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Old 04-23-2012, 07:41 AM   #1
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Anyone have any information on the K1300S?! It resembles a Hayabusa!
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Anyone have any information on the K1300S?! It resembles a Hayabusa!
no it doesn't. if you wanna compare styling, it more resembles a honda blackbird. great bike though. comfy, get the newwer models as they have fueling bugs worked out better.
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Hmmm...from the rear it resembled one. I just looked at more of the specifications. The bike appears to be shaft-driven.

What else do you know about the reliability of the bike?
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It's a descendent of BMW's long line of "gentlemen's sportbike". The closest competitor is actually Honda's VFR1200, as their ergos are almost identical and both are shaft drive bike. While engine-displacement-wise, this pair are in roughly in the same category of "super litre" or "more than a litre" bikes, they are not as sigularly focused on being the extreme HP and top speed king, unlike the Busa and ZX14. The K-S and VFR are meant to be more refined, and typically aims for a more mature demographic. They also cater to those who put far greater emphasis on the SPORT in SPORT-touring, but the shaft drive means touring is still very much programmed into their genome.

Highlights of the K-S are the ESA-II that allows for suspension mode adjustment on the fly, which BMW has had for many years before Ducati decided to put on the Panigale. The duolever front suspension is a plus or a minus, depending on your point of view. Beemerphile love the compliance and ride comfort; non-believers point to its lack of front-end road feed and feedback that a traditional forks can give.

I was seriously considering either the K-1300S or the VFR1200F a while back, but ended up getting first a Triumph Sprint ST and now a Concours 14. I may still buy one of the two at a later date, especially now that VFR has Traction Control to match BMW's K-S feature list.
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BMW.... nuff said,lol. seriously great bike. I haven't really heard anything serious with them. nothing like the busa with weak transmissions. the electronic suspension is a cool feature on it. I've ridden one, it is kinda a long bike, but it is very stable and flickable.
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Here are some Sport Touring Shootouts that should give you an idea what other bikes the K1300S is typically compared against, as well as what qualities are important for folks who typically ride these steeds:

http://www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs...out-89414.html

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/co...t/viewall.html

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/12/500...ootout-IV.aspx

If you want the owner's perspective, here is a good forum to check out:

http://www.i-bmw.com/forumdisplay.php?f=195
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Great bike. Ive ridden the k1300s many times on long trups.
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Lots of info here http://www.bmwk1200s.com/forum/ on the K1200S/1300S forum.
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K1300S is what the Busa looks like before Suzuki put it under the heat lamps and the fairings started to melt.
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I really had my heart set on the BMW S1000RR, but now I find that the 2012 models have an issue in which the collecting rod bolts are not torqued enough. I don't want to purchase a new bike and have a dealer tear the motor apart to fix the issue.

BMW claims that bikes produced after April ~11, 2012 are okay. Does anyone know how long BMW will continue to produce this model before halting production? Maybe, I can wait for the bad ones to be sold...
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Information from BMW:

BMW has issued a delivery hold and is recalling 1,414 2012 model year BMW S1000 RR motorcycles to inspect and correct a potential problem with loosening of the connecting rod bolts. As a result of a manufacturing process error, the bolts could loosen and fall out. If this happens, the engine may fail, seize, and/or leak oil. Approximately 900 of the affected motorcycles are still in BMW or dealer inventory and will be inspected and corrected prior to customer delivery. Owners of potentially affected motorcycles will be notified by mail in May advising them to bring their motorcycles to an authorized BMW Motorcycle dealer to have the recall performed. The connecting rod bolts will be replaced and installed with a thread locking agent.

Please contact our Customer Relations team at 1-800-525-7417 if you have additional questions.
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BMW has issued a delivery hold and is recalling 1,414 2012 model year BMW S1000 RR motorcycles to inspect and correct a potential problem with loosening of the connecting rod bolts. As a result of a manufacturing process error, the bolts could loosen and fall out. If this happens, the engine may fail, seize, and/or leak oil. Approximately 900 of the affected motorcycles are still in BMW or dealer inventory and will be inspected and corrected prior to customer delivery. Owners of potentially affected motorcycles will be notified by mail in May advising them to bring their motorcycles to an authorized BMW Motorcycle dealer to have the recall performed. The connecting rod bolts will be replaced and installed with a thread locking agent.

Please contact our Customer Relations team at 1-800-525-7417 if you have additional questions.
That sounds like one expensive fix. Not sure I'd want my brand new bike sent back and torn down. You'd better off waiting till the problem has been resolved.
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That sounds like one expensive fix. Not sure I'd want my brand new bike sent back and torn down. You'd better off waiting till the problem has been resolved.
That's my point. I'm asking if they will still continue production for this year model through -- June -- for instance. If so, I can wait until the dealers have those bikes.

I don't want to purchase a new bike to have a "dealership" tear into the engine, either.
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K1300S's are fine machines. They have a Hossack front end and a shaft drive.

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here I thought BMW only made motors for the aviation business.
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here I thought BMW only made motors for the aviation business.
You have been under a rock for a while then.

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