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2016 BMW R1200RS SE

  • I picked up my new girl on a very wet Thursday afternoon in early February, typical Darwin monsoon weather i.e. pissing down rain, dealer quite concerned, "new tyres, new brakes wet road blah blah blah" just give me the f'ing spiel and let me get the f' out of here, so quick 100kms later, really loving her, then a 650km blat on the Sunday just reinforced the first impression! [​IMG]

    I've never had a bike that fits me so well straight out of the box, I've always in the past had to really tweak the ergonomics to make them just right but this girl is pretty spot on, lifted the bars 25mm and back by 19mm which made her perfect.

    Part of that first real run included 65kms of a very nice stretch of winding hilly road, three of us on the run, me on the new RS, an older 08 R1200RT and an S1000RR, the poor RT got left behind and the RR and I had an absolute ball, amazing power delivery, just so smooth yet phenomenal grunt when you want it, reckon she could be a licence loser too [​IMG] [​IMG] . Twice had to use the brakes bloody hard, (full on emergency braking) once for a stupid wallaby that decided to come out of nowhere across in front and the second time for a dumb pheasant that decided flying across the road was no good but flying straight at me was the go, the Brembos performed faultlessly and although there was a fair bit of dive she felt rock solid and stable all the way, I know people rave about radial Brembos but I will state that until you've had to emergency brake on a servo ABS equipped RT nothing can come close for sheer stopping power, so a bit underwhelmed there, the Dynamic ESA was great, quite a bit of that road had been under water not long before and was pretty badly cutup but the suspension felt fantastic, very few bumps actually felt and even the worst never unsettled her at all, the handling is just amazing, definitely as good as a previous K1300R I had but much quicker turn in (probably due to different configuration in the front end and being a shorter bike overall), the OEM Michelin PR4's were good, got hit with a monsoon storm late in the run, never once did she feel like losing any grip, hit a couple of large sheets of water and even though the DTC kicked in she felt solidly planted, changed them out for Bridgestone T30 EVOs after 5500kms due to being badly scalloped on the front giving a very weird feel.

    The stock screen at it's highest setting was too noisy for me and for anybody taller it would be possibly a bit short. I've fitted a Puig which is a fair bit higher and it's working well, much quieter and no buffeting.

    The quick shifter is just f'ing amazing, though very clunky and harsh between 1st and 2nd unless you're pulling over 4500rpm, the auto blipper on downshift is so addictive lol.

    Negatives, from stock much much more wind noise in my Shark Evoline helmet with some buffeting at highway speeds, had to get used to front ends that dive a bit under brakes again [​IMG] , quick shifter can be a bit savage at lower revs (yeah yeah I know just go faster lol), stock seat is as usual not as good as it could be though definitely an improvement over previous BMW offerings. Otherwise she is just an awesome machine! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Dynamic ESA Electronic Suspension Adjustment
    Comfort Package inc:
    - Akrapovic muffler
    - Heated Grips
    - Tyre Pressure Control
    Cruise Control
    Dynamic Package 1 inc:
    - DTC Dynamic Traction Control
    - Daytime Running Light
    - Headlight Pro
    - Riding Mode Pro
    - White LED Indicators
    Keyless Ride
    Gear Shift Assist Pro
    Touring Package inc:
    - On Board Computer Pro
    - Preparation for GPS Device
    Main Stand
    Luggage Grid
    Pannier Fasteners
    Anti-theft Alarm

    Top Box
    Tank Bag
    BMW Navigator V

    Touratech engine bars
    Puig touring screen
    Ilium bar risers
    Pussy grips

  • BMW R 1200 RS

    Type Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft
    Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
    Capacity 1,170 cc
    Rated output 92 kW (125 PS) at 7,500 rpm
    Max. torque 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm
    Compression ratio 12.5 : 1
    Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection
    Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
    Performance / fuel consumption
    Maximum speed over 200 km/h
    Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 4,1 l
    Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 5,5 l
    Fuel type Unleaded super, octane number 95 (RON)
    Electrical system
    Alternator three-phase alternator 508 W (nominal power)
    Battery 12 V / 12 Ah, maintenance-free
    Power transmission
    Clutch oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated
    Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth
    Drive Shaft drive
    Chassis / brakes
    Frame Two-section frame, front and bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine
    Front wheel location / suspension Telescopic Upside-Down fork; stanchion diameter 45 mm
    Rear wheel location / suspension Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable), rebound damping adjustable (continuously variable)
    Suspension travel front / rear 140 mm / 140 mm
    Wheelbase 1.527 mm
    Castor 114,8 mm
    Steering head angle 62,3°
    Wheels Cast aluminium wheels
    Rim, front 3,50 x 17"
    Rim, rear 5,50 x 17"
    Tyres, front 120/70 ZR 17
    Tyres, rear 180/55 ZR 17
    Brake, front Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
    Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
    ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), disengageable
    Dimensions / weights
    Length 2.202 mm
    Width (incl. mirrors) 925 mm
    Height (excl. mirrors) 1.250 mm
    Seat height, unladen weight 820 mm
    Inner leg curve, unladen weight 1.840 mm
    Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 236 kg
    Permitted total weight 450 kg
    Payload (with standard equipment) 214 kg
    Usable tank volume 18 l
    Reserve approx. 4 l
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