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After months (well, years really) of considering/wanting a standard bike, I finally found the right deal on the right bike. Found a new (29 miles) 2009 Alpine White R1200R at a dealer in Hollywood, CA. She's got ABS, Board Computer, Heated Grips, Center Stand and white turn signals. I'm so much looking forward to having a light, fun, naked bike to ride!

Who knows when the K1600 GLT will arrive, and it may be tough to decide which bike to take out once it does arrive, but it will be great to have the choice in being "dressed" or "naked" !

I'll head out to CA later this week to pick it up....
 

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You will love this bike. I bought a 08 R1200R a little over a year ago and I can tell you it is the most fun bike I have ever owned. Having said that, up until 7 years ago I rode mostly HD's. LOL. I put risers on the handle bars, engine bars, got a decent seat (stock seat was worse than LT stock seat) and have both a winter and Summer windshield that I switch out with the seasons. Also, I added an Akropovich exhaust (OK, still some HD rider in me). Bike came with hard side bags.

Set up like this, I routinely do 350 mile days. The LT has spoiled me for distance riding though. Riding it to Daytona.

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Ultra,
Good to know that I'm not the only one here who thinks the combo of a BMW touring and naked bike will make for a good one!

Heading to SoCal early Friday morning to pick up the R1200R, and the weather here in AZ is perfect for riding, so I'll be spending the weekend getting to know my new scoot!
 

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Congratulations! I picked up a gently used 2007 R1200R from AZ in December and road it home to Central CA. It is a great bike. I love the LT when the Mrs. is on the back but there is nothing like riding naked. Enjoy yours. :D
 

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Scott,
have a safe and fun ride. I hope the new to you bike has something other than a stock BMW seat. I am serious. It was much worse than the stock LT seat.

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ipoke - Thanks! Funny that we got our bikes from each other's state. I was looking for a White one with ABS and found it out in the dealership in Hollywood as there weren't any around AZ and I couldn't see waiting for the 2011's to come in and pay the higher price.

Ultra - Unfortunately, it is the stock seat, and I've heard that most don't like it. Fortunately, I'm trailering it from CA to AZ so I can start off with shorter rides once I get it home and see how long/far I can ride before I scream for a better seat. I figure I'll have the K1600GTL for the really long rides, so we'll see if I can go the distance that a tank of gas will bring me.

Out of curiosity, what brand of aftermarket seat did you go with on your R1200R?
 

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Lawrence_D said:
Like I always say... "Go naked, or not at all!"

Great bike!! Enjoy it!
Thanks Lawrence!

I took it out for it's first ride this weekend and what a blast! Light, nimble, quick to flick through the twisties... Gonna love this bike!
 

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I knew that you would love it. I put a Sargent Seat on it. I can go over 3 times farther on it than stock. Still not an LT, but like you said, fun, fun, fun.

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I knew that you would love it. I put a Sargent Seat on it. I can go over 3 times farther on it than stock. Still not an LT, but like you said, fun, fun, fun.

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I've read about the Sargent premium foam conversion, hope to run with stock for a while and see how far I can ride. I'll try to make it until the K1600 arrives - so I'm not without a bike with the saddle sent in for the conversion.

Do you also use a throttle lock? Throttlemeister? Wunderlich? Kaoko? Other?
 

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Hi Scott,

Good looking bike! Almost as nice as the Granit Grey :D . Although the question was directed at someone else I'll answer anyway. When I picked up my R1200R in your state and rode it to CA I brought a Kaoko with me and installed it for he long ride home. I like it a lot. I have never used the others although I did use an o-ring on my old R100S years ago. I like the large gear-like ring. It is easy to use with winter gloves. It sure made a difference on the highway.

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I thought about a Throttlemeister or something like that, but really do not need it on that bike, as the type riding I do on it is mostly twisties, back roads or city streets and not much if any super slab. So, no I have no experience with such. I use the LT for distance riding and any super slabs I do on it.

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MrBreeze said:
Thanks Lawrence!

I took it out for it's first ride this weekend and what a blast! Light, nimble, quick to flick through the twisties... Gonna love this bike!

VERY PRETTY!!
 

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Hey Doug,
Thanks for the shout out and the links.

I had found and joined the r1150r board a few months back, and it has already been a lot of help when it comes to the nuances of bike and learning of the aftermarket farkles....

Funny thing is that I haven't been able to find another R1200R rider here in the Phoenix area. I love the fact that these bikes aren't that common, I can't be the only one around? Have you found others in Louisiana that you get together and ride with?
 

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Hi again Scott:

You will discover that you are riding a somewhat unique machine. Most of the folks in your area ride either the GS bikes or RT's. The RR is the most versatile bike BMW makes and does not market very well. It is kind of fun to ride because it is a rare bird in most places. In November we ran up to the Grand Canyon and then up to Black Canyon, and actually ran across two RR drivers touring. The Grand Canyon guy was from Michigan, and the Black Canyon guy was from Canada someplace on his maiden run on the RR and was having a lot of fun, even without a windscreen.

Our dealership in Baton Rouge actually has sold only about five of the RR's since I bought mine, and they have just received a new one with the new engine and instrument pod (that is a nice change!). The new owner of BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge (Andy) actually had two RR's and sold one of them, and is upgrading the newer one he still owns. Andy loves the bike, and that from a guy that has had RT's, F800GS and R1200GS that have made long runs including Alaska.

I think that there are maybe 3 or 4 active RR riders around my area, but they are still rare sights, and will draw a crowd to look at them.

You need to run up to Jerome and take 89A south. The RR is perfect for that road ! I envy your roads up there.
 

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Hey Doug,
Gotta love being one of few RR riders - I never did like to follow the crowd. :)

You are right, there are a lot of great roads here in AZ. When I used to live up in the flat-lands of Minnesota, I'd have to ride 1000+ miles to get out to the Rockies for some mountain twisties. But now, that's all changed for the better.

With the K1600 GTL on order, I'll be keeping the R12R bare bones (besides the carbon fiber hugger, valve cover protectors and a couple swing-arm covers) and out in the wind.

I'll let you know when I see another R12R out here....it may be a while! :)

Ride safe.
 

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I convinced two of my friends to purchase the R1200R bike, after I traded my 2005 R1200RT for a 2009 R1200R last Feb.

One friend traded a R1150RT for a 2011 R1200R and the other guy traded his Honda ST1300 for a 2007 R1200R, with very low mileage.

That makes three of us in Raleigh/Chapel Hill. I know of one other R1200R in Durham.

Two weekends ago, my friends and I took a 1,300 mile trip to the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, AL. A great place, if you love motorcycles.

We stopped at a breakfast place in Centre, AL and an old gentleman was astonished to learn that BMW made motorcycles, as well as cars. He said, "I have never seen a BMW motorcycle." Little did he know that in one place, he was also viewing the greatest collection of R1200Rs he had ever seen, a rarity in the BMW world, as well.
 

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Very nice looking bike!

I love my RT. It is without a doubt the best bike I have ever ridden. However, the biggest complaint I have is having to take the tupperware off anytime I want to do anything to it! The "R" sounds pretty good!

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Hey Scott:

I ran across another R1200R in Baton Rouge yesterday ! First sighting of another one in about 9 months ! :wave

Doug
 
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