I have owned nearly every model of two wheeled Beemer made ... except the R1200R. In the flat twin category I have owned an R1100S, R1200S, R1150GS, R1200GS & R1200GSA. I would say that the state of tune of the R1200S is most closely matched to the R1200R. The Flat twin has a lot of character and tons of torque. It runs out of steam quicker than the V so flogging it is a waste of time. You just ride the torque curve to squirt out of corners and muscle your way down the straights. I really like my V but we are not in love. On the other hand, I have learned to really value a bike that tugs at my heart strings and the R platform BMW's "speak" to me. I really like the flat twin - others HATE it. For me the choice is easy and I will be making the switch back at some point soon. It is probably worth noting that the R1200R is 2-3 times more expensive than the Versys but the Versys (IMHO) is 90% as much fun to ride, has 80% as much character, and 70% as much "pride of ownership" as the Beemer. For some the math doesn't work. You'll have to ride the BMW and make the decision for yourself.Have any of you ever ridden a bmw r1200 r would it be a bike you would trade in your v for.
What mods have you done to get the extra HP?Ι had several bikes(1000cc+) in the past, so versys is not the only bike i have experience
I can tell you one thing
I you want a faster bike, get a street bike of more than 100hp(and more and more etc)
ON-off's ~1000-1200 DOESNT worth it
Is only a very little faster than a slight modified Versys(the known modifications), they are HEAVY, too big, less fun to ride, and of course they cost more to EVERYTHING
I can tell you that with my modified Versys(i thing that i have something between 65-70hp), i managed to win in straight, r1200gs, varadero 1000, super tenere 1200(that was too easy)
And off course in curve's is the driver that counts, the power of V is enough
Only the top speed is more, but dont think too much, only by 10-15km/h
In other way
Versys is too fast for a ''on-off'' 650, r1200gs is too slow for a 1200cc bike
If you want something faster than versys, get a multistrada 1200 or a tiger 1050
Perhaps you're thinking RT, which is in that price range. The R is a naked bike (R for Roadster).Im not sure but I thought the R1200R was well over 17000? Im not looking it up but I did see a bunch listed on cycletrader.com and I was seeing prices between 17 and 20?