29 November 2012

More Testing

Last week we did some more fooling around:

Andrea on a 2012 BMW R1200R

Guido on a 2012 BMW R1200R

Of course I could not test ride the bike but as you can see, Andrea is in full gear and this shot was actually taken after she came back from a test ride on exactly this bike. 

The test ride was in a quiet residential area as this is certainly a bike that requires some confidence and a steady hand. A 1200cc boxer twin is not an engine to take lightly ... But Andrea managed it great! And she liked it except that "it is still quite a handful". 

And I agree, the bike is not big, but it is compact, not light, very powerful, and as she said, quite a handful. I have not ridden one yet, just sat on some and have ridden earlier version (R1100R and R1150R). It's a bike I always loved, the optic is great, it's not too big. Nothing on it that shouldn't be, but also nothing really missing. A great allrounder. 

This is certainly not a beginner bike, but a dream bike for a lot of riders. It's not cheap, hard to find used in the US, and the prices seem to stay fairly high. 

Oh, and BMW has a special edition of it:

90 Years of BMW Motorcycles - Special Edition R1200R

Oh, and Andrea definitely takes the better pictures ... At least that's what the voice in the background here said ... ;-) 

10 comments:

  1. Guido/Andrea:

    As compared to my Vstrom, the R1200R is very light and has lots of power if you twist the throttle. I can easily push it around. I cannot easily push my Vstrom around. It is very small, compact as you say and that is the charm. They are also hard to buy used up here too. It may be the best bike that BMW makes. It easy to handle on the twisties as it nearly turns itself.

    The brakes are phenominal, I have still not gotten used to the quick stopping power. They are linked but biased to the front, then the rear. You don't need to use the rear brakes unless you are on sand.

    You also have to get used to the "extra" compression as you let off the throttle and it is lower geared than the other models, which means better gear rations for acceleration.

    I love my "R", and that RED is very nice

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. Hey Bob,

      It is very interesting that you consider the R so much lighter than the V-Strom. On paper the difference isn't that big. I think a lot about that is the size of the bikes. The V-Strom is so much bigger and bulkier and carries its weight so much higher that it becomes very cumbersome to move around.

      The R is a little bit like a small body builder: short, compact, strong, certainly not light, but not too heavy. But it can also sprint quite a bit and do long distance touring. I always loved the dead simple concept / looks.

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    2. Guido:

      When I had to move both of my bikes on Grass, I could barely get the Vstrom moving. The "R" moved with half the effort. When I had to turn them around in the carport, the Vstrom was an effort, the "R" just rolled with one finger. I think it has to do with balance, centre of gravity and lower bars for less pushing effort.

      I think you are wrong in the weights. The "R" is 495 lbs wet. My Vstrom is more like 550 wet

      bob
      Riding the Wet Coast
      My Flickr // My YouTube

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    3. I could be wrong about the weight - for sure. I haven't checked the specs, I only know the weight of the R in kg. And I know that it has one of the best mass centralizations I have ever encountered when sitting on a bike. It feels so light and nimble and small, it's really incredible for a 1200cc boxer twin.

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    4. Guido:

      If it weren't for the protruding "jugs", it feels like a 650, low and small, but it goes like a rocket if you want it to. There is almost a cult-like following. Go to the R1200R or R1150R forums. The brakes are fantastic !

      Too bad you can't ride, I think you would love it. I have had my eye towards getting one for the past two years.

      a couple for sale HERE:
      http://www.r1200rforum.com/forum/bmw-r1200r-sale-bikes-25/

      bob

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    5. Yeah, I'm following the forums from time to time as there isn't much traffic there. I've been wanting one of these for a few year, but somehow other desires got in the way. Now that Andrea is interested, too, there might be a chance that we get one - and I could ride it, too ... ;-)

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    6. Guido:

      that's perfect. You buy it for her so you can ride it. I like that.

      have you looked at the BMW marketplace ?

      http://marketplace.ibmwr.org/

      you may be able to do a fly and ride

      bob
      Riding the Wet Coast
      My Flickr // My YouTube

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    7. Bob,

      yes, I checked on the ibmwr.org pages. There is no R1200R available right now. Normally there is at least one or two used ones in California, but right now there isn't much around. Not a big problem though.

      I don't like the fly and ride all too much as you are pretty much committed before you have seen the bike. I prefer to be able to take a look first before I make an offer. But I have done fly and ride before - to LA when I got the little WR250X.

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  2. You two look pretty good on that bike.

    Is Andrea thinking that is the way to go for a trade-up if you can find one used or new for a decent price. It looks good on her.

    Hope you get to get back to riding soon.

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  3. It is an idea that was going through my head for a long time - I always wanted one of those. And Andrea sat on one during the IMS show and thought it's small and feels light. After riding it she's a bit more cautious but she would ride it if we had one. So, good question ... Definitely maybe.

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