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Perhaps a strange comparison in the eyes of some, but I think the K1300S and the Valk line up quite well with one another, at least they do when competing for my dollars! Both are shaft driven, one is a boxer the other an Inline 4. Perhaps the K1300S is more sporty than cruiser but regardless both promise an exhilarating ride.

F6C Valkyrie



ENGINE

1832cc Liquid Cooled Boxer 6 Cylinder

Bore x Stroke: 74mm x 71mm
Compression: 9.8:1
Valve Train: SOHC, two valves per cylinder

SUSPENSION

Front Suspension: 45mm cartridge fork, 4.8 inches of travel
Rear Suspension: Single-side swingarm with single shock, remote-controlled spring preload adjustment, 4.1 inches of travel

BRAKES

Front Brakes: Dual 310mm discs
Rear Brake: 316mm rear disc

TIRES

Front Tire: 130/60R-19
Rear Tire: 180/55R-17

DIMENSIONS

Curb Weight: 752 lbs
Seat Height: 28.9 inches

K1300S



ENGINE

1293cc Liquid Cooled Inline 4 Cylinder

Bore x Stroke: 80mm x 64.3mm
Compression: 13:1
Valve Train: DOHC, four valves per cylinder

SUSPENSION

Front Suspension: BMW Duolever, 4.5 inches of travel
Rear Suspension: Single die swing arm with BMW Paralever, hydraulically adjustable preload, adjustable rebound damping, 5.3 inches of travel

BRAKES

Front Brakes: Dual floating 320 mm discs, 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Brake: Single 265 mm disc, double-piston floating caliper

TIRES

Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR 17

DIMENSIONS

Curb Weight: 560 lbs
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
 

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I think that a lot of what would separate these bikes is their styling. People go into the market thinking that they are going to buy a cruiser or a sportsbike. I don't think that a lot of people would cross shop these bikes.

It would be interesting riding them one after the other to get a feel for how much different they are in the end.
 

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I'l take handles over speed to be honest. I've ridden the K1300, for the burly boy that it is it handles relatively well. Granted it is more sport bike than the Valk, but hey its my dollars on the cheque right ;)

any one know when F6C will be in showrooms?
AT least it handles, even if it didn't then at least it would make a sweet cruiser and even straight line runs. But of course turning is important
 

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That is true. Honda's also have a reputation for reliability while BMWs tend to need work on them quite often. So that's just another layer to this comparison. I guess part of it is if you want to make a one time bigger investment, or pay less but know that you will have to put out for repairs more often at a higher price.
 
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