Congratulations on the new R model. I too have stayed off the new one as I just bought a while back an older R 1150 R that was such a bargain that I had to buy it over the R T that I was lusting for. Partially as it was a bargain but mainly it just called to me as a better transition from riding Hondas as it felt like a steet fighter but had touring capability with bags.
Mine came with bags hard and soft and a little tail goody that has proven to be the cats pajama for those sorties in the mountains one up with only need for rain gear and some small items.
That said , I've been eyeing the new ones and trying to figure out how they got all the weight off the ones like mine. I see much more refinement but also disappointed int he guage package. Looks expensive but fragile and like a good rock could take it out easily so I'd difinitly go with the little windscreen for that. Mine has a slightly larger windscreen which keeps most of the rocks off me and the helmet does the rest.
Handling on my old one is excellent but I'd love the smoother engine and drive train everyone is talking about . The Servo brakes on mine took getting used to but brother when your two up and have to stop short the assist would be missed, as I'm spoiled with that now.
The only other caviat that worries me is the low mounted oil cooler. Roads in Georgia are pretty bad and having oil cooler in the line of fire with rocks and dirt from the road bed seems a bad idea. I don't understand either as the RT and the new R 1200 S models all carry the coolers up high in the fork. Oh well it helps with weight and that is the enemy . I know from study the whole R line has been on a diet and that is a good thing as long as reliability doesn't suffer.
Bottom line , I'm still thinking on a new one but in the meantime I'm totally enjoying my older model and the mileage is awesome. I've experience a high of 56 on interstate one way with a tail wind and average about 42 with mountain runs where you really get into the power and carry higher rpm.
To me it is one of the best compromises between a sport bike and a touring bike , the RT notwithstanding, and I'm sure come winter, I'll start lusting for the heavier faired RT.
I've an acquantance I met up on the mountain who owns the RT and was on the mountain with his new additon the R 1200 S. Even lighter with 20 more ponies, lower bars and a really cool yellow paint job. He seemed to really be happy without compromising. Must be nice . he he
Here's my R the first day I brought it home.