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The Eagle has Landed!!!

I just got the R1200S delivered, all I can say is WOW!!!!! I thought it looked good in pictures, but nothing compares to seeing it in the "flesh" (or CF!) It is a drop dead gorgeous motorcycle!!! My bike came with the full Remus exhaust which sounds absolutely hypnotic. I will post a full appraisal after I get to take it out for more than a trip around the block, but at first blush it is: GORGEOUS!, definitely has a much peppier motor than the R11 (tromping the throttle was getting a chirp out of the tires!), very perceptibly lighter (all the weight savings must have been up high), and the Ohlins make it feel like a Cadillac!, oh and did I mention it's gorgeous!!! Looking at the two bikes side by side in the garage is like Cinderella and a stepsister. Have I mentioned I have an R11 for sale on eBay? More to come!
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but do you like it?
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It's a keeper! as much as I thought I might wish it was in the blue and white color scheme, black is beautiful!!
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Yeah Yeah ... you mean it's rubbish but you just don't want to tell us ...
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... or am I just completely jealous !

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It's a keeper! as much as I thought I might wish it was in the blue and white color scheme, black is beautiful!!
Couldn't agree more, congrats and enjoy!
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Nice part is that you summed up the way I felt when I got mine, and I still feel like that a year later. I came from the race-replica sport bikes and don't miss them a bit.

I always try to buy my vehicles (bike or car) with a high "look back" ratio.
(how often you have to turn around and take a look at it after you parked it and are walking away)




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I always try to buy my vehicles (bike or car) with a high "look back" ratio.

ugh, the current R1200S has the LEAST look back factor, ever...even its fugly sister the R1200ST had better looks. that coming from a professional opinionator :P my moto lust, and learning about the look back factor, started with the 916. it wasnt just look back, it was: stop, sit down and just stare, taking in every line, curve, angle, etc. the R1100S has some ugly angles, but for the most part, its look back factor is right up there.

glad owners are liking their bikes, that is what is important. and after a ride on one of the new R1200GS', i can see why the new motors are so great and even the weight reduction on the GS was impressive.

and this is not about being an R1100S owner wishing for the R1200S. i dont doubt the R1200S' performance ability, as compared to the R1100S. this is solely about looks and how polarized the new models have been with regards to looks.

so congrats.

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So....shreddr....is that bike good lookin' ya think?
The only bike I've owned that had no look back factor was the R12GS. I got it just because it's such a great bike...not for looks. The R12S for me gets lots of look backs, as did my R11S, now gone. But the queen for look backs was my 996...couldn't take my eyes off it. Machine lust at its best. The PS is almost that way....of course it better be beautiful cos it has the ergo's of a camel with a hard hump.
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it's funny you mention the look back angles CK. I was thinking I was going to miss the R11 because the angle I think it looks best from, (right rear) is the one I always see it from in my garage. From the front I don't like it at all, and the left side with the empty space left in the belly pan from the cat eliminator pipe isn't so hot either. The R12 is doing it for me from ALL angles, and I forgot to mention the Remus headers and up pipe are absolute cannons! They are so much bigger than the R11 head pipes, and the 2Bros y-pipe that it isnt even funny, when you combine that with the fact that they have left the crossover pipe off, it flat out rocks! I am one happy camper right now! I can't wait to get out of work and get riding!!
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Thats great you dig it! It does have an awesome motor. The front end does not flex nearly as much in the trples as the R11S did, which lets the bike change direction so much quicker when riding hard.

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Thanks for chiming in N8! quick question for you, will you be scoring one of the HP bikes, or do you think your modified R12 is going to be sufficient to stomp the competition?
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The HP 2 Sport is the modified R1200S. The wheel base is the same, unfortunatley, but we have come up with ways around that. We have been testing with much success shortening our current bike.

I highly reccommend the Vesrah brake pads for your R12S. They are the best I have ever used! I will get back to you on the exact ones, but they are considered their street compund, but I race with them.

The new bike does turn even quicker/change direction quicker due to the massive lower triples and huge fork tubes, no flex at all, just instant response. The bike revs quicker, spins up faster, but the most amazing thing I found besides the handling, the BRAKES, those big mono block calipers take ultra finesse trailing.

Go enjoy your new ride! A black set of wheels would look great on your bike!

Cheers,

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Thats great you dig it! It does have an awesome motor. The front end does not flex nearly as much in the trples as the R11S did, which lets the bike change direction so much quicker when riding hard.

N8!
Well this aught to help sell the custom fork clamps on this site. It's like EF Hutton, when N8 speaks, we all listen.

I don't notice any flex on my 11S, but I don't ride it to it's limits, only 70 to 80 percent of my limits which thanks to the 11S are growing.

Man I want the HP so bad, I need a higher paying job....

This doesn't take away from the 12S in any way, I like the looks and it sounds like BMW did a good job with the next generation.

No there is very little that has the look back of a 916 or Enzo, but I also know my bike and car will be there when I get back, they will start and run to wherever I need to go and I don't worry about insurance, car/bike jackings, regualar theft etc...
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I don't notice any flex on my 11S, but I don't ride it to it's limits, only 70 to 80 percent of my limits which thanks to the 11S are growing...

unless you frequently do some serious backroad riding and track riding, it can be hard to understand what N8 is saying, but yeah, the front end can start to feel vague if you are pushing it, even when it is planted. many complain that is a sympton of the telever front end. while it might convey different feedback, not always sure its less. if you ride another bike on the track that has these stiff/planted front end feel, like a good track bike, good setup etc., then you can appreciate the "change in direction" characteristics he speaks of. there is no doubt the custom triples improve the front end of the R1100S and the R1200S has it sorted. it doesnt help the R1100S' case that it is carrying some added weight. that too slows it down.

i look at the R1100S for most of my riding, commuting, etc. as training. so when i hit the track on the tuono, the additional HP and less weight is easy to throw around the track. you know, like jogging with a backpack full of books or something.

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...I just got the R1200S delivered...

…how on earth could you be so dumb buying yourself a R1200S…

…by now, you know that bike is utterly rubbish…
…even so utterly rubbish that even BMW doesn’t want it anymore…

…Chris Geuting and the other nay Sayers warned you…
…but probably you wouldn’t listen…
…and now you have it ; a bike nobody wants…



…all I can say now (because I know…) : congratulations…!!
…great bike !!
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Congrats! I'm sure you're going to really like it. Look forward to hearing your impressions...
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WOW! That really looks good! The slip ons really add a noce touch to the already blck bike. The dusk shot looks great with the sun going down.
Valve covers and all! Cool.

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