Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Windsor Pennsylvania
I have 4,300 miles on the 1300 now and decided to update my review. This was a comparison my 950 to the new 1300. New comments in RED.
Very pronounced power increase No lack of power for any situation
Gear ratios are such that there is no need for a 6th gear when on the big roads, top end in 5th gear substantially higher than 950 This took some getting used to. The broader range means that you stay in a gear longer and do not shift to 5th before 65 mph
Handles very well for a 900+ lb. bike (735 lbs. bike with 167 lbs. rider), very nimble I took the MSF Advanced Rider Course and really learned more about her handling qualities
Dual front brakes make stopping more positive
Nice sound from muffler, not too loud but, loud enough I really like the nice rumble when backing off the throttle or using the engine for down hill control
Big headlight disburses light in a wider pattern with a lot of illumination
Nice saddlebags, spacious and fairly dust free
Low seat makes flat footing it easy for a 5'6" grandpa I find the seat comfortable for my little butt so no need to change
Water cooling gives peace of mind about overheating in low speed situations I hear the fan run when pulling into the garage for shutdown but, never any other time
Mileage is averaging 45 to 46 miles per gallon averaging 47 mph on the Pennsylvania twistys
Ride is smoother on rough roads
Less wind affect when meeting and passing big vehicles
Backrest and passenger seat very roomy, don't ride two up
Clutch has big friction zone, nice for low speed maneuvering
Electronic Fuel Injection mapping great for good operation and torque from end to end
Clean smooth shifting through all the gerars (gears)
Ground clearance is better than the 950, even though I never was a "Peg Dragger" I dragged a peg one time on the 1300 while doing the Advanced Rider Course.
Windshield as delivered was way too tall for me, I changed it from the stock 21 inch tall one to a 15 inch which reduced wind buffeting substantially
Back to a sight glass for checking the oil, liked the dip stick on the 950 I made a dipstick out of 1/4 inch wooden dowel, no more lying on the floor
What would I change? At this point the "Twitchy Throttle" at low RPM is the only thing that I have considered. I'm still not convinced of the best way to go, Jack's O2 mod, Fuel Management Module. etc. I have honed my throttle management skills and it is less noticeable.
Great bike. Augie
I'm always working very diligently to discover the obvious.