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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 12:53 pm Thread Starter
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Test rode a K12S

Thinking about getting rid of my cruiser and getting a bmw bike. I took a test ride on a k12s. I loved everything about it, except I'm not sure how comfortable it would be for longer hauls and the occasional two-up day trip, which is what I intend to use it for. It seemed like I really had alot of pressure on my wrists, much like a full blown sport bike. I sat on a K12RS and felt like that riding position would suit me more, but really liked the technical advancements with the S. The ESA was noticealble in different modes and the power was readily on tap. Just wanted to share my thoughts and get some feedback about the S's viability as an occasional two-upper and/or longer ride mount.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 2:19 pm
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It all depends - most of us bought the bike for the same features you did, and then we customize it to fit our riding style and size. I'm 5'8" with a 28" inseam and got the low seat. I too want it comfy for longer trips, so next I'll add the Verholen bar risers to get a more upright position, which likely means I'll also add a taller windshield.

To compare apples with apples, it always helps to know the rider's height and inseam.
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Oh ya, meant to add my dimensions
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 4:04 pm
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Once you get up to 50mph or so the air hitting your upper body takes the load off your wrists. I find the S ergos very comfy for trips. My back prefers the S seating compared to a bike with a more upright position.

Doing a bit of lifting weights and stretching exercises helps my old body too.

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I'm 6'1" and 180lbs. Do 200mi rides quite often. Not quite all day, more like half-day stuff. Get a throttle lock and you can switch giving both hands a rest instead of just one. Work well for me. Also, setting far forward on the seat for stretches will sit you more upright till your boyz complain. Like I said the throttle lock is the ticket but it's no cruise. You must fuss with it a lot when the grade changes.
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You should have no problem touring on this bike. I did a 4k mile 8 day in April and no aches and pains at days end. I am 5"10 165lbs w/ 32" inseam. Really surprising how great this bike is for sport touring! Btw, I switched from an upright seating position Ducati Multistrada before the K12S.
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No problem I did 700 miles in 2 days. very comfortable bike i'm 6'6" and 270

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