I am thinking of buying a 2012 K1300S HP with about 8000 miles on it. Dealer tells me itís in Excellent condition and he wants about $13K for it. Any thoughts, comments etc are greatly appreciated. By the way Iím a 67 year old man. Weigh about 270. Old fart. Thx. Paul
I'm a 65-year-old man with a 2015 K1300s MS, bought new in October 2014. I'd been riding a 1985 K100rs, purchased new in Germany on a tour. Before that I had another K100rs, and before that two RS's and an S. So the K1300s is a bike with the same riding position/style as pretty much all my bikes since the 1978 R100RS.
So I've been riding these since I was in my 20's. And truthfully, none of them have been very comfortable. I can't decide if the R100rs's were more comfortable or I was just younger when I rode them.
In all my years, a 400-mile day on these bikes has generally been about as much as I can stand. By that time my butt is hamburger and I can hardly bear to keep sitting. (That gets better by the end of a week of touring as my butt gets used to it, but I don't ride often enough to avoid saddle sores.) It's not just my butt, though that is the worst. My knees are on fire (one damaged in 1978 in amotorcycle wreck, the other in 2018 in a taekwondo incident.) My wrists and lower back are quite sore as well, particularly at low speeds.
So - first tip, the bike is most comfortable at 85mph, where the wind (for me) against my shoulders balances out the weight on my wrists. The worst is putting along at slow speeds. Here is a typical scenario for me. I drive from Phoenix to Colorado via 4-corners. 2 hours up the Interstate, gas up in Flagstaff and begin a couple hundred miles of 2-lane desert road across the Navaho Reservation. 425 miles to Cortez, and by the time I get there I want to lie down an hour before dragging myself out to dinner. The end of the ride is bad. After hundreds of miles at speed, you have to take the last 20-25 miles into town at about 45 mph due to traffic. And you're just dying at that speed since there is no wind to balance your weight. Everything is sore.
Next day, not so much an issue because the riding is great, and varied. And it's the type of area where you stop more often too.
I'm 6'2", with a 32 inch inseam. I use a Corbin heated seat, which is better than the stock one, but is a bit hard and could use a bit more padding. I have stock handlebars.
So - I find this bike uncormfortable, in exactly the same ways as my previous bikes. It's the riding position, basically. It's a great bike for cruising the open west, or blasting interstates, but it's perhaps one of the worst bikes for putting along at slow speed in traffic for hours.