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    Deeper Into The BMW World

    Hello,

    I bought a 2008 R1200R last June and have put about 7,000 miles on it in the last 14 months. I live in Northern Alberta where we have six months winter, 3 months of spring/fall and 3 months of good riding weather. I ordered the bike in the dead of winter, without a test ride, and have been absolutely thrilled with it since. I came off a '99 Hayabusa as my daily ride and while I loved the "pick a gear, any gear" riding, it's no tourer and I found I was going for rides, but really going nowhere. The 12R has allowed me to play in the city and then strap on the cases and windshield and head for the twisties (I'm a good 200 miles from a good bike road). It's really expanded my riding horizons. And I have to say that I love that motor!

    I've been on the R1200R board since I bought the bike and have found the forum very useful. I also have a 1974 CB750 and a 1979 CBX, both fully restored; the Bride has a CBR125R. The Bride drives a Z4 in the summer and an X3 in the winter; me, I'm still driving the '97 Suburban. There IS a price to pay for marital harmony!

    I've joined tonight because I've got the 12R in for its 6K check and I don't really trust the one and only BMW Motorrad dealer in town. They started out as Argo dealers (6 wheel hunting wagons) and have wound up selling Suzukis, Yamahas, Ducatis and BMWs. I don't know how they managed that, but I worry that my BMW mechanic will show up for work in camos. I have a wonderful mechanic that works on my Hondas and he has a soft spot for BMWs, but I have a leaky rear seal and he can't do warranty work. So here I am and I suspect that I will be better off for it!

    In any event, I look forward to getting into this site. I'm an accountant, not a mechanic, so I need all the help I can get. I want the dealer to adjust the rocker arm end play on the 12R and I suspect that they will need all the help that they can get as well, so I'm off to the Hexhead thread straight away.

    Cheers.

    Doug

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    Welcome Aboard Doug - great write up and excellent bike.

    Please post a picture of it, also if you can snag a picture of the restored CBX it would be awesome.

    Regarding your maintanance, the Hexhead Forum, in The Garage section has a very detailed collection of almost every single maintanance action needed to do on the hex head bike.

    Most are based on the RT, but once the plastic is off they are all essentially the same. There are some based specifically on the engine design (Throttle Body Synch for example) that is trully model independent

    Here is the link Hexhead DIY/Technical Fourm

    Even if you do not want to do them, they will take the mystery out of what is involved.

    Welcome aboard and check in often.

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    Welcome Aboard Snag12r

    Just about any technical question you might have about your rides
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    where to take them touring is available here either via the search button
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    by just starting a new thread.

    As Semper_Fi said, come back often and post a few pictures.

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    Excellent first post.

    Sounds like you love to ride and you have a great Beemer on which to do it.

    Welcome to the family.

    Good luck in getting the rear seal fixed.
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    welcome here, and yeah, great first post.

    the 1200R is a great bike for just the reasons you state.

    one other reason is that it is also a stealth GS. depending on your attitudes toward dirty bikes, as long as you're rather gentle in your offroading (say... staying on graded forest service roads) you've got a great multi-surface tourer in disguise.

    try *that* on your hayabusa!

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    Welcome.

    I'm a good 200 miles from a good bike road...
    That's the irony of living in most parts of Alberta; we're in one of the most beautiful environments in the world, but there's no twisties nearby. I have to go all the way south to St. Mary in Montana to get to them.

    I've been checking the Glacier Park web cams daily to see if the leaves have turned, and take a mid week sneak photo session.
    Last edited by rinty; 09-27-2009 at 03:05 PM.
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    Thanks for the welcome. As I said in the last post, I really look forward to getting into the site this fall/winter. Fall arrived today with gusto so hopefully I'll have some time to explore the site in the days ahead.

    I dropped off the 12R at the dealer yesterday. After the service manager confirmed that, indeed I did have a leaky seal, he stated that parts could be three weeks out, so I should have some spare time on my hands to bone up on what he should do once the parts arrive. The rocker arm end play thread (the reason I joined) was worth the annual membership in and of itself!

    As for pictures, I don't seem to take very many, so you'll have to put up with two from the R1200R forum and a neat one from the Kootenay Lake ferry two weeks ago:







    rinty, the Kootenay Lake ferry picture was taken just after three laps of Highway 31A from New Denver to Kaslo. If you have not done that road, you should. We did the Going To The Sun road on that trip also. It was a real treat, especially since it was closed a week later for snow; we had 90F and not a lot of traffic. Timing is everything!

    Doug

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    That CBX looks great - nice job!
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    ...31A...snag12R
    Ah the Glory Road; my favourite.

    I ride the Kootenays every year; this is just west of Monashee Pass:



    This year I also did a driving trip out there with my wife. Summit Lake at the top of 31A:



    Is that your B in the picture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post

    Is that your B in the picture?
    +1 on that question. We could start a new thread, something like "ever own a car that was draftier and less weather tight that a motorcycle?"
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    Rinty,

    Ya gotta love BC roads if you live east of the Rockies; I wish I could convince the Bride to move.

    The B was bought new in Holland by my dearly departed uncle. I've had it about 5 years and 35634, although I've done a ton of work on it, I have not yet conquered it's lack of weathertightness. That's supposed to be part of the charm ... So I'm told.

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    My wife had a '73 B and it was pretty weather tight. At one point it had a slow leak in the windshield base but it fixed itself. She drove it year round.
    Rinty

    "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

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    Sorry, the quota for Albertans in BC is full! LOL
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    Sayeth the transplanted Albertan!

    Rinty, mine leaks there too, it's not fixing itself.

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    When I read your sentence about Alberta weather, it brought to mind an Air Force acquaintance stationed in far northern Maine. He used to say, "We have 4 seasons just like you guys... June, July, August, and Winter." Nice looking R12!

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