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    Thinking of trading an 09 RT for a 14' K1300s.

    Tired of the weight of the 1200RT and looking for something with less fairing as well as lighter weight. Looking at a K1300s with a touring shield, bags and a tank bag. 1300 has less then 6k; suspect someone bought it and scared the sh#t out of themselves. 67 years old and can't wrestle 700 lbs any more. Any and all feedback is welcome. Would love info on bar backs, footpeg lowering and touring windshields.

    Many thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by will3hawks View Post
    Tired of the weight of the 1200RT and looking for something with less fairing as well as lighter weight. Looking at a K1300s with a touring shield, bags and a tank bag. 1300 has less then 6k; suspect someone bought it and scared the sh#t out of themselves. 67 years old and can't wrestle 700 lbs any more. Any and all feedback is welcome. Would love info on bar backs, footpeg lowering and touring windshields.

    Many thanks,

    Bill
    after all those mods to a k1300S, you have basically made it a K1300GT with no cruise control. have you looked at those?

    K1300's are in the mid 500lb range....have you ridden one?
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    Had a 05RT and a K12S, the S seemed lower but as heavy at slow speed. And yes, the first time I called for Warp 7 from my wrist, I might have scared myself just a bit as well. A lot of power delivered very smoothly.

    The power band is so not a Boxer RT but a nice bike and great for touring for one.
    I had H's niece on pillion once and it just felt weird...bike and the need for her to hang on! Maybe if I was 20 and she wasn't my niece would not have felt strange doing the two up on a sportbike.At 59 it was awkward.

    I did a few long trips on mine with stock screen, worked fine most the time unless really cold to me. Even with heated gear, you needed more layers to block windchill, I had a insulated panel I would put under jacket on very cold rides.
    I just do not see many S's with a tall screen, but sure MRA may have one. The guys we ride with on trips that had S's all had stock screens.
    H has Verholen risers on hers and when we used to swap bikes, very noticeable difference to me in riding position as it sat more upright even though only maybe an inch difference in up and back.
    Have ridden one GT with lowered pegs, if long legged a plus I would have liked on my S. Harder for me to stretch a leg on the K than the RT, but everyones different.
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    The K1300S will likely be no lighter than the ‘09 RT and will probably be more cumbersome to move around the garage or parking lot. It will have a more aggressive riding posture along with minimally functional wind and weather protection as well as smaller and less functional luggage than the RT.

    IMHO it sounds like the bike the OP should really be looking at is an R1200R, maybe equipped with a Parabellum Scout fairing and a set of BMW saddlebags. Lighter than the RT, a LOT less plastic to deal with, and still a very functional and enjoyable bike for touring and general use—especially for someone used to a more upright seating position. If I were the OP, I’d keep shopping.

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    What are you waiting for? Buy the 1300 and prepare for Warp 7.

    If you need/want barbacks, these ones are cheap, effective and dead simple to install.... https://www.bobsbmw.com/store/produc...backs---k1200s

    With fuel and luggage the 1300 will weigh about 550 pounds so no real advantage over an RT and it might even be heavier. I've found the engine on my 1200 to be very flexible and DEAD SMOOTH at any speed. The 1300 is the same.

    But with 170hp, give or take, when you pull the cadmium rods out of the reactor (twist the throttle), you get where you're going RIGHT NOW. Add a taller screen if you need one. I've found my S to give me good wind protection down to 3 degrees Celcius. I was comfortable even without heated gear. Your Results May Vary.

    Plus, you'll be joining an elite group of discerning motorcyclists who know no equal. I'm not sure why I say that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    What are you waiting for? Buy the 1300 and prepare for Warp 7.

    If you need/want barbacks, these ones are cheap, effective and dead simple to install.... https://www.bobsbmw.com/store/produc...backs---k1200s

    With fuel and luggage the 1300 will weigh about 550 pounds so no real advantage over an RT and it might even be heavier. I've found the engine on my 1200 to be very flexible and DEAD SMOOTH at any speed. The 1300 is the same.

    But with 170hp, give or take, when you pull the cadmium rods out of the reactor (twist the throttle), you get where you're going RIGHT NOW. Add a taller screen if you need one. I've found my S to give me good wind protection down to 3 degrees Celcius. I was comfortable even without heated gear. Your Results May Vary.

    Plus, you'll be joining an elite group of discerning motorcyclists who know no equal. I'm not sure why I say that.

    I have those bar backs and love them.
    They make riding my 1300S much more comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    I just do not see many S's with a tall screen, but sure MRA may have one. The guys we ride with on trips that had S's all had stock screens.
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    A tall screen ruins the look of a K1300S.
    Most of the aftermarket shields I have seen were a different shape than stock, but not much taller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by will3hawks View Post
    Tired of the weight of the 1200RT and looking for something with less fairing as well as lighter weight. Looking at a K1300s with a touring shield, bags and a tank bag. 1300 has less then 6k; suspect someone bought it and scared the sh#t out of themselves. 67 years old and can't wrestle 700 lbs any more. Any and all feedback is welcome. Would love info on bar backs, footpeg lowering and touring windshields.

    Many thanks,

    Bill
    I'm 6' and Debbie is 5' 10" and we found the K1300S comfortable on long days without any mods, but we're used to the sport touring riding position.
    I was 60 when we traded the S bikes for R1200RSs.
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