Originally Posted by Voyame
Thanks guys, good advice for sure and I am planning on a long test ride. The more aggressive position could be a welcome change as I'm never as comfortable as I'd like to be in the twisties on the FLH.
The best thing I saw in your post was what you didn't say. Nothing at all negative about the bike. Can't wait 'til Saturday morning.
Every bike has good and bad points. On the 2nd generation K1200RS and K1200GT (2002-2005), both from maintenance and riding perspective, I would say the main negative point is the Integral-ABS system. Is is an ABS system that integrates electrical boosted assist braking. The earlier K1200RS (1998-2001 for the USA) do NOT have the same ABS system as the 2002-2005.
When riding, in low speed situation, the braking force is not always easy to modulate - at higher speed (above 30 mph) it is not an issue. Also, when the ignition is OFF, like when pushing bike in garage or driveway, you must be very careful as you only have what BMW refer as "residual braking" power.
In case of defect (low brake fluid, defective brake switches, defective ABS sensors, weak battery...), you will also have only very weak "residual braking" power - obviously this will show on the dash as warning light(s).
On the maintenance side: the fluid should be replaced every year and the procedure is fairly complex. If you are good with a wrench, you can learn to do it yourself (as I do).
But, the K1200RS also has many strong points - too long to list ;-)