Have been riding a VFR for the past year and love it. But decided to get something bigger and faster. I’m looking now at BMW K1300S actually. But a bit concerned about the vibrations after the article in BIKE magazine (april 2010)
“Snappy gearing, huge power and a long wheelbase let it smoke to the quickest quarter, before splitting the air up to 169 mph. It would go faster, but the front wheel is so far out of balance (or buckled, or the Duolever is about to tear from its mountings) that the clocks are unreadable from 120 mph and at 160 mph it vibrates my left hand off the bars”
I know that blackbird is a very good bike. VFRs by far are not a replacement for it. CBR1100XX is very popular among russian bikers as a powerful and reliable sport touring machine. And I don’t understand why they stopped producing the model! But I want a new bike and hopefuly can afford it soon. That’s why asking about BMW
"BMW has issued a recall for 2009 BMW K1300 GT and K1300 S motorcycles for a problem with brake fluid foaming. Please read the details below.
Manufacturer: BMW of North America
Model Year: 2009
Models affected: K1300 GT, K1300 S
NHTSA Campaign Number: 09V202000
Problem: BMW is recalling certain model year 2009 K1300 S and K1300 GT motorcycles manufactured between October 1, 2008 and May 1, 2009. In certain riding conditions involving increased vibration, the brake fluid in the front reservoir can foam. This could lead to a reduced braking capasity of the front brake system , possibly resulting in a crash.
Corrective Action: The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or notification schedule."
THE FRONT BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR WILL BE RETROFITTED WITH A SCREEN INSERT. THE REMEDY WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
interesting website actually I did a quick check on random bike manufacturers and doesnt look good for Ducati
I had a Blackbird before. After having the world’s best bike it is hard to go for anything else but BMW should be perfect. It has the ability of his speed riding like blackbird but has shaft and ABS too which is a really good stuff. Good choice I think. I am thinking of K1200S at the moment.