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Old 10-01-2018, 04:12 PM
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Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Well, I may be mad, but I am truly loving my K1300R. So much so that I'm thinking of adding an S!! Few nice ones out there, some v low mileage but pretty expensive, some with higher mileage (20 - 25k miles) but cheaper to buy. Presumably these things are built to munch big miles, but wondered if there's anything major service wise or problem wise to be aware of at these kind of miles. Cheers any advice,
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:59 PM
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Andrew:

There are so many posts about the K1300 here - you can read for hours and hours. You will read post from several riders that had issues with their K1300 and you will many riders that have had virtually no problems with them.

Whatever way you go low mileage or a bike with higher mileage the key is to really check the bike out - see if the owner has all the service records.

Once you get into 30K miles on these bikes it is certain the suspension has had it - you will need to upgrade. Front end ball joints at 30K mile range again possibly worn out.

Not to mention all the routine stuff - like brakes and tires and is the bike due for one of the major services or has one been done recently.

Take your time and good luck.
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Ah ok. Interesting re suspension being shot. Are we talking requiring total replacement (presumably ludicrously expensive), or some kind of suspension service. Re this and the aforementioned ball joint, any idea of approx costs?
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Andrew

You should not be disappointed if you can find the right bike.

My local dealership - Cotswold - has a waiting list. If they can get a good one in, it's sold and there's no negotiating the price.

Front end ball joints is not a big job but best thing is to ask your local dealership what they would charge to replace them.

Ditto the rear if it has ESA - and most of them will have ESA.

You will see lots of people have ditched the ESA as and when it starts being problematic, and replacing it with a Wilbers shock set up to your weight and riding style. Wilbers are good quality kit and if you are anywhere near the West Midlands the UK importer is John Gaskell of Rev's Racing in Halesowen - http://www.revsracing.co.uk/findus.php

I've used John and his service and VFM is top notch.

And as for my general view. Like Bruce I've has a K12S and I'm on my second K13S, and I think the K13S is a great bike. Mine's a keeper
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

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Re this and the aforementioned ball joint, any idea of approx costs?
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In 2014 it was a little under $800 on both of our K1300Ss.
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

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Well, I may be mad, but I am truly loving my K1300R. So much so that I'm thinking of adding an S!! Few nice ones out there, some v low mileage but pretty expensive, some with higher mileage (20 - 25k miles) but cheaper to buy. Presumably these things are built to munch big miles, but wondered if there's anything major service wise or problem wise to be aware of at these kind of miles. Cheers any advice,
Andrew.

well, you have a K1300R....it is basically the same bike with different tupperware. same service issues apply.
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

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well, you have a K1300R....it is basically the same bike with different tupperware. same service issues apply.

Doesn't the R have slightly less HP, 160, compared to the S 175 HP ? I could be wrong tho
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Doesn't the R have slightly less HP, 160, compared to the S 175 HP ? I could be wrong tho

slightly less...173 vs 175...
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

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Well, I may be mad, but I am truly loving my K1300R. So much so that I'm thinking of adding an S!! Few nice ones out there, some v low mileage but pretty expensive, some with higher mileage (20 - 25k miles) but cheaper to buy. Presumably these things are built to munch big miles, but wondered if there's anything major service wise or problem wise to be aware of at these kind of miles. Cheers any advice,
Andrew.
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

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Once you get into 30K miles on these bikes it is certain the suspension has had it - you will need to upgrade. Front end ball joints at 30K mile range again possibly worn out.


Well, pushing 30,000 miles... maybe I'll have to upgrade....


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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Thank you for responses all. Have only had an oil and filter service on my low mileage R, so not had first hand experience of costs. Ok, doesnt sound too crazy...hopefully!!
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Hi Andrew,
I've gone the other way, bought a K1300S and then added an R. Both are low mileage, however they both appear to have the hot-start issue; after a ride I occasionally find that bike won't restart (usually after filling up). If I wait a few minutes, then it cools down and it will start. I understand that there is a replacement wiring kit to solve the issue and it costs in the region of £200 fitted.
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

Each to his/her own iíve Had my K1200r Sport since 09 with various add onís but logic of buying another similar bike when there are so many other great options is a touch over my head,I run 2 four cylinder bikes which are a world away from each other a single a boxer twin and a triple and currently trying to source a big Katoom varietyis the spice of life
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Re: Thinking of adding a K1300S to my R!!

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Hi Andrew,
I've gone the other way, bought a K1300S and then added an R. Both are low mileage, however they both appear to have the hot-start issue; after a ride I occasionally find that bike won't restart (usually after filling up). If I wait a few minutes, then it cools down and it will start. I understand that there is a replacement wiring kit to solve the issue and it costs in the region of £200 fitted.
Chris.




It used to be a warranty fix if you complained. BMW would do some sort of 2-hour test to verify the issue, then order parts and install once they arrived. At least that's how it worked for me about 1 year after I bought my 2015 K1300s. Fixed the (occasional) issue too.
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