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Brought my LT in for service today, and got a loaner to ride home - an '09 K1300S - talk about scaring the snot out of a guy.... 175 hp, 103 ft pounds of torque in a 500 pound bike... even at 1/2 throttle it was a rush!

But beyond the scary-fast performance, they put in a quick-shift feature where as on upshifts, you don't need to pull the clutch lever, but just click up on the gear shift. It is an almost instant shift - the fuel and timing is cut and the gears mesh within a fraction of a second - almost like a F1 race car. It didn't require you to crank on it full throttle for it to work, even a light throttle works and it is so incredibly smooth. Very impressive. I want this engine and this clutch on the new LT !!!! Awesome.

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It is quite a bike. My wife just bought one with all of the options including shift assist. The K1200S is one of the sweetest bikes I have ever owned and the 1300 is improved in many not so subtle ways.


Michelle's new ride

She even lets me ride it from time to time :bmw:
 

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It is quite a bike. My wife just bought one with all of the options including shift assist. The K1200S is one of the sweetest bikes I have ever owned and the 1300 is improved in many not so subtle ways.


Michelle's new ride

She even lets me ride it from time to time :bmw:
She picked out a sweet color!
 

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Yeah, it is a bit more powerfull than LT. I have K1200S as a second bike. It is equipped with turbo and intercooler, double fuel injection etc. So, no lack of power anymore.

Actually I have been thinking quite a lot how to install LT fairing into it. I love my LT, but I would like to have few more HP's n it. To combine these bikes would be ideal, but how to keep LT's driving position in KS frame?

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Nice pictures of Michelle's new bike, is she going to be riding it to Jasper in June?

Oh and the next thing it looks like you need is a bigger garage to keep all those bikes in I see in the background of the picture!

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It also stops rather well:

The latest Performance Bike (a UK mag) has a test on the ABS on the K1300S, ZZ-R14 and
CBR600RR, all pitted against a 675.

The shock result is that the K1300S is a demon on the brakes, tops the
charts in all the braking tests, for example in braking from 100 to 0
the K1300S only stopped 6m later in the wet compared to the dry, the
675 stopped 30m later (and 40m after the K1300S)!
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I had a shot of a 1200s once - managed to escape with my license (and wallet) intact. Also spoke to a police rider who had tried one and she reckoned it was one of the fastest real world bikes she had ever ridden.

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Randy said:
It is quite a bike. My wife just bought one with all of the options including shift assist. The K1200S is one of the sweetest bikes I have ever owned and the 1300 is improved in many not so subtle ways.


Michelle's new ride

She even lets me ride it from time to time :bmw:
Beautiful bike..and wife :) . That shift assist sounds like it's the cats derriere.

What is the insurance like on a K1300S compared to a K1200LT?
 

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Nice pictures of Michelle's new bike, is she going to be riding it to Jasper in June?

Oh and the next thing it looks like you need is a bigger garage to keep all those bikes in I see in the background of the picture!

Randy Ferras
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Yes she is riding it to Jasper.

Both of us are counting the days.

Our limit for parking bikes inside is 5. If we get something else - something has to go.
 

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Beautiful bike..and wife :) . That shift assist sounds like it's the cats derriere.

What is the insurance like on a K1300S compared to a K1200LT?
Yes she is :)

The shift assist works at any speed or throttle and is a total hoot. You just have to trust it and not touch the throttle or clutch if you want it to work correctly.


Most companies are rating the K1300S as a sport bike at a fairly high rate. Dairyland still considers it a sport touring bike and the rate is about the same as the GT. It costs more to insure the K1300S than the K1200S, but that is due to the value difference in the two bikes. For us, Dairyland is still the best deal out there, but our policy went up quite a bit this year. Not due to any one bike, just an across the board increase at Dairyland.
 
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