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03 February 2008 @ 05:29 pm
R1200S - 10K miles - Review  

After doing this and that (full HPE system + kat not arrived yet)  with my  black R12S here's the 10K miles sum-up

Pros : Almost everything. Rather the best real-life sports bike around (VS TuonoR, SP2, Ducati S1000S, Suzuki SV1000 etc etc), Build quality, absolute brakes, switchable ABS, dealer support, reliability, that telelever wonder thing, safe handling on the limit, Ohlins (divine), destroys B/C roads with easy. 

Cons: AWFUL turn left-right-cancel combo (Mercy BMW!), gearbox not that brilliant, heavy clutch (town), slightly "odd" seat (town), motor a bit stretched (beyond 6000rpm), "limited" spread of "real" power (and torque), some flat spots,1st gear a bit loooong (town), odd not linear throttle kinematics (why?), over exposed (to my 16 cats) Motronic forest of injection/sensor wizardry, back Ohlins overexposed to dirt.

I can't think of a better bike for the scope that it's designed. Should I go for the bad boy - HP2S? No thanks (looks terrific -mind).

SERIOUS PROBLEM : bike is losing, gradually, that terrific "new-bike"...erm...smell (especially when hot) > please advise (maybe Motul Shine and Go ? - silicone free)
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(Anonymous) on July 19th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
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ext_118773 on August 22nd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Excellent concise summary
Thanks a million
bmw san diegobmw_san_diego on November 23rd, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
bmw r1200
the bmw r1200s is awesome your so lucky.
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toast6lunge on October 18th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
Your SERIOUS PROBLEM - loosing it's smell. Thats just a fact of motor ownership - any motor that runs hot and has oil will eventually smell like burnt oil. That's life I'm afriad...