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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2014, 6:49 pm Thread Starter
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Soon to be an 2015 K 1300 S Owner

Hey guys I want to drop by and let you know that over the years K1200S and K1300S been in my mind while riding my '06 Yamaha R1 and 2009 HD V-rod currently.. Is there something I need to be aware about these K-bikes..yes it is gonna be my first BMW bike..Since 1999 I've owned Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha Sportbikes and HD V-rod now..and mostly do my own maintenace work.. I know it's not chain or belt driven and will need to do maintenance on it with motor oil changes..also saw that it has a service light come on? is that true? thanks
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2014, 9:49 am
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Pretty much all issues have been addressed from'13 on. Mine is a 2013 with about 10k on the clock and nary a problem. Yes, it does have a maintanence minder- little wrench in display. First/ initial service is 600 miles then every 5k? Major service is 18k. You cannot turn it off without the GS911 OBD tool or dealer has to do it.

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All I can say is the K1200s/K1300s is a fantastic bike.
But if you have a wallet of cash to spend on the latest K1300s 2015,
why on earth would you spend it? You'd be investing in a 10year old concept, artificially
kept up to date with help of an engine bore and fancy electronics.
Wait one more season and get the all new replacement from BMW in 2015/16.A totally revamped bike drawn from a new empty sheet of paper.

And if you don't like it there will be incredible bargains to be made on the last k1300s in the shape you so much want to get now.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 2015, 7:02 am
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While new models of motorcycles and cars are exciting, buying the first year of an entirely new model or design can get you all kinds of glitches and initial design flaws. Hopefully the second year will work out the major problems...third year starts to work out the minor problems.

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While new models of motorcycles and cars are exciting, buying the first year of an entirely new model or design can get you all kinds of glitches and initial design flaws. Hopefully the second year will work out the major problems...third year starts to work out the minor problems.
All 1st year BMW owners are uncompensated beta testers
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All I can say is the K1200s/K1300s is a fantastic bike.
But if you have a wallet of cash to spend on the latest K1300s 2015,
why on earth would you spend it? You'd be investing in a 10year old concept, artificially
kept up to date with help of an engine bore and fancy electronics.
Wait one more season and get the all new replacement from BMW in 2015/16.A totally revamped bike drawn from a new empty sheet of paper.

And if you don't like it there will be incredible bargains to be made on the last k1300s in the shape you so much want to get now.

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Spoken like a noob with KS envy. And fyi, so far there is and may never be a replacement for the mighty S
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Spoken like a noob with KS envy. And fyi, so far there is and may never be a replacement for the mighty S
Well its offical.. No more being made and no replacement offered. Glad I have mine.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2017, 11:39 am
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Well, here's to reviving a dead thread! I just picked up a '14 30th KS with 2700 miles. Perfect shape. Flew to Phoenix and rode her back to Vegas. Covering 350 miles, I can tell you that even my big ass (6'4" - 260lbs) was totally comfy. I did long for cruise control occasionally (so I could pick my nose and whatnot) but, other than that I was surprised by the level of comfort.

I test-rode and S1000XR on two consecutive days prior to heading to Phoenix. Covered about 80 miles total. It, too, is a great machine. I do like the cruise control but I hate the stiff suspension, no TPM, and buzzy bars. So, I took a chance and am very happy with the Big KS. This one might actually be a "forever" bike as more and more of them are gonna fall by the wayside...

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And I will chip in.......waaay too late, that my 2015 K1300S Motorsports is the single best all-arounder I have ever owned.

It does everything well enough to be very satisfying. The clutch “pulsing” in first gear as you get underway is a sad joke from BMW on this bike and it’s riders but I ignore it and just ride. Otherwise. Fantastic. Keeping it!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 2019, 4:03 pm
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I picked up a 2006 K1200S about a month ago. Despite some of its "quirks", it is exactly what I wanted to compliment my Triumph street triple as it is everything the Triumph is not and vice versa. What a beast!

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