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Nicest bike I've owned in 45 years. Smooth, quiet, versatile, fast, powerful, reliable - not hardly twitchy. After knee surgery I wanted something lighter than the last three GoldWings I've owned (over 20 years).

R1200R naked bike? My choice, almost instantly
Sportscreen on/off
25" Cee Bailey screen on/off
Three hard bags on/off
Power on/off
ABS on/ d'uh.... stays on. That's OK
Passenger on/off

45 years on two wheels and I'm crazy-happy with this ride. I like doing my own service so I hope to learn the odds and ends from the BMW-experieced guys. This is my first German bike. '87 Carrera in the garage. '91 Merc 350SD under the carport.

Regards from Lizard Lick, NC. Come by.


 

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Welcome. The R1200R is one of the best kept secrets.
 

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Mister Moo, Liked your comments. You summed it up pretty well. Nothing wrong with the big Wings, but glad you're happy right-sizing on a Roadster. Great to have you here on the Forum.
 

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Yer preachin' to tha choir. . . Nice post! :)
 

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Since we are all a bunch of windscreen obsessives, Mr. Moo. How's that 25" screen working for you? :)
 

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3 x Goldwings? Porsche?? Merc??? New R????

I'm going to pass the hat around for you, MM - you clearly need a helping hand!

Oh - and welcome!

L of S
 

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Hello Mister Moo, and welcome! ....What kind of custom seat is that in the picture?
Sargent; never rode a stock seat to compare. This seat is non-skid under the a$$, just cushy enough and compels a slight lean-to-upright position. I'm 61, just had a 4-level cervical fusion and seat/position matters. I like it.
 

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3 x Goldwings? Porsche?? Merc??? New R????

I'm going to pass the hat around for you, MM - you clearly need a helping hand!

Oh - and welcome!

L of S
Thanks for welcome and hat-passing. Cash me with PayPal, please. :D

It all sounds better than it is. The R12R came with 61K miles on the ticker. The three wings were all used and spread out over 20 years; the Merc turbodiesel 350, bought highly depreciated, was my daily driver for 16 years x 450,000 miles - it saved me more than it cost.

Der Porsche projekt... that's kind of a soft spot. It's now two years of restoration work for a 27 year old car that, new, was slower than a Subaru WRX and cost less than a used Taurus. The dough for an old 911 is in the labor so except for professional paint (last month) I am my own wrench. An old aircooled Carrera is a labor of love but, fortunately, the value has increased faster than the (material) cost of my expenditures including paint and new a/c. So, I tell Mrs. Moo, it's a free hobby and a fun daily driver. Regardless, pass the hat. ;)

 

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Since we are all a bunch of windscreen obsessives, Mr. Moo. How's that 25" screen working for you? :)
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Yeah - funny thing, windscreens. I am 5'11", wide shoulders, 32" inseam and 35" sleeves. Mostly I sit up or lean forward to take weight off my lower back but that's limited by knuckle-dragging arms. The bike came with a BMW sportscreen and 20" touring screen with an airflow cut-out on each side - very stout - not sure if it's BMW. I dismissed the sportscreen as useless for an old man with a hinky neck - more below.

The 20" screen put a burble in my face that wanted to blow windscreens up or down, depending, and put turbulance on my upper chest. It'd be great for a shorter guy which the PO was. I bought used (like new) 25" Cee Bailey and things went pretty quiet without a noticeable cost for extra fuel. Face screens stay put, burble is gone, bugs hit eyeball level or higher and, on a cold day, it's great. Helmet vents work and air is quiet around my chest. I'm a fan. The view over the screen is about 10-15 yards ahead of the bike.

A couple of weeks ago we had five or six days in the high 70's and low 80's so I tried the sportscreen after reading nice things; besides keeping bugs off the speedo it gave me a very quiet helmet and evened out airflow over my head and chest. It's quite good, I think. My only bother is when I look down/behind to check for a lane change above 60mph the helmet catches wind and pulls hard on my neck. (A few months post cervical fusion it seems hard to me - it'd be nothing much for someone whose neck is 100%.)
 
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