I flew from Tucson to Las Vegas and rented a 2017 R1200RS from Euro Cycles. Actually, the rental was through Eagle Riders but they use Euro Cycles for their BMW rentals. The bike had about 16,800 miles on the clock when I picked it up. I rode with the BMW panniers and top case. I didn’t need that much storage space but wanted to see what the handling was like with the extra profile. I rode from the shop out Lake Mead Blvd to Northshore Road (Hwy 167) in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. A wonderfully scenic stretch of roadway that I highly recommend. I rode through Valley of Fire State Park, which had a fair number of tourists visiting on that afternoon, so the ride was slow at times. From there, Hwy 167 turns into Hwy 169, which takes you to Overton, NV. That’s where I stayed for the two nights of this trip. The next morning was another trip through Valley of Fire, this time free of tourists and allowing for a brisker pace through the curves around the scenic red rock country. From there I headed back to Northshore Road and made my way to Hoover Dam. Then it was some lunch at Boulder Dam Brewery in Boulder City. After a nice leisurely lunch it was back onto Northshore Road and yet another visit to Valley of Fire. I met a guy on a GS that stopped by to see what bike I was riding. We talked bikes for about a half hour and then it was back through Valley of Fire and onto the hotel. I was planning on doing a night ride to check out the lights and wound up doing more than just a cursory ride. I had a friend from Canada text me to say he was in North Las Vegas at a business conference. So I donned my gear and headed out to North Las Vegas via I15. That was 57 miles each way of night-time riding. Wind buffeting from the big rigs wasn’t too bothersome and I was moving past them with ease. It got a bit nippy on the trip back but the heated grips helped. I did another ride on Northshore Road on my way back to Las Vegas to return the bike the following morning —- I had enough seat time on I15 the previous evening and was glad I chose the more scenic route back. I dropped off the bike with 17,248 miles on the odometer, which had me at about 495 miles for the rental. All in all, a great test ride. What I liked (in no particular order): Style. Not a bad looking bike. Doesn’t look goofy with the panniers and top box. Ride —- nice and comfy. Very similar “comfortable couch-like” ride compared to the RT. Torque/acceleration. Nice all around, although going through first never seemed as smooth or exhilarating as going through the other gears. The low end torque is fantastic. Seat —- I believe this rental unit had on the sport seat. Never had a moment where my butt became numb. Steering. Nice and light —- very flickable bike. There were a couple of times where the steering seemed a bit too responsive where I felt like a little bit of steering input resulted in a large amount of steer. Could have been the road conditions at the time. Keyless ride. I always thought of this as being somewhat of a gimmick but I’m convinced now that this is a wonderful feature. Opening the gas cap was a pleasant surprise. Heated grips. Thank god for the heated grips. The evening ride on my way back from dinner was a little nippy (41 F on the dash) and the heat on my hands helped. My legs got a bit cool (only had on riding jeans) but it was comforting to have some heat elsewhere to focus on. There was a moment where I thought I would have been screwed if the bike broke down on a remote section on the way back. Cruise control. Ahh, the joy of integrated cruise. Instrument cluster. I like the wealth of information. Having the tach display adjust to the engine/oil temp was a neat feature. Lights. The low beam pattern was nice and wide. The high beam cast pretty far. I liked the way the top case lock operated. What I didn’t like as much: Getting to the side stand was always an effort, and was most challenging at night. I had to use my smartphone light to find where the small lever doohickey was at. The clutch on this bike was adjusted for a really early release. Amazingly, I never stalled the bike; I figured I was going to have that happen at least a few times when I first let out the clutch. The throttle was a little sensitive and it was difficult at times to keep a steady, low speed. At really slow speed the bike seemed to want to lurch. I found that I was feathering the clutch more often that I’m used to in order to keep the bike running smoothly at really low speeds (stop and go or crawling traffic on the freeway) Windscreen Clunky shifter. I know it’s just something I’ll have to get used to. Reflection from the handlebars on the instrument display was a total pain. I like to snap a pic of the mileage when I fill up and then record that info later. The reflections off those shiny handlebars made that a challenge. The nav mount. While I didn’t have a nav installed I could easily tell that the factory mount was way too low. Horn button location. I keep my thumb on the horn button when riding in traffic and the thumbwheel really makes getting to the horn a challenge. Bad enough that I usually hit the turn signal when I don’t have my thumb at the ready. I can see where I’d be hitting the thumbwheel instead of the horn. Not a great design there. The bars were a bit too far forward for me (I’m 5’8” with that growing, middle-age gut). I found that my crotch was up against the tank quite a bit. I can see where some bar backs would be a nice addition. That being said, I never did feel too hunched forward and never had any back/shoulder pain. When I rented an RT the pain between my shoulder blades really became bothersome after more than an hour of riding. Here's a map of the routes taken, with many back and forth trips along the same scenic stretches. Blue marker is Euro Cycles, red(ish) marker is where I stayed in Overton. Below, a short (3.5min) video of some of my rides through Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. I was running two GoPro's (forward and back, mounted to my helmet). Best view in HD.