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The New BMW K 1300 GT
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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 segment.
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 dynamic tourer.
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 tours.
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
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:
Even more traction
and pulling force, particularly at low and medium engine
speeds, through the increase in engine capacity.
118 kW (160 hp) at 9,000 rpm, peak torque of 135 Newton-meters
(99 lb-ft) at 8,000 rpm.
increase in torque from 3,500 rpm.
of the strictest environmental standards through newly
set-up Digital Motor Electronics.
of the emission system through rear mufflers modified
inside and a fully-controlled three-way catalytic converter.
operation of the gas lever function for even better
and more precise gas metering.
shaft drive with a new, two-stage drive shaft.
driving precision and optimized response combined with
maximum riding stability ensured by the optimized Duolever
front-wheel suspension complete with a newly designed
lower longitudinal arm.
ESA II Electronically Adjustable Suspension and ASC
Anti-Spin-Control as an option.
generation of switches and controls with optimized ergonomics.
(semi-integral) featured as standard for a high level
of active safety.
Wide range of
equipment and accessories tailored to the new machine
at BMW’s usual high level of perfection.
Seat and handlebar
BMW K1300GT Engine
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 3,500 rpm.
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 speeds.
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
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 butterfly.
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.
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
ESA II is the world’s first electronic suspension control
on the motorcycle offering such a wide range of adjustment
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 load.
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 rear-wheel brake.
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 accessibility.
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
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 parked.
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 account.
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.
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Options and Accessories
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 been delivered.
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 surfaces.
The lines tapering out towards the front symbolize even
more power and dynamics than before, combined with sporting
and slender all-round proportions.
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, matt.
Options (from factory):
ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II; new).
seat (approx 800 mm/31.5" adjustable to 820 mm
or 32.3", step arch length 1,760 mm/68.9").
including oil level warning unit.
TPC Tyre Pressure
bag including fastening elements.
bag, small 19 liters/large 51 liters.
roll, 53 liters, including lashing belt with tightening
for system cases, left or right.
Inner bag for
system cases, left or right.
Top case, large,
in white aluminum, 49 liters including attachments and
Top case, small,
28 liters including attachments and locking cylinder.
Inner bag for
top case, large/small.
for top case, small.
Ergonomics and comfort:
with control unit.
seat (approx 800 mm/31.5" adjustable to 820 mm
or 32.3", step arch length 1,760 mm/68.9").
230 V/110 V
battery charger including adapter.
Repair kit for
for K-models, DVD.
LED light for
with remote control.
ZUMO navigation and communication unit including holder
BMW K1300GT Horsepower and
BMW K1300GT Specifications
Date of Publication: October 2008
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