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BMW K1300R (2009-current)



Detail Value
New price £12,125
Used price range View BMW K1300R bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1293 cc
Power 173 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

It may look largely the same as the outgoing model but the latest version of BMW’s naked K1300R has had a host of small changes that add up to a much better bike all-round. With a claimed 173bhp and some seriously clever optional electronically-adjustable suspension, traction control and a long list of options to choose from, BMW has built a bike that almost defies naked bike logic. And don’t forget the new K-series range now has proper indicators rather than the confusing triple switches of old.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The motor is the biggest single area of improvement over the previous model. Engineering development was handed over to the spanner magicians at Ricardo – the same firm that designed the gearbox for the 1000bhp Bugatti Veyron hypercar. This is the first time BMW has worked with Ricardo on one of its bikes. The result is a claimed 173bhp from an increased 1293cc four-cylinder motor that is much smoother with bundles of power and torque. It’s one of the best big-capacity motors on the road today combining lovely refinement with a racing engine snarl when pushed. And yes, it’s very, very, very fast. The only question is how long you can hang on. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The BMW K13000R is actually a little easier to chuck around than the faired BMW K1300S model thanks to wider, taller handlebars which give loads of leverage over the fairly substantial weight of the bike. Use of aluminium rather than steel on the Duolever front suspension has taken 1kg off the unsprung weight and this has added a bit of feel to the slightly numb handling feedback on the outgoing model. The ESA II system and ASC traction control are brilliant and well worth the cash.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Spec up a BMW K1300R with all of the options BMW has to offer and it’s going to be an expensive machine. There are some must-haves though and the ESA II at £617 is one of them as it offers a great deal of adjustment and takes the guesswork out of suspension adjustment. ABS is another one. After that there are some lovely choices. Heated grips, hard luggage, Akrapovic exhaust, onboard computer and a quickshifter. There are also carbon bits, mini-indicators and crash bungs as standard on the R. Most are worth a look although we would give the quickshifter a miss as although it works just fine, it seems out of place on a bike like this. Compare and buy products for the BMW K1300R in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Few bikes shrug off winter better than a BMW motorcycle but it will still need regular attention to keep it looking shiny. The uprated shaft drive means less maintenance and expense than a chain.  A few owners of the BMW K1200S previous model seemed to have suffered from vibration and quite high oil consumption but the new engine should stop that happening.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £9500 for the stock model without ABS there is no getting away from the fact that the BMW K1300R is not a cheap bike…add in the essential ABS and ESA II and the price goes to £10,675. From there on in adding options obviously just adds more and more to the costs. ESA II must be on the list as it transforms the bike. BMW do a Dynamic Pack which puts ABS and ASC traction control together with a Tyre Pressure Control system for £1175 and saves £143. Find a BMW K1300R for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

K1300S introduced in 2009 to replace the K1200S introduced in 2004.

Other Versions

K1300 S - fully-faired version.
K1300 GT - touring version.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.63 secs
Max power 173 bhp
Max torque 103 ft-lb
Weight 228 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1293 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, twin-cam, 4v four-stroke inline four. Six gears
Frame Cast aluminium bridge frame
Front suspension adjustment Electronically adjustable with ESA
Rear suspension adjustment Electronically adjustable with ESA
Front brakes 2 x 320 discs with 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 265mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(12 reviews)

  • new design paddock stand for K1300r

    engineerpaul

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Now that you have all bought the K1300R like myself how about a unique designed bespoke centre paddock stand for it..........See link on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvfijNT5fX8 then, if interested contact me at paddockstands@aol.com

    25 July 2011

  • Uncomfortable

    martisgreat

    Average rating rating is 4

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    nice bike uncomfortable

    10 July 2011

  • is this the perfect road bike?

    pr5x

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    well not really, but it certainly ticks all the boxes for me.. it handles, is fast, has a stunning engine, lots of toys and rare! let's be honest, we like that.. I just need a track day to square the circle.. Great bike so far.. did I say fast?

    18 July 2010

  • one year on!

    nidderdale

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    One year on! 7000 wonderful miles including annual visit to Isle of Man TT with Nidderdale on Tour. Had another good one to Ulster GP via Scotland and back through Ireland, Wales, England, to Gods own country Yorkshire! Just had my first annual service done at Allan Jefferies (great service they collected my bike, no riding through the salt and delivered it back good as new) new back tyre ready for this season can't wait, had this years fist ride, just a quickie through Nidderdale to Harrogate, looking forward to more sun and fun.

    05 March 2010

  • 1/4 mile times...

    mowster

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    "Rapid" bikes magazine of australia quotes an experienced drag racer doing 9.7 second 1/4 miles on the K1300S......if this is so, then the K1300R might even do 9.5 second 1/4's...?? I rarely give mine full-gas on public streets..

    09 February 2010

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    great bike... power... power... i little expensive... but that the way it´s

    13 January 2010

  • update of my K1300R

    engineerpaul

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Well, just had my first (1000 miles) service. really pleased with machine. AWESOME POWER. especially now engine is run in, able to use full power......If I had the balls to! Purchased the BMW rear rack and fitted it today.Blends in well with bikes styling but not overly practical, only wanted it for occasional wetsuit to strap on. Ordered the recommended Akropovich can today (£950 from George Whites) approx 3 days delivery. Blame MCN for that one after saying that the Akropovich on the K1300S in last weeks issue sounded intoxicating. Had to find out for myself! As for ride and handling, that also is addictive, finding myself watching weather by the hour looking for another excuse to take the beastie out. Wait a minute, whats that, looks like another break in the weather.....gotta go and get my gear on again!

    30 April 2009

  • Collected mine Saturday

    John Roberts

    Average rating rating is 4

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    What can i say that hasn't been said already. It looks good, rides good and sounds wonderful. I'm not sure if it's the type of helmet i wear (Shark flip front) but i reckon you can hear it better. Used it for work today in heavy rain, safe as houses i can tell you. Got a GSA as well but its taking a back seat at the moment as you would expect.

    27 April 2009

  • K1300R Is Awesome

    soofsayer

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have just bought a K1300R after spending a day test riding a K1200R and the 1300R. Be in no doubt that the new 1300R is a serious step forward compared to the 1200, although either bike would be a great owners proposition. The power of the K13 is just stunning, pulled away from some traffic in 4th doing 2000rpm and nearly got left behind, the surge of power takes your breath away. With the ESA the bike feels really well planted and loves turning into corners as much as crusing at well over the national speed limit (not me gov!). If you are thinking of buying the K1300R but are not sure, buy something else, I love the exclusivity of this bike, only a few hundred sold each year in the UK. Rarer and faster than all the lambos, astons etc. This for me is the ultimate muscle bike as it gives the complete offering - performance, comfort & looks. Finally, the growl when you get the engine spinning above 4000 rpm is the kind of noise that sends a little shiver down your spine, something akin to a messerschmitt from WW2. Awesome.

    26 April 2009

  • wot tyres?

    nidderdale

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Not sure who your dealer is? Booked my 1st service on-line at Alan Jefferies £60 fantastic value. Over two thousand miles now, looking to replace rear tyre, liked Michelin on my R1’s, can’t decide pilot power 2CT or pilot road 2CT any suggestions you Beemer riders?

    24 April 2009

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forklift

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Compared to the BKing

How does it compare to the BKing?

06 July 2010 21:27

engineerpaul

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hope it's as good as it looks

Just ordered mine last Saturday (14th feb 2009) ready for March 09 plate delivery. Fully loaded, Dynamic & comfort packs, ESA, Quickshift etc.

Looks like it will be a bit of a cultural shock coming from a GS so I will give 100% feedback to you all after I have taken delivery........watch this space!

16 February 2009 11:11

ClutchedUp

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Nice

Seriously cool. Love the K1200r, especially in Resident Evil with Milla Jovovich :) 

08 February 2009 17:36

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