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My S1000XR was in getting some new plastic installed yesterday so my loaner was the 1250R. My overall impression was..

The TFT dash was really cool. I thought the new 1250 motor had plenty of power, lots of torque down low. Seat was comfy though I didnt take it very far. I liked the handlebars, they were narrower than the bars on my S1000XR and defiantly more comfortable. I thought the ride was superb, soaking up bumpy roads with ease.

Over all, I didnt like it. The dash is mounted so low, you had to completely loose sight of the road to see how fast you were going, change ride mode, check fuel or anything related to the dash. I dont think I could do the ergos for very long. The headlight design.. which is obviously borrowed from KTM is the ugliest fricken thing I've ever laid eyes on, only a mother could love it. The motor while powerful still had a tractor feel to it. It also didnt have a windshield (I know, thats why they make an RS..) At the end of my ride, I couldnt wait to park it and get back on my XR.
 

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Different strokes I guess. I owned an R1200R, and really liked it. As naked bikes go, it I thought it offered the best balance of handling, comfort, features and performance.
 

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When I test rode the XR last year I didn't like the engine at all. I guess that's why BMW has both bikes in there lineup. (I think both bikes are butt ugly. The 1600GT looks the best)
EDIT: For some reason thought you were testing a GS. The R is better looking than the GS.:)


 

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I liked the handlebars, they were narrower than the bars on my S1000XR and defiantly more comfortable.
The bars should be a direct fit. You will need risers to get them back to the same position. I put the bars from the 1200r on my XR and love the fact that they are 2" narrower. BMW did put narrower bars on the revised XR for 2020.
 

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The bars should be a direct fit. You will need risers to get them back to the same position. I put the bars from the 1200r on my XR and love the fact that they are 2" narrower. BMW did put narrower bars on the revised XR for 2020.
I think I read your post about that on the other forum. Looks like the cost is about the same as the Heli-Bars though. I dont know exactly what I'm going to do about it yet, I got all winter to think about it though. Both bikes are currently on life support systems as its been cold, snowy and generally nasty outside.
 

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Another note on the 1200/1250R. Some might find the seat to peg distance a bit cramped. I lowered the pegs on my 1200R, but ground clearance then became a concern. I did also try a couple of windscreens, and I never really found a level of wind protection that was acceptable to me.

I then bought a used RS, and that solved the wind management problem, but it just wasn't very comfortable after a 2-3 hours. It did have risers, though not the handlebar conversion, which I assume would be an improvement.

That's when I test rode the XR and GS. Loved the thrill of winding the XR out, but it did the I4 high frequency buzz to an unacceptable level for me. Finally the GS (though not as nice looking as my R or RS), offered the best mix of capabilities. Very comfortable, versatile, handling in my opinion is the best out of the bunch, better than my R/RS and the XR I rode. The telelever front end is what separates it from that pack. The wide bars, tele front end make it quite a weapon in the canyons.

Though not the sexiest bike, it is a bike that I have really bonded with because I marvel at how well it does so many things. Just a stonkingly great bike. AS GS's go, I think mine is pretty sharp looking.
 

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Before the K, I had a 2017 R1200 RS for two years. Great touring bike, did almost 50k km all around Europe in those two years.
Good seating position and comfort for long tours, but being tall (6'4") I put on a high seat, handlebar risers and footpeg lowering adapters.

In those two years I also tested the XR, which was way to high revving and buzzy for me, and also the R and the RT. The R and RT were nice, but as a total package they were no match for my RS. Also the new 1250 version was nice, and a bit better and smoother than the 1200 boxer, but not a big enough improvement to tempt me into an "upgrade". And compared to the K, the RT still feels small and cramped to me. And finally, the GS was never an option for me. I don't like the looks of it and the fact that more than half of the BMW you see on the road are GS'es...
 

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I just don't understand the "boxer thing". Reminds me of driving an old Farmall tractor.
It's a stupid engine. Having a cylinder sticking out of both sides of the bike just doesn't make sense in these water cooled days. In the past I hated the carbs next to your feet. Now however with the intake on top it's a lot better.
I don't know what it is about the boxer engine but it just works. The whole bike handles so nice. It gives the bike character. You just need to own one to get it.
 
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I just don't understand the "boxer thing". Reminds me of driving an old Farmall tractor.
I've never heard anyone draw any comparison to the modern boxers with a tractor engine. Regardless of whether a boxer twin is to your liking, it has received quite a bit of praise over th last two generations for being a refined and impressive engine.
 
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