|Submitted by:||Reza||Review Date: March 2017||Comfort||Replacing the standard screen with a double bubble one is a good idea for long journeys. Had a pillion on a journey from Hampshire to Norfolk|
|Ride Quality||Heavy to manoeuvre in the garage. No issues when riding it. Sports panniers are the absolute best in the market in my opinion: quality design, allows filtering through traffic and when needed can be extended to increase capacity. Good lights, shaft-drive, heated handlebars, comfortable seats|
|Build Quality & Reliability||built to last. has had multiple previous owners but paintwork still shines like new! Only the seats show sign of age, but no corrosion!|
|Engine Rating||No shortage in the power department! Endless power.|
|Brake Rating||Brakes are good and similar to my experience with honda. Noticeably better brakes than Triumph Sprint ST that I had a few years before|
|Running Cost||Power transmission when changing gears could be smoother.
Short fuel range (about 130miles).|
|Pros Comments||A good all-rounder with excellent panniers.
Despite its age (2005) its more advanced and has a better build quality than my previous 2015 Triumph Tiger Sports.|
|Cons Comments||Power transmission when changing gears could be smoother.
Short fuel range (about 130miles).|
|Submitted by:||Jim||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort|
|Build Quality & Reliability|
|Running Cost||Difficult to manage at low speeds filtering through traffic|
|Pros Comments||True sports bike performance with tourer capability. Almost the perfect bike to own and ride.|
|Cons Comments||Difficult to manage at low speeds filtering through traffic|
|Submitted by:||Keith Longworth||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort||Rode this from Edinburgh to Valencia, no problem. The electronic suspension adjustment is brilliant. The long wheelbase makes this a very stable machine. The heated grips are a godsend. I carry a pillion a lot, they are not perched up in the air as would be the case on a sports bike but right behind the rider on the same seat!|
|Ride Quality||The para-lever front suspension soaks up the bumps very well and turns almost as well as it would with a conventional fork setup. This bike is a little on the heavy side, it disappears as soon as you get rolling|
|Build Quality & Reliability||Usual BMW, up to any weather conditions. Still looks like a much younger machine|
|Engine Rating||Although this is a straight 4(across the frame) it has a wall of torque and 167 bhp. Fuelling can be a bit 'digital' (ie on and off) in traffic, leading to some jerkiness. On the open roads the power just keeps coming, it's a thing to experience.|
|Brake Rating||Powerful, power assisted and linked system between front and rear. ABS and braided hoses as standard. Not as much feel as a good Brembo setup.|
|Running Cost||On the subsequent model, the K1300s, the gearbox was completely re engineered. This is the only bike I would buy at present to replace my K1200s which has a rather agricultural and sometimes stubborn gear change. I have ridden the 13 and it is a vast improvement.|
|Pros Comments||I have owned this bike for seven years, it has been to Spain, the Isle of Man and even round Knockhill for a few laps. It has performed admirably in all situations. Piling on the luggage and two people does not affect this bikes performance much at all. The only thing I have fitted is an MRA screen, the one with a spoiler on it, this improved the wind protection and it looks good. Power and comfort, a well built continent crosser, with all the performance most riders would ever need.|
|Cons Comments||On the subsequent model, the K1300s, the gearbox was completely re engineered. This is the only bike I would buy at present to replace my K1200s which has a rather agricultural and sometimes stubborn gear change. I have ridden the 13 and it is a vast improvement.|