuger99. I'd rather be a live show off than flattened by a minivan mom who just didn't see my Invisa-Blue BMW bike. See below:

An investigation into the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk

Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #263 [2007]
Authors: S. Newstead & A. D'Elia


Abstract:

This study has assessed the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk through the analysis of real crash outcomes described in mass crash data reported to police in two Australian states. A stratified induced exposure study design was employed identifying vehicle to vehicle crashes and crashes involving unprotected road users as those having a risk dependent on vehicle colour whilst exposure was induced from single vehicle crash involvement. Analysis was stratified by vehicle type, light conditions and jurisdiction of crash.
Results of the analysis identified a clear statistically significant relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk. Compared to white vehicles, a number of colours were associated with higher crash risk. These colours are generally those lower on the visibility index and include black, blue, grey, green, red and silver. No colour was statistically significantly safer than white although a number of other colours could not be distinguished from white statistically in terms of relative crash risk. The association between vehicle colour and crash risk was strongest during daylight hours where relative crash risks were higher for the colours listed compared to white by up to around 10%.
Agreed it does make a difference however we are where we are so in lieu of bright coloured bikes we need to ride more defensively, have fog light and products like SKENE to make ourselves more conspicuous and install real horns in our bikes.
 

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QUICK!! Somebody get a barf bag for the Doc.

New 2013 water-cooled GS:
Four main paint finishes to choose from: Alpine White, Racing Red,
Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.

drDave: "Unbelievable. Most boring most traffic-invisible colors in the universe. Great way to kill a bike BMW."


Not really so much "COLOR" there to speak of. They should offer interchangeable panels. You could have a different color for every day of the week.
 

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Totally, fleuger99. I'd rather be a live show off than flattened by a minivan mom who just didn't see my Invisa-Blue BMW bike. See below:

An investigation into the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk

Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #263 [2007]
Authors: S. Newstead & A. D'Elia
Abstract:

This study has assessed the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk through the analysis of real crash outcomes described in mass crash data reported to police in two Australian states. A stratified induced exposure study design was employed identifying vehicle to vehicle crashes and crashes involving unprotected road users as those having a risk dependent on vehicle colour whilst exposure was induced from single vehicle crash involvement. Analysis was stratified by vehicle type, light conditions and jurisdiction of crash.
Results of the analysis identified a clear statistically significant relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk. Compared to white vehicles, a number of colours were associated with higher crash risk. These colours are generally those lower on the visibility index and include black, blue, grey, green, red and silver. No colour was statistically significantly safer than white although a number of other colours could not be distinguished from white statistically in terms of relative crash risk. The association between vehicle colour and crash risk was strongest during daylight hours where relative crash risks were higher for the colours listed compared to white by up to around 10%.
Is the R1200R in your profile pic not a black bike?
 

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Sup 909,

Yes, unfortunately. . .as they say 'consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. .' :) .but when I ride, I wear a hi viz yellow reflector jacket, and a burn your retinas off orange helmet. Since I started riding day-glo, I find drivers give me much more space on the road. I also have my 139 db Stebel Nautilus horn, the shock waves of which routinely disintegrate small dogs. . .it's wired to sound in combination with BMW's weenyhorn, so my bike may be invisible, but it sounds like a 6 Ton Peterbilt. . .

If I could have had a BMW R12 in chrome yellow with a little black. . I would have. Something like the color combination they had for the 1000RR. In the meantime, if I can find some good, not too expensive LED Daytime Running and Driving Lights, these would be on my list. Occasionally I think of having the bike repainted, but I do like the black and white look. . .and I don't know of any good shops in Illinois.
 
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