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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 R.
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 built.
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
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:
more dynamic, particularly at lower and medium
engine speeds, thanks to the increase in engine
output 127 kW (173 hp) at 9,250 rpm, maximum
torque 140 Newton-meters (103 lb-ft) at 8, 250
in torque by more than 10 Newton-meters (7.4
lb-ft) all the way from 2,000–8,000 rpm.
tuned Digital Motor Electronics to fulfill the
highest environmental standards.
Optimized charge process for greater performance
and lower fuel consumption.
Optimized exhaust system with a new rear-end
muffl er and electronic flap control as well as
a fully controlled three-way catalyst.
Desmodromic operation of the power application
function to improve dosage of engine power.
greater riding precision combined with maximum
riding stability ensured by the optimized
Duolever front wheel suspension with a newly
designed longitudinal arm at the bottom.
spring/damper set-up for even better feedback to
handling ensured by optimized suspension
geometry, optimum mass distribution and a
perfectly balanced overall concept.
Second-generation ESA II electronically
adjustable suspension and ASC anti-spin control
as an option.
innovative generation of control switches with
Optimized, maintenance-free shaft drive with a
new two-stage drive shaft.
Gearshift Assistant for shifting up without the
slightest interruption of power and traction
available as an option.
range of standard features and accessories
tailored to the K1300R, all offering the usual
supreme qualities of a BMW.
BMW K1300R Engine
Like 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 cc.
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 standard. A
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
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
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.
The 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 1300 S.
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 increased accordingly.
The K1300R meets
the significant demands made of an unfaired
in terms of sportiness and riding dynamics through
the even firmer set-up of the gas-pressure spring
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.
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.
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 heavy load.
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
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 longer
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
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 form.
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.
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.
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 and tours.
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
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.
Contrary to 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
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):
Lower rider’s seat (approx 790 mm/31.1", step arch
length 1,750 mm/68.9").
Passenger comfort seat (new).
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.
Anti-theft warning system.
ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment II; new).
HP Gearshift Assistant (new).
ASC Anti-Slip Control.
TPC Tire Pressure Control.
On-board computer including oil level warning.
BMW 6.0 x 17" sports wheels on 190/55 ZR 17 tires.
LED direction indicators front and rear.
Special Equipment (available from
and/or installed at dealer):
Luggage and storage options.
Luggage rack with installation kit.
Water-tight tank rucksack (new).
Water-tight tank bag including fastening elements.
Set of sports cases including case supports.
Sports softbag, small, 19 litres/large, 51 litres.
Water-tight luggage roll, 53 litres, including
fastening belt with tightening lock.
Multi-strap fastening rope.
Service and Technical Teatures:
HP Gearshift Assistant (new).
HP Instrument Cluster (new).
On-board toolkit – service kit.
Paddock stand including adapter.
230 V/110 V battery charger including adapter.
Repair kit for tubeless
Repair instructions for K-models, DVD.
Ergonomics and comfort:
Heated handles with switch unit.
Low rider seat (approx 790 mm/31.1", step arch
length 1,750 mm/68.9").
Passenger comfort seat.
Sports windshield, tinted, including fastening
HP rider’s footrests (new).
HP passenger’s footrests (new).
HP forged wheels, front (3.50 x 17") and rear
(6.00 x 17").
Design and Sound:
LED direction indicators.
HP carbon windshield (new).
HP carbon wheel cover, front.
HP carbon clutch top cover (new).
HP carbon engine spoiler.
HP carbon seat cover.
HP carbon heat protector for standard muffler
Akrapović sports muffler (new).
Anti-theft warning system with remote control.
First-aid kit, large/small.
Navigation and communication.
BMW Motorrad ZUMO navigation and communication
unit including support (new).
BMW K1300R Horsepower
and Torque Graph
Date of Publication: October
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