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Old 06-07-2010, 12:48 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

SEAT!!! The Stock seat on my '08 GT is only good for commuting. Anything over 1-2 hours is torture.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:16 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

Well, I voted for ergos, since my real choice isn't listed. I'm going to change owners on this bike. It's posted on Craigslist in Dothan, Alabama.

If it wasn't so hard on my back, I'd keep it. I could put up with the other problems.

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Old 07-12-2010, 10:34 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

Now dont get me wrong, I love my 99 K1200rs's looks but.....If I had to change one thing, it would be the cowl around the headlight and wind screen. The re-design of the later models still, IMHO, didnt get it right. It just doesnt flow or fit or look as well as it should I think.

It's the only part of the bike that makes it look a little dated. The rest of the bike is perfect and better looking in my opinion than any other full fairing bike I have seen to date. Just my opinion. That's the only thing I would change.
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

Normal human friendly ergos. With barbacks and peg lowers, and GT footpegs I'm now comfy. But, stock they are made for NBA players.
Put some kind of foam pad over the clutch housing to quieten the idle of a $17K bike. Go back to large opening in top of the fuel tank to change filter or pump. Get the air filter out of the bikes bowels.
Wonder how many folks go too many miles on maintance to keep from doing big surgery on the bike?
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:01 AM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

I would put a cruise controle and a GPS unit on it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:35 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

Windscreen. Something that will keep the roaring windblast off my helmet.

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Old 02-10-2011, 03:16 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

I haven't even managed to ride the bike more than 20 miles since I bought it However I have had the bike serviced at the "Stealer" (for the first and hopefully last time), fitted new Metzeler Z6's, an Akrapovic slip on exhaust. Other than that, I plan to change the pillion grab rails to the K1300's so that I can fit a top box for extra storage for my planned new rides (I'm sure I read a thread stating that was possible) And hopefully at the same time, it will keep my wife happy as she will have something to support her. That said, this is a lady who was more than happy to sit on the back of my Big Dog Chopper on no more than a postage stamp of a pad
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

Improved QC covers a lot of the complaints but here's my list for the K1200-1300S series:
  • Improved quality control. Like the Big four Japanese brands have.
  • Five year warranty back because their are just so many issues on new models we feel like long term beta tester's.
  • Rusting fasteners without a proper coating, this is nonsense (QC where?).
  • Ability to actually buy individual parts to repair our bike's sub assemblies I.e. transmission and clutch plates. Once again more of a QC problem as everybody knows they have issues.
  • Seat: I've never seen an ass, that wasn't involved in an explosion that fit that standard seat! Ergo's matter.
  • Cruise control: we've said it so many times, its like nobody is listening. BMW doesn't have to really design much here. Take it from the GT and give us the option. It's practically a parts bin upgrade. Buyers of the S model would not buy a GT just for cruise, the bikes are just too different.
  • V4 engines: They are the berries, dogs bollocks etc. We want it big, say 1450CC and around 175HP at the wheel would be nice for the S model. Nothing beats the sound of 180º crank V4 engine and the low end torque is worlds better than an inline four with the same top end rush. Put some gear drive cams in please. We could then try to forget all the cam chain issues and jumped teeth with engines self destructing that this last inline four has given us (TY for the long term beta testing end user's again).
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:25 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

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Improved QC covers a lot of the complaints but here's my list for the K1200-1300S series:
  • Improved quality control. Like the Big four Japanese brands have.
  • Five year warranty back because their are just so many issues on new models we feel like long term beta tester's.
  • Rusting fasteners without a proper coating, this is nonsense (QC where?).
  • Ability to actually buy individual parts to repair our bike's sub assemblies I.e. transmission and clutch plates. Once again more of a QC problem as everybody knows they have issues.
  • Seat: I've never seen an ass, that wasn't involved in an explosion that fit that standard seat! Ergo's matter.
  • Cruise control: we've said it so many times, its like nobody is listening. BMW doesn't have to really design much here. Take it from the GT and give us the option. It's practically a parts bin upgrade. Buyers of the S model would not buy a GT just for cruise, the bikes are just too different.
  • V4 engines: They are the berries, dogs bollocks etc. We want it big, say 1450CC and around 175HP at the wheel would be nice for the S model. Nothing beats the sound of 180º crank V4 engine and the low end torque is worlds better than an inline four with the same top end rush. Put some gear drive cams in please. We could then try to forget all the cam chain issues and jumped teeth with engines self destructing that this last inline four has given us (TY for the long term beta testing end user's again).
WOOT! Sign me up for this bike... reliability, cruise control, AND A VEEE FOUR!

Please tell me this scoot tips the scales at less then 500 lbs too
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

2004 K1200GT - ERGOS ... seat sucked ... and I put a Russell on it. Best improvement I have done on it. Shocks a close second.
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

K1300GT,

Ditto. Seat. My bum dies after about 1 hours riding. Have to stand up and get blood flow back too frequently.
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

I don't like the high cost of maintenance but bike is awesome
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:37 AM
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Someday convert it to a trike so I won't fall over when I get to old to hold it up LOL!
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:36 PM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

A transmission and clutch that don't clunk!! Makes me cringe every time I shift.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:13 AM
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Re: What would you change on your bike?

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I don't like the high cost of maintenance but bike is awesome
Don't think it's much worse than any "comparable" bike?
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Don't think it's much worse than any "comparable" bike?

Would a Japanese bike be considered comparable? Not too sure because I haven't ridden one in such a long time and would consider myself extremely bias now. For sure though, like all great German machinery it comes at a high price - maintenance schedules, parts and the lack of ease of maintenance seems to plaque German engineering and design. I don't foresee maintenance getting any easier in the future. Like most things these days you need an advanced degree and specialized tools to repair and maintain it.
As history has shown- the Germans will be producing and selling jet powered bikes soon and the rest of the cycle building world will be scrambling to keep up.
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Would a Japanese bike be considered comparable? Not too sure because I haven't ridden one in such a long time and would consider myself extremely bias now. For sure though, like all great German machinery it comes at a high price - maintenance schedules, parts and the lack of ease of maintenance seems to plaque German engineering and design. I don't foresee maintenance getting any easier in the future. Like most things these days you need an advanced degree and specialized tools to repair and maintain it.
As history has shown- the Germans will be producing and selling jet powered bikes soon and the rest of the cycle building world will be scrambling to keep up.

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I'd get the optional beverage holder next time.


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I'd get the optional beverage holder next time.


This is why a like Harleys. On most models this comes standard.
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The seats really suck, for such a bike they should give more thought on this subject!
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Always have trouble closing the seat on the KRS when I've had the tool kit out, so I'd have the tool kit made of rubber.

On the KS, it'd be nice to have a toolkit not designed for a watchmaker.
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Both of the cars I own have a brake feature which sets the brake while stopped on a hill for a few seconds to allow the driver to take the foot off the brake to operate the clutch and throttle. Once you start off, the brake disengages. This is a very convenient feature and could be added to motorcycles as well.
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This is why a like Harleys. On most models this comes standard.

And the beverage holder. I'd also add one of those.
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Both of the cars I own have a brake feature which sets the brake while stopped on a hill for a few seconds to allow the driver to take the foot off the brake to operate the clutch and throttle. Once you start off, the brake disengages. This is a very convenient feature and could be added to motorcycles as well.

Is that a feature for people who don't know how to use clutches?

I taught my wife how to use a clutch on our new '83 633CSI and to my complete amazement, the clutch was good until we sold the car with almost 150k on the odometer.

She did good.
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I'd get the optional beverage holder next time.


Well, this will bring the cost of maintenance and the meaning of required service to a whole new level.

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Have you ever taken the time to read a Jap Owner's book? The maintance scheldule is often twice the mileage of BMW. I like my KRS, but, I really doubt I'll ever buy a new BMW.
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Change. The passenger of course. Kidding. Oh the beverage holder? who likes hot beer?
I already changed bar position with bar backs. larger windscreen, new saddle. I think that covers it. Oh I would change to the GTL.
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Love my 03 K1200RS; have farkled it up a bit. But, after riding a S1000RR at Code's Superbike class, I'd sure like to add electronic shift assist . . .
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I can live with everything except the seals and pricey maintenance - I sold my 04 RS and got a 98 without the expensive servo to worry about. Now I have to worry about leaks.
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I voted other, my reason was BMWs lack of response to problems with the motorcycles they have produced and sold and the reliability of the bikes. I love the ride my '06 K1200S gives me- I hate all of the problems that BMW ignores---Cam chains jumping time (resulting in complete destruction of the motors), Final drive devastation (05, 06, 07 K-bikes) from BMW lack of engineering to provide proper drain holes and required maintenance to said final drives, originally no maintenance FD, the absolute worst shifting set up I have ever seen (linkage and shift lever), corrections have been made on later model bikes only after BMW monitored the fixes riders (not BMW engineers) had shared to repair or fix the problems. A half thought out oil level indication system that depends on the temp. of the oil to adjust the level (never a constant level indication in the "sight tube". Come on BMW "WTF"!!!!!! I had always heard that BMW was a stand up company and produced fine bikes----but I guess they are like any other company now, get the cash forget the customer. If there is a problem with the product its up to the customer to correct?
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Doggone - that lady on the back of that chop is straight out of S. Clay Wilson's drawings. Her expression, the whole thing - total S. Clay! Far Out!!

Anybody ever seen Zap #2, The Checkered Demon and the Hog Ridin' Fools? That's what I'm talkin' about!

What would I change on my K-sled? Hmm. Mebbe, uh... nope. There's nothing; absolutely nothing, that I want either more or less of of. Any changes at all would detract seriously from the total visceral experience.

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I would change my KGT into a KS if I could keep the GTs altenator,heated seats and cruise control.
the S1RR I wouldnt change a thing on now, its a beast
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I would like to have it OBD 2 compliant. I hate to be held hostage to special/expensive equipment.
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K1300GT -To become the ulitamte Sport/Tourer:
  • Make the seat more comfy.
  • Stop the gearbox clonking like a tractor.
  • Loose 30lb but keep the same size - use some of the technology from the K1600GT to do this like hollow cams and magnesium etc
  • Use the K1300S engine - give us back the other 15hp that has been taken away for no reason.
  • Use the electronics package from the S1000RR and K1600GT - fly by wire, traction control and power modes etc.
  • Put other touches from the K1600GT onto the K1300GT - central locking, GPS locks away etc
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Cruise would make my k12 the perfect bike!
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I'd be happy enough with the bike if parts were in stock somewhere on the North American continent. If I lose a month of summer riding again waiting on a part from Germany I'll be done with BMW.
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The seat on my 04 GT sucked so I went to Rich's in Kingston Wa. Problem solved.

Biggest complaint would be the left side pannier. I'd lower the muffler a tad and eliminate the muffler cutout in the case. For two up touring that sometimes that little extra space would be great to have.

Wife gets the right pannier I get the left.
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A small price to pay to have your lovely wife come with you on the bike Kenn .

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Biggest complaint would be the left side pannier. I'd lower the muffler a tad and eliminate the muffler cutout in the case. For two up touring that sometimes that little extra space would be great to have.

Wife gets the right pannier I get the left.
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I would like Launch Assist and an adjustable shift light on the tach for my new K1300S.

Also a disconnect for the linked brakes. The linked brakes mean that it takes two of them to do a decent burnout - they have to butt front tires.

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The fact that it's still in Germany!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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As I familiarize myself with the little details of my 2012 K13S, I have very few gripes, but...

I wish moto-engineers (and this applies to all of them... not just Motorrad's) would consider some simple things like using better fasteners on body panels that obviously have to come off to do regular maintenance. I'm a bit disappointed in the way the K13S's lower fairing connects with the upper. It's a very minor thing, but a big enough irritant that I'm considering doing a mod to add race-style quick connects to ease the removal/install.

Has anyone added these to their Motorrad bike(s)?



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Ergos: I'm 5'7" and have to "choke up" to the tank. If bars were1-2" higher and a tad aft it would fit ma a little better.
Electronics: I can check the time,temp,mpg etc., Even have the little snowflake icon to warn me of the possibility of ice on the road, and a plethora of other information, but........NO COMPASS ??!!??
This was actually amusing to me as my K13S was my first Beemer and every BMW themed magazine you open , what do you usually see ? ...Travel ads !! See Peru ,Visit Argentina , tour the Alps and so on......Wadda you mean NO COMPASS !!! .......
P.S. One flick of the right wrist and I forget all of the above !
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What would I like to change about my K13S... the insurance premium!!!

(5 times more than I pay for my GS... 1 year older, same cost, 100cc difference... oh, yeah, and I guess my GS won't do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.)
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I would make the trip meter on the k1300r go higher than 999km, the space is there, the odo has more than 999km


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Ok, first allow me to state that I love my 2013 K1600gtl. I love how it rides...handles...and the performance is everything that you would expect from BMW. Everything, that is except the seat. Most uncomfortable thing that I've ever sat on. My solution to my dilemma is to buy a custom seat which I'm going to do when I have the money. Otherwise, my bike is the best machine in the world. True story. This past Labor Day my beautiful wife of 37-years after attending the 2013 Colorado Balloon Classic festival, in Colorado Springs, we drove up to Woodland Park, CO for a delicious Hungry Bear Restaurant breakfast. After breakfast, I noticed some bikers at the end of the parking lot. I went over and struck up a conversation beginning with what kind of bike that I owned. For the record they asked me first what kind of bike I owned. I told them and one guy, from Colorado Springs, said that the group was just discussing how much they would love to test drive, what they considered the best made motorcycle on the road today. Now this group was comprised of Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda owners, so it was a bit of charge to know what other bike owners think of the K1600gtl. I did tell them about the seat and they laughed in disbelief. Well there you have fellow BMW folks. My two-cents and a true story. Take care and may God bless all of you and keep you safe during all your travels. Terry Nummer, Colorado Springs, CO.
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A bigger seat for my bigger ass!
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I wish I wish I wish I could retro-fit OEM "Shift-assist" too my 06 K12R.

My ergo's and handling performance needs/desires have been met. Other than wishing it got incrementally more powerfull with each accumulated mile I'm very satisfied with my 'Bebe'.
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I would want a 7th gear for cruising on my K1300R OR a button to select a cruise "map" so you don't feel you need to hare around on it all the time.

Cruise control sounds like a nice idea.

Get rid of the noisy vibes on de-acceleration!

Smoother gearbox, from Neutral to 1st gear it clonks real bad!

A tad more upright position!
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I'd stretch out the gear ratios a bit at the top end so that high speed cruising doesn't necessarily mean high rpm cruising. Don't get me wrong, I love the torque & roll-on acceleration, but there is a touring dimension to the sport-touring world, too.
Beyond that, I'd improve the clutch feel and soften up that door-slamming gearbox.
Oh, and definitely make the plastics easier to remove and replace.
Still a great machine, though!
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I know it's not my K ..... but I changed the stock levers for these on my S1000RR... I really like 'em!.....
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I know this thread goes back a few years and I never voted. I bought my 04 GT in January 2012 and never changed a thing except for adding a laminar lip to reduce the wind noise which it did. I read posts here about riding the bike for a season or 2 and then decide what you might want to change, which is good advice.
So my rececent changes are a new Sargent seat which I got from this site, rectangular mirrors, about to order bar risers from the Pirate and a horn from him soon to be installed and new grips. I held off on the bar risers, but after long day rides my neck and shoulder were in severe pain and made the ride no fun. Next winter I will get Ohlin shocks.
Would like to have cruise control but that costs to much.
That's about all I can think of after 2 years. It's a great bike and glad to own it and ride it where ever I want to go.
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Humm, lets see. 2013 K13S-Anniv Ed. Other than cruise, nothing xcept on Longg trips when its cold and raining. Then I long for a bigger fairing, cruise control, adjustable screen, radio w bluetooth and bigger bags. Wait, thats the 2014 R12RT--hummmmmmmm..
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What would I change on my bike? ..... Another cylinder on either side.

I'd love an in-line 6 engine in a K1300R setup. That will be the only thing that'll tempt me away from my K/R.
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What would I change on my bike? ..... Another cylinder on either side.



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My K1600GT is one hot six-cylinder machine, even tough it sports 15 less ponies than the 1300.

Truthfully, how many bikers can tell the difference, between 160 hp and 175 hp? Not me. My 1300 Kawasaki had "only" 120, and that scared the hell out of me!
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