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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 2010, 12:48 am Thread Starter
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trying to buy first bmw

Thanks for reading my post, I am thinking about trading my 2007 zx14 to a 2005 bmw k1200s I wanted one so bad when I first seen them in 05 but the cost was more than I had to spend. I am 47 and have been riding all my life and ride about 10,000 miles a year with my wife. The cost of these bikes have now become affordable and the one I am looking at has 9100 miles on it and has all the options. My main concern is that I will miss the power of the big cc bike. would love to here some input. Thanks so much Mark.
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I really don't think you'll suffer from lack of power on a K12, Mark.
The thing that will strike you most will be the totally different handling !
No fork dive, so less feedback from the front end - but once you get used to it, it's like riding on rails - you get total confidence in the bike, and it's brilliant for twisty mountain roads & hairpins
The engine feels raw & hungry - it can be a bit jerky at low speed, but once you get the revs up, it literally howls up to the red line.

Definately try before you buy though, as it's an acquired taste

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1157cc is plenty big to get you in all sorts of trouble.

I don't know about getting an '05 KS though. There has been refinements in the later year models that may be worth paying a little more for. Gearbox, final drive, clutch, airbox, etc.

Did you have any issues with your zx-14? If not, be prepared for possible small things (maybe large ones as well) to pop up on the BMW.

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There are very good incentives on leftover '09 K1300S's, and you won't miss the power! '10 is virtually identical to '09. The K13 is significant upgrade over the K12. If you can wait another year to get a K13, then do it.
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1157cc is plenty big to get you in all sorts of trouble.

I don't know about getting an '05 KS though. There has been refinements in the later year models that may be worth paying a little more for. Gearbox, final drive, clutch, airbox, etc.

Did you have any issues with your zx-14? If not, be prepared for possible small things (maybe large ones as well) to pop up on the BMW.

I switched to the ZX-14 from a 2009 K1300S. I really liked the K13 but I wouldn't trade back from my 14. FWIW, there isn't a huge power difference for normal street riding. I switched because my K13s wasn't behaving well and I got tired of making trips to the shop to work out the niggles. The ZX14 doesn't stir my soul like the K13 but it doesn't test my patience as much either.

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