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I have had my K12S for a year now, and I am getting restless, I tried a R1200GS and liked it, but I am not sure whether to go for a K12GT. I am a bit annoyed with the vibrations as they send my finger numb, its a 2004 model! The the upright seating on the other two models appeals to me, I would like to tour Europe/Scotland and in fairness I don't think I could do it on my 12S, Now I realise this is a K bikes forum, but honest opinions would be most welcome!

I don't need criticism, I have got a wife for that!!

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Dibbley
 

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How many miles have you got on that K12S in the last year?
 

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I have done 4000 miles on the bike and I cannot afford £10300 for a R1200GS in addition to my new cage (Company car allowance), so its a P/X for another machine, the vibes seem worse when I go 2 up, thats exactly what I want to do over Europe and Scotland, The K12S is so fast and tractable its unbelievable, but I want smoooooth, my old K12RS was smooooth, but as it was my first bike in 23 years I did not realise just what a good machine I had.

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The r1200gs is a great touring bike, and will humble many sportbikes when the road curves. Just turned 30k miles on mine on a trip to arkansas this last weekend. It's also easier to maintain and has a longer range along with good luggage capacity. I have no doubt the k1200s can tour well, but so far i've had no need to do 160 on the GS while OTR, and 2 up
does suck on the k12s.

Haven't had any issues with vibration either on the k12s; not quite as smooth as the k12rs but smoother than the asian bikes i've ridden. The GS does vibrate a fair amount over 100 mph.

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R12gs/k12s

I own both. If I had to choose between the two, the GS gets to stay. It's an awesome bike. Very versitile. Hauls alot of stuff anywhere you might want to go.
Remember it's a twin. Even with the new engine there will be some vibration, although it's not bad. Just enough to let you know that it's running.
The KS is an awesome bike, but if I needed something to haul a SO and luggage, it wouldn't be my choice. If I wanted a 4cylinder bike for that, the GT, or FJR are better choices for that role.
 

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I love my 99GS for hundreds of reasons. And yes, it will humble many sport bikes, when skill is required more than HP. I do like the ride and experience w/ the K12R/S. If the 07's are better, I might get one. There is a good reason ( s), that the GS is the best selling BMW and winner in alot of other categories. I guess if one can swing it, an I4 & twin makes life wonderful. I would have a K12S already cept for the fact that I deceided to keep the GS and not trade it. I traded a 96GS for a 1998 K1200RS. I miss that old GS. I never missed the K12RS. Speed alone does not an Awesome bike make!! To dis the GS, would be a decission I would regret forever. I have a very lucky GS...( long story)....your mileage may vary
 

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Hi,
I have had my K12S for a year now, and I am getting restless, I tried a R1200GS and liked it, but I am not sure whether to go for a K12GT. I am a bit annoyed with the vibrations as they send my finger numb, its a 2004 model! The the upright seating on the other two models appeals to me, I would like to tour Europe/Scotland and in fairness I don't think I could do it on my 12S, Now I realise this is a K bikes forum, but honest opinions would be most welcome!

I don't need criticism, I have got a wife for that!!

Cheers,

Dibbley
I'd have thought the boxer engines on the R cause more vibrations than the K series. I have ridden the RT and ST and can feel their obvious vibrations whereas the K was smooth as - hence may be it's a problem specific to your bike? Have you also considered after market K12S parts for better touring, like MRA touring screen, Helibar handle bar riser, Corbin seat, Throttlemeister, and Givi panniers (if you want to carry alot)?
 

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2004 K12s

The K12S came out in 2004, the it was recalled because of soft cams, mine was registered on Sept 30th 2004, but recalled to Germany to be sorted out later. So its a 2004 model.

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