Just over a year ago, I enrolled on our local Riding School. Forced me an alternative on commuting for my gas guzzling car and to avoid sitting into traffic for hours. Right after I got my cert and license, I purchased a G310R. It was a meh kind of thing when I got it. I have a few gripes and complaints with it and I really felt I outgrew the bike after 6 months of riding. Then I thought; I should buy an RnineT; at first, the riding position was a little awkward since I have to lean forward a bit too much on my liking. I'm only 5'5" with 29" inseam so I fixed that issue with a Riser so the ride position is much more like a standard bike. I loved it and ended using it more often than my G310R. But as a commuter; it has its downsides. You could still get stuck into traffic and could not filter where G310R could, the worst part is; engine heat creeps up on me. One time; the traffic was so bad, my engine Temp reached 150°C had to pull over to the side and let it cool down for an hour. Right then it hit me; maybe oil cooled engines isn't ideal for commuting especially on heavy traffic.
I am so desperate to be cool and want to look badass while avoiding traffic at the same time. So I bought an R1200R which was delivered just last week.
Right off the bat, it was the heaviest bike I owned to date. Dealer have no stock when I ordered it, got no chance to test fit or feel the weight of it. White Paper says 218kg on Standard Model, 232kg Fully Fueled and Road Ready. I ordered with all the bells and whistle on it. It really felt the weight was much much more than the advertised 232kg, seat height was 790mm with its stock seat like the G310R but wider. I could only tip toeing the bike on both feet at best. Right then I knew, with my current skills on heavy bikes, there will be no filtering on this.
Almost drop the bike when I tested it during slow maneuvers in our garage. I could really feel the weight of it just by standing still and with a bit of lean angle, this is no good on gridlocks.
Then I realized, the best urban commuter is still the G310R. Appreciated it more than before even with its clunky and shortly geared gearbox, no frills but lightweight and very maneuverable bike. I'm really happy I have one and glad it was my first bike. I could come home less stressful and with a smile left on my face even with a bad traffic.