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The BMW K1300R
Making a significant departure
from traditional sports motorcycle concepts, BMW proudly
presented the “most powerful naked bike of all times”
at the 2004 INTERMOT Motorcycle Show: the BMW K 1200
Ever since it has been a well-known fact that BMW
is by all means willing and able to openly demonstrate
extreme power and extroverted design in genuine style.
Now the significantly upgraded successor to the BMW
K 1200 R is making its world debut at the 2008 INTERMOT
Motorcycle Show in the BMW Urban Encounter World – the
new K1300R, the most powerful naked bike BMW has ever
Developing a maximum output of 127 kW (173 hp) and
weighing exactly 243 kg (536 lb) with a full tank, this
extravagant Power Roadster, one of the most powerful
and dynamic machines in its segment, fulfils the greatest
demands in terms of riding dynamics without in any way
neglecting the particular wishes and preferences of
the BMW customer in terms of safety, equipment and riding
The K1300R Power Roadster is a high-performance riding
machine offering a perfect blend of performance, riding
safety and technical features carried over from the
K 1300 S. So while the drivetrain and running gear are
carried over from the K 1300 S, they have been modified
in this case to meet the particular requirements of
a large-capacity naked bike.
The most significant and outstanding considerations
in developing the K1300R were indeed to offer the rider
supreme riding pleasure combined with equally outstanding
safety on the road as well as the most sophisticated
design features and an extroverted, masculine look.
Suspension geometry has been upgraded to an even
higher standard than on the previous K 1200 R and it
gives the K1300R even greater agility combined with
the same high standard of riding stability as before.
The basic technical data on the suspension are now
the same as on the K 1300 S. In comparison with the
previous K 1200 R, the BMW Duolever front-wheel suspension
is now slightly lower, with the wheelbase of the new
model being correspondingly longer.
The guide ducts on the engine have likewise been
modified for the new machine, with maximum output of
127 kW (173 hp); almost the same as on the K 1300 S.
Quite generally, both engine output and torque have
been increased significantly over the previous model,
while the shorter final drive ratio of 2.91 versus 2.82
on the K 1300 S likewise has a positive impact on the
acceleration and pulling power of the new machine.
BMW K1300R Technical Highlights
– an Overview:
dynamic, particularly at lower and medium engine
speeds, thanks to the increase in engine capacity.
127 kW (173 hp) at 9,250 rpm, maximum torque 140
Newton-meters (103 lb-ft) at 8, 250 rpm.
in torque by more than 10 Newton-meters (7.4 lb-ft)
all the way from 2,000–8,000 rpm.
Digital Motor Electronics to fulfill the highest
charge process for greater performance and lower
exhaust system with a new rear-end muffl er and
electronic flap control as well as a fully controlled
operation of the power application function to improve
dosage of engine power.
riding precision combined with maximum riding stability
ensured by the optimized Duolever front wheel suspension
with a newly designed longitudinal arm at the bottom.
set-up for even better feedback to the rider.
handling ensured by optimized suspension geometry,
optimum mass distribution and a perfectly balanced
ESA II electronically adjustable suspension and
ASC anti-spin control as an option.
generation of control switches with optimized ergonomics.
maintenance-free shaft drive with a new two-stage
Assistant for shifting up without the slightest
interruption of power and traction available as
of standard features and accessories tailored to
the K1300R, all offering the usual supreme qualities
of a BMW.
BMW K1300R Engine
the K 1300 S, the new K1300R also benefits from the
significant improvement and upgrading of the straight-four
power unit, now increased in size from 1,157 to 1,293
Maximum output is now 127 kW (173 hp) at 9,250 rpm,
maximum torque is 140 Newton-meters (103 lb-ft) at 8,250
rpm, an increase in power by 7 kW (10 hp) and an increase
in torque by 13 Newton-meters (9.6 lb-ft).
While the former K 1200 R reached its maximum output
at 10,250 rpm, the power unit in the new K1300R develops
its maximum power at a significantly lower 9,250 rpm.
A further advantage is that more than 70 per cent of
the engine’s maximum torque is available from just 3,000
rpm, just as the K1300R offers more than 10 per cent
more torque than the K 1200 R all the way from 2,000
to 8,000 rpm.
This clearly reflects the objective of the engineers
developing the new machine, focusing on even greater
driving dynamics with significantly more traction and
much better acceleration than on the former model already
so successful in the market.
Like the K 1200 R, the new K1300R comes with a shorter
final drive ratio (2.91 instead of 2.82), improving
both acceleration and pulling power to an even higher
ll technical modifications serving to optimize the
engine and drivetrain are the same as on the new K 1300
S. The airbox comes with a modified air filter and a
newly set-up intake funnel versus the K 1200 R to meet
the greater demand of the engine for a smooth and efficient
supply of air.
And last but not least, the oil cooler with its larger
block again reflects the greater power and performance
of the engine.
Like the K 1300 S, the new
K1300R comes with a new rear muffler not only making
an important contribution to the machine’s “beefy” torque
curve and riding qualities, but also providing an even
more powerful sound.
This special effect is provided by an electronically
controlled exhaust flap, reducing the damper volume
with a higher throughput rate. Through its hexagonal
design and smaller dimensions, the muffler looks particularly
compact and sporting to clearly underline the muscular
stance of the K1300R.
The K1300R is available with a very light and sporting
slip-on muffler made of titanium complete with a carbon
trim cover from Akrapović as special equipment.
BMW Gearshift Assistant
Like the K 1300
S, the K1300R features a new gearshift lever with an
ergonomically optimized pivot point.
Together with the likewise new anti-friction bearing
on the gearshift lever, this ensures an even more precise
and faster gearshift particularly when the rider opts
for a more sporting and dynamic style of riding.
For the first time in the history of series production
BMW motorcycles and indeed for the first time worldwide
in series production, the rider of the new K1300R is
able to shift up without operating the clutch or backing
off on the fuel, that is with hardly the slightest interruption
of power and traction, by means of the HP Gearshift
Assistant available as an optional extra.
Introduced for the first time on the BMW HP2 Sport,
the HP Gearshift Assistant may be combined with the
sport footrests likewise available as special equipment
on the new machine.
suspension geometry on the new K1300R has been mod fi
ed versus the former configuration in the interest of
even greater agility and is now the same as on the K
This improvement is ensured by a different process
in machining the wheel carrier and through the Duolever
suspension featuring a newly designed longitudinal arm
at the bottom with a newly defined pivot point. As a
result, the front-wheel guidance angle is now slightly
lower and the wheelbase of the new machine has been
The K1300R meets the significant demands made of
an unfaired streetbike in terms of sportiness and riding
dynamics through the even firmer set-up of the gas-pressure
BMW’s new ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment
II) running gear is available as special equipment at
extra cost also on the K1300R. This allows the rider
to vary not only the damping effect on the two spring
struts and the spring base (spring pre-tension) on the
rear spring struts, but also the spring rate and, accordingly,
spring hardness conveniently at the touch of a button.
Hence, the rider is able to set the running gear
very conveniently and more precisely than ever before
to his or her specific wishes and the weight the motorcycle
is carrying under all riding and load conditions, thus
enjoying a new dimension of riding stability combined
with optimum response at all times.
ESA II is the world’s first system for electronic
adjustment of the motorcycle’s suspension offering such
a wide range of setting options.
The new K1300R comes standard with
a 180/55 ZR 17 (K 1300 S: 190/55 ZR 17) rear-wheel tire.
As an option, the particularly sporting rider may choose
BMW sports wheels from BMW Motorrad’s wide range of
optional extras and special equipment, allowing the
use of a 190/55 ZR 17 tire.
Again in the interest of even better handling and
greater performance, this special tire replaces the
usual 190/50 ZR 17 tire.
The K1300R also comes with BMW Motorrad’s
proven EVO brake system featured on other models in
the Boxer and K-Series. The brake lines are protected
by steel sleeves, brake discs measuring 320 millimeters
(12.6") at the front and 265 millimeters (10.4")
at the rear to ensure maximum stopping power even from
very high speeds and with the motorcycle carrying a
Further benefits of the EVO brake system are its
unparalleled brake pressure build-up rate and the reduction
of operating forces to a minimum even when braking all-out
– qualities the system has proven in many tests. Indeed,
the BMW EVO brake system – EVO stands for evolution
– is already renowned in the market as one of the safest
and most effective brake technologies available.
The new K1300R features a handlebar
detached from the frame of the machine in the interest
of minimum vibration, a technology carried over from
the K 1200 R Sport. The big advantage is the higher
standard of everyday riding quality particularly on
Another new highlight on the K1300R is the brand-new
generation of switches and controls. Featuring MID (Moulded
Interconnect Device) technology, the new control units
are far smaller and more compact and at the same time
offer an even higher standard of functionality, clear
design and optimum access for easy reach.
The new K1300R may be equipped with the HP instrument
cluster already well-known from the HP2 Sport as special
equipment for the most sporting and dynamic riding requirements,
for example on the race track. This superior system
developed in cooperation with the German data specialist
2D Systems comes with a large digital display informing
the rider in the Road Mode on typical features and data
such as road speed, engine speed, mileage covered so
far, remaining mileage on the fuel available, and the
time spent travelling.
During the warm-up phase, in turn, the instruments
offer further helpful data. In the Racing Mode the instrument
cluster presents data such as lap times, maximum engine
speed, road speed, or the number of gearshifts.
The HP instrument cluster comes additionally with
eight freely programmable LED lights serving, for example
to present engine speed or acting as an external gearshift
With its even more muscular design,
the new K1300R simply oozes a strong feeling of power
and performance at very first sight, standing out clearly
from its competitors and leaving behind an impressive
visual message through its even more dynamic appearance.
The newly designed fairing on the front wheel mount
and the compact front wheel mudguard give even greater
emphasis to the front end of the K1300R, making it look
even sleeker and more dynamic.
The aggressively styled radiator trim panels, in
turn, demonstrate even more power and performance than
before. The intake panel is also new in its design and
is now fully painted, supporting the powerful, dynamic
look of the K1300R through its almost rough and jagged
The side covers are even more striking in design,
offering even better protection of the rider’s knees
from wind and weather through their contoured edges.
A modified headlight body as well as new paintwork on
the headlight panel, in turn, give the K1300R a new
and even more aggressive face at the front.
To match this outstanding look, the hydraulic reservoirs
fitted on the two halves of the handlebar for the brakes
and clutch now come in a discreet smoky glass look.
Modified instrument graphics in clear, techno-like layout
clearly demonstrate the design of the new machine to
the rider himself.
The newly designed rear light in LED technology and
with a white clear glass look conveys an exciting touch
of technical excellence and a superior look of harmony
together with the white direction indicator lights.
The BMW Comfort seat for the passenger
as special equipment. Apart from unparalleled riding
pleasure on country roads, the new K1300R offers supreme
all-round qualities through its outstanding power unit.
And to enhance riding comfort for the pillion rider
to an even higher level, BMW Motorrad offers a seat
bench much wider and more upholstered at the rear.
Options and Accessories
It almost goes without saying that even the very sporting
and dynamic K1300R comes with the very best all-round
qualities so typical of BMW – also for long distances
The new features boasted by the K1300R also include
a special comfort seat for the pillion rider as well
as LED direction indicators both front and rear. The
usual wide range of options and special equipment from
BMW Motorrad serves to further customize this outstanding
The particularly sports-minded rider, for example,
has the choice of the HP Gearshift Assistant, the HP
Info Display as well as carbon trim components as special
features on the new K1300R. Optional extras are delivered
straight from the factory and integrated during production.
Special equipment is fitted by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer
either right from the start or at a later point in time,
whatever the customer wishes.
the former model, the frame, wheel carriers and drivetrain
come in the same color on all three color variants of
the K 1300 R. This is because the black engine and suspension
components such as the frame and wheel carriers in Asphalt
Metallic symbolize the technical character and sporting
style of the new K 1300 R.
The body colors highlight the newly designed features
and the strong character of the new K 1300 R, in particular
the muscular front end and the slender rear. While Silk
Metallic stands for masculine strength and determination,
Lava Orange Metallic creates a sporting, almost provocative
Reflecting the current Zeitgeist, white is
now back in the market, nevertheless re-interpreted
in this case as Light Grey Metallic with a larger share
of metallic components emphasizing the three-dimensional
presence of a motorcycle from BMW. The graphically much
more aggressive model designation stands out clearly
but in full harmony on all color variants.
Options (from factory):
seat (approx 790 mm/31.1", step arch length
comfort seat (new).
ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II; new).
computer including oil level warning.
x 17" sports wheels on 190/55 ZR 17 tires.
indicators front and rear.
Special Equipment (available from and/or installed
and storage options.
rack with installation kit.
tank rucksack (new).
tank bag including fastening elements.
Set of sports
cases including case supports.
small, 19 litres/large, 51 litres.
luggage roll, 53 litres, including fastening belt
with tightening lock.
Service and Technical Teatures:
toolkit – service kit.
stand including adapter.
V battery charger including adapter.
for tubeless tires.
for K-models, DVD.
Ergonomics and comfort:
with switch unit.
seat (approx 790 mm/31.1", step arch length
tinted, including fastening elements.
wheels, front (3.50 x 17") and rear (6.00 x
Design and Sound:
wheel cover, front.
clutch top cover (new).
heat protector for standard muffler (new).
sports muffler (new).
warning system with remote control.
ZUMO navigation and communication unit including
BMW K1300R Horsepower
and Torque Graph
BMW K1300R Specifications
Date of Publication: October
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