Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Sacramento, Ca, USA
I will say I do agree with Pirate, I rode mine for a bit and put Helibars on it, just a small rise and angle shift, I love the bike, but after ride, was getting me in the elbows a bit, but I can ride quite a bit now, sis not affect ergos much at all, I like the position.
But I have to say, he did come on a bit harsh in the response, I mean hell, so the guy got the year wrong, hell could have been a typo and he did not read it, I agree with Pirates points fully, but it did come off very condescending in tone, no wonder the guy never responded back with anything.
And I will probably get a bunch of crap for this, my K1200S is my first BMW but not my first bike, may not know everything about it, I am learning and that is the fun part. But just because one may know all there is to know about the bike, and may be the K1200S Guru, does not mean the rest of us are idiots.
And they may have spent tons of dollars and such on the ergonomics, handling of the bike, and everything, it is a beautiful bike. But coming from an architect for 30+ years, and I have designed building and many other structures and facilities, and I have to say they sure could have put more thought into some of the practicalities of servicing the bike too. I mean come on, having to remove the radiator to change the plugs, considering the type of cooling system and the special tools required to remove and refill the damn thing, the placement of the air filter, things that would allow some of us simple folks the ability do do some of the more routine servicing, vs. $1200 bucks for the dealer to do it. I mean I know I cannot do it all to the bike, I would love to be able to do more, but hell I really do not want to practically have to dissemble the bike to do it.
I may not be a motorcycle engineer, but even I have to design building and facilities and such that are practical for folks to use, work in and work on to maintain the life of the structures.
Well that was my little rant.