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I think it's smart for folks like @Juice to realize when a bike isn't right for them. It's certainly possible to mod a bike more to your liking, as most of us R9T owners have done. But when the machine just isn't right for them, and it would take big money to attempt to make it right - if it can even be done - it's probably better to just move on to another motorcycle entirely. Better that than spending a lot of time and money trying to fix it, then maybe still being unhappy with the end result.

I second-guessed myself a few times after buying my R9T about 13 months ago. Even this spring and early summer I was still wondering if I bought the right bike. I think it's worth more than I owe on it, so if necessary I could get out it without losing my shirt. But after finally doing the suspension mods in July I'm very happy with this machine, and plan on keeping it long-term. It's still not perfect, but I can't think of a bike I'd rather have at this point.

One other thing I'd say to Juice: If you like the boxer twin engine but are unhappy with the R9T's handling compared to the V-twin sportbikes, you might try riding an R1200S (an older bike), or an R1200RS (or the newer 1250 version). Both will have more forward lean and closer to 50/50 weight distribution. The "S" has a much sportier riding position than most BMWs, except for the S1000RR and HP bikes.
Is there any way you can be a multi bike owner? I’ve never been happy with one bike and always had the want to try something else. Since a multi bike owner, I get variation and am much happier getting to experience all types of riding.
One observation I found for me personally is that it’s not about going fast around corners, it’s about getting the bike you’re on to go as fast around corners as you can get it to. That’s a thrill!
If you’re like me, you’ll never be satisfied with one bike. And that’s a good thing! I love bikes and want to own them all so you gotta keep em rotating in and out of the garage.

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Well said @moklodge

This thread is definitely a discussion.
Sometimes we just need to let the bike be what it is.
I’m not talking about performance and ergonomic modifications that doesn’t change the original operational intent of the design. Suspension upgrades, seat, risers and foot pegs are the practical mods that bring the most joy IMO. The rest is fluff. That being said it does not stop me from other farkelazations but I’m trying to keep it all in perspective. These are things I need for basic bike happiness.
The R9T is a fun bike and seems to have been built with a back to basics feel. Blending the nostalgia of the cafe styles of old with modern tech.
I personally like the R9T for what it isn’t. It is not my GSA . It is not my dirt bike. It is not a super bike. It is not a huge luxury touring bike.
The fun to me is at some point trying to adapt to the machine more than asking the machine to adapt to me and when it’s not the right fit , I have to accept it and move on.
With all that said, in no way did I wish to wound anyone’s feelings. The bike is what it is and I like it for that.
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