Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mendocino, CA, USA
I am kinda partial to the ealier versions as well, like the Infidel, for mainly the same reasons. I have had the standard (and several) main seal replacements. The last I did myself at 96,000 miles and replaced my clutch. Took time and some muscle help, but otherwise nothing special. I have the 170 rear tire and am totally happy with it. The wider 185 rubber looks more modern nowadays, but serves only to aid turn in response a little. I have a tall aeroflow screen on mine now, that comes off easily - though since I picked up the 1300S, the RS has become more my two-up quasi-GT. Any bike for $4500 will likely need new or rebuilt shocks anyway, so figure that in. Between the elapsed time and any mileage over 25,000, the stockers will be hosed. Cruise does me no good due to my riding, rarely on the freeway so it is a non issue for me. My abs clutch slaves failed at about 70,000 as I recall, well out of warranty, but I found a used unit for about $450 vs $1500 new and had the work done along with one of the warranteed seal jobs. For the mileage I have and as hard as I ride it, I think it has held up quite well and is still going strong.
'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