Guys... seriously??? I'm 61 and not what you'd call an example of peak fitness. I have been touring on KS bikes since 2006. If you are 1 up and don't need to take along the kitchen sink it's a spectacular touring machine. I use a SW moto rack with a Givi case and I can carry enough for 2 weeks on the road. The engine is smooth and strong at any RPM. It's meteoric above 8000. The wind off the stock shield is clean. I get less buffeting on the KS that a K1600GT no matter where the windshield is set.
04 Titan Grey RT (Gone) 04 White Aluminium 1200CL (hers) 05 K1200S Bumblebee (Times 2, Both Gone) 15 K1300S Motorsport
It's a relaxed but sporty posture for sure, compared to a touring bike. If that's your comfort spot (it is for me) you can do nice long days on the KS. I put 30k on a 1200 while I had it. Some raise the bars and lower the pegs, but I say get a GT instead if you need that. The KS is great as is. Perfect wind protection (head in clean air). I agree with the comments here - it's not a bike for traffic or goaty roads. It's a beastly missile. It comes alive above 80. It's miraculous on Sweeper Madness. You can throw it around and carve like a sportbike but you feel it at the end of the day. Put a topcase on it and go wherever. But I did throw a rod on mine so there's that.