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Hi all, I'm on the verge of purchasing a R1200R and am doing some research. I've owned lots of bikes from 74 honda cb550four to a mid-90s ducati 900ss/sp, to a 2008 CBR1000RR and others. But I've always thought about BMW. This is based on ease of maintenance and something that is a classic design in a way that a purist can appreciate. For me all of this means Boxer. So mostly I am looking at used models due to cost and I am curious about known issues that may vary from model year to model year. I've read about ABS pump failure or fuel strip failure but what else can go wrong over the range of 2007-2013 model years?

Also, what about this 90 jahre model? It seems to be mostly cosmetic but will the cost be much higher? And when is the 90 jahre model supposed to appear in the US? Well thanks in advance for any info on this stuff.
 

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Hey BMWPJK, welcome here.
I think that the ABS pump and specially the fuel strip, are the only issues I heard from this models, I have not have any problem myself with a 2011. Besides removing the water boiler exhaust, and installing a normal one.
I didn't find any info on the 90 anniversary special edition coming to US or sales anywhere. And yes, all the changes are only cosmetic.
Keep us posted on your purchase.
 

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Thanks Hoshiko for your reply. A great thing about this bike is the possibility for mods. I'm thinking that if I successfully obtain an R then I would add the Wunderlich Trophy fairing a la R90S, a slip on, though not sure what will fit with hard bags yet although Akrapovic seems to be the standard for BMW, and maybe a handlebar adjustment. This last one stems from years on sport bikes where it is hard for me to make the transition to a more upright riding position. Seems like the bars are 22mm in diameter and not many aftermarket options are available that will accommodate heated grips. But I am doing some research! When the purchase happens, pics will follow!


Hey BMWPJK, welcome here.
I think that the ABS pump and specially the fuel strip, are the only issues I heard from this models, I have not have any problem myself with a 2011. Besides removing the water boiler exhaust, and installing a normal one.
I didn't find any info on the 90 anniversary special edition coming to US or sales anywhere. And yes, all the changes are only cosmetic.
Keep us posted on your purchase.
 

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Thanks Hoshiko for your reply. A great thing about this bike is the possibility for mods. I'm thinking that if I successfully obtain an R then I would add the Wunderlich Trophy fairing a la R90S, a slip on, though not sure what will fit with hard bags yet although Akrapovic seems to be the standard for BMW, and maybe a handlebar adjustment. This last one stems from years on sport bikes where it is hard for me to make the transition to a more upright riding position. Seems like the bars are 22mm in diameter and not many aftermarket options are available that will accommodate heated grips. But I am doing some research! When the purchase happens, pics will follow!
About any aftermaket can that fits our bike will work with hard luggage. Confused about comment about the handlebars, so you want to make it less comfortable? One thing to check out would be clip ons Results for Clip-ons

I've had two sets of these on different bike. Not sure what is needed to accommodate heated grips? They do say they are 22mm. Hopefully this helps. If you are expecting sportbike handling, these bikes are agile but not a sportbike. The front suspension has a much different feel. If you are looking for a sportier boxer the R1200S could be an option.
 

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One interesting appearance mod to consider is the BMW City Lids, which are narrower hard luggage tops. You keep the stock luggage "bottoms" with their mounting intact, and you replace the deep tops with the shallower City Lids tops. Makes the luggaged bike look a little less hausfrau and a little more urbane IMHO. .

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Thanks for the replies folks. Well regarding the handlebars, I'm not expecting handling like my CBR but then again that's a bit too scalpel (sp?) for me anyway. It's more that I am not used to the upright riding position. So at this point I think I'll just give it a try and see how it goes with the stock bars. Knowing me I will get used to it and come to wonder why I'd ever want a more aggressive posture. I'll look into the City Lids but the look of the bags does not bother me. In addition to the Wunderlich Trophy fairing I do like the Wunderlich fork gaiters (reminds me of my old CB550four). So I'd like to get those. Has anyone one installed the fork gaiters? Thanks also for the note on the exhaust (no pun intended).

Also, manuals, is Haynes the way to go for a 2007 model year? Thanks
 

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For a 2007 there is a Remus exhaust that looks pretty good, unfortunately it does not fit 2011+ bikes so I could't get it.


I'm also sure you'll get used to the riding position in no time, your back and wrists will thank you for doing that change for sure.

And it seems that the manual from Haynes will cover all your needs.
Complete coverage for your BMW R1200 Twins, 2004 thru 2009:
--Routine Maintenance and servicing
--Tune-up procedures
--Engine, clutch and transmission repair
--Cooling system
--Fuel and exhaust
--Ignition and electrical systems
--Brakes, wheels and tires
--Steering, suspension and final drive
--Frame and bodywork
--Wiring diagrams
--Reference Section
 

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Thanks Hoshiko, yep I like the way that Remus looks and may have to go that route. Thanks and I'll post some pics when the bike arrives.
 
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