The Demise of the K-Sport Tourer..
It's official. The BMW site now lists the F800ST and the R1200ST as the only Sport Tourers.
The K1200S is listed as a Sport and the new K1200GT as a Tourer along with the R1200RT and the K1200LT.
This loss is particularly disheartening for those who have enjoyed the K1200RS.
I've taken my RS on two week 8,000 mile trips that include super slab, tight twisties, and everything in between. Rock steady on the super slab and a dancer on the twisties when down on the tank.
It's the getting down on the tank with the incredible increase in agility part that will be missed in a bike that was otherwise a gentleman's tourer.
Not that the K1200S isn't a bad option, but being able to pop the screen up in a downpour or cool autumn evening was a nice feature.
I've ridden in ice storms on the RS with the high windscreen and electrics. Face shield frozen shut, radiators frozen over, and the wind screen frozen in the high position.
For fast ridding, I've worn two piece racing leathers. The wind got around the screen and fairing enough to send a breeze up the unzipped sleaves and also into the partially unzipped jacket. Ridding in the lower 90s was no problem and if it got hotter than that, closing the leathers off and putting the short screen up was enough to protect from the desert furnace between water stops.
The bike had a style that attracted women and young kids. Once, at an EasyRiders rodeo, a harley rider said it was the best looking bike he'd ever seen. That was saying a lot as there were some Indian Larry bikes on display. On one trip, an older women walked all the way across the parking lot to tell me how she liked the bike and ask how fast it went.
My wife has never liked bikes that you couldn't see through. Yet, after a fall trip on a rented HD Road King, she said the RS was much more comfortable to sit on and much smoother.
Well, my second RS, an 02, has just over 40,000 on it and 2 years left on the extended warranty. Right now it's a keeper. Not sure where I'll end up after the RS. It's a tough act to follow.