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    PSB brain trust on BMW K1300R

    Hi all

    Looking for some input from the collective on the K13R - I'm in the process of selling the KTM and in the market for a "super sport" tourer like the K13r or a Busa. Fun for 90% that im on it but comfortable enough to throw the wife on the back for a couple hundred km's (not extensive touring). I know the Busa's are rock solid and fairly economical to run. How does the K13R stand up in terms of reliability and the reliability of its list of fancy gadgets?

    Looking at the 30,000 km $10k bracket in regard to both. Research on the net suggests the BMW is marginally more expensive to run than the Busa which I struggle to believe. . .

    Any info appreciated from those in the know!

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXRossi View Post
    Hi all

    Looking for some input from the collective on the K13R - I'm in the process of selling the KTM and in the market for a "super sport" tourer like the K13r or a Busa. Fun for 90% that im on it but comfortable enough to throw the wife on the back for a couple hundred km's (not extensive touring). I know the Busa's are rock solid and fairly economical to run. How does the K13R stand up in terms of reliability and the reliability of its list of fancy gadgets?

    Looking at the 30,000 km $10k bracket in regard to both. Research on the net suggests the BMW is marginally more expensive to run than the Busa which I struggle to believe. . .

    Any info appreciated from those in the know!

    Nick
    I have a K1300S & love It to bits, they are super reliable & because the service Intervil Is 10,000klms It works out cheaper to maintain.
    Other pluses are Quick shift , electronic suspension & heated handgrips. My personal opinionIs that they handle very well with the Duolever front suspension & are very comfortable, I rode mine to Ayers Rock last year on the Black Dog Ride & i'm going to Darwin this year.
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    Jap bikes will always be cheaper to maintain in parts and service, insurance etc.

    Aftermarket parts are also cheaper and readily available.

    Read up reviews for common issues

    Buy whatever.....
    Last edited by Halo_2; 17-01-2018 at 06:20 PM.
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    ZX-14R not on the radar?
    They make for a surprisingly good tourer. Gun fighter seat is comfy for two, you can add top box and panniers if you like and handlebar spacers can raise the seating position up a bit if need be.
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    Gíday,Nick, I have a K1200R, itís great. As far the gizmos are concerned.i donít really change them that often.the heated grips are pretty warm.but youíll get same on most bmw models.as far as parts an maintaince goes.i would be more than happy part with hard earn coin, purely cause the way the bike is so solid an planted on the road an effortless with cornering.
    Power is fantastic on the open road when Passing at any situation.
    Good luck, I hope you find your K1300R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by optimal View Post
    I have a K1300S & love It to bits, they are super reliable & because the service Intervil Is 10,000klms It works out cheaper to maintain.
    Other pluses are Quick shift , electronic suspension & heated handgrips. My personal opinionIs that they handle very well with the Duolever front suspension & are very comfortable, I rode mine to Ayers Rock last year on the Black Dog Ride & i'm going to Darwin this year.
    Yeh I've been looking at the intervals - so on servicing it basically breaks even. Over if you go through the dealer. Parts are what concerns me :S - a guy at work owns a couple BMW bikes and glowss about after sales support however.

    Quote Originally Posted by Halo_2 View Post
    Jap bikes will always be cheaper to maintain in parts and service, insurance etc.

    Aftermarket parts are also cheaper and readily available.

    Read up reviews for common issues

    Buy whatever.....
    Googling the net suggest that they dont have many major issues, or not many blokes riding them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cone Cat View Post
    ZX-14R not on the radar?
    They make for a surprisingly good tourer. Gun fighter seat is comfy for two, you can add top box and panniers if you like and handlebar spacers can raise the seating position up a bit if need be.
    Purely superficial and personal preference, cant stand the front end of the ZX14's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltie View Post
    Gíday,Nick, I have a K1200R, itís great. As far the gizmos are concerned.i donít really change them that often.the heated grips are pretty warm.but youíll get same on most bmw models.as far as parts an maintaince goes.i would be more than happy part with hard earn coin, purely cause the way the bike is so solid an planted on the road an effortless with cornering.
    Power is fantastic on the open road when Passing at any situation.
    Good luck, I hope you find your K1300R.
    Mick.
    Thanks Mick, might be easier to convince the wife to spend the money when shes sitting on the back as well

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    Have always had good after sales service from Auto Classic, although I now have all my services done by Thorsten @ BM Bikes In Myaree
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    the only bike i would get for said use's would be the XJR1300 or the GSX1400, great machines & plenty of room for the wife no matter what size booty she's running

    riding a BMW will give you the urgh to criticize other riders for not doing what you see as the correct thing and Busa's well they are just to Miami
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillz View Post
    . . . Busa's well they are just to Miami
    . . . and im looking at a bright yellow one

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    Yamaha XJR would be my choice...problem with Busa's is controlling the right hand....never had any luck myself....oh and they dont corner...or that might be me hahaha
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    The older busas has problems with the gearbox the newer ones have under cut gears from the factory.
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    Who are you buying the bike for?
    Get a busa
    with the money you save your missus can get her own bike.
    Note: this may not be the universe where the above is relevant.

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    Bandit 1250...even new they are amazing value
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    ....double post
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    here's a thread on the K1300s...pretty much the same bike.
    ....positive feedback from the owners.


    https://www.perthstreetbikes.com/for...d.php?t=178677

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    You want a great sport tourer buy the K1300GT, the k1300r will not be comfy for the wife, will be great for you as daily commuter, long distance you will end with a different seat or airhawk. I agree with others JAP bikes are cheaper to run, BMW Break My Wallet. Iíve owned a K1200r and I own at the moment a K1300 GT.


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