Originally Posted by TomsterMVA
...lack of protection from the elements. Why this surprised me is a bit of a puzzle as this IS a sport bike afterall. I guess I heard several stories of coast-to-coast riding and assumed there was decent wind protection. I found there was none. I suposed I needed to haunch down more but that would not be comfortable after about 10 minutes. I pretty much froze my butt off and the wind sounded like a DC10 taking off in my helmet. I quickly was reminded that I forgot my earplugs...
Maybe the combination of wind noise and cold weather made it seem worse.
Compared to my previous Honda ST1300, I find the K1200S better overall from a wind standpoint. There are multiple aspects to wind protection beyond just what % of wind is blocked. The ST13 had fairly good wind protection, but it was susceptible to buffeting. With the windscreen up, backpressure developed pushing my head forward.
The KS exposes me somewhat more to the wind, but it's an even flow, there's less buffeting and under some conditions it's overall less tiring.
If you're cold, one good solution is a heated vest or jacket liner. I've ridden my KS an hour on the freeway at 80 mph in 25F weather, wearing only a heated jacket liner and long underwear under my leathers, and was OK.
Likewise I find the wind noise is somewhat less on the KS than on the ST13, which was very loud with the windscreen in the down position. With the windscreen up, it was quiet but uncomfortable from the back pressure pushing me forward.
I did 400 miles on the KS coming back from Deal's Gap last summer, and was OK. I personally wouldn't get a KS for multiday tours across the country, but I find it nearly as comfortable for several hundred mile days as my ST1300 was. From my standpoint (and body physiology) the KS gives up little in comfort but is much more exciting to ride.
Much depends on your unique body requirements and how it matches the bike. Although the KS works great for me (48 yrs old, 6'0" tall, 175 lbs), it might not work for you. If you want more wind protection, a more upright position, yet the same engine and drivetrain, there's the GT.
The KS won't turn like an MV, nor like a Ducati 748, but I had no trouble at a very spirited pace through Deal's Gap.