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Test drove a 2009 K1300GT, Man that thing has power. Hit the throttle at a stop light and no hesitation. Speed kicks in right away and I was doing 60 in no time. Took it out for 30 mins, some freeway some side streets and some main roads. :dance:

I also liked the r1200rt as well, but its been a while since I test drove that. But from what I can remember, there is significantly more torque and power in the K1300.

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I also have a question is for you wrenchers, how difficult is it to do the basic maintenance for the K1300? Is there a DVD on how to's like the Jim Von Baden Video ?



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Maintenance on the K1300 is much more expensive than the RT. I have owned both, I own a K1300S right now. I have the equipment to check the valves on the K bike. It cost about $1000. You need a coolant vacuum system to put coolant back in the bike. You need hardware to remove the camshaft properly to gain access to the hemispherical shims used to set valve clearance. You will need a selection of hemispherical shims at $6 each unless you live near the dealer and can get there with the bike apart. I have checked the valves on two bike so it has paid for itself. Cost to do a valve check with new plugs (have to pull the radiator to change plugs) is about 8 to 9 hundred bucks including parts at the dealer. This is done the first time at 18K miles. If they are good you can probably go another 30K before the next check. You can maintain your RT completely, the throttle balance takes about 15 minutes, a valve adjust is about 1/2 hour. You only need a twin max or equal for special tools. If maintenance costs are the deciding factor go with the RT. It is BMW's best tourer in my opinion and has no major built in "issues" at this time. But if you can not resist the power of a K bike oh well, it is a sickness that I have too. beech (one good thing about the new RT and K bikes is that they get great gas mileage. But the new K bikes have some stalling issues for some of them. Read this forum and the other one carefully to get some thoughts)
 
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