Originally Posted by JackQT
Background: I've got two (2) machines. . .F650gs and a K75rt. The F650 is my "summer commuter", which knocks out about 65mpg. The K75 is my "winter commuter + 2-up" machine.
The problem: I've got a severe itch for a K1200rs, but I'm having trouble justifying it.
The question: How comfortable for the passenger is a K1200rs compared to a K75rt? My wife likes to ride with me, but I want to make it as comfortable for her as possible. The K75 is a bit cramped and quite warm in the summer, but I'm concerned about the wind protection/seating position of the RS. . .
I can't speak to the comparison with the K75RT but having owned an '04 KRS AND an '02 R1150RT at the same time I feel I can speak to matter of comfort. The KRS' wind protection is maybe half that of a fully faired bike and yes, you'll notice it when riding in nasty weather. This bike's somewhat more agressive sport touring ergos also means you'll both be assuming a similarly agressive posture.
Will you support your wife with some kind of back rest? What kind of creature comfort does she like? If you take a look at BMW's KRS brochures throughout its production run you'll notice that when the bike is photographed with two-up riders the passenger is pretty close to the operator. This could make for an unpleasant experience when it's hot but not so much if the weather's cool or rainy and you'll be back to the "cramped" situation you have on your K75.
And now for the positive. I LOVED my KRS and wish I still had it. Yes, I have its new brother, the K12s but the older model was more for sport touring than anything else plus it did so many other things so well. I miss the KRS' cruise control, a lot, and it's one thing that's kept me from venturing out of state with the K12s or taking an overnighter on it - two things I plan to do this fall.
Getting back to the KRS, you will be blown away by the difference in performance and you won't notice the slight weight gain, much. I didn't check to see where you live but there's a very, very sweet loaded '03 with lots of extras listed for sale on the IBMWR site. Oh, and it's black, too. $6600, a screamin' deal.