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Old 08-28-2016, 05:12 PM   #61
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Glad its working out so well and the riding weather is only going to get better over the next few months. What's the service interval on the bike ?
Cooler temps will be just fine with me, I quit at 11am as the sun and evil obliviots get obnoxious around then.
The book says oil service every 6K. Valves, diff, plugs and brake fluid are sceduled every 12,000 miles.

They are dealing on 2016's ... you should try one.

Zen and the alternative rotating mass experience is really quite fine.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:01 PM   #62
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... the cane makes a definite statement as I poach sportbikes on Sunday mornings....
The cane is an awesome touch! Perfect!
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:19 AM   #63
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You actually have a cane.... imagine the look on a riders face when you both pull into the diner after carving through a mountain, and you hobble off on your cane....

BETTER YET, imagine a LEO's reaction to getting ready to ticket you, but you hobble off the bike on your cane to talk with him... Is he really going to write that ticket?
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:45 AM   #64
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^^^ One of the few benefits of getting older as a rider.

I'm convinced I've been left off with warnings after being pulled because I quickly pulled my helmet off to show the LEO I wasn't some stupid young kid.

Just a stupid older guy.

One LEO actually burst out laughing when he realized I wasn't the 18 year old he thought I had to be.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:30 PM   #65
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Cooler temps will be just fine with me, I quit at 11am as the sun and evil obliviots get obnoxious around then.
The book says oil service every 6K. Valves, diff, plugs and brake fluid are sceduled every 12,000 miles.

They are dealing on 2016's ... you should try one.

Zen and the alternative rotating mass experience is really quite fine.
That service interval isn't too bad. Work in the cylinder heads on boxer twins looks like it should be easy but you can't take that for granted anymore. My Street Triple-R needs a break fluid change but you can't even do that yourself these days without a $900 do-dad from Triumph which keeps the ABS valve open

I think about swapping my Triumph and my Gen-1 Bee for one do-it-all bike. I looked at the the BMW you have which is very nice, but still haven't found the right bike yet. Part of the problem is that I thought I knew the things I liked in a bike until I rented a Versys on the the trip to Ireland earlier in the year with GotFZ1, Fidel and his lovely wife......and now I'm not so sure.

The Versys is definitely built down to a budget, not very powerful, limited suspension damping, only OK brakes and an agricultural gear box, but in spite of this it does handle well and I really loved touring around the winding country roads on it. Maybe really powerful bikes like the KTM1290 GT I considered can actually get in the way of the scenery and other valuable parts of the experience? I'm off to Taos for a couple of days on my Gen-1 on Wednesday and I'll ponder this problem along the way
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:52 PM   #66
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Hey Allan:

My "Pommie" pal Tony Ward, who now resides in Albany, South Western Australia, purchased a R1200RS about three months ago, brand new. He loves it! He has owned numerous bikes, and this he says, he likes the best of all of them!

I have not ridden one, but the B.M.W.'s i have ridden, i liked. Boxer twins take a bit to get use to, but they are fine bikes.

Hope you are doing well.

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Old 08-29-2016, 02:23 PM   #67
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The Versys 650 is a wonderful bike, they got it right with that chassis. I regret trading mine on the FJ-09 but that's an old story.

Not to be a BMW homer but... I looked at all the mods I usually did on a bike to make it better and found them all installed on the RS.
SS lines, steering damper, quick shifter, heated grips,awesome cruise control and several modes of throttle mapping and suspension adjustment with their Bosch brain on traction control. All this aside, one afternoon on the demo sold me on the chassis and ergos, now that I've played with and mastered all the electronics I would buy another. That silly flat motor is addictive, super fast and torque everywhere while the bike is just easy to ride fast on everything I've done so far.

That little tea garden outside of Taos with the whirly art and mushroom soup should be seen Alan, do the Enchanted Loop around Eagles Nest too...
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:35 PM   #68
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Boot, semi serious question. How would an FJ09 motor and Versys chassis go together?

Add better brakes, better forks (think DRZ400 or KTM 950 supermoto ) and an 08 R1 rear shock. (This can all be done. The 08 R1 shock is almost a bolt-in replacement. Just needs a stiffer spring)

Can you imagine that bike? If so, how do you think you'd like it?
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:21 PM   #69
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Delicious thought, that engine was enjoyable and I would like to see it in a better platform.
The FJ-09 was to be my V650 with better power.... check the specs, weight with rake/trail are so very close. How about we make an FJ do what the V650 does well, keep in mind the long legs and drooping FJ pan before swapping frames or designing a trick front triple.
Gotfz is a V650 fan, also modified his FJ to proper spec and I wonder what his thoughts are.

We can get my trade back cheap, it's sitting where I parked it months ago along with 2 others at the local dealer.
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:03 PM   #70
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Spoke to a guy that showed up on one of these today at a local Yamaha dealership.
He has put 14,000 miles on it this year. He likes it lots.
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:27 PM   #71
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My dealer has a hard time keeping stock, I guess only 4200 are made each year. I dig mine, a lot.

Woke early today and rode Otto to the coldest temps I could find, it's nice to be cool for a change and a new front tire needed a scrub in. For some reason he gravitates to spinning props so we rip up FM 697 in Sherman before the church crowd clogs my space.
Empty roads, a new tire and epic beemer bugs.
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:51 PM   #72
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:52 PM   #73
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Old 03-31-2017, 06:35 PM   #74
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Springtime, slacker Friday, scouting turkey hunting spots and found this hidden lake. One year, 13,700 miles and still diggin' it. Need tires again.
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What's with the green stuff?
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:53 AM   #77
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Finally spring has sprung here. 78 forcast for Saturday. BMWs rejoice.
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Nice scoot!

It was in the 60's yesterday, supposed to have snow flurries tonight and be almost 80 on Sunday.
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:11 PM   #79
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A friend is in Detroit for business, she says something about snow tomorrow.

I hope the sun and warmth bless you both, ride when it's safe.
Cagers are not used to seeing bikes up there.
Cold tires and pavement always a consideration.
I usually remember how slick that thin layer of pollen is about mid turn. ABS and TC on these can be altered to your liking in the USER mode menu. A little drift on exit is good for the soul....
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:07 AM   #80
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I picked up a slightly used, 12K miles, '16 R1200RS last weekend.

I did a one way car rental and beat it from Minneapolis to Detroit last Saturday. Spent a night in a $35 Airbnb, then rolled over to Dearborn Sunday morning to pick up bike.

Headed north to the Upper Peninsula, spent Sunday night in a cute little Bed/Breakfast in Garden, Michigan. Blasted across Wisconsin Monday, arriving home early afternoon.

900 miles of bonding time. I think she's a keeper. That makes 2 '16 RS's in my garage.

The deal was worth the trip.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-BMW-R-S...53.m1438.l2649

This is the bike. I was bidding on it, but wasn't the successful high bidder. The high bidder was non-paying. I found out the bike didn't sell through a R1200RS Facebook post. I was on it like a fat kid on a cupcake.
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