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Old 02-05-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Just acquired a 2014 k1300s with <4k miles and my other bikes have all been touring (FLHP) or cruisers (Rocket 3, V-rod).

Is it normal to expect me to think the K bike to be twitchy at speed (70+) over bumps compared to previous bikes. Could it be tires? The bike sat a long time (months) and the rear tire, while it has tread, was either a burn-out victim or the PO never enjoyed a turn.

I will say this, the bike hauls the mail. It can definitely write checks I can't cash. I love the quick shifter and the brake setup (front lever operates front and rear, rear pedal only operates rear). Does feels weird having my feet under my instead of in front of me, and I do feel like a redneck riding a BMW with a Harley logo helmet and work boots
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36 psi front - 42 psi rear
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Suspension setup for your weight might do wonders. Tell them you prefer a softer ride. Not like you are going to the track, riiiiiight?
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Just acquired a 2014 k1300s with <4k miles and my other bikes have all been touring (FLHP) or cruisers (Rocket 3, V-rod).

Is it normal to expect me to think the K bike to be twitchy at speed (70+) over bumps compared to previous bikes. Could it be tires? The bike sat a long time (months) and the rear tire, while it has tread, was either a burn-out victim or the PO never enjoyed a turn.

I will say this, the bike hauls the mail. It can definitely write checks I can't cash. I love the quick shifter and the brake setup (front lever operates front and rear, rear pedal only operates rear). Does feels weird having my feet under my instead of in front of me, and I do feel like a redneck riding a BMW with a Harley logo helmet and work boots
Rear tire pressure seems high to me but I think the real issue is the part where you said it was a burn out victim etc.
I'm guessing you mean it has a pretty bad flat strip down the middle.

THAT could very well be the reason for twitchy handling at highway speeds.
Baby needs new shoes!! Replace both tires as a pair (that way you know the history of the bikes only connection with the ground) with correct rubber for your application and that bike should be rock steady well north of 100.
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Good point, flat spot with soft tires suck.
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A K1300s should be like riding a super fast, comfy couch. Shouldn't be twitchy with such a long wheelbase. Check the date in the oval on the tires. It's four digits in a row. First 2 numbers are the week of the year, next 2 are the year of manufacture. About 5 years is the usual recommendation by the tire companies as time to replace regardless of remaining tread life. Both Michelin and Bridgestone make "GT" spec tires for the larger and heavier sport touring bikes such as yours, or an FJR 1300 for example. We have the Bridgestone T30's on sale right now, if your interested let me know. Congrats on the new ride, beautiful.
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Thanks all, didn't think about tires. I only glanced over them during pre-ride pressure check to look for sidewall cracks or big bulges I'll look over them more carefully tomorrow evening. Bike is going to a BMW shop on Thursday for fluids change, and for someone knowledgeable to give the bike the hairy eyeball.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:00 PM   #9
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Its possible that you aren't used to sport bike like handling characteristics if you have been on big heavy cruisers for a while. Its weird to feel a bike lean over so effortlessly as opposed to the big pigs, especially in more of a sport bike oriented riding position.

+1 on tires and hairy eyeball though.
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Tires. Guy showed even the front has a small flat strip all the way around. I didn't feel or see it until he pointed it out. Then is was plain as day. I looked in my service manual - front suspension is typical German complicated

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Old 02-09-2018, 12:42 PM   #12
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Those pressures are a bit high, and the tires sound like they need replacing.

The K1300 should eat bumps for breakfast.
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