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.