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The New BMW K 1300 R
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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 comfort.
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
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
BMW K1300R Technical Highlights
– an Overview:
Even more 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.
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 environmental
process for greater performance and lower fuel consumption.
system with a new rear-end muffl er and electronic flap
control as well as a fully controlled three-way catalyst.
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.
ensured by optimized suspension geometry, optimum mass
distribution and a perfectly balanced overall concept.
ESA II electronically adjustable suspension and ASC
anti-spin control as an option.
generation of control switches with optimized ergonomics.
shaft drive with a new two-stage drive shaft.
Assistant for shifting up without the slightest interruption
of power and traction available as an option.
Wide range 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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 increased accordingly.
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 spring strut.
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 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
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 longer distances.
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 indicator.
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.
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 and tours.
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 machine.
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
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 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 1,750
ESA II (Electronic
Suspension Adjustment II; new).
TPC Tire Pressure
including oil level warning.
BMW 6.0 x 17"
sports wheels on 190/55 ZR 17 tires.
indicators front and rear.
Special Equipment (available from and/or installed
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
Service and Technical Teatures:
– service kit.
230 V/110 V
battery charger including adapter.
Repair kit for
for K-models, DVD.
Ergonomics and comfort:
with switch unit.
Low rider seat
(approx 790 mm/31.1", step arch length 1,750 mm/68.9").
tinted, including fastening elements.
HP rider’s footrests
HP forged wheels,
front (3.50 x 17") and rear (6.00 x 17").
Design and Sound:
HP carbon windshield
HP carbon wheel
HP carbon clutch
top cover (new).
HP carbon engine
HP carbon seat
HP carbon heat
protector for standard muffler (new).
sports muffler (new).
system with remote control.
ZUMO navigation and communication unit including support
BMW K1300R Horsepower and Torque
BMW K1300R Specifications
Publication Date: October
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