My wife just got a new 2017 R1200R. I took it for a ride to compare it to my 2016 R1200RS. Here are a few thing I observed: - Steering is lighter on the R1200R than the RS, as I expected it would be due to the slightly different steering geometry and wider handlebars on the R. The RS has a stronger tendency to self-center the handlebars, which requires a bit more effort to make it turn. The benefit of the RS steering is that it's easier to feel when the front wheel is losing traction, because the steering gets lighter on slippery surfaces. On the "R" steering is already light, so changes in effort are harder to detect. I feel more confident that I know what the front wheel is doing on the RS. - The new R has the "Improved" transmission. It is true that it goes into 1st gear with less of a lurch, but I never really cared about that issue, so I don't see that as an important improvement. The Quick-shifter on the new bike may be a bit smoother, but I've learned how to use the one on the RS well enough that is never stands out as any sort of issue that needs to improve. - There is a distinct "thrumming" in fourth gear on the 2017 bike that is totally absent on my 2016 RS. This consists of a rhythmic change in vibration at around once a second. Even during the low vibration portion of the rhythmic variation, some coarseness is present that doesn't exist in other gears. I can tell immediately when I shift into fourth gear, even without looking at the gear indicator, just by how the bike feels. I know this has been reported by some members here. I hoped the "improvements" of the 2017 transmission would eliminate this issue, but apparently not. I would be very unhappy if my RS had that vibration, and I'll never buy another R1200 of any sort unless I can ride it first and make certain it doesn't have that particular problem. So far, my wife hasn't noticed the vibration. I'm not going to bring it to her attention, but I will certainly be talking to the dealer about it when the bike goes for its 600 mile service. Does anybody know if the fourth gear thrumming gets better with more mileage? Right now the bike only has around 100 miles on it. - The rear suspension on the new R is really really stiff. Riding over bumps that are hardly felt on my RS can be punishing on the R even though I have the RS set to rider plus luggage, while the R suspension is set to rider only (It's even worse on other settings). I do remember that the suspension on the RS was stiffer than it is now when it was new, but I don't think it was ever as hard as the new bike is. The RS now has almost 15,000 miles. The new bike's suspension is so hard and uncomfortable it will be difficult to put enough miles on it to allow it to run in and soften up. Incidentally. I checked to see if the part number for the rear strut for the R1200R and for the RS are the same, and they are. Right now, I'm very happy with my RS, and have no plans to trade it for a 2017 or 2018 model, although I've always thought I would eventually get a newer one. After riding the new R1200R, however, I know I won't be buying a new RS unless I can get a good long test ride on the specific one I'm going to buy, to make certain the fourth gear thrumming isn't present, and to make sure the rear suspension behaves acceptably.