BMW K1300S owners-speak up!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by David Shapiro, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    I live in San Francisco and see no reason why it would be any different than any other bike. What reservations do you have, about using one as a commute bike?
  2. bgspltr

    bgspltr n00b

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    I commute daily, although a much shorter distance than you are asking about. Lane splitting is easily accomplished.

    I ride on the San Francisco streets and area highways several times a year, and the bike does fine.

    This past Saturday I was on a in-state SaddleSore Ironbutt ride that included a long portion o 101 from Paso Robles north to Eureka, through San Francisco via 19th street and the Golden Gate Bridge. I had the side cases on and while a bit stressful lane splitting saved me quite a bit of time.
  3. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    Man, I wish lane-splitting was legal here in Colorado... it would make Denver traffic so much more bearable.
  4. eric2

    eric2 ®egister this:

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    i favor the GS for my 6 mile commute, but then again I don't have a chance for any warp speed bursts or lane splitting along the way. The GS does everything my k12s can do better, except speeds above a buck thirty.
  5. Rick Lee

    Rick Lee Long timer

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    If my job weren't in sever jeopardy, I'd be on a K13S now. I was working on a trade deal that fell through a few days ago. I am definitely getting one as soon as the right job and/or deal come along.
  6. gimpy9195

    gimpy9195 Been here awhile

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    It's been about 4 months and 9,000 miles. I love the bike still. Recently rode two up to NC from SC for a family visit. The wife was very comfortable. She only adjusted her butt about three time on the stock pan. I have a sargent w/ pod I found on superbikes forum. I like that pan a lot better for my comfort. Something about the stock pan makes me have to pee all the time. Other than the pan the bike had tons of power even with the wife on the back and loaded bags. High speeds on the interstate felt better with her back there. Ate my M5's up on the way up to NC cause they had lower PSI for my daily commute. Put 38/42 in them for the trip back and the tire did a lot better.

    Speaking on the M5's.... love them so much better than the M3's that came with the bike. I love the M5's... less slip.. more grip.

    Had some fun with traction control yesterday tho... it was light showers and the road was wet. Took off and traction control kicked in. Also in the turns... go me scared so I started to behave. Hit slippery railroad tracks as well. These M5's might not be as great as the M3's in that aspect.

    How's everybody else doing with thier K's? Who's got some serious milage with no mechanical issues? or what were some issues?

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  7. apessino

    apessino Long timer

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    Close to 40K miles on my '09, still my main mode of transport/daily ride. Never had any issues at all - rock solid, still the greatest all around motorcycle I can imagine. The combination of practicality, excitement, refinement and fun cannot be beat. My most loved bike of all time... :D
  8. bgspltr

    bgspltr n00b

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    I've now got 29,500 on mine (over 5,000 since the end of April). What an awesome machine!

    The only issue I've had is a failed starter/kill switch, replaced by dealer under warranty.

    My bike is stock except for a Rick Meyer custom seat. He does great seats, and I've done several Ironbutt rides on this one and it's amazing.

    I've got 4,000 miles on a set of Michelin Pilot Power 3's, and really, really like them. Best motorcycle tire I've ever experienced. Since this is the first set I'm not quite sure how to predict how many more miles they'll go, but based on current tread depth another 1,000 to 2,000 seems reasonable.
  9. gimpy9195

    gimpy9195 Been here awhile

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    another day... another ride. Backed it out of the garage while I was getting the rest of my gear on.

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  10. KingRat

    KingRat Stroppy.

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    Can't really add much to Appesino's review - just confirm it. IMHO this is the best all-round road bike out there, bar none.

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  11. Cos

    Cos Re-Greekified

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    When did you get that???
  12. gimpy9195

    gimpy9195 Been here awhile

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    King rat.. What's your height and how do you like that wind screen?
  13. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    That is an awesome shot! Well done :clap
  14. KingRat

    KingRat Stroppy.

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    March. I'm loving it Cos.


    6'02" but I've got a long back and stumpy legs.

    The MRA screen is nice but I probably wouldn't bother with the vario extension - a simple double bubble would suffice and look cleaner I reckon.

    Thanks! :D
  15. Cos

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    Can i take it out for a week or so? :lol3:lol3:lol3
  16. KingRat

    KingRat Stroppy.

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    :fitz :lol3
  17. Cos

    Cos Re-Greekified

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    Trade ya. Come to Cyprus, you can take either the Tiger or the Daytona :D

    If you think about the weather, it's a fair deal
  18. de crowe

    de crowe de crowe

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    To celebrate my wedding anniversary a 30 year anniversary model in County Cork Ireland colours will join my stable at Halloween. Unfortunately r1200s and Sertao have to go as trade ins. Sad to loose the r1200s. Will post photo in due course. ( the cork colours is joke, the bike was already red and white)
  19. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    So it would be like the Purina logo on a bike, with a bit of umm...
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    :rofl
  20. de crowe

    de crowe de crowe

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    now, now:D
    of course they lost, like!