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Goodbye to my RS

Discussion in 'General R1200RS Discussions' started by Igster09, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Igster09

    Igster09 Member

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    Hi all just done a deal to trade in my RS against S1000XR. Just 3 months of ownership but it was an interesting learning curve. Picking up XR on Tuesday so I guess I won't have a great deal to say much after then.
    Just wanted to say that this was the only forum I survived ever, mostly I left soon as I got to know the members on other forums lol! Was nice to cyber meet you guys. Cheers :)
     
  2. James Bagley

    James Bagley Well-Known Member

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    Bon chance, Igster...see you down the road.
     
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    stuart2820 Active Member

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    You may just start flicking lighted matches at your licence now... Just kidding! That's some machine. Congratulations

    Health to ride sir! :)
     
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  4. Scorch

    Scorch Well-Known Member

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    Great bike, and it's definitely on the list as a possible replacement for my RS in a few years' time, if I can come to terms with having a chain drive.
    Congratulations, and enjoy!
     
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  5. Barbelson

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    Good luck with your new bike Igster. Keep your new rubber on the road.
     
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  6. Andy Griffiths

    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

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    I'm just curious - as to why you've changed after such a short time? Are you an habitual changer or was the RS not what you thought ? I could not contemplate the financial loss within such a short period unless I absolutely hated the bike i had bought, and even then it would have to be really bad
     
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    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    The quick turn over of bikes by some riders really surprises me.

    When I was young, changes were more frequent, despite lack of money.

    Maybe youth makes change more urgent?

    OTOH there is a lot less sand in our life's hour glasses now.
     
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    Scott Active Member

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    With respect, I wish to offer a personal opinion, at the risk of being offensive .........you have "downgraded".
     
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    R1200RS or S1000XR? That was the question for me too. I opted for the RS eventually. Found it more adapted to my way of riding .
    But the XR definitely has an incredible engine .
    Bonne route !
     
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    The tips of my toes barely, and I mean barely, reach the ground on my friend Steve's, XR. I can't imagine making this switch. Being vertically challenged has it's benefits as I never considered a good number of models when I purchased my RS. My best to you in your new ride.
     
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  11. carsten

    carsten New Member

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    mmmmh.....
    as i enjoyed swooping bikes like underwear after my devorce:D;)
    i can understand you.
    one`s always looking for the better.
    i , for example, sold my brand new R9T
    it`s been a Beauty, but i couldn`t get my friends pace on the road:(
    and as a former GS rider , i`d nearly choosen the XR.
    it`s more comfortable to sit on ( in my opinion )
    and sure... that bike is faster ( on the Paper )
    but isn`t it always the one on top??;)
    i missed the boxer Sound
    i missed the Punch out of every Corner
    and i didn`t like the chain
    but, it`s up to you
    enjoy :cool:
     
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  12. Igster09

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    Actually there were two reasons. Firstly there appeared to be an issue with the rear (esa) suspension which made the bike quite unstable specially in the wet. We tried every variaton on settings and tyre pressures and bmw checked it over but no fault found yet problem remained. I got to the point that I coudnt be bothered any more, my valuable bike time was being wasted. My BMW dealer was great and sorted a deal where I effectively ended up with an exchange deal, be it that the XR is a bit older and has 3k more m8les on it, but I'm not fussed and losses were kept to a minimum.
    To a lesser extent I realised after buying the RS that I am still a hooligan at heart, be it an older one! I missed the feel and noise of a sports bike. So the XR kinda fits the Bill, time will tell :)
     
  13. Andy Griffiths

    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply - good luck to you
     
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  14. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    So will the dealer be selling the RS on with the rear shock 'unsorted'?
     
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    Sounds like a tire pressure issue or the tires themselves. But it was stated that that TP was checked/varied so it seems it could not have been that. Did anyone else (dealer tech) ride the bike to see if they had some idea of what the issue might have been? TBH, I can't see what could cause the problem OTHER than tires/TP unless the suspension is randomly going crazy and just making random adjustments but that should be easily diagnosed I would think. In any case, hope you enjoy the XR though frankly, I think you are giving up the better handler. Based on several rides of an XR, I found the RS was a better handler and more precise in the twisties though, of course, the XR was better on unpaved roads.
     
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  16. Igster09

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    I suggested their staff ride the bike until they get it sorted as I don't think it's safe to sell. They said that's what they will do.
     
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    All possible areas checked and settings played with, but no confirmed fault found. Problem acknowledged but as you can imagine they didn't want to admit much. Instead offered a deal I couldn't refuse which is enough said. The suspension was getting worse by the week so i guess they'll find it sooner or later. I think its just one of those random things, it does not reflect on the RS or BMW except to say BMW dealt with it very admirably. That's why we ride BMWs :)
     
  18. James Kennedy

    James Kennedy Active Member

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    Nice move Dude. I took the XR out for a demo myself and was quite impressed. I loved everything about that bike. Definitely brings out the Hooligan in the rider. With long legs the fit was much better for me. Down the road if I get the new bike bug it will without a doubt be the XR. For now, 31,000 miles and counting and really liking my RS. Knock on wood but no problems so far. Great performing machine.
    Good luck with your new XR and if you wouldn’t mind, give us an updated review. Thanks.
     

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