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R1200RS sales volume

Discussion in 'General R1200RS Discussions' started by MJDO, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. MJDO

    MJDO New Member

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    New to the forum and am waiting until March (bonus time) to get my RS, but in the meantime have been perusing the classifieds of various types to see what used versions go for. Not a huge amount out there. Also lack of sightings on the road made me wonder just where the bike stood compared to other BMWs with regard to sales volume. Pulled up this on the Internet which relates to 2015 sales volume:

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    Model Units Sold % of BMW Sales
    1 R1200GS 23,681 18.2%
    2 R1200GS Adventure 18,011 13.8%
    3 R1200RT 10,955 8.4%
    4 S1000RR 9,576 7.3%
    5 R nineT 9,545 7.3%
    6 R1200R 6,951 5.3%
    7 F800GS 6,603 5.1%
    8 S1000R 6,473 5.0%
    9 F700GS 6,282 4.8%
    10 F800R 5,971 4.6%
    11 S1000XR 5,061 3.9%
    12 K1600GT/GTL 4,866 3.7%
    13 C650GT & C600 Sport 4,530 3.5%
    14 R1200RS 4,208 3.2%
    15 F800GS Adventure 4,129 3.2%
    16 F800GT 2,631 2.0%
    17 C Evolution 957 0.7%

    Still shocked at just how much the GS dominates, and surprised at how many GSA's are sold. Kinda sad that the RS which appears to be such a good all-rounder slots in right under the scooters. Hasn't cooled my interest in the bike one bit. Never one to follow the crowd!
     
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    MJDO New Member

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    I should have looked through the forum as this appears to have been covered before.
     
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  3. Mr. 36654

    Mr. 36654 Well-Known Member

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    3.2% is always bad.....be it beer or sales volume.
     
  4. To and Fro

    To and Fro Active Member

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    I actually like the fact that I have a bike that ticks all the boxes yet flys under the radar. I was probably more surprised to see that the XR was only 3.9%
     
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  5. jlduck

    jlduck Well-Known Member

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    But...check out what came third after the GSs! The R1200RT! We should feel good that we aren't geezer enough to want an RT with so much more ass comfort, and a radio, and, ...um... geezer- ness!

    Not yet! I ain't ready! I may be old, but I ain't dead! Still have a Ducati 851 in the garage!!
     
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    To and Fro Active Member

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    We better be careful. All the talk of bar risers and comfort seats for the RS makes me think geezers may be listening. ;)
     
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  7. darrell

    darrell Well-Known Member Contributor

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    If I remember correctly the RS wasn't available in 2015 until May or June so 2016 sales may be more realistic. But it might not be any different as few 2017 models were brought in to the US so will depend on sales in other parts of the world.
     
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  8. lars Ormvold

    lars Ormvold Active Member

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    The release date was May 16 - 2015. I scraped on my dealers door 9.30 (he opens at 10 . . . ) to get mine :)
     
  9. roger coleman

    roger coleman Well-Known Member

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    2105 was the RS introduction year, it would be good to see the same list for last year.
     
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  10. PeTe T

    PeTe T Active Member

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    Here's some (arguably useless) Aus figures for H1 2017 calendar year. Small numbers in our market but a kitted RS is very expensive compared to competition. I would not compare the first 5 to the last 5. The RS holds up well and reversed the dominance of the XR. The RT sold 69 units.

    Link to article: http://www.mcnews.com.au/2017-australian-motorcycle-sales-figures-road/

    Top Ten Selling Sports Touring Motorcycles in Australia – Jan-June 2017
    1. Yamaha YZF-R3A / 569 / -18.1%
    2. Kawasaki Ninja 300 / 448 / -44.6%
    3. Kawasaki Ninja 650L / 250 / 25.6%
    4. KTM RC390 / 153 / -30.5%
    5. Honda CBR650FL / 139 / -16.3%
    6. Kawasaki Ninja 1000 / 95 / 4.4%
    7. BMW R 1200 RS / 71 / -12.3%
    8. Yamaha MT09 Tracer / 69 / -42.0%
    9. BMW S 1000 XR / 62 / -28.7%
    10. Suzuki GSX-S1000F / 60 / 27.7%
    Regardless of stats I've made up my own mind that the RS is the superior bike. But its quite difficult to find other apples against which to draw comparison.
     
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    Scorch Well-Known Member

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    Interesting to see so many small-capacity machines at the top of the list.
    Hopefully that's a whole new generation of lifelong bikers joining the fold.
     
  12. Leon.P.

    Leon.P. Well-Known Member

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    Really! Do we really give a toss?? I love my bike. Its the best over all bike I have ever owned. So all those figures mean nothing .I love my R1200RS. :):):):)
     
  13. darrell

    darrell Well-Known Member Contributor

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    One reason it might be a toss is once sales reach a very low level some marketing person can easily suggest the model be deleted from the production line. It happens in every industry with every product and sometimes even with total brands.
     
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  14. Grumpy Goat

    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Precisely. Some of us buy the bike because it is unique. I love the fact that when I am among other BMW riders they come up and ask about the bike and what I thought of it. I also get a lot of questions and curious looks from the non-BMW riders who don't know what to make of the bike, and some actually ask.

    The engine and other major components are proven and are used on the more popular models so that speaks to the engineering. As for the mission profile ... we RS riders are a discerning lot who have specific expectations for the bike and are into sport touring - a use that from what I gather is not as popular as it used to be.
     
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    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    That is the unfortunate part, but then we'd have an even rarer bike that was stopped while it was a success and not because it was a failure as a bike. I am older and like sport bikes so that fits my demographic. I suspect that the day I have to ride a cruiser I will be giving up riding.

    If they choose to ignore folks like us by killing off an icon like the RS then that is truly sad and I would be very disappointed in BMW as a motorcycle technology leader. Maybe at that point I will switch to Ural as they don't seem to give a sh*t and they make what they make. I like that attitude.
     
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  16. To and Fro

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    I'm fine with whatever BMW decides to do with the RS. I'd love to see continued refinement with the addition of TFT display etc. and maybe a color combination that accentuates it's sporty nature. However, if they ditch the model at that point we will have a collectable on our hands. As for sport touring bikes in general, 3-5% of total sales (sometimes more depending on the market) might be significant enough to continue. Especially since each manufacturer is claiming far fewer new bikers are hitting the streets.
     
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  17. Brimstone Mahone

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    As mentioned earlier, I am HAPPY that it's not a big seller. I have yet to see another one on the road and I'd be pleased if they discontinued it completely!
     
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    Lee Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I like owning a rare bike but worry it will be dropped liked the K1300S because of poor sales.
     
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    RS is the best BMW no one buys
     
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    roger coleman Well-Known Member

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    I think we do care, if they dont sell enough, they will drop it from range. and I for one want another in the foreseable future
     
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