BMW unveils new K1300R, K1300S and K1300GT

Published: 07 October 2008

BMW has unveiled the changes made to its K-series motorcycles, the K1300S, K1300R and K1300GT.

Here's the lowdown on the most important changes for 2009.

What’s new at a glance:
• Big bore, 1293cc engine good for 175bhp
• ESAII – new version of automatic suspension adjustment system
• Conventional indicators – no more oddball BMW flasher switches!
• Optional quickshifter – the first on a mainstream production bike

The fully-faired K1300S is BMW's answer to the Suzuki Hayabusa and this year will be available in two new colour schemes - orange and black/silver. The K1300S makes 175bhp and will come with optional quickshifter and self-adjusting suspension.

The naked K1300R remains the most powerful naked bike available from BMW – the same mods to the faired S version are carried through to the unfaired machine.

It also gets a newly designed fairing on the front suspension strut, headlight, radiator cowling, and modified side panels to give a little more wind protection.

The touring GT gets a slightly detuned version of the engine with 160bhp – the rest of the bike remains almost identical to the S and R versions.

It gets a newly designed and electrically adjustable windscreen, new dash, dual seat adjustable handlebars and new panniers.

  • For the full specifications of these motorcycles, get the October 8 edition of MCN