Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Shop more. I wouldn't settle for a choice between 2 bikes. There are lots of these Beemers around and you are in a highly populated area so you should have a dozen to choose from just locally. Go look on Craigs List and everywhere else. I live in Seattle, WA but ended up buying my '08 K1200S from a guy in Minneapolis. It's how I found the bike I wanted with the features I wanted from the kind of guy I was looking for (intelligent, adult, graduate engineer). Don't buy bikes owned by kids. Millennials are the 1st Gen. of Americans that the able bodied grown men can't change a fucking tire.
Get as recent model year as you can find. The 2nd Gen. K-Bike was a bit of a learning curve for Beemer and there were issues with the Clutch, Startup oil pressure, Brakes, Gas Gauge, and more. Most of this was worked out by the time the 1300s came out. The model ended in 2016 and would be the one I'd look for. The present 6 cylinder bikes are a completely different machine.
I chose to go bare bones for my choice of features and don't regret it 8 years later. The more complex the features, the more trouble you have. ABS is an excellent development and BMW has led the way but Servo Assist (Power Brakes) on a motorcycle is bullshit. It fails and is a fortune to fix. So is the Ride Control crap. The associated shocks are complicated, fail, and also a fortune to fix. I'm running a pair of Ohlins; best suspension in the world.
Notice there are 3 models to choose from; S, R, and GT. The S is full fairing sport touring. The R is the street fighter version and never sold well. The GT is the luggage truck of the bunch and sold quite well. The disadvantage of buying a GT is you will miss out on owning one of the fastest bikes to ever roll across a showroom floor. The GT is detuned compared to the others and of course much heavier. With a little work, these bikes beat Hyabusas. That's worth experiencing and is why I bought an S. They are scary fast.