‘In motorcycling terms, I’m home’

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“I’ve al­ways promised my­self a shaft drive; I’ve rid­den Box­ers and Guzzis but they weren’t for me. When the K1200S came out I had a go and liked it, but the fu­elling was weird. With the K13 I thought, aha, they’ve fixed it; but it took me un­til this year to get one. And it’s a lovely tool. It’s long and it’s heavy, but it’s planted and it fits me. And it’s shaft drive. Af­ter 56 years of ad­just­ing chains, it’s about time I stopped all that.”


“I’ve had the K1200S for two years and had a Black­bird be­fore that. I gen­er­ally don’t keep bikes for long but the BMW is dif­fer­ent: I love it. The han­dling is bet­ter than the Honda, it feels more re­spon­sive and it’s so quick. And the com­fort is bet­ter too – with ESA elec­tronic ad­just­ment. And I love the looks too. It’s a 2005 bike, with around 20,000 miles on it so it’s just run in, re­ally.”


“I had a K1200S and a K1300S pre­vi­ously; ev­ery time I’ve sold it to slow my­self down, then gone and bought an­other one. I’ve had other bikes, but I just can’t live with­out one. I kept look­ing at them in the pa­per, on­line; I just had to ad­mit the K1300S is my bike. It does any­thing; I com­mute on it, tour on it, scare my­self wit­less on it. And it’s just easy to spend time on; it’s ef­fort­less. In motorcycling terms, I’m home.”

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