Five reasons to consider a BMW K1300S

Published: 17 November 2016

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After eight years, the slightly oddball BMW K1300S gets the axe for 2017.

The K1300S was BMW's answer to the Honda Super Blackbird, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-12R, albeit it was slightly more sensible. They're not as cool as the hyperbikes from Suzuki et al, but they're just as competent.

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Below are five reasons the K1300S makes a great used buy.

They're well priced

Introduced in 2009 to replace the K1200S, they're not that old yet, but can still be snapped up for les than £6,000. Those pennies will bag you a bike that makes 175bhp and has genuine all-day continent crossing comfort.

Shaft drive

Shaft drive may be heavy, but it's incredibly convenient. Your days of cleaning, lubing and adjusting a chain will be over, and power delivery will be seamless and instant.

Easy speed

Despite the power it puts out, the big K is incredibly easy to ride. The long wheelbase helps keep things stable and the power and torque is spread evenly through the rev range making in deceptively fast.

Superb comfort

The K1300S harks back to an era before big upright adventure bikes were the go-to choice for covering big distance in comfort but it's arguably comfier than many of these. With the slightly sporty riding position, weight is spread between wrists and bum leaving you feeling fresh after a day in the saddle.

Duolever suspension

BMW's funny suspension isn't for everyone, and can feel a little vague when pushed, but it was much improved on the K1300. Dive under braking is minimal, and if you brake or shut off mid corner the bike doesn't want to sit upright.

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This 2009 model is great value at £5,999 and has only covered 21,000 miles. This example comes with heated grips and three months waaranty. There are better colours available, though.

 

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