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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 2009, 9:04 pm Thread Starter
 
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Stupid Question. What is a K bike?

I have been looking at buying an R1200R and just recently saw a K1200RS
that made me drool. What is the K? Sorry, I have googled and searched everywhere
and all I found was YOU!
Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 2009, 9:06 pm
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In a very small nutshell:

R = Boxer twin air cooled engine.

K = 4 Cylinder water cooled engine.

I've owned both.
K is best
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Thanks. I'll go ride it tomorrow.
Such beautiful bikes!
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 2009, 9:59 pm
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The K 1200 is a BMW on steroids before 2006.

Look at this site http://www.ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?id=747127 for comparison in 2003.

This was The Sport Touring bike in late 90ís thu 2004ís.

It has some quirks and some people may shy away but it has power, handling, stopping power and smoothness.
It is all that a H.D. is not.
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Thanks, it's a 2003 I'm looking at!
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K = 4 Cylinder water cooled engine.
Mine's missing a cylinder!
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Mine's missing a cylinder!
Yeah, after I wrote that I figured I'd hear from a 750 enthusiast
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Here is a little more detail on the K bike. It is an inline 3 or 4 cylinder water cooled engine laid on its side. In other words, the pistons move parallel with the ground instead of up and down or vertically. Be aware the K1200 can be a handful in tight twisties due to its weight and long wheelbase. I owned a 93 K1100RS for 11 years and it was a heckuva lot of fun. Good luck in your search.

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I have an 03K12RS. If you like it buy it. Great fun bike to ride. Also had a 93K11RS. I actually liked the looks of it better. The bike was heavier and seating position wasn't the best for me. Great bike to pound the pavement though.
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WOOOh james are you looking to get / start out on a R12, or K12.
You might want to start with a K75S, or a F800ST/S
Not sure if you've had a motorcycle before or not - Start slow & get some miles under your belt there, before going to a 1200 yet.
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