BMW K1300S (2009 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £920
Power: 175 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (503 lbs / 228 kg)

Prices

New £12,375
Used £4,000 - £10,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It may look largely the same as the outgoing model but the latest version of BMW’s K1300S has had a host of small changes that add up to a much better bike all round.

With a claimed 175bhp and some seriously clever electronically-adjustable suspension, traction control and a long list of options to choose from, BMW has built a bike that can handle almost everything. And don’t forget the new K-series range now has proper indicators rather than the confusing triple switches of old.

BMW K1300S HP ridden

First published 29 March 2012 by Trevor Franklin

The BMW K1300S HP

With the BMW K1300S HP (for High Performance), BMW had taken one of its established, but aging standards, and sought to both extend its shelf-life and broaden its appeal by producing a limited edition, 'blinged-up' incarnation.

The recipe was simple: tweak the cosmetics with a sprinkling of carbon fibre, tinted screen and model-specific paint job; add some substance by way of BMW's on-the-move suspension adjustment system, on-board computer, quick-shifter and more. And, finally, round it all off with a limited edition numbered plaque at the front of the tank.

As a bread and butter bike the K1300S has long been an impresively slick, stable and supersonic fast motorway devourer. Point me at Dusseldorf and I'll see you there by lunch, unruffled, unflustered, under the clock tower.

The 175bhp, four-cylinder, shaftie bulges with sheer urge; its fat midrange so twist 'n' go instant the upper reaches of the rev range need never be explored, and cruising just the wrong side of the legal limit is about as relaxing as two wheels get.

The semi-sports riding position is sublimely comfortable and yet with enough purposefulness and aggression to imbibe its pilot with the cool arrogance expected of a Teutonic powerhouse-owner.

Its stability and steadfastness is awesome (at the slight cost, ineveitably, of flickability negotiating traffic or through tight bends).

The downside to all that, though, is that the K1300S is also now over three years old and, frankly, is starting to show it - something compounded by the arrival of Kawasaki's updated and electronics-laden ZZR1400 this year.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There is no getting away from the fact that the BMW K1300S is a big bike – with a 228kg dry weight, it is never going to be a race-designed lightweight.

However, the clever Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA II) system does a great job of hiding that weight. The suspension has nine potential settings to cover solo riding, pillion and both settings with luggage. It works brilliantly. The slightly numb front end is better than it was previously thanks to lighter Duolever components. Just be sure to avoid the Continental Sport Attack tyres fitted to some – they are not up to the best rubber. 

Surprisingly, the BMW K1300S once beat a car in an ABS test.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The motor is the biggest single area of improvement. 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 175bhp 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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (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.

There was a major recall involving the BMW K1300S among many other models that you can read about here.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

At £10,165 for the stock model without ABS there is no getting away from the fact that the BMW K1300S is not a cheap bike…add in the essential ABS and the price hits £11,060. 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 for £377 and saves £45. So to get ABS, ASC and ESA II adds almost £1000 to the £10,165 cost. You do get a lot of bike for the money however but it’s still a lot of cash compared to the likes of a Suzuki Hayabusa.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

Spec up a BMW K1300S 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. 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. 

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £920
New price £12,375
Used price £4,000 - £10,500
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 175 bhp
Max torque 103 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 10.46 secs
Tank range 190 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

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

Other versions

Owners' reviews for the BMW K1300S (2009 - on)

23 owners have reviewed their BMW K1300S (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 K1300S (2009 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £920
5 out of 5 Great fun long distance toy
16 May 2020 by Keith

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £150

A great long distance sport's tourer lot's of power and great brakes. Takes plenty of luggage without you even knowing it's there. I have been all over Europe and mainly without touching a motorway greet handling. Mine has a quick shift up the gears which makes light work in the town's and heavy traffic, but makes it good fun on the mountain roads. A really good all round bike if a little heavy for the smaller roads.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Best on long European riding I can do a full tank of fuel between stops about 160 miles

Engine 5 out of 5

This is the bikes best attribute it's a rocket ship.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The paint finnish is not that of a Honda or Triumph. The wheels get marked every time the tires are changed. I have had no issues with anything else it has proved to be a very well put together bike.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

I do all mý own work I bought a reader for the bike so I can fault find and reset any warning lights and service intervals etc. It's easy to work on once you have got all the plastic off.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Mine is the anniversary addition and is well kitted out. Newer bike's have more kit but I am very happy with this one

Buying experience: Bought new in 2013 good experience with my local BMW dealer at the time

4 out of 5
08 May 2020 by Steve M

Version: HP + 2D Clocks

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £2,000

A superb fast touring or flowing A- road machine, but not that keen on going round corners... has a vague front end. In 2020 I would recommend people try a K1600GT instead or a ZZR/H2. If you do get one you will have some expensive maintenance bills and it’s not the most contemporary looking piece of kit now. But it’s a great all round bike.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Hmm for comfort I would say 5, but if you want a bike with feedback and involvement choose something with a conventional fork. Brakes are good.

Engine 4 out of 5

Strong enough - not ZZR strong, but quick enough. On the HP the quick shifter if superb and makes the bike feel way quicker. It’s not meant to be an out and out missile like the Japanese bikes.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The crown rings can fail in the shaft drive and hossacks front end requires a regular, expensive service. Most K1200 issues are resolved, motor is strong and reliable. Got me back and forth along the M4 at speed for a year and never really let me down.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Insurance is good as they’re not crashed and suit a sensible riding style. But servicing and maintenance is expensive.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Everything you need, I found ESA a bit perplexing, but with the 2D clocks this bike is amazing. Heated grips etc all good.

5 out of 5 I love this machine
01 October 2018 by Fletch

Year: 2009

100% recommend, don’t even think about it, just buy it

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I’ve read other reviews and totally disagree regarding handling, it goes around corners like it’s on rails and feels very well balanced and planted compared to a lot of the litre sports bikes I’ve had in the past. It’s big, comfortable, loads of power which is non aggressive compared to other sports bikes, it’s a pleasure to ride. I purchased it yesterday and clocked up 470 miles on it from Newcastle to South Wales, I liked it that much I took took to the mountains instead of going home the quick way, I then woke up this morning aching a little bit couldn’t resist taking it back up to the beakons for round 2 and clocked up another 150 miles today. I really want to pull a sickie this week and play all week, I’m like a kid with a new toy and it’s by far the best bike I’ve ever owned out of 35 bikes.

Engine 5 out of 5

175hp, nothing else needs to be said

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It lookes amazingly well made and quality looks second to none. I’ve only just bought the bike but I think it’s going to be fine after all it’s German.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I don’t care how much it costs it’s worth every penny

Equipment 5 out of 5

All excellent

4 out of 5 Mothership
26 January 2018 by Guy pritchard

Year: 2012

Annual servicing cost: £200

Extremely powerful and fast on flowing A roads. TC is primative, bike does not like tight bends and doesnt turn well at slow speed. Practical to live with as mine has integrated sat nav, heated grips and luggage. No cruise control

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Absolute belter

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Price differnce between basic and sport model are vast and insurance companies and dealers on trade in value may refuse to accept your bikes value

5 out of 5 Best touring bike ever
07 December 2017 by Costas

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £300

Stunning

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Best sports touring bike

Engine 4 out of 5

They could do better with oil consumption

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Excellent brand covers with recalls on any issues

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

For what it deliverers it’s acceptable

Equipment 5 out of 5

All that needed are there for the riders pleasure

Buying experience: From an excellent dealer

5 out of 5 Sad I bought it PCP and need a Euro 4 bike because of Boris
23 September 2016 by plcorg

Version: K1300S 30th Anniversary

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £175

This was without question the best bike I have ever owned, fast, handled well, great two up and once I'd managed to get hold of an SW Motech frame for the back - great with luggage too. Let's be blunt if you buy one of these new (which I did) then you expect it to plummet in value and cost the earth to run... well it lost value but no worse than my GSXR (the only other bike I've bought new) and no where near as badly as my colleagues VFR1200 - which he has subsequently replaced with a 'Motorsport' edition of one of these.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brembo Brakes, shaft drive, Akro slip on can and whilst it wasn't a track day bike... regularly didn't get dropped by some of the Sportsbike owners in our bike club whilst out on the road. The Duo-lever suspension really does soak up a lot and then there's the wind on power... just tons of it.

Engine 5 out of 5

It just keeps going and going

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I had one issue with the shaft drive, it had a small vibration after it's 6000 mile service, which BMW in Peterborough rectified for free and gave the bike a complementary check over. In 18,000 that was really it. Started first time every time and always delivered. No expensive bills, paintwork looked as good as the day I bought it and unlike my Versys it shared the garage with - there have been no issues with panniers or the centre stand.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Not as much as I thought, okay it's a BMW and you are paying for that badge but in comparison to my Kwak and my previous Yamaha's and Honda's the costs weren't too bad. Most importantly it needs less attention, the parts are pricey and I would highly recommend the extended warranty scheme to keep things in check. However, when checking costs and not even factoring in inflation - only my TDM900 cost less to run and maintain - and it wasn't a nice as this thing.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Integrated heated grips: cooking and nuclear. They're great, the panniers are a little small but well made unlike some other BMW efforts I'd read about. Honestly no complaints, HP pegs were extremely useful.

Buying experience: Bought from dealer in Norwich (Lind) - no complaints, a bit of a haggle as I really wanted a 30th Anniversary one (Thundercat owner previously and a sucker for a three piece paint job!)

4 out of 5 Great power, very heavy
21 September 2016 by Mr Fitz

Year: 2011

+Bags of power, great handling and brakes. Good luggage system. - Engine vibration, poor lights and very heavy.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Nearly 1 year on
02 September 2016 by Surrey Amigo

Version: Motorsport

Year: 2015

Does everything very well - weekend blasts and European trips. Quickshifter, ESA, handling and endless grunt are the best bits and the horrible "clunk" into 1st gear is the worst bit. Definitely recommended - can't think of what I would change it for.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Sublime. So easy to ride fast or slow. Handling is sure footed and happy with it in the twisted. It's best on flowing and sweeping roads at a reasonable pace. Brakes are very strong and very comfortable for all day riding with the usual fuel and comfort stops.

Engine 5 out of 5

So smooth and endless power. Engine does sound a bit weedy at standstill for a 1300.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Had final drive replaced after only 5 months due to corrosion. Otherwise no issues.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Annual service due in 3 months. MPG is 48 over 3500 miles of mostly Sunday morning blasts and a couple of trips to Europe. Best range from a tank has been 195 miles. Happy so far.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Always checking the Info button for range and tyre pressures. Quick shifter is great fun. Panniers and soft top bag fitted which do the job (plus take an extra 40 litre hold-all across the panniers for a weeks trip). Running Angel GTs which are perfect in all conditions.

Buying experience: Friendly support from Vines Guildford

5 out of 5 My K1300S
02 August 2016 by K1300SRider

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £300

Great Handling bike that goes and goes. I think whoever stated a 155 top speed must have not used the last 2 gears!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Mine has ESA

Engine 5 out of 5

More ability than me!

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Other than a blown bulb had not a single propblem

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5

Buying experience: Allan Jefferies in Shipley are a fantastic dealership to use

5 out of 5 The Gentle Giant
01 March 2016 by Top Gun

Version: Motorsport

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £144

Only 1000 miles done so far but loving everything about it - moved up from a number of 600 super sport bikes and enjoying every ride. Wanted a bike that can excite on a Sunday blast plus has the ability to tour in Europe. Best bits, the effortless power, the quick shifter and the "pop" from the exhaust as you bang up the gearbox. Worst bit, it's heavy to push it in and out of the garage and will change the stock Metzelers as other owners reviews are not complimentary.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Very comfortable with a slight forward sporty riding position. Not done any long runs but compared to 600s it's like an arm chair. Definitely a great sports tourer.

Engine 5 out of 5

Power is so smooth - effortless to ride fast or slow. Don't notice any vibrations. Acceleration is simply stunning.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Everything exudes quality - new from Oct 15, mostly dry use and garaged so not expecting corrosion. The HP foot pegs are a work of art.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Dealer was due to fit luggage rack at the service but as BMW sent the wrong part they covered the cost.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Love the quick shifter - works really well when accelerating. Don't bother with it at lower revs / speeds. Will change tyres to Angel GTs.

Buying experience: Bought from Vines in Guildford. Lovely team, not pushy. Added alarm and luggage rack FOC so not a huge discount but I wasn't expecting much.

5 out of 5 K1300S Motorsport Edition
25 October 2015 by Andrew Jago

Version: Motorsport Edition

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £6,000

Recently took delivery of my second K1300S before the model is finally discontinued. With no direct replacement planned, there will be a big gap in the market. Would love to see a replacement with some weight taken out, keyless ignition, cruise control, LED lights & Pro gear shift assist. Even without these features I've yet to ride a bike that comes remotely close. A peerless and unique machine.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Exceptional stability and braking performance. No problem demolishing 500 miles in a day (if your mates can keep up). 200 mile fuel range is fair too.

Engine 5 out of 5

Ballistic performance when needed but also relaxing and easy to ride. Only niggle is clutch judder in stop/start traffic which is a known issue on this model.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Too new for any significant faults to emerge. PDI quality wasn't great and Akrapovic exhaust heat shield was faulty (replaced under warranty). Clutch judders in stop/start traffic, as it did on my last K1300S.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Initial 600 mile check should be included on a bike of this price. Always have to negotiate service price but generally competitive.

Equipment 4 out of 5

At this price, cruise control and Pro gear shift assist (up and down) should be available. Gear shift assist (up only) is brilliant though.

Buying experience: Pushed for an exceptional deal and happy with the result. 2.9% PCP with deposit paid and early swap out of my previous K1300S was an easy decision.

5 out of 5 If Carlsberg made Motorcyles...
15 October 2015 by colin hoare

Version: Motorsport

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £250

I bought one of these when my K1300s HP was inappropriately Cat D'd by the 3rd Parties Insurers. The lightweight wheels further improve the steering response. Yes this is a big bike but its only heavy when its stationery. You don't so much sit on a K but in it, particularly if your only 5'5" like me, but that means its gives you great protection. Its important not to be fooled here, this is not an old mans sports tourer, this is an all out hyper sports bike, faster than a 'Busa and just behind the 14R but with the peace of mind of shaft drive and relative comfort to cover 700 miles in a day (traffic willing). They dropped the carbon trim from the HP for this which was a shame given the price premium but you do get all the toys. This may be the last incarnation of this mighty beast, but then aside from niggles like the smallish tank, lack of a USB socket up near the bars and the keyless start from the R1200RS there isn't much more to add to it. Its pretty much perfect.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Realistically its 150 miles between fuel stops which is frustrating compared to say a VFR where i was getting close to 250. There's a slight resonant vibe at around 4K (80-90mph) which obviously is irrelevant in the UK... Its happiest rolling on from around 60 in 4th... that's a bit of a wheeze! It has a way of making things in front of you get very big very quickly! The brakes, particularly the ABS are phenomenal. You either like or hate the front end, me i think its brilliant but it takes a couple of days riding to get used to it.

Engine 5 out of 5

Sadly there is no 6 out of 5! Mine has the Akro exhaust and i run a Booster plug to smooth out the very low rev around town delivery. In this format its probably very close to the 200 bhp of the current crop of 1000cc sports bike but the delivery is very different in that it just comes on so linearly. Maybe its boring for that but with this much go on tap I'm liking boring!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

BMW build quality...

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

The 6000 mile service interval is a bit a bind, but that's common to all Beemers and even Honda aren't so very different. I cover 18,000 miles a year so that's a lot of loan bike days.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The ESA and Traction Control are brilliant. The ABS is essential. GSA is ok but slightly irrelevant the gearbox is good enough for clutchless up and down if you get the revs right anyway. Stock Metzelers are ok but I'd say she prefers the PR4's.

Buying experience: Service from my local dealer and indeed the two others i contacted before signing on the line was second to none. As with all new bike purchases its all about timing. BMW do not generally discount so its about the overall package the dealership can offer you.

5 out of 5 BIG 'K' Wins
02 September 2015 by 90NINE

Version: Sport

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £250

Been a sports bike and Sports Touring rider for most of my 35yrs riding and just love the power and refinement on this big K. I find the layout of the bike and overall riding position fits my frame and style of riding.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Fantastic ride, made all the better with ESAII, read about some people having brake fade, not seen anything like it myself and will of course push hard again in the Alps this September to see if anything happens...

Engine 5 out of 5

AWSOME, had blackbirds and big Zeds but this thing just fly's, find it hard to get to the stop as even on partial throttle it goes forward at some pronominal speed, but in the interest of fairness, to my other bikes, I will keep trying...

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I have had no issues on my 19k miles and find the bike cleans up great even after long Europe trips. Just well built.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Ok as its a BMW bike and needs that BMW stamp costs for running are not cheap, but the resale value is always great so spend a little more each year to keep the final price good.

Equipment 5 out of 5

I was lucky to get all my chosen options on the bike so have no issues, I like to ride without external influences (Radio's Sat Nav, etc.) so do not need to have them on a bike (yet that is).

Buying experience: Bought from BMW North Oxford who made the experience so easy and all the staff show knowledge of the BMW range and talked with me about the options and possible bikes, then just let me get out and ride them FANTASTIC :-). unlike a certain UK manufacturer who did not have a demonstrator for me to try... and also no sale...

4 out of 5 K1300S Sport
12 August 2015 by Simon

Version: Sport

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £350

More power, torque and ability than the majority of non-pro bike riders need but handles it well and never misbehaves. Great commuter and filters with ease and then when the road opens up the grin just gets bigger and bigger. Taken me a while to get the screen right - finally changed to a slightly different profile to reduce uneven buffeting at motorway speeds and above and the slightly forward position can be a bit tiresome on the wrists. Luggage also needed a bit of playing around for long trips (4-5 days or more) When the sport panniers are full they stick out a lot and with no pannier option the sport bags by BMW are either too small or enormous! Have considered and tried both K1600GT and R1200RS but prefer this. Only complaints are relatively small fuel tank - I am always the one to stop first when riding with friends and the clunk when engaging first.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Comfortably ride between fuel stops and could go on. Same for pillions but do not ride two up very often. Braking is stunning. Whilst it sits on motorways at ridiculous speeds very comfortably it feels much happier when on fast flowing A roads. Can feel a bit heavy when going round the Alpine hairpins.

Engine 4 out of 5

Can be a bit vibey at 4500rpm which is around 70-75 in 6th which is frustrating but as previously mentioned there are limits to this engine I fear I will never explore.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The swing arm final drive seems to corrode (did the same on my K1300GT) and this is despite keeping it garaged. Other than this has been very reliable - I do about 12k a year.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

I have yet to have a service that cost me less than £300. I can make a set of Road Pilot 3's or 4's last about 10k with a mixture of daily commute up the M3 to London or several longer trips a year.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Quick shifter is now an essential piece of my life - tried the R1200RS and whilst this shifts up and down the K felt much smoother. Used both Road Pilot's 3 and 4 - both are exceptional all weather/use tyres for this bike.

Buying experience: Bought new from dealer (P/X my GT) - so any deal was in the price to exchange. Found the experience a bit flat - felt as if I was doing them a favour rather than other way around and recently discussed changing my bike for a new one or something else and 10 days on they have not even had the courtesy to call me back with a price - unfortunately I think their success has made BMW dealers very complacent.

5 out of 5 What a Machine!!!!
02 October 2014 by Ianmac1

I also traded up from the F800ST two years ago. Blown away by the masses of torque and, here in RSA, the 285km/h (tested at Verneukpan Speed Week) top speed. Handles way better than a Triumph ST1050 and with BMW doing all the lowering in factory for me at no cost what value it is. I've had one glitch when the L/H hadlebar switches went south. The dealer promptly replaced it again at no cost. Would I buy another oh HELL yes.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Outstanding
29 April 2014 by Graphitan

Traded up to K1300S Sport from F800ST (itself a great all-rounder and my first proper bike). After 6 months of ownership the K13S is a hard bike to fault. Effortless performance, loads of kit and remarkably cheap to run considering the power. Great riding position for continent crossing and low seat option for the vertically challenged. Optional expandable panniers are brilliant too. Future areas for improvement: lose some weight, add cruise control and up the quality (hot starting & corrosion issues fixed under warranty). In my opinion there's currently no better bike on the market.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 Better than a K12s
06 June 2013 by roboduck

Having owned a K12s, I was looking to see if they improved things with the K13s, I'm now on my second, other than the minor recalls from BM, I can't find fault when you compare it to its Japaneses rivals all of which have had recalls on them. The only thing I recommend is to avoid the Conti tyres, they are useless in the wet and there is no longevity 5k being the best I've heard about. The Michelin PR2's (even better than the PR3's) are the tyre to have due to price, road holding in the wet two-up and longevity 8k front 10.5k rear. The handling for a big bike is sublime, Alpine passes two-up you're leaving one-up sports machinery behind, the riding ergonomics allow 700-800 mile days stress free for both rider & pillion (1 year old bike 23k). My only complaint is that the SatNav mounting point supplied by BM themselves doesn't allow the use of a larger Tankbag. Would I have another, Yes hopefully in March '14

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 great bike
07 January 2013 by ammarkadi

I've got the 2013 black K1300s and I am very happy with it, still, I would love to see more HP torque (don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against the current power and torque but you will always love more power ;-) ) and another down point for me is how it holds its value resale ( I live in dubai and most people here love Jap bikes more espically in this class (busa-zx14)). I run over 3000 km so far and very happy with it, hope it will last for long as flawless as it is now.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 The ultimate road bike
15 August 2011 by AJW168

I have owned my K1300s for nearly a year now. It is amazing. It has the power to give the 1000cc sports bikes a scare down the straights and the handling isnt that far behind them either, I have been held up behind more than one blade when the road got twisty. The bike is comfortable if you fancy doing a bit of touring and will return 57mpg if you stick below 80 on the motorway. Mine came fully loaded with all the toys and i have to say the quickshifter is well worth the money, even for use on the road. Forget about the Jap sports bike. Get one of these and you will wonder why you even looked at anything else.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 esay rider
03 August 2010 by

I don't own one of these bikes but I have had the pleasure of plenty of riding hours under my belt through hireing one as and when required . Its taken a while but i'm finally getting to grips with this awesome machine and I have ridden the basic model(thats an understatement ) and the more expensive version with the comfy normal and sport mode with the quick shift and to be honest for every day riding there's not much difference , its still the same bike . The ride is totaly brilliant , stable ,secure at all speeds , hit a pot hole and the bike just soaks it up and says 'so what ' its all so stable , the power delivery is all controlable and you'd be pushed to find an A road where you'd use it all , this bike just powers on and on and on and 3 figure speeds are seconds away when you just slightly turn the throttle . I love the shaft drive and the duo leaver front end and two things I would never miss are a chain and standard forks , if you have the money test ride the competion first and this bike last , you will choose the BMW .

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Expensive?
21 April 2010 by jeffers

The K1300S is quite an expensive bike, but beginning to look much better value when compared to many current Japanese bike prices. I've ridden many bikes, of all different types over the last 30 years and can honestly say that the big BMW is the best bike I've ever ridden. Sure the S1000RR is quicker, as are several other bikes (but not that many!), but none combine this with the effortless poise of this bike. I was impressed by it's 1200 predecessor and was blown away when I tested this. I couldn't wait to get one and having owned it for a few weeks, I couldn't be more impressed. I've noticed that the fuel tank is supposed to be 19 litres. Mine is always full after about 16, even when the fuel warning says I only have less than 10 miles to go. This is a pity, as it limits the range to only about 160 miles - unless I take a chance that the fuel gauge is too cautious? Also, can I ask someone at MCN to have a sort through your specs on these pages. I think you have the top speed from the K1300GT on here! I've noticed many other such oversights.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 Better Still
08 May 2009 by barter

After 4 years with a K1200S, this is a definite, but not huge, improvement. Sweeter steering and greater torque are the first things obvious. I disagree with the MCN test on 2 points. The quickshifter is brilliant and well worth the money. Also, I expected problems after those adverse tyre comments by the MCN tester, but in reality the Sport Attack tyres are fine: they turn in well and grip tenaciously in wet or dry, just as good as any of the many tyre brands I tried on the K1200S, and I do push them hard. On the minus side, the handlebar switchgear has failed already. A seriously quick but ever so civilised express. And, good grief, what brakes!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Great successor to K12S
26 March 2009 by ostrye

As usual, terribly expensive but a great sport touring bike. Don't agree with remarks about quickshifter being out of place on a bike like this... try one and you will never want a K13S without it. New single indicator switch is a nuisance if you're used to standard BMW arrangement. Well, you just can't make everyone happy.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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