I am new at this Forum, I discovered it friday night.
Let's talk a little about me. I was born and raised in Venezuela. At the age of 10 I learn to ride a motorcicle. I was riding until I was 16, when my family moves to Caracas, and then my father and mom prohibited the ride (Caracas was and still is a very dangerous place) until I were at least 18. Then, I only ride with my friend bikes, and only for short terms. When I was 24 (1990) I found at a chicken farm (inside the chicken's house) an 1973 R90S wich I restored to seem like new. In 1997 a german rider, who was living in Venezuela at that time, falls in love with my R90s, and we trade my bike for his, wich was a 1996 blue K1100RS, and I became an irrestricted fan of BMW.
After that I bought a 1998 R1100GS, sold to a cousin 1 year later (nothing wrong, only not my tipe of ride).
I keep my K11 until 2004 when I have a crash and brain concusion with my bike (write off). At that time I was engaged and become a married man.
I was trying to buy a new Berliner but Caracas become very very dangerous, almost all my friends sold their bikes, because in a big motorcycle you are a clear kidnaping target, and my wife and I make a deal: If we move anytime in the future to a new country, and I have a life insurance, I will get my bike
Last August I have to move my family to Switzerland (my wife is Svizzera) and last February I came here.
Now we have a house, my kid is at school, my dogs are in their way to Switzerland (lots of paperwork and blood test) and I am ready to buy a brand new K1300.
Last week I was reviewing Motorrad site and like what I see and read about the K13. This friday morning I went to my local BMW Motorrad, and they have a red K13 and a K13HP, both brand new. I reserved the HP until I came back in 2 weeks.
I was in a hurry (traveling to Zurich) and hasn't the time to make a drive test. At that night I discovered BMW-COM, and all yours inputs, comments and wise advices but, also because of your many posts, including that longlasting from our host Shiva (wich I read complete), right now I have a dilemma:
1. Should I buy the HP or wait until the new models arrive? This has an explanation: I normally keep my ride many years, and I don't like to see that I bought this now, and 3 months later is outdated by the arriving of a new model, whatever it will be ( new K14, redesigned K13, etc). Also I understand that the HP I found is maybe one of the last brand new in the market, so if I don't buy it, some one else will.
2. I havn't ride the bike, so I dont know how it is, and how to compare wich the one I had, in terms of handling, weight, etc. I am short (maybe 1.67 cm) and slim, so the bike has to be equilibrated or I maybe will have a hard time (never have a problem with my K11, so
3. I tend to ride almost all year long, go to work in the bike, shopping, leisure and travel (alone because my wife - wich is more like a prusian general than a wonderfull swiss lady- dosn't like, wich has its pros and cons
) and don't know how is the K13 for an intensive use, considering is gona be my only bike and ride.
4. I never lived or ride in winter weather (vacation time don't count), so I doesn't know anything about how and when to store a bike in winter, maintenance, riding, etc. I understand BMW have some training courses to ride in winter and maybe it will help. Knowing nothing about with this type of weather, etc, nor even the basics, so consider me as a totally newbee (Ticino has a very mild winter compared to the rest of Switzerland, but still you have some days at -20°C
So I need help, and I think this is the place to find it. Finally I have to thanks everyone for your comments, and congrats Shiva for this amazing site.