Advantages Real BMW, docile, light feel, enough power, pulls well all gears, economical, good handling
Disadvantages Needed higher saddle, and variable height options on bars.
Riding 45 years, Police, courier, instructional and pleasure (BMs since a T reg R100RS 1978) now having two new knees and having sold an R1100RS, and an R1200, I felt I needed a lighter feel for my native Yorkshire dales and Scottish island trips, yet have a biggish bike around me. ( I'm 6' 1") I also felt a more docile performance without big engine grunt and go more suited me for current and prospective use. The R850R does it all. Very well! The 6 speed box is well spaced, 1 and 2 are bit low for me on tarmac but very controllable on loose with only throttle trickle style like on trials ...