K1200S Advice Please - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2011, 3:35 am Thread Starter
Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: , ,
Posts: 4
K1200S Advice Please

Hi,

I'n thinking of getting a K1200S on a 55 plate.

But I've heard that the engines & handling on the early bikes is a little on the "woolly" side.

Can anyone comment on this, am I better trying to get a later bike?

Thanks very much
LHutchin is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2011, 6:07 am
Veteran
 
allikanbe1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Yorktown, VA, USA
Posts: 969
Quote:
Originally Posted by LHutchin
Hi,

I'n thinking of getting a K1200S on a 55 plate.

But I've heard that the engines & handling on the early bikes is a little on the "woolly" side.

Can anyone comment on this, am I better trying to get a later bike?

Thanks very much
Am I the only person who does not know what a "55 plate" and "wooly" means? Is this a 2005 KS or an earlier model 2004 KRS? Either way, it's usually always better to get a later model. My 07 KS had fewer issues than my friends 06 and his was better than the 05. BMW worked out some of the bugs as time went on. Having said that, there were a lot of great early model bikes that had the factory issues fixed (airbox for one).

07 BMW K1200 S (cosmic blue/titan silver)
allikanbe1 is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2011, 6:14 am Thread Starter
Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: , ,
Posts: 4
Thanks for the reply

It's a mid 2005 bike.

Woolly, i.e. not as sharp,vague.

The telelever isn't as good on the early bikes?

Thanks
LHutchin is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Enthusiast
 
Y2K12RS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mendocino, CA, USA
Posts: 283
The KS has the 'hossack' front end as opposed to the tele-lever of the RS, etc series. I have both, very different. But I have not owned a standard front end bike for a long time, so wooly? The KS provides more feedback than the KRS, but, they are in my view quite different bikes, and both would feel way different to a standard front end. However, I get all the information I need from either and they both soak up road imperfections quite well. I would expect to install aftermarket suspension to suite my needs on any bike of that age, standard or non-standard front end......

Jim Douglas
'00 K1200RS >135,000 mi, '09 K1300S sold @ 22,232 mi
'93 K1100RS traded up @ 78,000 mi, '85 K100RS sold @44,000 mi, Kawi 650 track bike - sold
http://www.seagullbb.com/
Y2K12RS is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2011, 7:29 am
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Posts: 229
Quote:
Originally Posted by LHutchin
Hi,

I'n thinking of getting a K1200S on a 55 plate.

But I've heard that the engines & handling on the early bikes is a little on the "woolly" side.

Can anyone comment on this, am I better trying to get a later bike?

Thanks very much
I could ramble on and do War and Piece on the subject and people have,the odds of you getting a good one pre a 07 plate are lower than if you go post 07,in the UK thats means your looking at the silver model with yellow wheels or the all black one.
chriscanning is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2011, 8:10 am Thread Starter
Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: , ,
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by chriscanning
I could ramble on and do War and Piece on the subject and people have,the odds of you getting a good one pre a 07 plate are lower than if you go post 07,in the UK thats means your looking at the silver model with yellow wheels or the all black one.
Sorry are you saying I should be looking at at silver/yellow or black one?
Thanks
LHutchin is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2011, 10:30 am
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Posts: 229
Just pointing out what are the later coloured models,I've seen bikes on 07' reg's and their 06 models,and of course I forgot!! the tri colour one as well.
chriscanning is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2011, 12:48 pm Thread Starter
Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: , ,
Posts: 4
So do the pre 07 ride/feel different / worse than the post 07?
LHutchin is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2011, 3:41 pm
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Posts: 229
Quote:
Originally Posted by LHutchin
So do the pre 07 ride/feel different / worse than the post 07?
Blimey this could go on forever,I suggest you do a trawl/search of the various K sites to look for maps/airboxs/clutchs/rear drives some of those things can be attributed to post 07 models as well,but not as much,I'd also do a search on BMW Uk's extended warranty.
chriscanning is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2005 K1200s bar back input needed wbrooks K12/1300S 3 May 4th, 2011 5:01 pm
Removing Heated Grips on K1200S: Need Advice Pirate K12/1300S 26 May 4th, 2009 9:28 pm
need advice on purchase of k1200s pheonix1t General: F, G and R-Bikes Discussion 3 Mar 28th, 2009 7:37 pm
K1200S Speedo Question.. Need Advice and a Hug Pirate K12/1300S 12 Nov 3rd, 2005 6:45 pm

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome