This is my first post on this K-bikes forum. My name is Gilles (named after the formula 1 pilot Gilles Villeneuve), I'm Belgian and had a BMW R1100R (grey, red saddle) for 4 years until my accident in 2007 (car hit me from behind, no injuries after a week of bruises).
Since a few months, I'm riding motorcycles again and the time has come to get my own bike again.
about my next bikes :-)
I'm totally blown away by the 6 cylinder K1600 ... and I'm betting (somewhat) that BMW will bring a naked version of that bike in the near future. That's what I'll have when they're hitting the 2nd hand market with some mileage on them (I'm hardly ever buying cars/bikes new).
Until then, I'm eager to add quite some miles on a powerful, stable, impressive naked bike. I test drove a K1300R some weeks ago and my mind is set: a K12R/K13R it will be.
Since a K12R Sport is more often than not cheaper
than the 'non-Sport' true naked version ... and since I like a bit of color (but not that much those screaming colors like yellow, orange or green) and I like that silver engine/drivetrain/wheels more than the black version ... I'm debating whether to buy a regular K12R or one of those blue metallic K12R Sport
The latter has the advantage of the fairing; there are even high windscreens
and side wind deflectors
on the market with which a very comfortable travel bike can be made. I will "need" that 2-4 times a year (1 week's motorcycle trip with passenger).
For the rest of the year, I would like to drive a true naked bike. Because naked.
But that would require some parts and some handywork, hence my questions.
(1) Is it feasable to swap the Sport-fairing for the naked-look?
Not once, but "regularly"? E.g. when the lady says she'll go with me to a 5 days' tour to Scotland, I want to be able to mount the 'Sport'-fairing on an evening (2-3 hours). Or is that too much to wish for?
I'm quite handy, I have some fair mechanic's feeling but hardly any experience. Deassembling something does not frighten me, especially when there's some good (and possibly illustrated) guidance nearby (handbook, BMW instructions, ...).
(2) I looked up the parts of the bikes on realoem.com but still I'm not sure what parts I would need
to make the swap from a "Sport" to a normal "R":
- left and right side covers (possibly carbon aftermarket ones)
- headlight unit
- (optional) front fork "fender" panels
- something else?
Anyone got an idea? Are you, or do you know someone who did this?
It would be an awesome help in the decision making. Thanks a lot!