|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 ... ;-)