Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Two BMW's - which model to replace both of them
I'm a new member and I need to make a choice replacing both BM's for one.
Any advice would be grateful.
I currently own two BMW's a 98 K12RS with 37k miles with a Ohlins upgradeI I bought this 8 months ago
Also I have BMW R1100s 99 reg with only 11k miles I've had for two years but hardly used due to work commitments.
The R1100s I eventually took on a tour around the Black Mountains earlier this year and proved to be the ideal mount around the hair pin bends. It was brilliant - the low centre of gravity and torque at a low speeds made it one of the most memorable biking moment I ever had despite the lousy weather. Never did see the spectacular views due to low cloud!
The only downside was that on long motorway journeys the R1100s can feel a bit breathless at higher speeds and more vibration. Also a small tank and not having a fuel gauge was a bit of a pain.
I bought the K12rs for work that involve motorway trips. A week long courses thats only 65 miles away can take over 2.5 hours by car in rush hour. Or just over 1:15 mins by bike. The criteria was ABS heated grips and narrow enough to filter ( leave panniers off and top case only). I used to own a early 88 K100RS and K75s in the past so was interested in riding the last incarnation of a brick. I could use the R for work but a few years ago I was using a R1100rt for work and trying to squeeze between vehicles was hard work, the width of the engine was distracting in those situations.
Now being only 5'6" and an inside leg of 29" the K's weight and seat height requires a little more judgment when parking , but no problems when on it.
I usecd to own a Blackbird but that got written off in the city when I guy switch lanes and I ended up locking up the front wheel and slid down the road. So although the Bird is faster, lighter and probably better handling. I actually found it strangly rather bland. The gearbox in the lower gears was clunky and less torque low down and heavier steering. I could not really gel with it. Maybe the later FI models would have been better.
Now the K despite the mass I find it extremely comfortable, better weather protection and that smooooth engine that pulls from low revs strangely I find intoxicating. The sheer weight is an advantage in blustery winds. It's quirkier than any Honda but that's what make it special.
I had a test ride of a K1300s and yes it was much lighter , lower seat and loaded with gadgets.
This would proabably be the ideal compromise, but just reading about the potential running costs if things break does put me off. ESA lifespan and cost of replacement is off putting.
The reality is the K12rs is being used 95% of the time and the R11s is just waiting for a another tour or a good day to exploit its handling. If the K1300s can provide the same handling qualities of the R1100s and With the qualities of the K12rs it could be the answer.
So this is the dilemma . Sell both and get a k1300s. Or just keep them and and save the money .
There is a a 09 K1300s with 23k miles for £5750 from a Bmw dealer in Manchester giving a full 12month bmw warranty - no luggage though. But it's has all the toys ESA,ABS etc,
Any thoughts that this would be the ideal bike? I'm sorely tempted
I just keep on changing my mind due to its milage and worn suspension.
Interestily the VFR1200f is the same weight as the K12rs so that's off the list.
Suzuki GSXR 1000 K1 - for track days next year.and mid life crisis !
Suzuki sv650 - ideal for inner city work. Great medium size bike.
I've also got a Suzuki SV650 for commuting into London on the odd days and a Suzuki gsxr1000 k1 but that's manic for the road and intend using it for track days.
Terrible I see bikes for less than £3k