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The New BMW K 1300 S

The new K 1300 S offers a larger displacement, now with 1,293 cc, and an array of new enhancements and features. In fact the new BMW 2009 K 1300 S is the most powerful street legal BMW, now offers 175 hp and the torque has been bumped by 7.5 ft-lb to a very impressive 103 ft-lb at 8250 rpm. It is improved in terms of performance, handling, dynamics, visual appeal and quality.

The new BMW K 1300 S


The significantly updated and upgraded successor to the BMW K 1200 S is

proudly celebrating its world debut at the 2008 INTERMOT motorcycle show:

the new K 1300 S, the most powerful and fastest BMW the world has ever

seen. As a milestone in the BMW Sports Encounter World and with engine

output of 129 kW (175 hp)combined with overall weight of 254 kg (560 lb)

including fuel ,this truly supreme motorcycle offers the utmost in dynamic

performance and sporting riding features.


Launching this new model , Europe largest and most successful motorcycle

manufacturer is once again increasing its leadership in the topmost class of

sporting high-performance machines.


Even more sporting and dynamic.


Conceived consistently as a sports machine, the K 1300 S has not only

maintained, but in many areas even enhanced the qualities of its predecessor.

As a result, this new high-per former combines fascinating and innovative

technology of the highest calibre with outstanding all-round qualities and

safety. On the road this means even greater riding precision and agility,

even more dynamic power and performance, and at the same time,

the superior safety and ease of control in all situations so typical of a BMW.


Like its predecessor, the K 1300 S does not make any compromises, but

rather brings together even more consistently than before all t he virtues of the

most dynamic motorcycle in the K-Series: sporting and dynamic performance

combined with superior comfort, playful and easy handling in combination

with absolute riding stability, supreme top performance in conj unction with

perfect everyday riding qualities, an even more slender and sporting look with

optimised protection from wind and weather, plus sophisticated ergonomics.


Taking up a great tradition of BMW Motorrad, the new K 1300 S stands

out through qualities typical of BMW such as a long ser vice life, ease of

maintenance, optimum emission management by means of a fully controlled

three-way catalytic converter as well as maximum active safety when applying

the brakes ensured through the most progressive brake system currently

available in the market: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS featured as standard.


As in the past, BMW, through the K 1300 S, offers the only sports motorcycle

in this segment with a maintenance-free drive shaft. Featuring innovative

top-end technology, optimum riding qualities, an even more dynamic look

and performance enhanced to an unprecedented standard, the K 1300 S

impressively renders the BMW Sports Encounter World, clearly maintaining

BMW strong leadership in the upper sports segment.


Concept optimised in riding dynamics and technical features.


The main objective in developing the new K 1300 S was to create an even

more supreme motorcycle with enhanced riding qualities ensured by an even

more powerful and harmonious torque curve and a higher standard of riding

comfort. Increasing engine capacity to 1,293 cc while maintaining maximum

engine speed of 11,000 rpm ultimately led to a significant improvement of

performance, power and torque.


In its fundamental qualities, the K 1300 S is based on the proven drivetrain

configuration and engine arrangement of its predecessor, using the existing

advantage of a low centre of gravity made possible by the extreme angle

of the cylinder bank tilted 55 to the front and allowing very low arrangement

of the engine. At the same time the new K 1300 S benefits from the very

slender engine block allowing a very low angle in bends for a truly sporting

and dynamic style of riding.


In its suspension and running gear the new K 1300 S by far the lightest

1,300-cc model in this segment at 228 kg/503 lb dry weight applies

a successful concept combined with proven modules and components. One

example in this context is the extra-low V-shaped radiator interacting with

the wheel supports to provide an ideal configuration of the frame above the

cylinder head and, as a result, reducing the overall width of t he machine.

And with the frame profiles merging smoothly at the rear, the K 1300 S

enables the driver to hold his knees tightly together, ensuring optimum

contact with the motorcycle under all conditions.


The active, dynamic and for ward-looking seating position is tailored fully

to the rider, but never the less allows a relaxed and comfortable style

of motorcycling at all times. So while being unusually dynamic and sporting,

the K 1300 S is almost playful and certainly very safe in its behaviour,

guaranteeing stress-free riding pleasure even in sporting style.


Innovations on the running gear and electronics.


The upgraded front-wheel Duolever suspension makes a significant

contribution to the outstanding riding qualities of the K 1300 S. The newly

developed, lower longitudinal arm now made of a forged aluminum alloy

ensures an even more sensitive and transparent response, further enhancing

the leadership of BMW Motorrad in the area of suspension technology.


The spring/damper set-up is firmer than before also in the interest

of even better feedback.


The K 1300 S is available with second-generation Electronic Suspension

Adjustment (ESA II) as an option, a further development and improvement of

the original ESA suspension introduced for the first time in series production

on the K 1200 S.

Applying the most advanced CAN-bus technology, the progressive

on-board net work allows a wide range of functions and facilitates the

diagnostic procedures usually required by intelligently connecting

the machine electrical and electronic systems.


An over view of technical highlights:


  • Even more dynamic performance, particularly at lower and medium

engine speeds, thanks to the increase in engine capacity.

  • Engine output 129 kW (175 hp)at 9,250 rpm, maximum torque

140 Newton-metres (103 lb-f t)at 8,250 rpm.

  • Increase in torque by more than 10 Newton-metres (7.4 lb-f t)al l the way

from 2,000-8,000 rpm.

  • Fulfillment of the strictest environmental standards through newly

harmonised Digital Motor Electronics.

  • O ptimised cylinder charge cycle for even better performance on less fuel.
  • O ptimised exhaust system with a new rear muffler and electronic ally

controlled flap management plus a fully controlled three-way catalytic


  • Desmodromic operation improving the dosage of gas and engine power.
  • Optimised,maintenance-free shaf t drive with a new,t wo-stage drive shaf t.
  • Even greater riding precision combined with maximum riding stability

ensured by optimised Duolever front wheel suspension with new set-up

of the lower longitudinal arm.

  • Firmer spring/damper set-up for even better feedback.
  • Supreme handling provided by optimised suspension geometry,

optimum mass distribution and a fully harmonised all-round concept.

  • Per fect balance thanks to the low centre of gravity.
  • Ergonomically balanced seating position for a relaxed but active style

of riding.

  • Electronically adjustable second-generation ESA II suspension and
  • ASC Anti-Spin Control as an option.
  • New,innovative generation of switches with optimised ergonomic s.
  • High standard of active safety provided by integral ABS (semi-integral)

featured as standard.

  • On-board net work; CAN-bus technology for superior function with

a smaller number of cables and low weight.

  • Electronic immobiliser featured as standard.
  • Optimised aerodynamics.
  • HP Gearshift Assistance for shifting up without the slightest interruption

of power as special equipment.

  • Wide range of standard features and special equipment tailored
  • to the K 1300 S with the usual high standard offered by BMW.

The New BMW K 1300 S


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