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Hi All,

I'm pretty new to the forum and today decided to test ride the two bikes I've been interested in. The F800ST and the R1200R. Just some background, I've not ridden a bike for just over ten years now until last month when I decided to take a two day safety course to get me back into the swing of things.

This last week I contacted several local BMW bike dealers to see whom had both a F800ST and a R1200R for me to test ride. All but one of the local dealers had only one or the other. So I went to Wagner in Worcester MA as they had a 2010 used F800ST and a brand spanking new 2012 R1200R Demo bike.

I got to the dealer and chatted with the sales guy, Mike while I signed some paperwork and let him copy my bike license. We walked outside and he had the two bikes side by side. I decided to ride the R1200 first.

Instantly mounting the bike I realised how comfortable the seating position was and I liked the controls layout, which by the way are the same as on the F800ST. After Mike went over the controls with me he started it up and gave me some test route suggestions but I'd already mapped out a route for myself on Google maps. It consisted of 75% two lane country roads with a speed limit of 40 and 50 Mph and 25% 4 lane highway with a speed limit of 65 Mph. I wanted to feel the bikes in both types of road ways.

I pulled out of the dealership and followed several country roads. I never exceeded 10 mph over the speed limits and the country roads had some nice twistys for me to feel the bikes handling. The traffic was light so I could focus on the bike a little more while still riding defensively. I got waves from just about every other bike I passed and seeing as its 73F/21C and sunny today there were a lot of bikes about.

I loved the smooth power delivery and torque of the double overhead cam engine. It also had a great exhaust note when opened up. The suspension handled a few bumpy sections (normal for MA) of the road very well and never felt unstable or challenged by the road conditions. Again, the seating position was perfect for me. I am just under 5' 11" and everything felt like it was made for me personally. The bikes handling was really confidence inspiring, especially considering its been years since I've ridden a bike on the street. Only negative I found, and this was me more than the bike, was when I reached my thumb over to cancel my indicators I'd open the throttle slightly. I'm sure a few hours on the bike and this would be a non issue. I also found I was getting all the clean air as its obviously a naked bike. I'll surely opt for a windshield.The bottom line, not only all of the above made me love this bike but also the looks. To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of BMW's boxer engine in the looks department. However, there is something about this bike that is super sexy.

I decided to take the same route, for fair comparison purposes on the F800ST. Sitting on the F800ST it felt lighter but the cockpit felt tighter and more confining, fairing aside here. Just the seating position and handlebars mostly. I pulled out of the dealership and rode the same route. The F800 was also peppy but not as smooth in power delivery and ride as the R1200. I had a lot of vibration in the left mirror. Keeping in mind, this bike was two years old while the R1200 was brand new so that may have been a factor. As I got to about half way through my test ride I began to not like the F800's riding position. I know they are not mean't to be the same and each unto his own, I much preferred the R1200's. Despite the fairing and small shield I found I was catching a lot of air on the bike, more than I was expecting and also there was a lot of heat on my left leg which I figured would be terrible on a hot summers day that we get in New England. Again, loved how nimble this bike felt everywhere, although less planted than on the highway at 80Mph than the R1200.

Bottom line, I'll definitely be buying a R1200 next spring. I decided its a little late in the season to drop $15K to use it for a few weeks and then let it sit in my garage for the next six months. I'll also be able to save for some farkles if I wait until April. Did I mention I loved the R1200R? :)

Thanks for reading my novel. Happy riding all.
 

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Great decision,

I was almost about to pull the trigger on a black F800ST,

I was trading my beloved Yamaha FZ6 for it. I went to the dealership to test ride the F800 and saw a brand new 2011 R1200R silver, I always dreamed of having an R1200GS but never though of the R1200R, then I though of how much I like 70's Japanese bikes, saw the R1200R seating there, all naked, all classic, all roadster and came back the next week to pick it up.

I have to say that I didn't even tried it, and don't regret nothing at all.

Kind of miss the FZ6 since was my first bike in the states but had no ABS and all the technology Beemer has.
 

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Great decision,

I was almost about to pull the trigger on a black F800ST,

I was trading my beloved Yamaha FZ6 for it. I went to the dealership to test ride the F800 and saw a brand new 2011 R1200R silver, I always dreamed of having an R1200GS but never though of the R1200R, then I though of how much I like 70's Japanese bikes, saw the R1200R seating there, all naked, all classic, all roadster and came back the next week to pick it up.

I have to say that I didn't even tried it, and don't regret nothing at all.

Kind of miss the FZ6 since was my first bike in the states but had no ABS and all the technology Beemer has.
The easy part was making the decision, now the tough part is waiting six months for spring time :eek:
 

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You can buy gear, I ride all year round except when snows. I have a set of heated liner jacket and heated gloves, winter boots and thick pants, they work and have done trips upstate with temperatures around the 30's.
 

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I went out today and the temperature was little chilly, Took my First gear heated liner and gloves with me just to find out that they don't work with the BMW auxiliary adapter because of the canbus stuff.
If you decide to go for this kind of heated gear, Just hard wire straight to the battery with a fuse, that's the way I had it on my last bike and worked perfectly. I got that cable today after freezeng for almost 4 hours and will be installed tomorrow morning.

Here are the Jacket liner and gloves I bought. And the link of the place I bought them from.

First Gear Heated Apparel First Gear 90 Watt Heated Jacket Liner | Helmet City

First Gear Heated Apparel Firstgear Heated Carbon Gloves | Helmet City

Tour Master Boots Tour Master Solution 2.0 Waterproof Boots | Helmet City
 

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I have to agree with you at looking at buying the R1200R.

I just sold my F800ST last week and bought the R1200R this week. I prefer the seating position and the responsiveness of the engine. I enjoyed my 800ST but I am enjoying my R1200R even more.

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I just joined this forum, and posted my question about a low suspension R1200R bike, since I only have a 29" inseam. Any thoughts out there ?
 

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I just joined this forum, and posted my question about a low suspension R1200R bike, since I only have a 29" inseam. Any thoughts out there ?
I have a 29" inseam but have ordered a R1200R with standard suspension and full height comfort seat. Apart from a Harley, I've never flat-footed on any big bike and it doesn't bother me. With low suspension I think you trade some ground clearance and comfort - I didn't want to compromise.

David
 
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