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The_Veg
07-28-2007, 10:41 PM
I'm no longer thinking about buying an R1200GS because today I bought it. :D :D :D

Here are the first pix, taken as soon as I got home:

Damn, can't believe it's mine!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909462-M.jpg

What a sexy bike.
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909577-M.jpg

A view I'm diggin' more by the second.
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177908979-M-1.jpg

Nice shot ruined by focus-error. Stoopid camera...
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909054-M.jpg

I wanna sell posters of this one!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909129-M.jpg

Comin' to getcha!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909252-M-1.jpg

Peeking out to the garage, I see this and giggle with pure impish glee!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909349-M.jpg

burnszilla
07-28-2007, 11:14 PM
Congrats! Now get some Hepcoe Becker engine guards. Mine have paid for themselves twice!

PacWestGS
07-28-2007, 11:18 PM
:clap very nice Ben.

Enjoy!

dancogan
07-28-2007, 11:18 PM
Congrats on the new ride. It's beeeeeeuuuuuutifulllllll! :thumb

Motorwerk
07-29-2007, 12:04 AM
Very nice!

Now go get it dirty and keep it that way. :thumb

iRene
07-29-2007, 12:04 AM
Done deal- all but the FARKLES! It is the touring platform of choice. :clap

PAULBACH
07-29-2007, 12:07 AM
Looks like a real Duc hunter

REBECCAV
07-29-2007, 02:12 AM
Woohoo! Congrats Veg!!

RandyB
07-29-2007, 02:47 AM
:clap You just killed my desire for one of the new Concours when I get home. Beautiful bike. Good on ya.

wezul
07-29-2007, 03:02 AM
Hey, there ya go, Veg!
Enjoy that new ride.

cmartin
07-29-2007, 03:13 AM
Congrats on the new bike, You are going to love that bike

MANICMECHANIC
07-29-2007, 03:33 AM
Nice job, Ben! Just make sure the Batbike doesn't get jealous, when it's all healed.

RocketCowboy
07-29-2007, 03:57 AM
You were up at the shop today, and somehow I missed ya? I know I saw that bike sitting there in the morning when I got there, and I'm pretty sure it was gone when I left ... so how did I miss you?

Sweet bike, btw. :)

tessler
07-29-2007, 11:34 AM
Awesome Ben! I knew, when I looked down at my mobile yesterday and saw your name that El Chupacabra had made his debut! Thanks for your call :thumb !

Ride on in health and happiness, bro!

Rich
07-29-2007, 01:05 PM
What the heck do you want one of those things for?? :D

You're gonna love it!

easy
07-29-2007, 01:41 PM
Very Nice!!! Did North Dallas BMW do the honors? Who was the salesman?

Easy :german

braddog
07-29-2007, 01:42 PM
Congrats, Veg. That is one nice ride.:thumb

RINTY
07-29-2007, 02:12 PM
Congratulations, Veg.

Does your new lady get to ride it?

Rinty

HIWAYMIKE
07-29-2007, 03:22 PM
You are starting to pull me over to the dual sport dark side! As a former Baja dirtbiker I thought that was behind me when I startewd riding RT's. Not sure I can ever give up the RT, but I may have to add a GS some time in the future! Let us know your first impressions as they form.

Ride On!

dlowry
07-29-2007, 04:27 PM
It's too clean - get out there and get it dirty would ya!

The_Veg
07-29-2007, 05:17 PM
I got a little road-dust on it this morning, and some rain too. Not very many bugs out though, which is odd for summer around here. Maybe the bike scared them off (it does kinda resemble a giant mosquito when viewed head-on).

For riding impressions, here's what I just wrote over on Boxerworks:
As of now I've got 133 miles on it and so far it DOES do everything rather well. Did some two-up last night with my sweetheart, and she said it was SO much more comfortable than The BatBike. She likes that the seat is a bit roomier, but also that it's higher than the driver's seat so now she can see over my shoulders instead of just having to look to the sides. She can also read the instruments over my shoulders, which contain readouts for all sorts of things (I've got the optional on-board computer), which she found interesting. She also likes the overall seating-position much better- I think she said the leg-position was comfier or something like that.
This morning I went out solo for one of the more challenging bits of road around here, and I definitely prefer the way this bike handles the curves- it just feels more sure-footed and capable (I wonder though if the higher seating-position is helping by giving me a better vantage-point for reading the road?). With a quick eyeballing in the garage, the GS appears to have a slightly shorter wheelbase than The Bat (I'll have to look up the numbers later), and the front tire appears to be the same width but the diameter looks a little bigger. The rear looks about the same diameter as The Bat's but significantly wider. The GS is taller of course, and visually much larger, but a lot of the upper visual-bulk is empty space (particularly in the front), and the weight is only about 50 pounds more than The Bat. The seating position is much higher- flat-footing the bike, I'm just barely off the seat- but I do have it adjusted to the highest position. Even up in that position though, I still want to lower the pegs. Ergonomics are much-improved though: while my butt still hurts, my lumbar has made no complaints and that's the one item of the two I'd choose if I could only improve one of them. We'll see how I feel after several hours in the saddle though, as my 133 miles have been divided over three successively-longer rides.
This is a *VERY* different bike from what I'm used to, but I'm getting used to it very quickly. This morning I was remarkably smooth on the throttle and brakes. This brings to mind that ALL controls are more sensitive than what I'm used to, and the shifter is notable because it does NOT need to be pre-loaded. In fact, it doesn't like to be preloaded much beyond a light-touch as a heavier pre-load will speed-shift it halfway into the next gear (and very awkwardly) if you pull on it before clutching the way one would with an airhead. Funny though; I noticed as I came to a stop that shifting into first is still slightly clunkier than any other downshift. As outer-space as this bike seems, that little quirk reassures me that it is still a BMW.
I think that I'm really gonna like the way this case of GS-Lust matures. :D
___________

Accessorising still awaits, and I've got lots of choices there obviously. I'm still inclined to do a custom paint-job too. And before all that, I'm eager to explore every little feature and capability and spend some time reading the manual- which is much smaller than The BatBike's manual, but seems to contain about twice as many pages and several times more information.
RC, I arrived at the shop (North Dallas) around 1 or so, but didn't leave until about 3.45. They were busy as hell and my salesman (Chris) had a guy who arrived just before me from way out in Plainview to pick up a new Adventure. Then there was a LOT of waiting-on-hold when I called my financier to get an authorisation number. The afternoon seemed to take forever, but then I was out riding! The process itself was pretty smooth though, and I wish that buying cars felt so good.

Hi Charles! Good seeing you here! :wave

plexiform
07-29-2007, 06:06 PM
Buying a new bike really is a special moment. Its exciting just hearing about someone else's experience. Thanks for sharing it with the forum. Great looking GS.


.....Congrats and happy riding.




-Asad
88 R100rs
03 Guzzi LeMans

USERNAME
07-29-2007, 08:33 PM
nice bike dude! sweet photos too!

The_Veg
07-29-2007, 10:01 PM
Thanks Lee! BTW a buddy of mine down in Round Rock invited me down last night, and I would have given the GS it's first highway-trip but for prior commitments today...But who knows; you might have seen us tooling about the local area if I'd made the trip.

cmartin
07-29-2007, 11:23 PM
Even though the manual says not to do it, I found that the seat was more comfortable with the front bar in HI position and rear bar in Low position.

If you decide to get a aftermarket seat, I have a BMW low seat now that you can use after my Rick Mayer seat get here.

pgods
07-30-2007, 02:43 AM
The bike will only get better with each 1K miles you ride! I think you already know how long it actually takes to break in a boxer engine. Just keep riding and enjoying.
The saddle, BTW, was the first thing to go on my bike. I've continued to farkle with it a bit - well, a lot. Regardless, it's the best damn bike I've ever had!

ZARINELLI
07-30-2007, 03:06 AM
Welcome to the 'dark side' :wow

It's only going to get better :dance

bmwrtgirl
07-30-2007, 11:31 AM
Uh-oh, this might be contagious. Congrats Veg! I'm loving mine.

hotspice
07-30-2007, 07:02 PM
WOOT!!!!!

Enjoy the new Toy..

:dance

USERNAME
07-30-2007, 08:03 PM
Thanks Lee! BTW a buddy of mine down in Round Rock invited me down last night, and I would have given the GS it's first highway-trip but for prior commitments today...But who knows; you might have seen us tooling about the local area if I'd made the trip.

PM if youre coming down and have time to meet up, i think i owe you a beer.

:beer

Bob_M
07-30-2007, 08:17 PM
Yup, you done good. Goat sucker eh?

I know I speak for many who look forward to the rebuild/restoration story on the BatBike.

Congratulations

Bullfrog
07-30-2007, 09:29 PM
N-I-C-E!!!! It just gets better as the miles go by (or as VOni says - the sMiles)
I think you'll find the Hill Country so much more fun on the GS.:brad

Contgrats

Dave

The_Veg
07-31-2007, 12:37 AM
Lee- will do! I don't remember what you owe me a beer for, but I'll take your word for it!

Tracy- Mine looks a lot like yours, *for now.* Got lots of ideas though, quite possibly including a custom paint-job. And for the record, I'm lovin' mine too! :D :D :D

Charles- the hi-lo setup to which you refer is actually how the salesman left it after showing me how to adjust it and it doesn't appear to have hurt anything. I put them both hi later to get as much room between the seat and pegs as possible. Either way, I think I'm gonna order a peg-lowering kit soon. And I just may take you up on that offer at some point.

Dave, I think you'll be right about that. Can't wait to go down and ride some of those Hill Country roads again now that I've got the real serious hardware.

Bob, watch for BatBike updates in the airheads section on this site or at Boxerworks.com.

MRMAICO
08-02-2007, 08:54 PM
Congrats Veg.....looks great! It's about time.:D I like the black.

I assume you got abs? I think if I was buying an 07 I would go with abs this time. You might remember I searched out a non-abs model to avoid the extra complexity/maintenance costs of the whizzy brakes.

As far as peg lowering, I don't think I've ever seen a kit for the 12GS. I think you'd run into issues with the position of the brake pedal if you went too low. Your best bet is probably Fastway pegs which give you about 1 to 1 1/4 inches more legroom. I had them on my bike but have switched to Adv. pegs mainly just because I think they look better. Fastways just remind me of a bicycle pedal.:D If I hadn't gotten a super good deal on them though I would have been perfectly happy to stay with the Fastways.

For bags I am happy with my Varios but if I had the money I would probably get the new Adv bags. In my opinion they are the best looking bag on the market. If you're looking for lots of room though it sounds like Micatech is the way to go.

Enjoy the new toy......Barry

BUBBAZANETTI
08-02-2007, 09:13 PM
awesome man, what a nice looking bike

black is the best color for any motorcycle

tessler
08-02-2007, 09:26 PM
Congrats Veg.....looks great! It's about time.:D I like the black.

I assume you got abs?

Of course The Veg has Abs!

http://www.absforlife.com/images/Dallas_ABS_4.jpg

The_Veg
08-02-2007, 11:26 PM
Thanks Jon; I think you just singlehandedly scored me several more chicks. :thumb

Barry, yes I do have the anti-lock brakes but for 2007 they eliminated the servo-assist. This pleases me very much! I test-rode a whizzy-braked bike a couple of years ago and hated it.
For peg-lowering kits, I've found several options. I just ordered a set the will drop the pegs 1.4" which should be just about right. An added benefit is that having my foot lower should straighten my shin a bit, which will be great because I've found that the #2 intake-tube is perfectly placed for my right shin to constantly touch and it's kinda annoying.
Got plenty more accessories to look into- should be a blast to get the bike set up just right, and I can't wait to test it all on a nice long trip.

menemsha43
08-06-2007, 10:14 PM
Congrats on the new GS. Just crossed the 3,000 mile mark on mine yesterday. I know that's peanuts for some of you guys but for a Manhattan resident it is an accomplishment. Love this bike.

redclfco
08-07-2007, 07:02 PM
Veg, I know you are going to be more than happy with your GS...I am sooo in love with mine especially after tearing up the roads across country a couple of times...

My GS is like a muscle bound women who is incredibly attractive and can go and do anything your heart desires...

Keep up with the RTs (100 HP and 490 somthing LBS? You do the math!)

Blast through the dirt and up steep rubble without waivering like a scared child...That's our GS's!

Go across country and never, never let you down...




Red

perobins
08-08-2007, 02:54 PM
I'm no longer thinking about buying an R1200GS because today I bought it. :D :D :D

Here are the first pix, taken as soon as I got home:

Damn, can't believe it's mine!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909462-M.jpg

What a sexy bike.
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909577-M.jpg

A view I'm diggin' more by the second.
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177908979-M-1.jpg

Nice shot ruined by focus-error. Stoopid camera...
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909054-M.jpg

I wanna sell posters of this one!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909129-M.jpg

Comin' to getcha!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909252-M-1.jpg

Peeking out to the garage, I see this and giggle with pure impish glee!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909349-M.jpg

Very nice. My wife surprised me with my R1200GS in May. I already have 11,000 km on it! Had many bikes but reluctant to ride......this bike and I get along very well.....of course, my wife has one too! Have fun, ride safe and lots!

Phil

henzilla
08-08-2007, 03:34 PM
My GS is like a muscle bound women wo is incredibly attractive and can go and do anything your heart desires...
Red

Kinda how the name GiSelle came to be for my new ride...everyday it is becoming the fave in the stable...

jasontdi
10-21-2007, 05:11 AM
Dragging up an older one here, no necro-thread though!

Curious what kind of discounts you guys are seeing on these things from the dealers. I've been riding the /5 for some time and want to go up to bigger/better/faster/more reliable. They aren't offering much around here and I can't find a cost page anywhere.

TIA,

jason

paracommando
10-31-2007, 02:49 AM
Its all your fault, at least thats what I told my wife. You made me do it.
Picking mine up tomorrow at 4:00!
Trading in my 6 month old XChallenge
:bikes

rkasal
10-31-2007, 03:01 AM
I'm no longer thinking about buying an R1200GS because today I bought it. :D :D :D

Here are the first pix, taken as soon as I got home:

Damn, can't believe it's mine!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909462-M.jpg

What a sexy bike.
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909577-M.jpg

A view I'm diggin' more by the second.
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177908979-M-1.jpg

Nice shot ruined by focus-error. Stoopid camera...
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909054-M.jpg

I wanna sell posters of this one!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909129-M.jpg

Comin' to getcha!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909252-M-1.jpg

Peeking out to the garage, I see this and giggle with pure impish glee!
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/177909349-M.jpg


That is so nice. When will we see action photos? :clap

Regards,


Randy Kasal

The_Veg
10-31-2007, 03:49 PM
Here ya go Randy!

http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/211991013-M.jpg
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/212004490-M.jpg
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/212004874-M.jpg
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/212005064-M.jpg
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/212003198-M.jpg
http://vegomatic.smugmug.com/photos/211982665-M.jpg

All of these were taken the weekend of Oct. 19-21 at the Fourth Annual Decidedly Unorganised Boxerworks Forum Fall Colours Rally, held near the Talimena Scenic Drive in Oklahoma. The ones in which the bike is parked on dirt-roads were taken at the beginning and end of of a three-hour off-pavement adventure on the side of a Ouachita Moutnain-ridge that I do not EVER want to repeat as long as I live...big mudholes, jeep-trails petering out into almost nothing (and places where I had go off-trail through thick underbrush to get around fallen trees), rocky stream-bed-crossings, brutal rocky downhill sections, etc...In those three hours I traveled about fifteen miles and burned nearly half a tank of fuel, almost running out of both fuel and sunlight in bear-country. This bike is WAY too big and heavy (as am I) for serious off-pavement adventure, but somehow I managed not to drop it or do any harm to it or to myself.
After all that I rode it home in cold rain a couple of days later- no adventure in that except for trying to avoid all the sharp little bits of thermos that exploded all over the road when my friend's supply of coffee came out from under the bungee-net over the top of his tail-bag.
Since that weekend I've only ridden locally, but I'm jonesin' for a trip somewhere. Had to cancel a week-long ride that I was to depart for today, thanks to business needing me here to get some things done.

3200 Miles on the bike now and it just gets better! :thumb

ch2ous
04-13-2008, 01:24 PM
Hey Veg,
I know I'm a bit late but better that than never!
I made a mess on my first day out and left it to ripen the pipes.
You look like a big dude too...

The_Veg
04-13-2008, 08:21 PM
Hey Veg,
I know I'm a bit late but better that than never!
I made a mess on my first day out and left it to ripen the pipes.
You look like a big dude too...

Looks like you had a lot of fun with it!
Yeah, I'm a tall strapping kind of guy, which is exactly why I bought the GS. I have no off-pavement ambitions (although getting off pavement is fun sometimes); the main reason I bought the GS is the ergonomics. No other BMW has as much distance between the seat and pegs.