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Old 07-26-2017, 08:58 PM
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Hey all, just joined and wanted to say howdy. I'm up in the PacNorthwest in the US and am about to pull the trigger on a '15 K1300S. I've currently got an '06 R12GS that I'll be trading in. Bought it with dreams of riding to the north slope of AK, and in the 6 years I've owned it, did one ride up to Skagway, and that's the closest I ever got.

My background is all on street bikes, and I just never felt comfortable doing much non-paved roads, and I've decided it was just too much of a compromise given how I ride it, so back to full road I go. I've been looking at more sport TOURING bikes like a used K16GT or a Concours 14, but saw this guy in the dealership and fell in love with the colors, the Akro and the HP pegs. Reality is most of my riding will be commuting and weekend blasts so SPORT touring makes just as much sense for me.

Anyway, looking forward to picking it up on Friday and I envision some serious saddle time this weekend....

Anything I should know ahead of time, or "must-have" tweaks?

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Old 07-26-2017, 09:36 PM
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Welcome Todd!

The model you've chosen has all the goodies, including the forged wheels. I'm assuming the bike is the white one?bif your getting it from a dealer, I would assume all the recalls are done, but won't hurt asking.

The K13S is a wonderful bike. Enjoy!

Several really great members up in your area. I'm sure they'll say hello.
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Welcome aboard Todd!

I recommend an investment in a radar detector... other than that, the HP is a pretty sweet ride & has all the bells & whistles. Congrats!
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The 13 is totally where it's at. Don't change the bars or the foot pegs. Just ride faster. The only thing that you really need for the bike is the Wunderlich "foot" for your sidestand:



Then all you need to do is burn down the highway. In the bubble. 95+.

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Run the thing to the limiter first straight stretch you get..& use the quick shift to keep going...ought to get about 80 out of 1st, 110 -120 2nd, 120-135 3rd..keep it to the limiter...

run spank'n crap out of it..if you don't, then you won't know if it's actually what you "need".
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Re: New Guy

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Run the thing to the limiter first straight stretch you get..& use the quick shift to keep going...ought to get about 80 out of 1st, 110 -120 2nd, 120-135 3rd..keep it to the limiter...

run spank'n crap out of it..if you don't, then you won't know if it's actually what you "need".
From the 1300S manual on using the quick shifter: When you are riding at constant
speed with the engine revving high in a low gear, upshifting without disengaging the clutch
can cause a severe reaction to the load change. BMW Motorrad recommends disengaging the clutch for upshifts in these circumstances. It is advisable to avoid using the shift assistant at engine speeds close to the limits at which the governor cuts in to limit engine rpm.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:23 AM
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Congrats on the new bike, I think you'll love it. Lots of folks will tell you what you must have for it, ride it a while and you'll find out it's pretty good as it is. That RADAR detector suggestion was spot on though. Welcome to the site.
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Todd:

Welcome to the site. Post a few pictures of the bike when you get it.
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Re: New Guy

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... at constant speed with the engine revving high in a low gear, upshifting without disengaging the clutch can cause a severe reaction to the load change. ....
Yep, but I think I've found a solution.

Welcome Todd, and you're going to love the greatest sport-tourer on the planet! A light pull on the clutch will smooth out the shifts. Also useful when going slow (i.e. town). Don't pull the clutch, just take out the slack from the lever. The shift assist is not disabled but the clutch plates can slip ever so slightly if they so desire.
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Re: New Guy

Todd

Welcome to the site. I'm unclear whether you have the HP or the MS version but either way way you have a great bike - I speak as one who had an HP and now have a MS edition bike.

What might you need to add?

Well some rabbit on about riser plates but having had a K1200S, a K1300S HP and now the MS edition I can't see the need at all unless you are very heavy or very tall.

I would just ride the bike a few thousand miles and then think whether you want to add anything - other than a radar detector which many in the US seem to have.

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Old 07-27-2017, 08:10 PM
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I also have a 2015 K1300s Motorsports. Here are my experiences and some mods I made.

First off, I put a centerstand on the bike thinking it would be helpful gassing the bike up, plus helpful on hot asphalt to avoid the (small) sidestand foot sinking in. I used the centerstand on my 1985 K100RS for 30 years for these purposes, plus to avoid the smoking on startup. Turns out I haven't needed it for gassing up or hot asphalt.

On the quick-shifter: It works best under acceleration. It works least well at a constant speed going into second gear. I find it best to either short-shift into second (around 4000 rpm), or just use the clutch if not accelerating.

I had some issues stalling the bike at first, and it wasn't just not being used to the bike. Rather it was unpredictable just when the power would kick in at low rpm and small throttle openings - think turning left across traffic after stopping. Not a great place to have it stall. I cured that by removing a BUNCH of slack in the throttle cable, plus adding a Booster Plug.

The Booster Plug made quite a difference. It has the most impact at the lowest throttle openings. Makes the bike much more drivable. Also mostly eliminated the flat spot in acceleration at around 5000 rpm. I had my mechanic install it into the air intake, so that it would be inside the air filter and keep cleaner.

I added a $12 pair of neoprene grip covers (Grip Puppies, or similar name). I don't like how skinny the stock grips are, and the grip puppies make the grips fit my hands better. They also reduce the vibration.

I added two powerlet outlets (switched) in the fairing (just inside the mirrors) so I could plug in my radar detector and electric vest. I found that the plug blew out of the stock side socket at 135+ mph.

The stock seat slants forward a bit, and I found it very uncomfortable. My passenger also didn't like sliding forward into me. I put on a Corbin seat, partly because I had a Corbin on my last BMW, and partly because Corbin offers a seat that is heated in both front and rear. It is quite hard however, and if I had to do it again I would ask for a bit of extra padding.

I added the BMW luggage rack and the sport bags. I have used by large and small BMW soft bags on it, but the large bag seems too big for the rack. (It bends under the weight). Seems better suited to being over the passenger seat.

I also added the BMW tank bag as I never have a bike without a tank bag. For one thing I put the radar detector into it so it is out of sight (and out of rain). I use a Sena SR-10 plugged into an Escort Max and a bluetooth connection to my BMW SRC-S intercom system.

The stock M3 tires are not dual-compound and wear out very quickly. It seems most people replace them around 3000 miles. I am very happy with the Pirelli Angel GT's on there.

The bike should have come with cruise control. I have a Kaoko throttle lock on there as a substitute, but if I had to do it over I would get an alternative. I find the Kaoko to be uncomfortable on the side of my hand.

Finally, I had a Stebel horn put on to replace the pathetic 'meeper'. Not it at least sounds like a little car instead of a kids toy.
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Re: New Guy

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Hey all, just joined and wanted to say howdy. I'm up in the PacNorthwest in the US and am about to pull the trigger on a '15 K1300S. I've currently got an '06 R12GS that I'll be trading in. Bought it with dreams of riding to the north slope of AK, and in the 6 years I've owned it, did one ride up to Skagway, and that's the closest I ever got.

My background is all on street bikes, and I just never felt comfortable doing much non-paved roads, and I've decided it was just too much of a compromise given how I ride it, so back to full road I go. I've been looking at more sport TOURING bikes like a used K16GT or a Concours 14, but saw this guy in the dealership and fell in love with the colors, the Akro and the HP pegs. Reality is most of my riding will be commuting and weekend blasts so SPORT touring makes just as much sense for me.

Anyway, looking forward to picking it up on Friday and I envision some serious saddle time this weekend....

Anything I should know ahead of time, or "must-have" tweaks?

Thanks!!

Todd

From one new guy to another: Welcome. There are a bunch of weirdos on the forum and I'm very much at home here I have no doubt you'll fit right in

I thnk your choice for the new steed will impress you, mine has certainly had a lasting impression on me with it's tractability in all conditions, weather wise and road surfaces. It goes like stink and will look after you when you overcook a corner, just pull the thing in and feel the arms of the bike pull you close as you exit the corner, with a smile on your face and thats no
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From one new guy to another: Welcome. There are a bunch of weirdos on the forum and I'm very much at home here I have no doubt you'll fit right in

I thnk your choice for the new steed will impress you, mine has certainly had a lasting impression on me with it's tractability in all conditions, weather wise and road surfaces. It goes like stink and will look after you when you overcook a corner, just pull the thing in and feel the arms of the bike pull you close as you exit the corner, with a smile on your face and thats no

There are a few tweaks you might decide on, but the suggestion to ride the arse off it for a few hundred klicks is spot on. I did get the panniers, including the rear one and mine does sit over the rear seat, very stable. I have just invested in a set of HID replacement lights (8000K and 35W). Haven't installed them yet as I'm overseas, but get back next weekand hopefully they will be waiting for me. The original lights are about as bright as a one watt bulb, especially if you're blasting along the road of a night time Have a look on Pirates Lair, as Jerry suggests they have the smallest ballast and the units will fit inside the shroud and therefore be invisble from the outside, until you turn the lights on

I have yet to invest in a cruise but had one on my old K1200RS and it was fantastic made the long rides so much easier on both wrists and shoulders. The local makers here in Oz say that if the bike has LED's in the rear light their unit won't work I will retry them as that was when I bought the bike in 2012. For me it is a great benefit especially on the 1000+k rides I do most years. I have one coming up in October and can feel my shoulders bunching already
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Hey everyone, thanks for all the info, definitely some good stuff in there!! Picked her up this afternoon and immediately spent 45 minutes in traffic, good times. My GS would have been overheating all over the place, nice getting back to a water-cooled bike. On the upside, oddly I didn't have any issues with my hands going numb which would happen to me pretty regularly on the GS; can't really explain it, but just proof that I'm a lot more comfortable on this bike. I'll definitely ride it for a bit before looking into any ergo tweaks, might play with the foot peg location a bit, but that's about it. Re: the headlight, when I bought it, it had a tinted film on it, which I immediately removed, I think I'll definitely look into and aftermarket HID solution, I like the idea of the Pirate's Lair one, I'll look into that, thanks!! I think I'll also look into picking up the small tail bag as my bike came with the mounting plate on the tail, and looking at the dimensions, I think it will fit my MacBook for work in it, and I'd much rather avoid having to wear a backpack if i can avoid it.

Paughco - definitely noticed the small side stand foot when I stopped by Touratech's HQ on my way home to pick up a mount for my GPS and parked in their gravel spaces, that will be high on my list.

Weishman - I've got the Motorsports version, seems like the paint is different and a little less carbon fibre but otherwise similar.

Phxazcraig - I think the grip covers might be on my short list as well, we'll see how my hands do over the next week or so of commuting. I haven't noticed any fueling issues so far and given the amount of time in traffic I spent at low speed and low throttle openings, I think I would have seen it then, so I think I'm good for the moment, we'll see how that plays out over time.

Thanks again everyone for the warm welcome and I'll see you on the road!!
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you might consider a set of Clearwater darlas with yellow covers. I have recently found that those slow riders in the left lane move to the right sooner, I think it is the fact they wonder what the hell that is with yellow beastly looking eyes about to mount their rear end if they don't get out of the way!
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You ought'a see what happens when you light 'em up with a set of Ericas. They don't have to step on the gas - they are physically pushed away from the front of the bike.

(slight exag.)

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Welcome Todd and congrats on getting back on street bike as well as a "top of the food chain" motorcycle. I have to agree with many of the things Craig Johnson says.

I have Kuykendahl Riser Plates and really like the Handling Improvement. If you enjoy curvy tarmac you might consider them as the K1300S is biased towards high speed stability and thus doesn't easily lean into curves. Secondly, run 38 PSI front and 42 PSI rear as this helps it to lean over easier as well.

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