After a year of hassle and unreliability with the 1200, I bit the bullet financially and bought a new K1300GT which I collected this morning, and here it is in blue, waiting for me at the dealers .The colour has flecks in it which positively gleam in the sunlight, looks great!.
For some inexplicable reason the dealer fitted the hugger incorrectly, and removed the OE horn whilst fitting my Stebel Magnum,don't know why they didn't just disconnect it and leave it on?
After my first ride of 231 kms , my first impressions are :
There is a lot more engine braking than on the 1200
It seems to move less in the wind even with full luggage
Throttle response is better than the 1200, and the torque stronger.
Handling seems better, but difficult to know if it's the tyres or the ESA.
I'm not sure about the Bridgestone tyres in the damp/wet and think the Michelins were better.
The first service is already pre-booked in 10 days time, although it won't take anywhere near that time to reach the 1000kms. Hopefully I'll be able to report good news regarding reliability as time and kms elapse, and it should be nicely run in for the end of August when the Euro K Club members come over for a weekend meeting and rides out.