Re: R/RS/ST replacement
Sorry, I cant help - but I thought I'd post just to mention you're not alone in your quest.
I've had an R1100RS for the last 15 years and Iíve been very happy with it. So happy in fact that, now the time has come to find a replacement, my first instinct was to simply purchase the latest matching model (the R1200ST). However, to my dismay I found that R1200ST was not only one of the ugliest bikes Iíve seen but itís also discontinued (probably because of its poor sales due to its poor looks). From the reports I've read, it was technically excellent and loved by all those owners who could get past the looks. Now there is a gap in BMW's line-up. Iím not fond of the R1200S's styling, the RT is too big and expensive, the GS is an excellent bike but Iíd feel silly making it my daily ride when Iíve no intention of taking it off road. I've just test ridden an R1200R and, while it was very nice, I found it had too many shortfalls over my old RS. I found the handlebar vibrations numbing my fingers and the hard seat making me squirm after only 80Km. The panniers are smaller than the old R1100 ones and they didnít seem big enough for a helmet. There is no appreciable ducktail boot and (or course) no adjustable screen Ė a feature I find particularly useful on my R1100RS. Also, the RID on the R1200R seemed a little hard to read. After the test ride I found myself thinking "If Iím going to fork out over $23k for a bike then I shouldnít have to be making so many compromises". Surely, with such a strong following for the R11xxRS models BMW will give the ST a makeover and repair the gap in their motorcycle fleet. However, in the current economic climate Iím wondering how long that will be. If the new ST is as techncally proficient as the last one and even half decent in the styling department then Iíll be one of the first in line for a test ride.