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Old 08-23-2018, 02:30 PM
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Take the K13S or the S1R

A lifelong friend of mine and Harley rider wants me to join him and a few of his friends on a loop around Portland Maine shoreline and local vicinity. Normally I avoid these congested areas like the plague but my buddy insists I be a part of this “cruise”. Typically I pride myself on how many of these tanks I can pass in a day. I will be spending the night prior to the ride at his place, so I will need to bring some gear. Do I take the KS and spend the day in first and second gear or the lighter bike which is a lot easier to handle in traffic at slower speeds?
It would mean a lot to him if I join him and his group. Maybe the weather will suck and I can get out of it. If not, what say you all? Which bike would you take?
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:32 PM
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Having had both I'd take the K13. It's heavier but it's more comfortable.
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

Rent a Harley for the trip. If you're doing this for a friend, it'll be more enjoyable for all and you can get the Stratolounger model.
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

Personally, I'd take the lighter bike if I was going to be puttering around towns and traffic.

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Old 08-23-2018, 02:47 PM
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

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Rent a Harley for the trip. If you're doing this for a friend, it'll be more enjoyable for all and you can get the Stratolounger model.

I have very little experience riding an 800 pound motorcycle in traffic. If it is a hot day, I bet I’d end up with toasted balls.
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I have very little experience riding an 800 pound motorcycle in traffic. If it is a hot day, I bet I’d end up with toasted balls.

As I recall the S1000 pumps out a lot more heat than the K13 in slow traffic and I rode the K13 yesterday through 35.5 degree heat. Checking this morning it seemed that my balls hadn't been baked
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I think you'd be OK with either bike, i rode my K13S in DC traffic for a few years and never had any issues with slow speed handling. Take whichever bike you think you would be most comfortable on.
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

I'd find a nice light off-road/dirt bike.

Then when those pesky cagers block your filtering, you can ride right over the top of the feckers.
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

Hey T ,

If you’re gonna wait all day for Harleys , and sit in traffic a lot , well , take the Z4 ...
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Didn't you sprain your right wrist yesterday, making riding impossible?
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

I once upon a time spent a day riding with some folks from my church that all own Harleys and ride wearing brain buckets and wife beaters as their "gear." We spent the entire day at 5 under the limit. It didn't matter if we were on the expressway or a twisty mountain road, we were under the limit all day. If the sign approaching a curve said "20 mph" then we rode through it at 15. And all the while, I swallowed all their taunts about how my wimpy bike (K1600GT) was so quiet there's no way it could be making the kind of power they were straddled.

I enjoyed the company at our frequent stops but the ride was a something I still have nightmares about and wake up in cold sweats. It was that torturous.

Every time they invite me back something has just happened to my bike that means I can't ride. So now they all think that my bike is slow AND unreliable. That's fine by me.

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I once upon a time spent a day riding with some folks from my church that all own Harleys and ride wearing brain buckets and wife beaters as their "gear." We spent the entire day at 5 under the limit. It didn't matter if we were on the expressway or a twisty mountain road, we were under the limit all day. If the sign approaching a curve said "20 mph" then we rode through it at 15. And all the while, I swallowed all their taunts about how my wimpy bike (K1600GT) was so quiet there's no way it could be making the kind of power they were straddled.

I enjoyed the company at our frequent stops but the ride was a something I still have nightmares about and wake up in cold sweats. It was that torturous.

Every time they invite me back something has just happened to my bike that means I can't ride. So now they all think that my bike is slow AND unreliable. That's fine by me.


The solution to this problem is to volunteer to plan and lead the ride, that way you are the pace setter.
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

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If you are going to be in a lot of slow traffic - it is a no brainer the S1000R is the way to go. The K1300S is an awesome bike and for touring is better than the S1R but it is terrible in slow moving stop and go traffic in my opinion.

I hated riding my K bike in town - it was heavy and the clutch action is nowhere near as good as the S1R's.

And I second the idea you lead the ride - just keep checking you mirrors to keep everyone in sight.
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Are you nuts? Take the Z4!
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

It sounds like a slow ride. I love my K1300s, but it's really not comfortable until about 75mph or so, when there is enough wind to take some weight off my wrists. That same wind also takes a bit of weight off my butt.


If you are going to be poking around at the speed limit or lower, and in city traffic, I'd take a bike with a more upright seating position.
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Re: Take the K13S or the S1R

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A lifelong friend of mine and Harley rider wants me to join him and a few of his friends on a loop around Portland Maine shoreline and local vicinity. Normally I avoid these congested areas like the plague but my buddy insists I be a part of this “cruise”. Typically I pride myself on how many of these tanks I can pass in a day. I will be spending the night prior to the ride at his place, so I will need to bring some gear. Do I take the KS and spend the day in first and second gear or the lighter bike which is a lot easier to handle in traffic at slower speeds?
It would mean a lot to him if I join him and his group. Maybe the weather will suck and I can get out of it. If not, what say you all? Which bike would you take?

I know this sounds a bit naive, but you should be totally honest with your friend and tell him that the pace set by him and his buddies on their Harleys does not mesh well with the gearing of your motorcycles. Maybe you should try to find another bike for the day to be with them. If you absolutely had to choose one of your bikes, and everything else was not an option, I would choose the S1000r. It would be a bit of a cooler ride.
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Thank you for all your input guys. You’re right about the Z4, but unfortunately that will not be an option. I am leaning towards the S1R for the reasons mentioned, but I haven’t used the K13 as much this year and I can hear it moan when I take off on his little brother for most of my local rides. So I will probably make the final decision a day or two before based on your replies and my gut feelings . Ride safely everybody and thanks again for your replies.
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