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The BMW K1300GT
Introducing the new K 1300 GT, BMW Motorrad is
opening up new dimensions in the BMW Touring
Encounter World in terms of both riding dynamics and
grand touring qualities, enhancing the Company’s
worldwide leadership in the Dynamic Tourer segment.
Offering even greater supremacy all
along the drivetrain, an even higher standard of
quality, an aerodynamic fairing enhanced to a new
level of perfection, and a wide range of special
equipment, the new K 1300 GT stands for Gran Turismo
of the highest caliber.
It combines maximum agility and
sporting riding dynamics with the ideal package for
long tours. And with its engine output 118 kW
(160 hp), together with maximum torque of 135
Newton-meters (99 lb-ft), the new K 1300 GT also
benefits from the increase in engine size and stands
out as one of the most powerful motorcycles in its
In typical BMW style, therefore, the
new K 1300 GT meets the greatest demands in terms of
riding dynamics, comfort, safety, and equipment.
The new K 1300 GT is a High
Performance Tourer featuring the innovative and
proven highlights of the new K 1300 S in terms of
performance, riding safety and technology. The
drivetrain and suspension come largely from the K
1300 S, but have been adapted in their specific
features and details to all the requirements of a
The highlights in developing the new
K 1300 GT were enhanced riding dynamics and even
greater supremacy combined with outstanding comfort
and optimum qualities for all kinds of motorcycle
Identical in its basic features with
the power unit of the K 1300 S, the engine has been
modified in terms of air flow and guidance.
This increases maximum output over the K 1200 GT by
6 kW (8 hp) to a new record level of 118 kW (160
hp), with even greater emphasis given to superior
torque for even better traction and pulling force at
low and medium engine speeds.
The K 1300 GT also sets the standard
in terms of comfort, riding safety and equipment,
not only through its excellent suspension and
running gear, but also through optionally available,
electronically adjustable ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II) as well as features such
as electronic cruise control, an electrically
adjustable windshield, or seat heating controlled
individually for the rider and passenger.
BMW K1300GT Technical Highlights – an Overview:
more traction and pulling force, particularly at
low and medium engine speeds, through the
increase in engine capacity.
output 118 kW (160 hp) at 9,000 rpm, peak torque
of 135 Newton-meters (99 lb-ft) at 8,000 rpm.
Significant increase in torque from 3,500 rpm.
Fulfillment of the strictest environmental
standards through newly set-up Digital Motor
Optimization of the emission system through rear
mufflers modified inside and a fully-controlled
three-way catalytic converter.
Desmodromic operation of the gas lever function
for even better and more precise gas metering.
Optimized, maintenance-free shaft drive with a
new, two-stage drive shaft.
greater driving precision and optimized response
combined with maximum riding stability ensured
by the optimized Duolever front-wheel suspension
complete with a newly designed lower
Second-generation ESA II Electronically
Adjustable Suspension and ASC Anti-Spin-Control
as an option.
innovative generation of switches and controls
with optimized ergonomics.
ABS (semi-integral) featured as standard for a
high level of active safety.
range of equipment and accessories tailored to
the new machine at BMW’s usual high level of
handlebar are adjustable.
Optimized full fairing.
Electrically adjustable windshield.
BMW K1300GT Engine
Like the K 1300 S, the new K 1300 GT also benefits
from the significantly upgraded straight-four power
unit increased in capacity from 1,157 to 1,293 cc.
Maximum output is now 118 kW (160
hp) at 9,000 rpm, with peak torque of 135
Newton-meters (99 lb-ft) at 8,000 rpm. This
equals an increase in power by 6 kW (8 hp) and an
increase in torque by 5 Newton-meters or 3.7 lb-ft.
While the former K 1200 GT did not
develop its maximum output until 9,500 rpm, the
power unit of the new K1300 GT offers its maximum
power at 9,000 rpm, with more than 80 per cent of
the engine’s maximum torque available from just
Again versus the K 1200 GT, the
torque curve is significantly better over a wide
range from 3,500 – 10,000 rpm, following the
objective to offer significantly more traction and
pulling force particularly at low and medium engine
The torque curve remaining at a high
ceiling over a wide range of engine speed is indeed
virtually ideal for the K 1300 GT as a genuine Gran
Turismo, offering even more practical performance
and supreme power than its predecessor, which
already set the standard in this segment.
While all features optimized on the
engine and drivetrain of the new K-Series also
benefit the new K 1300 GT, the airbox has been
specifically adjusted to the different air
requirements and flow conditions within the engine,
featuring an optimized air filter and newly set-up
intake funnels versus the former model.
The rear muffler, which is newly designed and
configured, also contributes to the even “beefier”
torque curve and enhanced riding qualities of the K
1300 GT, standing out clearly through its supreme
and powerful rumble.
Contrary to the very sports-minded K
1300 S and K 1300 R, the exhaust system on the K
1300 GT with its substantial damper volume and
consistent use of stainless steel throughout does
not require an electronically controlled exhaust
The BMW K1300GT does not have the new BMW Gearshift
Assistant feature. It uses an optimized
anti-friction bearing on the gearshift lever with a
corresponding reduction in tolerance in the
transmission of power ensures an even more precise
and faster gearshift than ever before.
While the new K 1300 GT is based on the particularly
stable suspension geometry of its predecessor, the
unsprung masses of the BMW Duolever have been
reduced even further through the introduction of a
newly designed lower longitudinal arm. Now
made of forged aluminum, the new Duolever gives the
motorcycle an even smoother and finer response.
BMW’s new ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II) suspension is also
available on the K 1300 GT as an option at extra
cost. This allows the rider, apart from the
damping on the two spring struts, to also adjust the
spring base (spring pre-tension) on the rear spring
strut as well as its spring rate and spring hardness
smoothly and conveniently at the touch of a button.
Hence, the owner is able to set the
suspension most conveniently and more precisely than
ever before to their personal wishes, taking
particularly the load the motorcycle is carrying
into account (which is of particular significance
with the K 1300 GT) and offering a new dimension of
riding stability combined with optimum response
under all riding and load conditions.
ESA II is the world’s first
electronic suspension control on the motorcycle
offering such a wide range of adjustment options.
The new K 1300 GT is equipped with BMW’s proven EVO
brake system also featured on the other models in
the K- and R-Series.
Brake discs measuring 320
millimeters (12.6") in diameter up front and 294
millimeters (11.6") in the rear guarantee optimum
deceleration also from high speeds and under maximum
Featured as standard, BMW Motorrad
Integral ABS (semi-integral) not only fulfils the
highest demands in terms of safety, but also caters
for the wishes and preferences of the sports-minded
rider through its special set-up and configuration:
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS controls the front- and
rear-wheels brakes through the handbrake lever,
while the footbrake lever acts only on the
The new K 1300 GT boasts a brand-new generation of
switches and manual controls. Using MID (Moulded
Interconnect Devices) technology, the new switch and
control units are far smaller and more compact,
while at the same time offering a higher standard of
functionality, clear design and optimum
The switches for the electrical
adjustable windshield, the handle and seat heating
as well as cruise control are all integrated in the
control units on the K 1300 GT.
Like the K 1300 S, the new K 1300 GT
comes with a newly designed speedometer and rev
counter with an even more dynamic layout on its
scale. These two units are supplemented in the
digital instrument cluster by the Info-Flatscreen,
an information display consistently providing all
the information the rider requires on data such as
coolant temperature, tank capacity, the time of day,
or the gear currently in mesh.
When fitted with ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II) as an option, the
flatscreen provides additional information on the
current suspension setting. Other data
available on request are the current mileage of the
motorcycle, trip mileage and – once the fuel level
has dropped to reserve – the remaining range.
Any deficiencies or defects, finally, are shown in
the display by appropriate signs and symbols.
The unusually slender full-fairing with its dynamic
contours and excellent aerodynamic qualities has
been carried over from the former model and upgraded
in its looks for the new K 1300 GT.
The new fairing differs from the
former unit at the side through an opening in the
side panel and the logo support, giving the K 1300
GT a far more dynamic appearance. The inner
surfaces of the fairing now fully painted and no
longer in the conventional grain touch convey an
even higher standard of quality and style.
And at the same time the inner
surfaces are further upgraded by the instrument
panel now finished in a matt, dark metallic color.
Protectors integrated in the side sections reduce
the risk of damage in a fall or accident.
Hence, the machine is now well protected should it
fall over in an accident or when not properly
The new K 1300 GT comes with the electrically
adjustable windshield already featured and proven on
the former model, combining optimum protection from
wind and weather with minimum dimensions.
Through its aerodynamic design and
configuration, the windshield guides the wind
rushing by round the rider, relieving his head and
upper body of wind pressure also at high speeds.
A further important point is that
the windshield may be adjusted electrically over a
range of 100 millimeters or almost 4 inches from the
left handlebar controls, thus consistently meeting
the rider’s requirements. A higher windshield
(+ 60 mm, almost 2.4") is available as an optional
extra, offering virtually every rider perfect
protection, regardless of his size and riding
position, simply by choosing the right windshield
and adjusting it accordingly.
To ensure maximum comfort and
freedom of movement, the seat, as on the former K
1200 GT, is designed around the so-called step arch
length of the rider as the decisive criterion for
seating quality. This particular measurement
is the distance between the rider’s two feet on the
ground – measured across the inside of the legs –
also taking the shape and the width of the seat into
The seat is tapered significantly
around the rider, enabling him to comfortably place
both feet on the ground and bend their knees just as
comfortably. A further point is that seat
height may be adjusted as required to 820 or 840
millimeters (equal to 32.3 or 33.1").
And for the somewhat shorter rider
BMW Motorrad offers a lower seat as an optional
extra measuring 800 millimeters or 31.5" in height
(adjustable to 820 mm or 32.3”).
Both with a sporting style of riding
and when touring, the “ergonomic triangle” made up
of the footrests, the seat and the handlebar
guarantees maximum freedom of movement as well as a
relaxed style of riding without the slightest
And last but certainly not least,
the passenger will also enjoy the high standard of
seat comfort so typical of a BMW. Handlebar
adjustable for height. As on the K 1200 GT,
the handlebar is adjustable for height in four
levels, covering a total range of adjustment towards
the rider’s body of 40 millimeters or almost 1.6",
thus adapting to all kinds of riders of different
size and allowing the rider to choose their ideal
seating position at all times. The height of
the handlebar is adjusted very conveniently and
easily through a mechanical thread-and-bolt setting.
The new K 1300 GT stands out as a genuine Gran
Turismo through its ideal combination of sporting
performance and touring comfort provided right from
the start even in standard trim.
And to raise this standard to an
even higher level, BMW Motorrad offers a wide range
of optional extras and special equipment, optimizing
this Dynamic Tourer in every respect.
These features will thrill both the
demanding Grand Touring rider looking for maximum
comfort on long distances and the technology
enthusiast in search of innovative technical
The wide range of functional options
extends from an on-board computer through a xenon
headlight all the way to the ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II) suspension allowing the
rider though simple and optimum adjustment of the
spring and dampers to set the running gear to the
rider’s current requirements.
Optional extras come straight from
the factory and are fitted during production.
Special equipment is fitted by the BMW Motorcycle
Dealer also subsequently after the motorcycle has
The new K 1300 GT offers perfect harmony of touring
qualities and sporting riding dynamics – features
also reflected by the design of the K 1300 GT with
its flowing lines and clear, striking shapes and
The lines tapering out towards the
front symbolize even more power and dynamics than
before, combined with sporting and slender all-round
The three main colors available for
the body are Red Apple Metallic, Royal Blue
Metallic, and Magnesium Beige Metallic, contrasting
perfectly with the drivetrain finished in Black and
the suspension components in Asphalt Metallic.
While Red Apple Metallic in
conjunction with dark contrasting components on the
spoiler and at the rear appeals particularly to the
sporting and ambitious rider, the experienced
touring rider will definitely enjoy Royal Blue
Metallic with White Aluminum contrasting components
as a puristic alternative.
A third variant offers an even
higher level of elegance and modern style: Magnesium
Beige Metallic contrasting with Dark Slate Metallic,
Options (from factory):
(Electronic Suspension Adjustment II; new).
rider’s seat (approx 800 mm/31.5" adjustable to
820 mm or 32.3", step arch length 1,760
computer including oil level warning unit.
Watertight tank rucksack.
Watertight tank bag including fastening
soft bag, small 19 liters/large 51 liters.
Watertight luggage roll, 53 liters, including
lashing belt with tightening lock.
protector for system cases, left or right.
bag for system cases, left or right.
case, large, in white aluminum, 49 liters
including attachments and locking cylinder.
case, small, 28 liters including attachments and
bag for top case, large/small.
padding for top case, small.
Ergonomics and comfort:
grips with control unit.
rider’s seat (approx 800 mm/31.5" adjustable to
820 mm or 32.3", step arch length 1,760
stand including adapter.
V/110 V battery charger including adapter.
kit for tubeless tires.
instructions for K-models, DVD.
Additional power socket.
light for on-board socket.
Immobilizer with remote control.
First-aid kit, large/small.
Motorrad ZUMO navigation and communication unit
including holder (new).
BMW K1300GT Horsepower
and Torque Graph
Date of Publication: October
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