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Hello - - new member but long-time BMW rider here. I've been riding Beemers since the sixties and bought my first one, an R60/5, in 1971. Still have it along with several other vintage BMWs that I enjoy riding and maintaining. Also have an 1150GS and a 1200RT but I don't (yet) have a 1200R. I was thinking of selling the 1150GS and getting a used 1200GS sometime soon (I've never bought a new bike and probably never will). However, the idea of picking up a 1200R instead of a 1200GS has a lot of appeal to me because I've never actually used my current GS for anything off-road anyway. I use it primarily for day-rides in the mountains and it's a great bike in the twisties and the sweepers but I'm thinking now that I might want something with more power and even better handling plus the ability to do some limited touring. The 1200R might be just the thing. I know that you folks are already 1200R advocates or else you probably wouldn't already be on this forum but - - as objectively as possible - - how would you all advise me? 1200GS or 1200R? Again - - I wouldn't be going off-road with the GS anyway. I should add that I'm already pretty familiar with the factory equipment packages on the 1200R as well as the model changes since the bike was introduced. Many thanks....
 

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Bias? We ain't got no stinkin' bias! :clown:

I have nowhere near the experience with BMW to advise you, except to say that I took a leap of faith that has really paid off!

I'll be riding up through your neck of the woods in May 2013 for my (almost) annual mountain trip. I'll wave on the way to Greenville!

Bob
 

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Greetings

I've only been on the forum for a few weeks so it sounds a bit cheeky saying welcome!!!

I had a R1100GS and was surprised how similar the riding position of the 12R is. Your legs are a little more bent on the R, but not much. As the R is built for the road there's a better selection of rubber in a more road orientated size. I haven't ridden a new GS but I'm sure the suspension of the R is also specific to the road as well. There are so many GSs on the road that it's also good having a bike a little more exclusive.
 

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I concur with your evaluation. Cheeky or not, your on the money.
 

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Welcome to the forum. It seems a lot of people tour on the GS, that being said if you are not going off road then maybe it's time for a switch.
 

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Agree with Dave too.
And will ad that the R looks way better then the GS.


Oh yea, almost forgot, welcome CVA-42 and please share some pictures of all of your toys.
 
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