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View Poll Results: RATE THE K1300S
0 - ITS A POS 1 0.31%
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4 0 0%
5 - Its OK 6 1.87%
6 7 2.18%
7 19 5.92%
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:46 PM
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If it had cruise control and was 20kg lighter it would be perfect 9/10
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A smoother gearbox and cruise control for me.
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A flat twin and a 33 liters gas tank for me ...
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My only gripe is eh-ok brakes for hard canyon running. It's an exceptional shafty hyper sport.

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I gave it a six cause its not as good as the R

I would give the R a Nine.
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Really Dave, that much difference is that hp/se still available up your way
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Really Dave, that much difference is that hp/se still available up your way

I believe there is that much difference between the two. For me the S felt very front heavy and was way less comfortable to ride than the R.

The R/HP sold within an hour of me posting it here. I spoke to the new owner on Sunday and he is blown away by it.

I need to myself for not jumping straight on to it
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I gave it a six cause its not as good as the R
With that mentality, why not a 3 compared to a MotoGP bike? Rate it for the segment man (faired sport-tourer).

I rated it at 9, due to the lack of adjustable ergonomics and cruise of the KRS.
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Re: Rate the K1300s

I've never owned another faired sport tourer, so I'll still rate the S a Six

Front heavy
Uncomfortable
Dodgy gearbox
Useless mirrors

But don't be getting down on me, it's just my opinion. If you rode the R your one eyed opinion may change
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I've never owned another faired sport tourer, so I'll still rate the S a Six

Front heavy
Uncomfortable
Dodgy gearbox
Useless mirrors

But don't be getting down on me, it's just my opinion. If you rode the R your one eyed opinion may change
Seriously weird. Not in a condescending way, just weird. I would rate the K1200/1300S as

Excellent handling
Most comfortable bike we've EVER owned by far w/multiple 800 mile days two-up
Gearbox is smooth with slight shifter preload combined with almost no clutch pull
Excellent mirrors

Same bike. Still weird.
(and no, I'm not doubting your experiences at all. This is why they make different bikes.)
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Seriously weird. Not in a condescending way, just weird. I would rate the K1200/1300S as

Excellent handling
Most comfortable bike we've EVER owned by far w/multiple 800 mile days two-up
Gearbox is smooth with slight shifter preload combined with almost no clutch pull
Excellent mirrors

Same bike. Still weird.
(and no, I'm not doubting your experiences at all. This is why they make different bikes.)
Thanks for your input . . ., Ya know, I've know long time KS owners who have never figured out how to "preload" shifts.
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Weeny, accident waiting to happen, side stand sucks! Outside of that
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I rated it a 9. Still would like factory cruise control as an option and the stock seat was no good for me.
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I've never owned another faired sport tourer, so I'll still rate the S a Six

Front heavy
Uncomfortable
Dodgy gearbox
Useless mirrors

But don't be getting down on me, it's just my opinion. If you rode the R your one eyed opinion may change
Interesting. I suppose everything is relative. Coming off a K1200S and having never ridden an R the K13S is lighter handling and has a much better gearbox than my K1200S had. I also think it's very comfortable for bike that leans toward the sporty side and it has the best mirrors of any of the sport bikes I've ever had.

I do wish the side stand was more solid and I'd be happy to give up the TPM to get some room back under the seat. I'd give it 9+ if I could.
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I've had 2 x K1200s and I am on my second K1300s.

I love them x
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Stand on my sons 09 K13S folded while I was parking in driveway. Pinned me between it and my VW on my left. Caved in the front fender on car with my hip....bike never touched anything. Must have rolled forward just enough to fold stand.
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Seriously weird. Not in a condescending way, just weird. I would rate the K1200/1300S as

Excellent handling
Most comfortable bike we've EVER owned by far w/multiple 800 mile days two-up
Gearbox is smooth with slight shifter preload combined with almost no clutch pull
Excellent mirrors

Same bike. Still weird.
(and no, I'm not doubting your experiences at all. This is why they make different bikes.)
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I've had 2 x K1200s and I am on my second K1300s.

I love them x
I've owned 2 K12Ss too, and although they both developed the dreaded "chain rattle", I ended up with the K13S and couldn't be happier (knock on wood).

And . . ., in the final anaysis, I've had so much fun, I'd probably do all over again. Do I need a cycle therapist ? ? or another K13S.
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But don't be getting down on me, it's just my opinion. If you rode the R your one eyed opinion may change
I 'get down' on you because of your approach. Again, it's like saying a Subaru BRZ is a POS compared to a Corvette. Not a useful or fair answer; that's all. And if you need a different example, you never saw a fight between Mike Tyson and Oscar de la Hoya for the same reason: different classes. Hope you get the point .

Besides, I don't have any of the problems you mentioned, and I'm hardly a BMW fan (see my signature for bikes I've owned). And I've driven most direct competitors for the K1300S, and overall, the BMW is the winner. Yes, it's the most expensive, so not a landslide by any means taking price into consideration. You can't rate anything in this world based on perfection. The proper way to rate a bike in a class is ONE must be a 10 in every category, faults and all. Otherwise, ratings would be useless. That's how magazines rate different vehicles: winner is the highest overall score when all category scores are added up (including price). And no competitor would be a 6 IMO, let alone the BMW; all are that good nowadays. Good day.
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First of all, there are no 10's...not in women or bikes. There's always something that can be better on something considered 'perfect'.

I gave this bike a 7, and mind you, I really like mine to the point where if I replace mine, it would be with another, say if the model run ended. The ergos for my large frame are just about as good as it gets.

What needs improvement? I think it should have adjustable stock rearsets, for one. An adjustable handlebar would be nice also. It would be nice if aftermarket suspension companies made electronic ESA shocks for it. Rear ride height adjustment would be nice too, to quicken up the steering. The stock seat sucks, and it is just inexcusable that it does not have electronic cruise control. The same platform since 2005, some of these things should have been addressed.

Of course, when you put some money into these issues, and correct them, the bike steps up several notches. Too bad it doesn't come stock like that.
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The bike does exactly what I want... when its rolling. The side stand looks a bit wimpy and the bike leans over too far and it weighs too much.
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I didn't vote yet. I've only ridden my KS 400 miles. However I had my 07 KS for three years and road the wheels off that bike.

I am going to sound like a broken record again. I buy motorcycles based on what they were built for. I never try to make a motorcycle something it is not. So many riders buy a bike and then darn near rebuild it to get it to something different.

I bought my 07 and now 13 KS for one simple reason. I wanted the best sport tourer I could get. And everyone has their opinion - mine is that this bike is more oriented to the touring side than the sport side. Too many luxury items to be a sport bike. But darn near perfect for spirited touring.

It is somewhat heavy in a very good way - rock solid at speed. It has a long wheelbase again very nice for the stability of the bike.

It handles extremely well for a long wheelbase and a fairly heavy bike.

It may not be the most powerful engine on the market in this class - but absolutely a powerhouse. Plenty of torque - I rode this past weekend about 100 miles and used 3rd and 4th gear only - never once went into 5th.

I have never had an issue with the seats - heck my 13 I bought it with the standard seat compared to the low seat I had on my 07 and it feels fantastic.

The weather/wind protection - other than your hands is extremely good.

The overall build quality is way above other brands.

Has the best warranty on the market. And yes there have been problems that should not have been - but again BMW most of the time paid for them.

Even though it tends not to win in the magazine comparisons - you must read between the lines - the only reason for this is almost always because of its cost. Sure other bikes will come out on top because of the pricing - and I get that - but most of us here have gotten over that - take price away and just about every motorcycle journalist that has thrown a leg over the KS deems it the bike they would own.

Like many here I've had many motorcycles - have ridden I don't even have a clue how many miles - ridden all over in all types of conditions. I own several motorcycles today and if I had to sell them all but one - in the end the KS is so good for what I want to do - it would be the bike parked out in the garage.

Is it quote perfect - I guess not - but for me pretty darn close. I did not/will not be changing bars - seats - buy expensive parts to get the weight down - then go add a centerstand and sport panniers(which I did).

Just my opinion - the K1300S - I will take it to go for a ride - be it a short blast in the hills or across country to go ride with some of the west coast members here.

At the moment there is no other bike in this class that does what this bike does any better.

And if I'm wrong - someone is really going to have to prove to me that their ride is better - just remember I'm strictly talking about motorcycles that are basically stock - sure if you spend $10K on your bike to make it something else then it just may be better than the KS.
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If I fit on that bike the way someone built like a pro racer does, then I would not have the complaints that I do have with it. Since I can only lose weight, I have to doctor it up to make it better. I probably fit the KS the way most of you fit the RR. But, Bruce, I do, by and large, agree with what you are saying...I just has to do what I has to do! By the way, those height risers will do wonders for the handling, no matter how much or little you weigh.

http://www.i-bmw.com/classifieds/sho...r-k1300s&cat=6

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If I fit on that bike the way someone built like a pro racer does, then I would not have the complaints that I do have with it. Since I can only lose weight, I have to doctor it up to make it better. I probably fit the KS the way most of you fit the RR. But, Bruce, I do, by and large, agree with what you are saying...I just has to do what I has to do! By the way, those height risers will do wonders for the handling, no matter how much or little you weigh.

http://www.i-bmw.com/classifieds/sho...r-k1300s&cat=6

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Let me clarifiy about changing stuff. I understand that certain riders need to change seats - footpeg locations - bars - because of their physical size. I get that - I was writing more about riders that really change the dynamics of the bike so much that they should have bought something different.

For example as you know HD's are very special to me. But I would not buy an HD let's say an RK for $20K and then spend another $5K - $10K trying make it handle better and go fast. And I certainly would not buy an S1000RR to go on an epic cross country trip - and start adding bags - different bars - touring tires. Sure riders do it all the time - I just don't get it.

If you want to hammer out big miles buy the right bike - if you want to explore the jeep trail buy the right bike - if you want to go up in the hills or on the track and let it all hang out buy the right bike.
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I seriously considered buying a GS for a long time before I considered that my off-roading would be 5% (exaggeration??) and the other 95% would be touring, the light bulb came on to say that I needed to reconsider what I wanted from a bike. I hadn't seen a K1x000s and somehow in my research for the proper bike it became clear that the K1300s would be a fine choice (for me) over the GS. I have had two BMWs prior to this one and they only kept my interest for two years each, but after just beginning to get acquainted with my K1300s I can see that this will be around for at least 3 years.

The advanced technology on this bike is amazing...road too bumpy;change the suspension setting, gravel causing traction problems...no, the traction control won't let the wheels slip...what time is it, how far can I go on the remaining fuel...etc. With all that said I do like simplicity, and this bike does not fit that scheme. I have been, and will continue to ride old Laverdas ( they were new a long time ago0 and their bullet proof quality is top notch. The problem comes from riding an appreciating asset that was rare when it was new and 30 years later it is more rare. All parts are available but I can't take it to someone to get repairs done and after doing too much work restoring 2 bikes and not enough riding I decided that I needed to get back into a modern machine. The theory has always been that when something needs fixing on a modern machine I can take it to someone and voila...fixed...well that hasn't always worked as I seem to need to get under the skins...so MV Agusta and Moto Guzzi didn't last too long due to the Laverda distraction factor. The MV was a great sport bike but didn't tour well and the Guzzi just s**ked - wasn't as good as the Laverdas in any area...except for the brakes.
So now I get to compare the K1300s to those old beasts and I can say that after my brief ownership there is no comparison - the bike exceeds expectations. The only problem I have is that at speeds that will ensure I don't lose my license it is a bit of a yawn... good thing I can get away during the week into areas that are not profitable for LEO.
To those anticipating the demise of the K1300s and speculating a K1400s I would prefer a version with the same motor and 50 less pounds. Like I said earlier this bike is not a problem when rolling but pushing it through the gravel in front of my shop is going to strengthen my sphincter.
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I seriously considered buying a GS for a long time before I considered that my off-roading would be 5% (exaggeration??) and the other 95% would be touring, the light bulb came on to say that I needed to reconsider what I wanted from a bike. I hadn't seen a K1x000s and somehow in my research for the proper bike it became clear that the K1300s would be a fine choice (for me) over the GS. I have had two BMWs prior to this one and they only kept my interest for two years each, but after just beginning to get acquainted with my K1300s I can see that this will be around for at least 3 years.

The advanced technology on this bike is amazing...road too bumpy;change the suspension setting, gravel causing traction problems...no, the traction control won't let the wheels slip...what time is it, how far can I go on the remaining fuel...etc. With all that said I do like simplicity, and this bike does not fit that scheme. I have been, and will continue to ride old Laverdas ( they were new a long time ago0 and their bullet proof quality is top notch. The problem comes from riding an appreciating asset that was rare when it was new and 30 years later it is more rare. All parts are available but I can't take it to someone to get repairs done and after doing too much work restoring 2 bikes and not enough riding I decided that I needed to get back into a modern machine. The theory has always been that when something needs fixing on a modern machine I can take it to someone and voila...fixed...well that hasn't always worked as I seem to need to get under the skins...so MV Agusta and Moto Guzzi didn't last too long due to the Laverda distraction factor. The MV was a great sport bike but didn't tour well and the Guzzi just s**ked - wasn't as good as the Laverdas in any area...except for the brakes.
So now I get to compare the K1300s to those old beasts and I can say that after my brief ownership there is no comparison - the bike exceeds expectations. The only problem I have is that at speeds that will ensure I don't lose my license it is a bit of a yawn... good thing I can get away during the week into areas that are not profitable for LEO.
To those anticipating the demise of the K1300s and speculating a K1400s I would prefer a version with the same motor and 50 less pounds. Like I said earlier this bike is not a problem when rolling but pushing it through the gravel in front of my shop is going to strengthen my sphincter.

Good story, except for the Guzzi bashing , i had owned only Guzzi's for 25 years before i bought a K, and while i love the K for its balls out license losing hoon value if i had to own just one bike it would be the LeMans 1000 i bought 26 years ago. It just oozes character and is a delight to ride, slow or fast. I proved just recently that i could get through my favourite twisty road faster than on the K
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Geez elp jc your going off a bit arent you, if you cant compare an R to an S your got a little problem you cant compare a subaru to a corvette as you stated and i think the segment is Rate the K1300s, Dave was just giving his opinion on his R because he has had an S too
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Good story, except for the Guzzi bashing
Ooops I'm not generally a brand basher, my personal experience with a V11 LeMans was overstated. It was a fine bike, but was not 26 years better than my Laverda Jota. In much the same way as you are attached to your older Guzzis I have the same affection for Laverdas and after 28 years of ownership there is too much seat time to let any brand over shadow my experience. Even a couple of Laverdas has come and gone but my original 1984 RGS is still with me.
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First of all, there are no 10's...not in women or bikes. There's always something that can be better on something considered 'perfect'.
Looks like you people have never read a freaking magazine review. A '10' in a category (not overall) means the best of what's being compared, NOT PERFECT. Or even good. Otherwise you have no idea what the hell you're comparing something to. It has to be a benchmark. That benchmark, be it ergonomics, fit and finish, NVH, ride, suspension, or whatever other category you want WITHIN THE CLASS BEING COMPARED, becomes the '10'. Even if all competitors ride like crap, the best (or least bad) will be a '10' in that category. Same with comfort. Even if the K13S is a '10' in that class, it'd be maybe an '8' compared to a naked, more up-right bike like the K13R, a '6' compared to a K1600GT, and maybe a '5' compared to the K1600GTL. But you'd never get anywhere if you compare ANY bike against the entire motorcycle field. I'd rate a GL1800 at a '5', because I don't like riding them by myself (owned one, actually). But a '9' among just touring bikes, because it's a very good touring bike. That's exactly the way it should be rated, and it has nothing to do with perfection (it's FAR from it). Get it now???

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Geez elp jc your going off a bit arent you, if you cant compare an R to an S your got a little problem you cant compare a subaru to a corvette as you stated and i think the segment is Rate the K1300s, Dave was just giving his opinion on his R because he has had an S too

Bah, leave him be. Some people just can't be reasoned with.

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The K13S has come a long, long, long way and seems to have a very faithful following. I consider it to be the best of the best and wouldn't change anything except cruise control and windscreen.

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I am very happy with my K1300S. I had just about 52,000 miles on OXCART2, my 2008 K1200S, including a run from Pugetropolis to New Hampshire and back. The sliver sled with the yeller wheels was a great bike! But my new black-on-black 2013 K1300S is even better! Shifting is better. The shift-assist is awesome! I always thought that the 12 handled great, but even I can detect the subtle improvement in handling in the 13.

OK, I miss the nasty idle on my 12. But the 13 does have more power, so WTF?

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My only real source of disappointment with my bike is the seat. Although well padded, the tapered shape and angle tend to force my crotch forward into the gas tank. The Corbin has been ordered...
All aspects of the performance meet or exceed my expectations. I've quickly learned that a crappy day can get at least a little better by cracking the throttle and getting that shit eating grin!
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BMW must be doing something right:
Each year european bike magazines organise a Best Motorcycle of the Year contest. This year more than 50.000 readers from all over Europe replied. In the category Allround the BMW K1300S got second. (Ducati Multistrada 1200S got first.)
By the way, the K1600 got first place in Touring, BMW HP4 1000 got first in Supersport category and the new watercooled BMW R1200GS got first in Allroad/Offroad.
The BMW C600 got first place in the Scooter category.

Of the bikes I´ve owned, I like the K13S best. Would love to see it shed a few pounds though, but it still amazes me how comfort, raw power and good handling are combined in this bike.
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Well..... I gave it a 9..... every rider is different.... I am 5' 6'' short, my feet are flat on the floor, and the seat is dead comfy.... little heavy, but better than going to gym.... I thought the mirrors were just fine?!..... the quick shifter make the gearbox as good as anything I have ridden.... all in all happy with my 9..... ... question is ...if you don't think it's that good... then why are you on this site??.... just a thought?....
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Coming from a K1200RS, this bike is lighter and far more nimble, but I miss the cruise control. It's more than enough bike for my desires.
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I’m not much of a contributor these days, but you might be interested in my attempts to find a better bike to replace my 09 K1300S, now with 28K trouble free miles. I thought after 4 years it might be worth changing, so I tried the KTM1190, 2013 GS1200 and the new Mulitstrada 1200S with Skyhook, each for a day. The KTM had great suspension and agility, but turbulence and excessive front end lightness spoiled it. The GS1200 was super plush, had impressive mid range and could be cruised all day in all weathers at very high speeds, but again the front end was vague and the constant movement caused by a tendency to wander with the high bars was not relaxing (this at 90 plus). The Multistrada was the best of the three, with excellent handling, all day comfort and a punchy motor. It was spoiled by poor fuelling, both too sudden off the throttle and hesitant under hard acceleration from mid range; probably curable with a new pipe and chip. Each time I got back on the K1300, I was immediately conscious of riding a superior machine in almost every respect. From fit and finish (it looks 4 weeks old not 4 years old), to the impeccable road manners from walking speeds well into three figures. The bike is totally planted and precise, holding an inch perfect line and delivering immense drive. It is also, amazingly, far easier to ride smoothly in urban traffic than any of the above. I have had the fuelling dyno sorted with Akropovic full titanium race system and mesh filters, and HP wheels have made a noticeable difference. The shift assist is also a "must have" accessory. I guess the fuelling could be similarly improved on all these adventure bikes, but they still fall short of the K1300’s peerless road going credentials. Only slightly harsh (but capable) suspension on sport setting and a vibey motor once into 3 figures lets the bike down, and, of course, it doesn’t do well off road, but neither do I. I enjoyed riding the excellent adventure bikes, but none is a match for the BMW, and i will be sticking with it for a while.
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Gave it a 8

it will have been a 10 if it had from stock :
- a more confortable seat ( i have a Sargent for long distance)
- the K1300GT cruise control
- more reliable Shocks absorber ( mine were down at 40 000Km)
- a bigger fuel tank ( with the hole in the red "tunnel" i'm able to squizz 21.5 ltrs )

but so far the best sport touring bike i have ride
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I only gave it a 9 because I like the R better. Too bad youse 'mericans missed out..........
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I gave it a 9. I had a K12S for 6 years and I would have given that an 8. The 13 dealt with the issues I had with the 12 - snatchy throttle, low speed turn in, and very clunky gear shift.

It's not perfect - what bike is - but I can't see anything out there that I'd want to change it for.

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I gave it a 9. Not old enough for cruise control yet , weight is just fine (although I'm sure I wouldn't want to have to pick it up) and I'm only 5'6" at 145lbs with very short legs - lowered the bike and 1.5 inch risers because my arms are not long enough to be comfortable - these issues are purely due to my physical size.

9 - because I just hate the damn clunk in to first !!! Other then that, best bike ever for me.
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I've never owned another faired sport tourer, so I'll still rate the S a Six

Front heavy
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But don't be getting down on me, it's just my opinion. If you rode the R your one eyed opinion may change

Yeah right. Is your opinion also that the sky is plaid? Not all opinions are based in fact.

I'm curious, did you own the bike? Sounds like you did. But maybe your mirrors/seat/trans/bike were faulty?

Mine raises the front with ease at 30 60 or 90, quite comfy, gearbox is solid, and mirrors don't vibrate and give great visibility. I just don't get where you are coming from. Doesn't the R have the same gearbox? What would you rate the R honestly, 11.5?

I still only voted nine, because it has a couple of minor issues. But the ones you mentioned? Don't make any sense in the experience of riding my S.

BTW, I took the point off for the stalling issue (only in that I'll have to explain it to a buyer if I ever sell it) and that the tranny output shaft seal went bad on mine.

FYI, I daily drive mine, put 14k on it last year.
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Stand on my sons 09 K13S folded while I was parking in driveway. Pinned me between it and my VW on my left. Caved in the front fender on car with my hip....bike never touched anything. Must have rolled forward just enough to fold stand.
My 1979 H-D has a steel tab that locks stand when weight is on it. You could roll the bike forward with the bike on the stand and it will slide and not fold.

You're parking wrong. That can never happen if you park in first gear and roll it forward to the compression before leaning it on the stand. The stand CAN'T fold then, because it can't roll forward.
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I won't put a # on this ... theres always going to be something that may not be
right for you but, works for someone else .... I have owned many bikes that have
all had something that needed attention or adjustment.

Been riding BMW's since 95' ... my k1100RS has got to be the sweetest ride .....
That bike is just plain fun to ride , smooth nice linear power,ride that thing all day
Sure its not perfect ... but none of it would be a deal breaker,runs like a clock .....
great bike....

Now my K1300S ... I would put that as a equal to my K1100RS as far as what it
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and better .... the power & torque curves are just amazing ... comfort... works for me !!

IMHO .....It would be hard to find anything about that bike that is totally unacceptable.
A skilled well seasoned rider is going to just flat out roll on that bike .. for what it is ...
IT'S A GREAT BIKE ... the bike just makes me smile ... just rolling on that throttle in
any gear , just sets you back in the seat . Handling , I like the way it rides .....
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Hey BMRBOY - you are preachin' to the choir!

I totally agree. My main performance motorcycle experience has been on a '98 K1200RS (OXCART), a '08 K1200S (OXCART 2), and now a '13 K1300S (OXCART 3). Both times, I wondered if the bike I was transitioning to would be as good as the bike I was leaving.

The K1200RS was solid and fast, no doubt about it. Also, very comfy. Great machine.

The K1200S. Well, nothin' honks like a 12. The 12 speaks of raw performance. You can do some serious interstate boogy on one of those things.

I wondered if BMW had "pussy'd out" the 13, what with the smoother idle and all, but that black machine was calling my name and I went for it. Yeah, the engine is more civilized, but she blows through the Mach like nobody's business. You better have that anti-squiggle engaged if you have the throttle open at higher rpms. The shift-assist is icing on the cake! I love my K1300S.

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"Thor's Own Hammer". Just sayin' (I give it a 9).
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IMHO .....It would be hard to find anything about that bike that is totally unacceptable.
A skilled well seasoned rider is going to just flat out roll on that bike .. for what it is ...
IT'S A GREAT BIKE ... the bike just makes me smile ... just rolling on that throttle in
any gear , just sets you back in the seat . Handling , I like the way it rides .....
It's like this ... like any bike, you have to find out how it likes to be ridden,you need to
make friends first ... get to know it .... treat her nice .... it's as simple as that ....

Mike,

Well put . . ., I couldn't have stated it better.
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Revisited. ..

When I first picked up my hyper this summer, I'd be bummed the days it might rain, because I'd have to take the ks instead of the hyper. Now after a couple months and 2200 miles on the hyper, I appreciate and value the beemer twice as much as I ever did. It is just so smooth and effortless to get to your destination. Yeah the hyper is super fun for shorter and twisty rides, but I'm finding more and more that I'd rather be on my beloved K1300S than anything out there.

In fact, I almost forgot, just last week I left work on the beemer, a 2010 Ducati 1198S crossed my path. After about five minutes of flagging him down, he finally agreed to pull over. Some minutes of chatting later and we switched bikes and went for a quick spin.I was quite surprised, ayeafter that ride, I'd take the KS over even that, 99 out of 100 rides I think.

And I'll reiterate that some above complaints I still think of, time to time. The mirrors for example, on my ducati nice and wide but vibrate like crazy, so you can see if a car is behind you, but can't trtell if say there are lights on top of it! And that 1198s, the mirrors weren't out wide enough so you couldn't see anything out of them. But the awesome KS, nice wide AND stable views from both mirrors. And the great box. .. my ducati I hit Phantom neutrals between many gears and often. This NEVER happens on the beemer.

Anyway, just thought I'd follow up that after adding 20, 000 miles to the odometer of my K1300S and also riding some more awesome bikes, I haven't changed my mind, on the contrary, I think even more highly of the bike than I ever did, and plan to keep it a long time.

Oh, one more thing. I did mod one thing which makes me like it even better. I put the factory exhaust back on to quiet it down, and I love it. That reminds me, I need to list my exhaust in the classifieds, full Akropovic Evolution, all titanium and carbon fiber. No problems, I just wNted to be stealthier.
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XRx's post above makes me wish I had the stock can for my K13S. The original owner put a Remus TI can on it, and didn't bother to keep the stock one.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Remus but sometimes I wish I had the option of going stock. I've got my eyes open for a good-condition used one, and if anyone has a lead on one let me know!
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The original owner put a Remus TI can on it, and didn't bother to keep the stock one.
I was on the same boat, but the owner later 'remembered' where he had stored it, and I got it. But I sold it, because it was an abomination . But I always have the 'dB-killer' in place. That way, the engine noise is pretty much the same as the exhaust under normal riding conditions, which is the perfect compromise for me, at least on this noisy bike . I don't like when the exhaust is louder, like most Harleys. At higher rpm, it's louder than the engine, but sounds great. And it's subdued enough not to be annoying IMO. Plus that definitely helps when you're in deer country to scare them earlier; that very well could be the difference between a collision with one (or a close call) or not. I also prefer having a catalytic converter, but not in the freaking can, like on our bike. Glad the K16 has it underneath. Not only are the cans much smaller, but they get way less hot as well.
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You're parking wrong. That can never happen if you park in first gear and roll it forward to the compression before leaning it on the stand. The stand CAN'T fold then, because it can't roll forward.

Yea, that was obvious but I didn't want to tell him. Thats what happens when you ride someone elses bike and think an HD is a great ride. Not bashing HD, I've had a few but then I learned how to ride.
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I took delivery of my 2013 K1300S on May 15. Just turned 10,000 miles yesterday coming back from my local BMW club's rally. Except for a clutch that often "juddered" when reengaging on downshifts if you did not closely match speeds (and which has essentially stopped now), and a pretty anemic 5 amp accessory socket (really, 5 amps?), the bike has had zero problems. We'll see if this continues.

Curvy roads or long-distance trips loaded down with camping gear and panniers, the K1300S handles it all.

So far . . . fantastic motorcycle.
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I took delivery of my 2013 K1300S on May 15. Just turned 10,000 miles yesterday coming back from my local BMW club's rally. Except for a clutch that often "juddered" when reengaging on downshifts if you did not closely match speeds (and which has essentially stopped now), and a pretty anemic 5 amp accessory socket (really, 5 amps?), the bike has had zero problems. We'll see if this continues.

Curvy roads or long-distance trips loaded down with camping gear and panniers, the K1300S handles it all.

So far . . . fantastic motorcycle.
Really 10k in less than a year-awesome. easy fix for your acc socket. I added a second socket up top-on battery cover. Good for all my heated gear and also any battery charger-10amp fuse. ( newer 13's have AGM batteries and not those gud-awfull Gel things.
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