Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I have ridden a variety of R1200 models, mostly loaner bikes for when my K1200GT was in the shop. To be honest, they are fun to ride, but I have never been a fan of two cylinder motorcycles. All of the motorcycles that I have owned (since the 1970s) have been four cylinder models.
Here are the things that I do not like about the R1200 motorcycles:
* The entire motorcycle wants to rotate when you apply throttle.
* The limited RPM range. If I recall, they top out at far lower RPMs than my K1200. That means more shifting to stay within the optimum power band.
* The engine vibration, especially at stops. My K1200 is very smooth, but I don't like the engine buzz at 4500-5500 RPMs either.
* Those hot cylinder heads right in front of my feet. At least the hot pipes go under the motorcycle instead of next to your leg, like many Harleys.
* The lower position of the rear view mirrors on R1200RTs. I like to keep my head up, especially when riding in urban traffic. Older R1200RTs had accessory mirror mount holes in the handlebars, but I don't know if the new ones do.
Here are the things I like about R1200 motorcycles:
* The balance and handling. An R1200RT seems lighter than my K1200GT, even though they are very comparable motorcycles other than the engines. Those R1200s lean easily and turn on a dime. My K1200 handles very well, too, but honestly, the R1200s are lighter and easier to flick into turns.
* The immediate torque of a two-cylinder engine.
* The ability to buy an engine guard, and then attach extension footpegs, so I can stretch out my legs once in a while on long rides.
* R1200RTs have nice audio and other accessories along with a nice "ring" control to work them. My K1200GT has none of those.
* Overall ease of maintenance, especially valve checks. (Note: I believe that clutch is much harder, though.)