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#979543 - 02/03/17 05:49 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: MBevans]  
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Originally Posted By: MBevans
The RS is a sweetheart for sure and in reading all posts on this forum I can see the merits of this killer bike.

But,,,,,

How are they with a pillion? Were your passenger(s) content? Passenger foot pegs not too high?

Reason I ask is that I was heading towards a new R-RT, but the lighter bike is a nice idea.

My garage now holds a K1200LTC and a Ducati ST4S with full bags. And both of them were going to go away to make way for a new RT, but damn, I really like the light weight of the RS. We live on the west coast but have toured the country on the K1200LTC and we like it better than the school-boy games of the Ducati ST4S. Whatever BMW I buy I will need it to be up to traveling across the states, that's why I was leaning towards the RT....

Decisions decisions!!!


If a lighter bike is a priority, the GS is also an option. The GS and RS are only a couple of pound apart and probably provides more passenger room.

#979545 - 02/03/17 06:51 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: Sailorlite]  
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Originally Posted By: Sailorlite
Having investigated the RS, XR and R models, I chose the R1200R. The riding position is somewhat more upright than the RS which is the main reason I chose it over the RS. Weather protection is relatively poor so I have to count on my jacket/pants/gloves to help out. Seems far peppier than my GS (both LC) and while it's comfortable enough it's more biased toward sport than touring. Point is, don't overlook the new R1200R as an RT replacement.
Ditto. The riding position on the R is comfortable for me. After about 300 km into a day, I have to stand up occasionally to straighten my legs a bit. I like the lighter weight. The wind doesn't bother me. I don't even notice it much up to about 120 kph (75 mph). Above that it is noticeable but not unpleasant. I am not commuting on cold mornings anymore. Most of my riding is in comfortable temperatures which may explain why I don't miss the full coverage fairing and windshield at all.


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1999 R1100RT Tundra Green
1987 R100RT Grey
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#979573 - 02/04/17 09:40 AM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted By: tallman
Parabellum Scout will transform the bike.
Looks.
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Protection.
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Know several who did this, all love it.
One did 2 up cross country w/camping gear.
52+ mpg and no loitering.


Beautiful.

#979574 - 02/04/17 09:44 AM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: MBevans]  
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Originally Posted By: MBevans
The RS is a sweetheart for sure and in reading all posts on this forum I can see the merits of this killer bike.

But,,,,,

How are they with a pillion? Were your passenger(s) content? Passenger foot pegs not too high?

Reason I ask is that I was heading towards a new R-RT, but the lighter bike is a nice idea.

My garage now holds a K1200LTC and a Ducati ST4S with full bags. And both of them were going to go away to make way for a new RT, but damn, I really like the light weight of the RS. We live on the west coast but have toured the country on the K1200LTC and we like it better than the school-boy games of the Ducati ST4S. Whatever BMW I buy I will need it to be up to traveling across the states, that's why I was leaning towards the RT....

Decisions decisions!!!


This is a good pillion mount for the 20-30 something's.

#979575 - 02/04/17 09:46 AM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: Jake]  
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Originally Posted By: Jake
Congrats Greg,

She's a beaut and an absolute perfect pick for your neck of the woods. Don't let McKinley on it, you'll never see it again.

J.


Hi Jake - Steve is returning to his cruiser roots in the form of a new goose.

#979583 - 02/04/17 02:09 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: Limecreek]  
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And just a general reply to those who feel the seating is "too far forward" lean.
Try it.
After 500 miles you'll wonder why you liked sit up and beg.
After leaving my Rt (albeit an '80) and adding an RSL, the RT was ridden less and less.
The GT came next, and even with legs onger than most, it works, plain and simple, it works for all day, no weight on butt/spine, etc.
YMMV of course, but know plenty who made a similar move and never went back.
Best wishes.


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1996 R 100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
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#979590 - 02/04/17 03:37 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted By: tallman
And just a general reply to those who feel the seating is "too far forward" lean. Try it.
Tried it that way- within 100 miles I had the familiar "burn" starting between my shoulder blades. A set of Helibar adapters solved that. That is my one comfort change- otherwise the bike is perfect for me.

Frank


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2016 R1200RS, 18 mo. 28,322 mi. (gone)
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#979653 - 02/05/17 05:34 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: duckbubbles]  
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Originally Posted By: duckbubbles
Originally Posted By: tallman
And just a general reply to those who feel the seating is "too far forward" lean. Try it.
Tried it that way- within 100 miles I had the familiar "burn" starting between my shoulder blades. A set of Helibar adapters solved that. That is my one comfort change- otherwise the bike is perfect for me.

Frank


That is the adjustment that your body will make given some time. You are using a slightly different set of muscles that will develop over time and burn will stop.

No burn for me but a bit of soreness at first - much of that is now gone too.

#979726 - 02/06/17 04:35 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: duckbubbles]  
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Originally Posted By: duckbubbles
Originally Posted By: tallman
And just a general reply to those who feel the seating is "too far forward" lean. Try it.
Tried it that way- within 100 miles I had the familiar "burn" starting between my shoulder blades. A set of Helibar adapters solved that. That is my one comfort change- otherwise the bike is perfect for me.

Frank


BMW seem to like tilting us all more forwards than we like!

I remember on my 2001 R1150RT having to get as set of aftermarket "seat jacks" that basically raised the front seat mounting point upwards about 1/2 an inch. Sometimes I think it would nice if you could get a set of seat jacks for the R1200RT LC!


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#980510 - 02/19/17 03:07 PM Re: RS displaces the RT [Re: Limecreek]  
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Love the looks of the RS and if I could afford another BMW the RS would be my choice , however living in PA and riding year round my RT is more practical . Maybe I'm just getting old smile .

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