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I'm picking up my new "Red Apple Metallic" ride this coming Saturday, weather permitting... and then taking it for a 150 mile warmup ride home.

I'm in Orlando, buying the bike in Sarasota (no joy with local dealers in Daytona or Orlando).

Coming off a 2003 VTX 1800R which I had put just over 100k miles on since purchasing new. Totalled it on the way to Daytona during Bike Week.

This is my first BMW. Absolutely ZERO experience with the brand. Wanted a twin. Wanted shaft drive. Wanted to lose a few hundred pounds of heft for navigating my trips to North Carolina mountains.

Looking forward to sharing info and interaction with everyone here.

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Bob
 

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WHAT HAVE I DONE! ???
Another WISE decision, IMHO.
Welcome to the fold.
The Blue Ridge Parkway awaits you.
 

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Wanted a twin. Wanted shaft drive. Wanted to lose a few hundred pounds of heft for navigating my trips to North Carolina mountains.

Looking forward to sharing info and interaction with everyone here.

thanks

Bob
Hey Bob, welcome here and to the BMW family, I'm first Beemer owner myself and so far pretty happy, just went to visit a friend down to DC, somewhere around the 450 miles both ways, and all I could thing is on how great riding the R1200R is.

I do not miss cleaning chains and having "dirty" hands for the next few days, shaft drive rules, and because the twin is flat and low, the bike feels even lighter then my 2008 FZ6.

We'll see you around.
 

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Well, I put about 300 miles on it now... and all I can say is... what the **** was I waiting for? It will take some getting used to. 350 lbs lighter than my VTX and about 15 more horsepower. Now the farkling begins... anyone know of a good domestic source for a rear fender hugger? Looking at CalSci windscreen, BMW hard cases, a soft topcase of some kind, engine guards... and... and... Can't wait to get to the mountains!

hope to see y'all on the road.

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Well, I put about 300 miles on it now... and all I can say is... what the **** was I waiting for? It will take some getting used to. 350 lbs lighter than my VTX and about 15 more horsepower. Now the farkling begins... anyone know of a good domestic source for a rear fender hugger? Looking at CalSci windscreen, BMW hard cases, a soft topcase of some kind, engine guards... and... and... Can't wait to get to the mountains!

hope to see y'all on the road.

Bob

And I thought I was exited when I got mine. :D

I don't think there is any domestic rear fender huger but: KHO.001.R120S.K- BMW R1200R- Sierra BMW Online- Ilmberger R1200S|R1200RT|R1200ST|R1200R Carbon Fiber Rear Hugger


I also have the saddlebags, they are awesome, make sure you get the BMW ones, no ugly mount and no extra key.

Don't know if you ride at night but if you do, get some lights. people around my town drive pretty bad.Skene Design
 

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Thanks Hoshiko...

Found a Hornig hugger from A&S BMW out in California. Takes a couple of weeks to get here on special order as it's not a stocked item, but it's on the way...

I agree on the lights - haven't chosen yet. Leaning toward Denali. In Florida the drivers are all over 80 or under 20, blind, lost, and on the cell phone! The one who totaled my VTX for me "didn't see" me.

Still looking for suggestions on a tailbag. Nelson Rigg?, Sedici?, Saddleman BR3400?... no responses yet.

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I just put a givi top case on mine, Yeah there is an extra key but $150.00 vs what $400.00? and the reflectors match the color of the bike. al in all the BMW side cases along with the Givi look pretty nice. I just can't seem to spend the money on the side case insert bags @ $125.00 EA
 
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