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something more Ducati-like. . red frames? :)
 

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MD11, your post about the likely 2013 "water cooled" model is the first radical makeover in a long time. The boxer twin has been around in various incarnations for years and has evolved with bigger and better tuned engines and suspensions and more electronics over the years.
 

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For what I seen, the model changes every 5-6 years, and most likely the change on the engine will start with the R1200GS and next year R1200R

I wouldn't change anything on my bike, although sometimes, stocked in NYC's traffic I wish it was automatic.
 

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If you could tell BMW......

The bike needs an inner rear fender to protect the back of your legs and the rear shock absorber. It is also lacking a helmet lock that uses the ignition key.
And unless you get ESA, there is no adjustment for the front shock unit. I am satisfied with the engine/tranny and wouldn't change a thing.
 

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Highway Pegs? Better, non-compression-nut mirrors.
 

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If you have a classic, look at the ilberger carbon hugged, I added it to mine and it looks great and does the job well. Also, the mirror problem is easily fixed by adding a washer between the nuts and using Lock-Tite.
 

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LAS, that lock washer idea is really good! Hadn't thought of that, and will pick up a few tomorrow. Thanks! Dave
 

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The bike also could use engine crash guards as standard.
 

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Yes, where you could mount pegs w/o spending $700 buck on both!
How about a small glove box built into the tank? Sized to fit your wallet, sunglasses, cell phone is all...
 

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I think BMW had something like that glove box on an old F600 (?). The front tank area was hollow with a cover. Very weird bike; nobody bought it.
 

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A Comfier Seat

After covering over 3000kms in a couple of weeks I have to report that the rear seat is either badly shaped or badly padded and was a nightmare for my passenger. 45mins was all that could be done before getting off the bike to recover. The front part of the seat is not too bad.
 

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try adjusting your suspension first. You may be riding too hard because of the amount of weight on the bike.
 

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The suspension was set as follows.

COMF setting with Dual passenger (two helmets showing on the screen). The suspension wasn't bottoming out or anything we think the seat shape is just not good enough for more than 45mins at a time.

If you have any suggestions please tell me before I try an Air Hawk

Thanks
 

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Seat add-ons

Some Forum members have the Airhawk, and are very pleased.
Some others use a gel type.
There have been posts with pictures of both on this Forum before.
I agree with you, MrsBeamer. The stock seat rear section is lacking.
The front section has nay-sayers, also.

Can't wait to see you pics, and hear more thoughts about the Roadster.
 

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I hate the funky way the front of the seat mounts. Of course the seat sucks, too. Love the way it runs though. Still have not got a seat I like.

Ron
 

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I haven't ridden on the back, but I actually like the stock regular height seat on my '12 Classic. It feels like you are locked in and low on the bike; a little room to move and change positions too. I find it very comfortable, although 90 minutes at a time is as long as I've ridden it. S I'll reserve judgment on the longer trips.
 
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