Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Incline Village, NV, USA
Getting the K1300 Dialed In for me.
I recently purchased a slightly used K1300GT. I had ridden a friends 2003 K1200GT and read many reviews on it. I saw the GT in a shop and bought it without a test ride. When I rode it home I found that the seat didn't work for me and the windscreen also didn't work for me. The seat was shaped ok, but was too soft and spongey, like riding on a water bed. The windscreen which was an OEM 24 1/2" tall put the wind right at my sunglasses. Very noisy and uncomfortable when I have the helmet shield up, even at slow "in town" speeds.
Last week I rode over to the folks at Cal Sci, and tried their "medium" windshield. Mark was great and let me install the shield and take it for a ride before I committed to buying it. I knew in a moment that his windshield was terrific. Mark showed me how he makes his windscreens and it was fascinating.
From there I rode over to RKA luggage, just outside Santa Rosa, and ordered a tank bag from Rich. His products are made right there and are very high quality. After leaving RKA, I rode up to Anderson and had Rick Mayer build me a custom seat. After riding the seat for several hundred miles on twisty northern California roads, I found the comfort to be excellent but that the seat was built too much towards the "tourning" end of sport touring for my personal liking. I contacted Rick and he said to stop back up or send it in. I rode up late this week and he adjusted it and now it is perfect. All day comfortable and I am still able to easily slide side to side in the twisties. Rick was terrific and wouldn't accept any money for the adjustment. I tried to be detailed in my description of what I liked and didn't like about the original seat, and he nailed it for me. Rick is a very accomplished rider.........11,000 miles in 11 days on one iron but ride. Also a hard used track bike was in the garage. Leathers and sliders with lots of wounds, so he not afraid to push the envelope.
It was a terrific exercise and I felt grateful to have these three companies right here in Northern California. It was a bonus to have all their products made on site, by them, and in some cases along with family members, and skilled employees. Right here in the good ole USA.