Bike is 105948x more epic in person than I ever gave credit for. Ran home, did some interneting, asking around and am ready to decree the R1200RS to be a really, really, really swell motorbike. I like this thing so much better than the late model R1200RTs. Naturally my one issue is they seem to want just about ALL the money for it.
Still, Bubba needs to finangle a test ride on one of these. May need to firmly fix this mambajamma on my radar.
520 lbs wet.. so lighter than most of the luxo tourers. (More than 100lbs less than the FJR!)
120HP (20 shy of the FJR) x 90 lbsft (10 short of the FJR) Twin power delivery; broad torque band over top-end power. My schtick.
Smaller screen than most. Little more towards the sport end of the sport touring spectrum.
Adjustable screen. (Manually adjustable.. but tool-less, can be adjusted from the seat.) Most indicate it is effective and adequate for super-slab use.
Protection seems a nice compromise between minimal and excessive, something I liked about the FJR.
Still upright ergos. Felt immediately comfortable to my nearly 40 y/o feel.
Looks adequately inviting for a passenger.
Nice solid bags. 63L of storage in the factory bags. A few L more than the FJR.
Option to take a top case if desired. Available parcel shelf for lashing camping gear and/or a drybag for those of us not offended by that look.
Available with all the shizzle built in from the factory; no screwing with aftermarket cruise, grip heaters, GPS mounts, etc.
Top shelf brakes, suspension, components.
I hear the BMW "active" suspension may actually be worth the coin. Was not as convinced with the Japanese offerings (ie FJR1300ES, Tenere ES).
There was also an R1150RS once.
Although I really wish they'd made a "hex-head" era (mid 2000's) RS. That'd be my new target. That era RT is close but just too much tourery. And the -ST doesn't appeal.