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Ok, so I'm still a newbie nhere(1700 miles on a 2012). HOWEVER; every time I ride this bike I return with a huge grin. Come on, this is a fabulous motorcycle. Let's try to keep that in mind as we nitpick little faults. What bike would you rather be riding?
 

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japgen said:
Ok, so I'm still a newbie nhere(1700 miles on a 2012). HOWEVER; every time I ride this bike I return with a huge grin. Come on, this is a fabulous motorcycle. Let's try to keep that in mind as we nitpick little faults. What bike would you rather be riding?
I'm with you. I love my 2011 R1200RT and so far it's been 100% trouble free. I love it more with every ride. No regrets at all yet.
 

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Your post is actually interesting to me as the first time I jumped on my previous bikes (Ninja 250, Hyosung GT250R, GSXR 600) I had an idiotic grin cheek to cheap until I got home.

Picking up my RT12 last week was followed by a first ride and I spent the whole ride with a pokerface expression because the bike was just so sensible :sleep:

Now I just ride around with a sullen look on my face, even when chasing mates through corners at 160 km/hr hitting the rev limiter.

I'm enjoying the bike because its so comfortable but I'm embarassed to say that I used to fall asleep on the ride home from work on Majesty 250 scooter and the Big BMW has nearly made me doze off when I put my left elbow on the tank and ride home from a long day of work.

Riding the GSXR 600 everywhere, albeit a painful affair (sporty position not designed for commuting) I constantly wanted to wheelie the bike everywhere and generally hoon around. Don't think I ever returned from a ride without the front wheel having spent some relaxation time in the air.

I reckon I would have enjoyed a K1300S due to an engine that has a presence unlike the chug 'a' chug big 1200 boxer :histerica
 

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I constantly worry about using the proper oil and flaming final drives while cruising along listening to my satellite radio :stir:
 

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.... hitting the rev limiter....
Rev limiter? I thought it was a Shift Indicator...

For me, bikes are not transportation. They are soul-fulfilling instruments of pleasure. If that's not working for me, then I try another one. I have owned my RT longer than any other bike. I guess that means something ... for me.

Your actual mileage may vary....
 

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It is a fabulous motorcycle ... for me for two basic reasons.

It's a boxer twin and nothing feels better.

Its a current BMW and like other German vehicles is cutting edge.

Cutting edge for all German vehicles means not necessarily refrigerator-like reliability, but I positively don't care. Cost of doing (fabulous) business.

As I post frequently on Mercedes forums: it's closer to being a Ferrari than a Camry. I'll shoot myself before I conclude all I deserve is a Camry.

PS: My Miele refrigerator isn't all that reliable.
 

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I bought my 2011 back in February, and have a little over 4k miles on it. I do absolutely love it! Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I am finding out how well it prevents airflow since Ohio has gone through a couple of weeks of 95+ degree weather.

Right after I bought it, the left turn signal button went kaput and now I am getting the random "Brake Failure" light while riding. Heading to the dealer to have it checked.

Even with these couple of things, I am looking forward to many years of hard-earned miles and believe I made the right choice for me...
 
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