I hope this article http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-german-motorcycles/1977-bmw-r100rs?pageid=4#PageContent4 is acceptable under R1200RS Reviews, it's a really nice compilation of quotes and reflections on the history of the R100RS which I believe many of us appreciate as the true heritage of our beloved modern bikes. I'm fortunate to own both an '81 version and a '16 version. In particular I'd draw your attention to the comments about the slow and clunky transmission in 1st and 2nd gears and that the screen height deflects wind around the collar - so maybe these are deliberate engineered quirks on the R12ooRS to reference the original RS !! I have to say for me the original fairing is still a design icon, a thing of form, beauty and function. Back in the mid 80's when PPE was unheard of, I can recall riding down the M6 motorway for a interview on a summer's day, stopping at the last service station before Birmingham and removing my oversuit and and putting on my work suit (all stored in the smart Krauser panniers) riding the last 10 miles or so in a suit and tie to arrive for an interview "appropriately" dressed - madness I know! But the truth is, safety apart that fairing prides exceptional wind & rain protection and with the narrow bars I never suffered from wet gloves / hands. Enjoy the read !