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#982233 - 03/15/17 10:34 PM K1300S Tourers ???  
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Anyone older than 45 using one of these for long distance touring? I see a lot of these bikes with super low miles, all fiddled with, bar risers, different windshields, etc. Ergos look pretty uncomfortable for long riders, but I'm just wondering....

I don't need the KGT any more, since my wife quit riding with me, and am thinking about something lighter. Uh, I'm not asking for suggestions for other models here. cool


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#982259 - 03/16/17 02:17 AM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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A guy I work with has a 2010 model and I've ridden it a few times. It's a fun bike but not particularly comfortable but his has a low seat and suspension. Not a all day bike for me.


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#982262 - 03/16/17 02:58 AM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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At 6' 4" the footpegs were too high for me. A wider bar would have been nice to have. Compared to the K1200 RS I had previously, the K13S was an easy bike to ride well. 400-500 miles a day were not a problem. Wind protection was marginal, and there was a lot of helmet noise no matter what windshield I tried.

Having said all of that, have you rode the new R1200 RS?

#982314 - 03/16/17 06:39 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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I'm asking the same questions over on k-bikes.com. My GT is 11 this year and I don't want a heavy K16 or less powerful (don't hate me) R12. My biggest concern is 98% of my riding is two-up most of that touring. I need a trunk and comfy passenger seat. May have to go test ride one with the wife soon.


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#982315 - 03/16/17 07:27 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: 2wheeler]  
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The K13S is a tool. A damn sharp tool. We're selling ours because they don't work well in the slow, congested, roads of the Olympic Peninsula. Honestly, they don't come alive until over 80 mph. They're not fun until you've learned how to ride them hard. They don't really shine until you've pushed through 2 hours of urban traffic.

I found that to keep the in its power band of 7-9.5K wasn't easy in anything less than 3rd gear. By then the bike is doing around 90. That's fine, if you are riding somewhere like Utah.

The bike was incredible in L.A. traffic.

#982319 - 03/16/17 08:25 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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I'm a bit biased being a twin guy, but the two things besides ergonomics in general I see as an issue is the cost to maintain it and the gas mileage.

Call any bmw dealer and see what the 12 and 24k services are.
This is a good suggestion for any bike considered for touring.
A Triumph Trophy, a Guzzi, HD, etc.


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#982321 - 03/16/17 08:36 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Thanks, especially Dennis. Your experience helps me conclude its probably a wonderful bike, but wrong for my needs. Durnit.what are you and Laney going to replace them with?

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#982325 - 03/16/17 09:41 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Laney bought an F800 GT, and I bought an F800 GS. They're a huge difference from anything either of us have had in the past, but for some silly reason, I'm smiling every time I get off the GS grin

#982354 - 03/17/17 12:57 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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I just did two thousand-mile days on my mostly stock K13S. Love it.

#982373 - 03/17/17 04:55 PM Re: K1300S Tourers ??? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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can't see any reason to not get a K1300GT, you can ride it like a S if you want and why give up the extra comfort and convenience that comes with it. plus I cannot recall and good bag options for a S

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