Purchase decision: S1000RR or R1?
I'm looking to purchase this weekend and I'm having a hell of a time trying to pick between a 2016 R1 and a 2015 S1000RR. The biggest draws to the bimmer for me are the heated grips, cruise control and raw power. The big draws for the R1 are the electronics package, repair and dealer support network and known reliability.
So, I haven't gotten to ride either motorcycle for more than a few miles at demo days over the past couple years. I daily commute all year and hit mountains as often as I can. I'm coming from a Yamaha FJ-09 that I put 24k miles on over the past two years. I've been riding for decades and this will be my first step up into the 1000cc class. (Yamaha U7E in the 90's to Ninja 250, KLR650, Street Triple R, now FJ-09)
So given that I daily commute, I really don't care if it's uncomfortable or hot because it's 45 minutes, twice a day in Atlanta traffic. I'm already suffering, a little more isn't going to hurt. I like the superbike ergos better than sitting upright anyhow. So I'm not even considering my commute in the decision.
Which one would feel better in the mountains? Which one feels better leaned over in long sweepers? Tight switchbacks and changes of direction? I'm suspecting the R1 would be the better canyon carver and the S1000RR would be the better ride for the 90 miles to get to the mountains. This is where the joy is for me and the one that's easier to ride in the mountains is the one I want.
What are your thoughts?