16 October 2013

She's here - finally!

Andrea's R1200R and my new R1200GS

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  1. Guido:

    Congrats to both of you.

    I also was thinking of looking at the new R1200GS but when I went to the dealer to sit on one, they had nothing in stock

    You are lucky to be living where you are where you can ride all year around. It was only 5°c this morning and we will be getting frost soon

    enjoy your bikes. can't wait to read how they perform

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Thanks Bob. I have ridden the GS only 30 miles so far and can't really say anything about it just yet. Have installed my top case and we'll likely go for a ride over the weekend, then I'll have more.

      Andrea absolutely loves her bike so far. 2000 miles and going - she got really used to the engine, the layout, the handling. We put a different front shock on to get some more comfort as the OEM one was jarring her wrists too much, also it got a top case now as you can see in the photo.

      More to come.

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  2. I bet you feel like a kid at Christmas.

    Nice set of bikes you two have there.

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    1. That's pretty much how it feels, yes!

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  3. Congratulations on the new bike. Now let the accessorizing begin (again!). I'm heard that the additional power is addictive.

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  4. Congrats to the new family members. When I test rode a R1200R 2011 a while ago I found it had too much vibrations... and that's coming from someone riding a Harley ;-) Enjoy. I hope you've finally found what you've been looking for.

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    1. On the air/oil cooled boxers vibration is a matter of proper valve adjustment and very exact throttle body sync. The shop we have our bikes done has done lots of Boxer Cup race bike tuning - they know the value of doing these two things right. When these bikes are set up correctly, they are very smooth. I found Andrea's bike smoother in typical rev ranges than my Tiger was - although the triple was very smooth over the whole rev range, which the boxer is not, that one has sweet spots.

      The water / air cooled ones - I don't know yet. I guess a lot depends on valves again, but there is no throttle body sync anymore (fly by wire). We'll see.

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    2. Sonja:

      My R1200R is so smooth. No vibrations at all, even at 158 km per hour with lots of throttle left. Makes my Vstrom feel like a bucket of bolts

      bob
      Riding the Wet Coast

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