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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Sold the Versys and Bought Something Else

I've had four bikes in the garage since October when I bought another bike and put the Versys up for sale.

The Versys finally sold yesterday.

The "new" bike is a 2009 BMW R1200R.

I rode a few bikes (and considered many more on paper) before deciding on the R1200R:
  • C14
  • MTS1200
  • R1200RT
  • R1200R
  • Tiger 1050

All of those bikes had aspects that I loved. Especially the MTS1200. But one reason I wanted to change bikes was to get a smoother engine that the parallel twin on the V. And the MTS1200 has an 11 degree twin. It feels quite a bit smoother than the V, but I wasn't sure how it would feel after 12 hours in the saddle. But man I loved that bike.

I was also surprised with the handling of all of those bikes (well, except for the C14, which the Kawi dealer would only let me ride in a very small controlled loop ... which might have resulted in a lot sale ... who knows what I would have thought of that bike on a richer test ride). For me, they all handled quite a bit better than my V. Of course, they're all quite a bit more expensive (from 1.5x to 3x). So that's not too surprising. I still think the V is awesome for what it is. So versatile. I still miss a lot of that. I had the bike setup great, but couldn't do anything about the vibs. But that said, I probably just needed to try another bike to expand my horizons. Anyway, it was interesting. Some things that people complain about on the V I liked (like the suspension), and other things that people said were awesome about it (like the handling), I found to not be quite as true. Anyway, that might just be me. I'm not the most skilled rider, and certainly not the most experienced.

Anyway, the R1200R wasn't on my list until someone suggested I try one. I was blown away. It felt so powerful, raw and yet smooth. Crazy. I guess some people call that character. Whatever, I loved it.

I almost always buy new vehicles, but my sales rep said that I should be able to pick up a used R at a good price. And he was right: I got a fair price for a very well kept R.

The biggest issue with the R for me is the riding position. I like the upright position of the V and the R is a bit forward. So I added 3.5" Rox risers to the R and it gets me where I need to be. Adding a screen helped with airflow. And a seat made it all day comfortable. Some people said I should have just gotten an RT. And that was my initial intention. The RT has outstanding wind protection. But that asset is a liability in the Texas summers. So I opted for something that had more airflow around the body.

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Now that I am down to 3 bikes in the garage (R1200R, Norton P11A, wife's Suzuki M50), and now knowing I can fit 4, it makes my eye wander yet again.

Special bike: 1968 Norton P11A
Previous bike: 2009 Versys in lovely blue
Bike for smiles: 2009 R1200R
Bike for miles: 2009 R1200GS
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Thats a nice bike! And I like your comparison to the V as your main bike. The Norton I assume is not your every day commuter.

It is a little bigger than the V. Its a 2009 is it also in the $5K to $7K range used? Sorry I didn't understand how much more you were talking about?





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No, the Norton doesn't get out all that much.

The R1200R is more in the $10k range for a 2009.

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Thats not bad at all! Good luck with your new bike!





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Ooh, nice ride. I'd love to get a test ride on an R1200R. I'm finding myself inexplicably drawn to that machine. But if a new bike were in the cards, the Spring GT would probably get the nod for passenger considerations.

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There's a saying among R1200R owners: don't ride it if you don't want to buy it.

But I find a lot of bikes like that. There are so many great bikes out there and the Sprint GT is among them (though I've not ridden that one myself).

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Thats not bad at all! Good luck with your new bike!
Thanks much! I loved the V, I love the R, I'm sure I'll love something else some day. Serial monogamy.

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The new bike looks great.Glad you sold your V. I was just telling a guy about it yesterday he was in the market for one.

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Congrats on your new ride mate. I'm a little sad you sold your Versys as I had my eye on it if it would have been available in March when I come up to Tejas.

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There are so many great bikes out there and the Sprint GT is among them (though I've not ridden that one myself).
I haven't ridden the GT but I did ride a Sprint ST. That 1050 triple is a fantastic motor...tons of torque and power, very smooth, and does it make a beautiful noise! Really looking forward to the Trophy 1200 that the rumor mill has coming out for 2013.


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Congrats on your new ride mate. I'm a little sad you sold your Versys as I had my eye on it if it would have been available in March when I come up to Tejas.
Oh, unfortunate. But there are more good ones out there. And mine was a good one for sure.

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The new bike looks great.Glad you sold your V.
Yeah, now the garage looks roomy. Maybe too roomy ...

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Maybe something like this......The last ride doesn't take up much room.

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Maybe something like this......The last ride doesn't take up much room.
Ah, yes. I see what you mean. Mine, mine, mine!

But I couldn't decide if it was a microphone she was holding or some sort of really impressive sex toy.

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