Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mendocino, CA, USA
I have an '00K12RS and an '09 K13S. I am 6' with a 33" inseam, 180lbs. I can only figure the Lava Orange bike you are/were looking at has an aftermarket seat or you are scrunching yourself up to the tank, or you have REALLY long thighs.... Sitting flat on the ground, yes, the seat may seem to want you that far up, but when moving, I have no such issues. I have plenty of room in my normal sitting position and can move back an inch or two whenever I want. I would have to rotate and get as far into the tank as possible to actually contact the fairing support and that would only be one side. I have the shift assist, but my understanding is the shifter piece is in the same spot, no problems with riding boots of size 12 here, seems to be in the same spot as on my RS, did the current owner adjust it?
With regard to your dilemma.....I did the full rear seal deal myself on my RS, at 96k. As noted, cost was less than $500 and included a new clutch, had the trans input seal pressed in by the local dealer, the reinstalled it all with the new clutch slave - the culprit that time around. It took a while and you have to have all the tools and the space, but it is worth it. If you are really happy with the K12 you have and have the facilities and are a decent wrench, it sounds as though you might be happiest going that route.
'00 K1200RS >135,000 mi, '09 K1300S sold @ 22,232 mi
'93 K1100RS traded up @ 78,000 mi, '85 K100RS sold @44,000 mi, Kawi 650 track bike - sold