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Old 07-04-2018, 10:19 AM
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I had to give up motorcycle for a couple of years due to the loss of 1 of my kidney. I have owned in the past anything from Harley's (hated) to multiple Ducati's. I am jumpng back in in the next month and through all those bikes I was always intrigued by the K1300 but was always afraid of the seating position but always felt good in the showroom. My mission: i am not a super slab warrior but rather i have The Dragon and 6 gap im the Blueridge and Appalatian mountains nearby. So only on the highway for about 30 minutes. I would love some feedback on the comfort on semi long trips. I will usually ride about 150 total in a day. I prefer winter riding as there is less kids out there going nuts om their Nimja's etc. the heated grips will be great. I am looking for the 15 HP edition as I love the BMW "M" theme paint job. I drive an M so like it alot. I appreciate any feedback good or bad. I am 48 ,6 feet and slightly chubby at 225lbs

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Old 07-04-2018, 11:21 AM
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Welcome to the site Jim! Since this is your first post I've moved your thread to the "Intro" forum.

As to the bike, you'll love it, it may take you a bit of time to get comfortable on the bike as it will put a bit of strain on your shoulder and back muscles, so remember, Ibuprofen is your friend! Let us know how it works out for you!
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:51 AM
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Hi Jim,
You'll have no problem on 150 mile days, especially if it's different types of riding. I'm 59, 5' 10, 185. The only thing that gets me is long stretches of slab. My joints just get a little stiff from being in the same position for so long. For me, the K13 shines on sweepers and semi tight stuff and if you get a small straight stretch and need to pass it's awesome. For the really tight stuff the wheel base may be a little long but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with it. It's a really versatile bike.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:49 PM
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Hi Jim, welcome back to riding, and the site! I think you'll love the K1300.....I'm fat, and old, body worn out from mining, and I still can put in 200 to 300 miles without much trouble. You will love the power these babies have, and they handle well too. Get one soon, as they (Dumbasses), quit making 'em!! Good Luck!


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Old 07-05-2018, 06:19 AM
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The KS as others have already stated is a easy bike to ride for 300+ miles and still be pretty comfortable. With that said it may take several hundred miles of riding for your body to adjust to the riding position.

If you don't mind traveling a little Bob's BMW, Hermys, and Cross Country BMW all have 2014 and newer low mileage K13S's in stock. Good luck with whatever you decide
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:55 AM
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Welcome Jim, just dive into the madness here.
No, Ibuprofen is not your friend, dont touch it. Ask your nephrologist.
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Jim:

Welcome to the site. I really can't add to what others have said. The K1300 is an awesome motorcycle.

I have owned a K1200S and 2 K1300S's. For a sport touring machine there really is nothing better.

Certainly there are other brands that perform fantastic as well but the BMW as a total package fit and finish and performance is really hard to beat.

Now that the K1300 is no longer in the lineup you will be able to find one in great shape with low mileage for a very nice savings compared to what they sold for new.

Do yourself a favor get a radar detector first thing - these bikes for some reason always seem to run way over the speed limits.

Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
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Welcome to the site. I really can't add to what others ...

Do yourself a favor get a radar detector first thing - these bikes for some reason always seem to run way over the speed limits..




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Welcome, Jim!

Each rider will have their own thoughts regarding fit and comfort of the K13S. For me, the comfort diminished quite a bit over a few years. When I first bought one in '08, I could ride all day and 1000 miles (it was a long day but the problem was fatigue, not discomfort). By '16, my knees had gotten to the point that a 300-mile day was out of the question.

There are some modifications that I could have done to help alleviate the discomfort, but I chose to move on to another bike. In your case, with the close proximity of great roads, I don't think it'd be that much of a stretch to fit on the K13S for a good day of riding.
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Welcome!
I have a 2008 k12gt and love it, to this day. I know it’s quirks and know what could go wrong with it. It has the power I need along with the attitude. I test rode some of the newer bikes BMW have and they don’t seem to have the “punk” that the slanted 4’s have.

You should with out a doubt grab one and go
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:11 PM
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Don't know how old you are, but 150 miles a day is not much. That's less than a tank of gas. You can ride a rice rocket that far with no problems, even wirh one kidney. Lots of BMW bikes out there that would make you a proud rider.
I have a 2004 1200 GT and it just loves the mountains and a great canyon carver which is great in your area.
Best of luck with your choice. You have many options.
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Jim

Welcome to the site. I'm 17 years older than you and have no problem with 500+ mile days on my K13S.
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Jim, I'll simply echo the above thoughts with one caveat yet mentioned. You mentioned the "Dragon" and it made me wonder just how important that type of riding is to you. The K13 is a fantastic bike ( I actually owned a MS edition), however, the bike has a rather longish wheelbase so it will serve you better on long sweepers ( think Cherohalla) as opposed to the quick switchbacks of the Dragon for example. Now this is not to say the bike is a pig, far from it, but it does have some handling areas that are better than others. Just trying to cover all of the bases for you...after all you did say "honest".

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Don't know how old you are, but 150 miles a day is not much. That's less than a tank of gas. You can ride a rice rocket that far with no problems, even wirh one kidney. Lots of BMW bikes out there that would make you a proud rider.
I have a 2004 1200 GT and it just loves the mountains and a great canyon carver which is great in your area.
Best of luck with your choice. You have many options.


150 miles a day is a lot if they are all twisties, like the dragon. The OP has twisties pretty much start to finish.


And I have to disagree. The GT is not a canyon carver when compared to a short wheel based bike. A Hypermotard or true sport bike is a canyon carver.
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Joe, you are right, 150 miles of twisties is a long ride. Been away from the mountain twisties to long. A GT will not keep up with with the bikes you referred to, but it holds it own and a nice ride to get to the fun stuff. Where is the OP?
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Joe, you are right, 150 miles of twisties is a long ride. Been away from the mountain twisties to long. A GT will not keep up with with the bikes you referred to, but it holds it own and a nice ride to get to the fun stuff. Where is the OP?
North Georgia. Potently of great roads from extreme twisties to sweepers and everything else. The GT gets you there and back in style and comfort and isn't too shabby while there either!
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I had to give up motorcycle for a couple of years due to the loss of 1 of my kidney. I have owned in the past anything from Harley's (hated) to multiple Ducati's. I am jumpng back in in the next month and through all those bikes I was always intrigued by the K1300 but was always afraid of the seating position but always felt good in the showroom. My mission: i am not a super slab warrior but rather i have The Dragon and 6 gap im the Blueridge and Appalatian mountains nearby. So only on the highway for about 30 minutes. I would love some feedback on the comfort on semi long trips. I will usually ride about 150 total in a day. I prefer winter riding as there is less kids out there going nuts om their Nimja's etc. the heated grips will be great. I am looking for the 15 HP edition as I love the BMW "M" theme paint job. I drive an M so like it alot. I appreciate any feedback good or bad. I am 48 ,6 feet and slightly chubby at 225lbs

Jim




I'm a bit close to your weight - 210lbs without clothes. I ride a 2016 K1300s MS with tank bag always on, and (usually empty) saddlebags. Added a centerstand and luggage grid. So maybe my bike and I weight about what you would without the tank bag.


I've ridden your area, including the gap, on a borrowed Suzuki 650 twin. I had a client at Tallulah Falls who had me come in to work there a couple of times. Rode with him and his buddy on some Aprilia I think. in northern GA, southern SC and a bit of Tenn.


As long as you're not trying to corner carve to the extreme on those roads (get a RR...), I think the k1300s would be nearly perfect. The 150 mile distance is right on. (I get tired on my before the 250 mile mark, but then I'm old). The wheelbase is a bit long for those tight curves, but the K will just love them if the speed limit is over 15mph on them.


You'll want some kind of luggage. The naked K1300s doesn't have much more room than to carry a wallet under the seat.
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