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My reference is a 2008 speed triple 1050.
This 1200 RS is a different bike altogether in many aspects:
-from analoge to digital: clocks, rider modes, quick shifter up and down, led lights, ride by wire throttle cruise control, auto blinker off etc.
-weight is down probably 20+kg vs my 2008, less top heavy
-engine much lighter internals, quick revving, power really down low is a bit more on off i guess due to lighter internals as well. Just from feel its comparable power upto say 6000 rpm, above that the 1200 is really building a lot more power....from 8000rpm the 1200 is really in a different league...with higher rev limit and ‘an engine more willing to rev high’.
The power felt almost intimidating to me...
-the ride is more compact, closer to street triple, flickable, brakes are awesome, suspension great, seat sits better than my 2008.

All in all a completely different animal but still with gentleman’s behaviour, predictable power build up and delivery, good looks if you ask me...

When I got back on the 1050 after testriding the 1200 the 1050 felt like a ‘plush comfy and heavy tourbike‘ to me...

Now I need to get trough the slow first 800km’s with low revs first
“The power almost felt intimidating to me”

Good, honest review.


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Just from feel its comparable power upto say 6000 rpm, above that the 1200 is really building a lot more power....from 8000rpm the 1200 is really in a different league...with higher rev limit and ‘an engine more willing to rev high’.
The power felt almost intimidating to me...

Now I need to get trough the slow first 800km’s with low revs first 😬
Anybody else notice a contradiction?
 

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Anybody else notice a contradiction?
Not what you're referring to, but we got some people saying it's more roomy than the Street Triple, and others saying it's more compact like the Street Triple. Side by side the Street seat looks flatter and longer to me, but the bars are closer.

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Not what you're referring to, but we got some people saying it's more roomy than the Street Triple, and others saying it's more compact like the Street Triple. Side by side the Street seat looks flatter and longer to me, but the bars are closer.

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The riding position on the 1200 is definitely more ‘upright’ than a 2008 speed triple. The bars of the 1200 are wider and a tad closer to the seat.
 

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The first 1000km on the new bike is done. Just had the first service so running with ‘normal oil’ now.
Got to know the bike a bit better, got used to the quickshifter, keyless operation, played with rider modes, all menus, tried ABS etc. got through the first (and last) patience testing low rpm km’s. I tried to follow OEM guidelines plus say 1k rpm.

I got both front and rear tire replaced under warranty as they were unround or had flatspots from being strapped down in the crate…this was resulting in a whobbly ride especially at lower speeds
Some more personal findings:
I find the electronics quite intrusive…i guess i just come from an analogue 2008 bike where all control was in your own hands and i have to get used to the rider ‘helps’
There is no underseat space to store a disklock, small can of chain oil or something…

My bike stand does not seem to fit anymore, seems like safety pins in the way to fit shaft in hollow axle. Anyone a clue how to lift the 1200?
 
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