I was trying to get comfortable riding my Nu2me Beemer so last week I used it to commute to work
I'm still trying to get used to the German way of using the signal lights but it seems not as hard as it was before. The clutch is hydraulic and engages with the lever farther out than I am used to and the brakes are 4 times better than my Vstrom. The engine requires premium fuel due to the higher compression ratio and you can feel the power when you accelerate.
On my way home I went over a speed bump and it felt as if my tire squished out and nearly hit the rim, due to the low profile Michelin Pilot Road 2. On my Vstrom I would accelerate over speed bumps and the suspension would just absorb it, but now on my Beemer I have to be more careful and slow down a bit. I seem to feel every bump & ripple on the uneven roadway. I guess I prefer my Vstrom on these rough, badly maintained roads we have in Vancouver.
Both bikes are insured right now but for the first while I would always choose my Vstrom over my R. I guess I am more familiar with riding it, after all it has taken me many places since I purchased it in 2009.
I was just thinking the other day that I would trust my Vstrom to take me anywhere in North America on a moment's notice. I could leave today if I had the time and funds. It is ready to roll, then why I ask myself did I buy a pre-owned R without maintenance records. I have already spent a fortune getting this and that done, spline lube, diff oil change, transmission flush, engine oil and filter change, new tires and I still have a new battery on back order. I had to buy a new rack so I could buy a top box.
I decided to go to a different dealer on my way home to buy some spark plugs. I was not sure that I needed them but I think the ones I have are the originals and I didn't wish to undertake a long trip without replacing them. Who would have thought that they would be as expensive as they are. I even checked ebay, but I decided to just pay the premium for being a Canadian
I am replacing everything that I can think of so that I don't have to worry about it when I am in unfamiliar territory, far from home. I can handle an oil change if I had to do it myself. I also wanted to install new brake pads front and rear but upon inspection, they look like they are new
Yes, my plugs cost a fortune up here and remember that this price already includes a 10% discount. My R1200R uses two plugs per cylinder and are of the 2 electrode design
I tried to find them elsewhere for less, but no one carries these, except the BMW dealer. With these new plugs installed I don't feel any difference in operation. The bike appears to react the same but perhaps they will burn a bit cleaner and give me more mileage due to better burning but it makes me feel good that I have one less thing to worry about
Oh Oh, my "R" is a chick magnet but that's another story for another day . . .