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I'm Hexed

#1 Unread post by RockBottom » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:18 pm

I just traded my first bike--a 2008 BMW F800ST that I put 34K miles on--for a 2010 BMW R1200R. I am absolutely in love! This is my favorite possession ever. I knew I'd get more power and comfort, but have been blown away by the handling. It is much better in the twisties than my old one (which was pretty darned good). Took me six days to put the first 1,000 miles on it. The only flaw is a horrible seat. Tried sheepskin and beads but that didn't fix it. Got an Airhawk today and will try that over the weekend.

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#2 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:15 pm

Gotta love da beema!

Nice bike :thumbsup:
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#3 Unread post by JC Viper » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:50 pm

Nice, how's the windscreen working out for ya? If you let the F800 go for a good price I would've taken it off your hands for you. :lol:
Was the seat really that bad? It looks pretty comfy in the pics.

Not to mention you're just as bad as me when it comes to adding miles to a bike. The question is where do we go to put on that many miles? :shock:
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#4 Unread post by RockBottom » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:58 pm

I've been OK with the little windscreen since it's been blazingly hot in the week I've owned it, but I ordered a Ztechnik at the same time I bought the bike that should be in next week.

The seat is really awful. I could easily do 7-9 hour days on the F800ST. Last month, I rode from Carlisle PA to Burlington VT. Gave a talk the next morning and immediately rode back. On this thing, after two hours I have to get off every 20 minutes.


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#5 Unread post by MZ33 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:54 pm

Congrats, and :happybikeday:

I think that the common complaint for every bike is about the stock seat, but I've heard more complaints about Beemer seats than any other.
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#6 Unread post by Gunslinger » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:41 pm

:motorcycle: Congrats on the new bike. Looks sharp!

So you put 34K miles on a 2 year old bike, man you are a serious rider. Would take me several years to log that kind of miles. My hat's off to you sir :cowboy: Hopefully you will be able to find a seat that is comfortable for you.

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#7 Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:11 pm

I already knew you got the bike before you posted here cuz I saw the pic u posted on the R1150R/R1200R forum. :mrgreen:

Congratz on the new Hexhead! :kicking:
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#8 Unread post by RockBottom » Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:41 pm

Don't chill my buzz!
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#9 Unread post by JC Viper » Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:58 am

Ahh, forum stalking at its finest. :laughing:


*note to self: use different user names for different forums...
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#10 Unread post by RockBottom » Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:01 am

Well, I do use the name Mottob Kcor when posting in Southern Hemisphere fora.
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#11 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:20 am

Congrats! For such a great machine, the Hexhead R is such a criminally underrated bike.

I'm surprised at what you said about the handling, though. I assumed it wouldn't be as nimble as your ST, but good to know that it does the twisties well.
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#12 Unread post by JC Viper » Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:38 am

so how's the gas mileage like? I know BMW always tries to make bikes that get 45+ MPG... for their advertising at least.

I'm gonna take a guess and say that the Duolever fork is responsible for the nimble handling huh.
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#13 Unread post by RockBottom » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:50 pm

I'm getting mid 40s. I got mid 50s on my F800ST, but I can live with that.

I think it's a combination of the suspension and the nice balance that comes from the boxer configuration. It might be the tires too. I had Michelin Pilot Road 2s on my F800, but this one has Metzelers.

Yesterday I did some parking lot practice to prepare to retake the ERC. I did find it much harder to do cone weaves on the R than the F. I suspect that's because the instruments, windscreen, and headlight are attached to the fork and thus turn, while they did not on the F.
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#14 Unread post by Flesher » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:11 pm

Very nice bike, grats!!

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#15 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:41 pm

RockBottom wrote:Yesterday I did some parking lot practice to prepare to retake the ERC. I did find it much harder to do cone weaves on the R than the F. I suspect that's because the instruments, windscreen, and headlight are attached to the fork and thus turn, while they did not on the F.
Interesting. I found it slow speed maneuvers easier on my R than on my F (although this is comparing an R1150R to an F650 single), possibly because - as you said - the boxer configuration made for better balance. I found U-turns harder though; longer wheelbase/narrower steering lock + my own lack of confidence.
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#16 Unread post by JC Viper » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:37 am

Ahh cool, thanks for that mileage info. I always planned on getting one of the BMW Adventure bikes as an addition to whatever bike I may have at the time.
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#17 Unread post by dr_bar » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:33 am

HYPERR wrote:I already knew you got the bike before you posted here cuz I saw the pic u posted on the R1150R/R1200R forum. :mrgreen:

Congratz on the new Hexhead! :kicking:
I know what you mean, I've only got 55000+ kilometers on my 2.5 year old Venture.

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