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I’ve been a lurker on the site for a number of years enjoying the pictures and taking advantage of the knowledge. There is so much good info here.
My bike is a black 2009 R1200R with a variety of accessories. Used the bike, and my former R1100R for commuting and weekend rides. I’m now retired so no more commuting! Woohoo!

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Welcome to the forum NorCal-R1200R. (y) Being retired is not all that it's cracked up to be. You will have all day to ride, clean and maintain your bike, you can get up when you like, no-one tells you what to do and when to do it (unless you're married), it can be hell. :)
 

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Thanks for the welcome Mick. Yup being retired is tough but I’ve adjusted. 😎 I haven’t ridden as much as I thought I would but have changed oil and cleaned the beemer a couple of times. My wife would probably like it if I was gone a little more. 😁
Sold my 1991 Nighthawk 750 to help clear out the garage so I can get to the table saw so I can start making sawdust. Got a couple of projects I’ve delayed starting for years.
 

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Welcome.
How long you have the 1200?
Do you still have the 1100?
I had the R850R which is the same thing just smaller pistons.
Fantastic machine, the gearbox was an eyeopener for the introduction period but once we came to terms with one another it was all good!
 

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I bought the 1200 new in 2009, so 13 years. The 1100 I got used in 2002 and loved it. The 1100 was very different than the Honda Nighthawk 750 I was riding. Still very much enjoyed the 750 but the 1100 was just “different”.
In 2009 I was having trouble with the 1100 where I could smell gas while riding. The local BMW shop found the issue but had to order a part so they provided me a loaner to get home. That loaner was a 2009 R1200R and I was amazed at the difference between it and my 1100. I didn’t know what I was missing 😁. After that I knew I had to upgrade to the 1200 so traded in my 1100 for a brand new shiny roadster.
 

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I bought the 1200 new in 2009, so 13 years. The 1100 I got used in 2002 and loved it. The 1100 was very different than the Honda Nighthawk 750 I was riding. Still very much enjoyed the 750 but the 1100 was just “different”.
In 2009 I was having trouble with the 1100 where I could smell gas while riding. The local BMW shop found the issue but had to order a part so they provided me a loaner to get home. That loaner was a 2009 R1200R and I was amazed at the difference between it and my 1100. I didn’t know what I was missing 😁. After that I knew I had to upgrade to the 1200 so traded in my 1100 for a brand new shiny roadster.
Yeah a completely different league again.
I have a 2012 R and it's such a completely different experience most importantly with the gear selection.
And the oomph in the midgears.
A bike that can encourage you to do socially irresponsible things onk occasion.
 

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Welcome to retirement and the forum.

I retired a year and a half ago. Every day is Saturday. Do one thing a day.

The R12R is eye-openingly lighter, faster and more advanced than the R11R.

Norcal is a great place to ride! Enjoy retirement and the forum!

Cheers! Dave
 

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Welcome to the forum NorCal-R1200R. (y) Being retired is not all that it's cracked up to be. You will have all day to ride, clean and maintain your bike, you can get up when you like, no-one tells you what to do and when to do it (unless you're married), it can be hell. :)
I agree, the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. Like "Should I sleep in, or get up and eat breakfast?"

For instance, today: Should I throw a leg over my brand new R1250RS and ride to Point Reyes Station before the commute, or just after the commute?
 
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