Originally Posted by ddtrucker
I rode my first K bike at Max`s last week during the RA Rally. What a deal,could possibly see myself on one. Not knowing much about them, I thought I would ask you guys some questions:
1st. Can you tour with these things? Barbacks and or peg lowering?
2nd. Is the ESA nessary? What do you guys think of it?
3rd. What is this onboard computer all about?
4th. Traction control, What`s that all about?
Hope its OK to ask all these questions. Also if there is anything else I need to know about the K1300S , recalls, problems, etc. please lay it on me!
1- Absolutely yes, yes & yes; probably the best sport-tourer available. Torque/power!!! 2-up not so great for ultra-long trips (GT or RT better)... see pic below as example, but there are zillion other ways to pack/stack, plus tank bags if you like! Don't waste $$ buying factory tail rack unless you think it's a must. Actually, the S has pretty decent protection in poor weather... I ride mine all year 'round; superb aerodynamics. Heated grips are std and will spoil you. If you can find one with GSA, Gear Shift Asst (quickshifter, but can be dealer installed) get it. Already have done 600+mi/day travels fast with no problems, even through brutal thunderstorms non-stop (rain gear of course). The mounts for these side bags are very inconspicuous when panniers off. But there are lots of cheaper soft bags and huge bags which can sit on rear seat if you don't like hard bags.
2- No, it's not necessary, particularly if you plan on tracking the bike frequently as you can dial in Ohlins or Wilburs susp far more precisely for your weight. For those who won't track, ESA is a nice thing with Comfy, Normal, Sport modes and add'l choices for 1 or 2 up, with or without luggage and better resale if you trade/sell. Brakes on these are industry best, comparable to Ducs though heavier bike.
3- Onboard computer allows you to "zoom" to modes such as times, fuel, ranges, trip set, etc. It's standard now on this bike and a good thing.
4- Traction control - actually ASC - automatic stability control, is extra and it's there to "help" one from losing control when either wheel loses traction... can be turned off.
5- 4 recalls were issued to correct ALL the early relatively minor issues (possible brake fluid foaming, fuel/idle control with software update, left & right combo switches which were not made to BMW spec by a sub... no expense to owners). All were corrected if bike was taken to dealer. Have over 20K on mine and it keeps getting better with "age."
Sport panniers with this small rollbag will easily do for a week. With a much longer rollbag, you can double what you see here in load capacity and go for months... heck, strap a collapsible tent to the roll bag also, through wouldn't recommend as trail bike!! Your body will adapt quite a bit after couple weeks of use and you can do the peg lowering, etc if necessary for long legs. It's superb for fast travel on slabs to get to those really nice backroads in mountainous western part of NC.