BMW K1300R (2009-on) Review

Published: 02 February 2009

"A bike that almost defies naked bike logic"

BMW K1300R - menacing stance

"A bike that almost defies naked bike logic"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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

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Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

15 owners have reviewed their BMW K1300R (2009-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW K1300R (2009-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.1 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best Damn Byke, ….so i bought another one, …andthen, a THIRD one!

20 February 2017 by Zietreisender

Absolutely NOTHING bad to say regarding: performance, reliability, durability, , functionality of components, handling, looks, aerodynamics, braking, comfort (as can be expected with a Sportbike), long-distance touring (with nightly-reststops), etc.,... Read more etc. etc. Of particular are: Shift Assist-Shift Assist-Shift Assist!!!, ABS, ASC, Heated grips, POWERRRR!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Bike is at its best unladen on the highway and, of course, thru mountain passes and twisty sections. …hills/inclinations mean NOTHING! Usually i require a break every refuelling (depending upon the speed and level of intensity experienced), which is typically every 300-400 km. Most-noticeable are my arms and butt, due to the typical seating-position of a Sportbike. Also of note, is that my hands begin to go numb after a few hours straight. This could be due to unconsciously-tightly-gripping, or that i am now over 50 years of age? HAHA!
Engine
5 out of 5
Delivers power and SUPER-torque THROUGHOUT the entire throttle-range.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
In 6+ years of use and 44,100 km (~90% touring)(Across Canada & USA), NO rust NOR corrosion. NO breakdowns/failures.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
This is approximate in Canadian$$$. It includes oil changes (EVERY 5K) and the yearly-share of tyres and warranty service.
Equipment
5 out of 5
SHIFT-ASSIST and enjoy the flexibility and ease of the ESA (Oooops, that's an option). …Heated grips and that there are 2 temperature settings, Low-fuel-warning, TPM (i use this as an Early-Warning-System ONLY), ABS (Has been beneficial several instances), Shaft drive, Duo lever front suspension is accommodating/responsive/positive-feeling, Have had Continental: (~10-12K front;~5-6K rear) ; Metzler: (~10K front; under 5K rear), and Michelin Pilot 3 (~13K front; ~8K rear) & Pilot 4 tyres (So Far have over 10K on Front & rear). Metzlers wore out quickest, but were best high-performance for their ability to schtick-well. Continentals were adequate and almost as good as the Metzlers, understandably-trading performance for longer-life. I am sold on the Michelins, ESPECIALLY the Pilot 4. I think they pretty-well-equal the Metzlers for performance and undoubtably-will vastly-outlive them in tread-life. Mind-you, my present riding-scenario consists of approximately 90% + touring. On my "Expeditions" i DO lock-up my kit and ROAR thru WHATEVER particular mountain pass/twisties/etc. that is proximal, or that of which was my destination-purpose.
Buying experience

Purchased from dealer at set/non-negotiable price. First Bike was Calgary, Alberta. Got $500 discount for ordering/deposit at the yearly Motorcycle Show. Wiped-out and bike totalled-off at end of 2010 by deer collision at lucky-13,00km. Purchased second/IDENTICAL bike, new, in Edmonton, Alberta in April/2011. Wanted "Silk Metallic" colour (2010 ONLY). EXACT SAME PRICE. This year Feb10, 2017; privately-purchased my THIRD 2010 K1300R from the Edmonton area. It is EXACTLY identical to my first 2 bikes! …with ONLY 7,40 km!!! It is my 'Backup bike' and resides as a pseudo-investment in my 'Museum', awaiting deployment when necessary. I have only seen few surface for sale around here and their rareness has increased vastly after this model's final year in 2014.

5 out of 5

+1... almost perfect...

25 September 2014 by Hedgehog5

... for me. It's a really good 2-up tourer, it commutes, it handles well thanks to the suspension set-up, & it out-accelerates most sportsbikes. A good all-rounder, that for some reason has the exclusivity of a Lamborghini. Downsides are it's... Read more expensive, but still cheaper than most of its main competitors, it's heavy (but again, lighter than a V-Max or Hayabusa)... it's not very economical... but beats many comparable bikes... in other words, it's probably the best in its class.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Almost perfect....

03 May 2014 by rotk13r

Have had one of these for about a year now, have ridden it through two sets of tyres, in all conditions. Fast, decent range, good brakes, plenty of tech to help keep you alive, suspension is sporty and comfortable depending on the mood (assuming... Read more you have the ESA).... About the only down side is it struggles a bit when the roads get really, really tight.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

new design paddock stand for K1300r

25 July 2011 by engineerpaul

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... Read more paddockstands@aol.com

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Uncomfortable

10 July 2011 by martisgreat

nice bike uncomfortable Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

is this the perfect road bike?

18 July 2010 by pr5x

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... Read more fast?

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

one year on!

05 March 2010 by nidderdale

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

1/4 mile times...

09 February 2010 by mowster

"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.. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

power!!

13 January 2010 by hellojoao

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

update of my K1300R

30 April 2009 by engineerpaul

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... Read more 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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £12,125
Used price £6,100 to £10,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £1,000
Performance
Max power 173 bhp
Max torque 103 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.63 secs
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Specification
Engine size 1293cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, twin-cam, 4v four-stroke inline four. Six gears
Frame type Cast aluminium bridge frame
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 228kg
Front suspension Electronically adjustable with ESA
Rear suspension Electronically adjustable with ESA
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

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

Photo Gallery

  • BMW K1300R - menacing stance
  • BMW K1300R - easier to chuck around than the S model
  • BMW K1300R - menacing stance
  • BMW K1300R - duolever frotn suspension is improved
  • BMW K1300R - wide and tall handlebars
  • BMW K1300R - bars give good leverage
  • BMW K1300R - orange
  • BMW K1300R - grey
  • BMW K1300R - white
  • BMW K1300R - bundles of power and torque
  • BMW K1300R - funky bmw styling
  • BMW K1300R - press shot
  • BMW K1300R - very, very fast
  • BMW K1300R - tons of extras available
  • BMW K1300R - 1293cc motor
  • BMW K1300R - logo
  • BMW K1300R - action shot
  • BMW K1300R - clocks
  • BMW K1300R - single-sided swingarm
  • BMW K1300R - shaft drive
  • BMW K1300R - action shot
  • BMW K1300R - front
  • BMW K1300R - rear
  • BMW K1300R - claimed 173bhp
  • BMW K1300R - luggage options
  • BMW K1300R - end can
  • BMW K1300R - top down
  • BMW K1300R - rear light cluster
  • BMW K1300R - rider-eye view
  • BMW K1300R - stripped down
  • BMW K1300R - front end
  • BMW K1300R - menacing stance
  • BMW K1300R - easier to chuck around than the S model
  • BMW K1300R - menacing stance
  • BMW K1300R - duolever frotn suspension is improved
  • BMW K1300R - wide and tall handlebars
  • BMW K1300R - bars give good leverage
  • BMW K1300R - orange
  • BMW K1300R - grey
  • BMW K1300R - white
  • BMW K1300R - bundles of power and torque
  • BMW K1300R - funky bmw styling
  • BMW K1300R - press shot
  • BMW K1300R - very, very fast
  • BMW K1300R - tons of extras available
  • BMW K1300R - 1293cc motor
  • BMW K1300R - logo
  • BMW K1300R - action shot
  • BMW K1300R - clocks
  • BMW K1300R - single-sided swingarm
  • BMW K1300R - shaft drive
  • BMW K1300R - action shot
  • BMW K1300R - front
  • BMW K1300R - rear
  • BMW K1300R - claimed 173bhp
  • BMW K1300R - luggage options
  • BMW K1300R - end can
  • BMW K1300R - top down
  • BMW K1300R - rear light cluster
  • BMW K1300R - rider-eye view
  • BMW K1300R - stripped down
  • BMW K1300R - front end
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