2013 bmw k1300s

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by doggrell3000, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. XRx

    XRx Broken Filter

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    More than bar stock? Okay people, look at the pics. BTW, I do mechanical design in aerospace. The passenger peg brackets are obviously cast, in the smart triangulated geometry. There is also a straightish segment on each side supporting the tail section. To call the obviously at least partially cast subframe bar stock is just plain dishonest unless just blind ignorant nonsense. I think part of it may be square tubing, which, what's wrong with welded tubing?
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  2. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    That and the beak with the overbite. And the sculpted bodywork in the front 3/4 view.
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  3. Unleaded

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    Except that the piece in question is bar stock. At least it was on both the K1200S and K1300S I've owned. :lol3
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  4. Cos

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    "Real world" wise, how do these handle in the twistier bits? An 06 K1200S popped up locally for a good price and i'm contemplating it.
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  5. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    In my humblest of opinions, the k12 series is not worth the quirks compared to a properly suspended gen1 hayabusa (or blackbird) which sell usually for half the price. The K13 is a different story.
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  6. Unleaded

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    The long wheelbase, relaxed steering rake and a steering damper all combine to ensure they aren't as quick to turn in as a true sport bike (or even, say, a Triumph Sprint, for instance). Below 10 mph, you'll swear you have a flat front tire. But it isn't as slow to turn in practice as I'm making it sound in print. I did several long trips through the Rocky Mountains on each of mine, and they can rip through even the really twisty stuff. The weight is only noticed through really tight, technical turns. It lives in the sweepers....I have never ridden a bike as stable at speed or through more realistically-sweeping twisties. '06 has servo brakes, and the K12 has some complaints about the cam chain jumping (there's a $35 guard available), and steering head bearings that often don't make it past 30,000 miles. Gearbox is clunky on both - even slightly moreso on the 1200. None of those scare me, and I never had a single maintenance concern with either of mine. It eats rear tires. It's a truly wonderful bike. There are actually a few things I liked better about the 1200...the styling is one. And the 1200 is just a bit more rough - a less-refined machine. Not in a bad way- it actually seemed even faster than the 13.
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  7. Unleaded

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    While both the XX and the Busa are fine bikes ( I've ridden both but never owned either), I found the K1200S to be one of the finest bikes I've ever ridden, with the K13 incrementally improved in subtle ways). And low-mileage K12's can be had in the mid $6k US range now. Heckuva bargain, IMO.
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  8. scrannel

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    I'm one who also feels the K1300R is a piece of rolling sculpture. Less conventional, of course, but IMHO, very beautiful. Can't get them in the USA, of course. But from my K1200R can tell you with the more conventional seating position and "peppier" rear end ration, the K1200R (and I assume the K1300R) are more around town friendly without giving up much for those long hauls.

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  9. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Yep. Lots of very good looking sport touring bikes -- problem is that most of them aren't made anymore. Like the older VFRs, Duc STs and the CBRXX. My personal favorite is the Aprilia Futura -- gorgeous machine.

    Sport touring bikes tend to be the best looking bikes of all, IMHO.

    This BMW is indeed a nice looking machine though! The "fork" lowers seem visually too thin to me though -- I feel like they need some added visual mass to look better. I'm guessing this bike is a paralever front end?
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  10. scrannel

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    Duolever. Paralever is the rear.
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  11. Unleaded

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    +1

    Did you see the one on Cycletrader recently with less than 3k miles? It was that red/orange color....wow. Beautiful.

    I was sorely tempted, but worried about parts availability, so I passed. Wish they'd make an ST bike around their V4 mill.
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  12. advNZer?

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    does the 13 s have the quick shifter?Took a few bikes for a ride a few weekends ago.K1300R,1200gsa and r1200r.The dealer expalianed about the quick shifter,i said thanks i wont try it,but i did...addictive and fun,dnagerous for license,think an F1 sountdrack
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  13. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    :rofl
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