Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Topeka, Ks, USA
I figured I'd chime in here.
I have had 5 VFRs 85' 90' 93' 99' 07' and I loved them all. The 85' was my first motorcycle. I have also owned an 88 GSX-R(drag bike), 97 YZF1k, 98 SuperHawk, 99' SV650, 01' R1, 01' Busa Turbo(drag bike), 02 RC51, 03' Superhawk. I always seem to go back to the VFR. In 05' I sold my last bike. I thought I was done with riding. In 07' I realised I wasn't. When I made the decision in the spring of 08' to get another bike there was no question in my mind what it had to be. 07' RWB VFR. After the usual mods it made 102 RWHP with 55 RWTQ. I was pleased and we were happy together for a long time.
Then I saw a show on TV about BMW motorrad. I Never concidered one before. I Didn't even know they made a 4 cyl bike. A friend who owned a GS said I should go test ride a K bike. So I did. An 07 K1200S that the local dealer had. At this point I feel it necessary to add that the bike I test rode had 69k miles on it. Worn out in my mind at that time. I wondered why the dealer would put me on an old worn out bike for my first test ride of a BMW ever. Once I started riding it, I WAS SHOCKED. Comfort, speed, handeling, braking, Everything I asked it to do it did effortlessly at levels the VFR could not match. I found myself asking, If a bike with that many miles on it was that good, what would the NEW K1300S be like??? Suddenley it dawned on me why Peter put me on the this "old worn out bike".
I now have over 5k miles on my K1300S. Except for the occasions when my wife rides it, my VFR has been religated to garage art. My point to all this is that I have owned and riden a lot of different motorcycles over the years. I have had faster bikes, I have had better handeling bikes, But as far as the total package Comfort, handeling, power, and braking. The K1300S is by far my favorite. For me nothing else really comes close.
I will however admit, form time to time I do miss the rumble of the V4.