New S is here 250 miles later. Long
250 miles later here are some observations and questions. Disclaimer first. I am 6.1" 32" in-seam. 245lbs.
97 R1200C was my first BMW (Sold)
04 R1150RT got me into Touring (Sold)
Currently I have a 2002 K1200LTC with 11500 miles on it, bought it with 5500. I think the LT is just about the best bike out there in so many, so many ways. But I caved and bought an S so I can ride alone and have serious fun.
Well and seriouns fun this bike is, arrived wet and ready to go on Tuesday and on Tuesday after work I put 200 miles on it, 50 miles today. This bike has some serious power, power I have never experienced before, it rides in an RPM range (although I am breaking in per manufacturer instructions) that is very very different than my LT. Nonetheless it is a different bike, different engine so I expected to but here are some observations/questions
1 - HandleBar risers might be in the horizon I get a terrible forearm ache after riding if for a while to a point a cannot streched my arms out completely. Feels exaclty like Basic Training after dropping on the ground and calling 50 push ups, feels like push ups. Anyone else?. Before I drop the dime on the risers will I get used to it? Otherwise back and shoulders are fine is my forearms that are hurting.
2 - SECOND GEAR, the clunk it makes going into second gear is something I have NEVER experience on ANY bike, and this is NOT my first new bike. Man it makes me wonder if the tranny is about to fall out or something......am I not shifting it at the right speed or RPM range? will it get better? First is fine normal clunk, pull the clutch in 30 seconds before shifting into 1st and you fine, third is notchy, 4th/5th/6th engage beatifully but SECOND..... is very scary, when I go in for the 600 I will have to have that checked.
3- ESA Mode is pretty much going to stay on normal, comfort is too loose on the curves and too loose on the highway, Sport is waaaay to jerky, the bike just feels jerky. Normal mode pretty much satisfies me throught out.
4- How do I know if I have ABS?. Mainly because the Bill of Sale from the dealer DOES NOT break that down, I just has the final price he and I agreed on it. I know the bike has a 04/2005 Build Date but I can't tell if it has ABS or NOT.I have to get used to the fact that the rear brakes are NOT linked, I use my rear brakes on my LT a lot.
Coming from an LT, which is a bike you work hard on changing gears to get more power. The S man, you lug it down to 40 in 5th and just pull right back up, I love it, the hightest RPM I have had the bike its been 6K at 90 miles per hour, no vibration nothing just normal cruising. MY BMW Bags should be here tomorrow.