2009 BMW K 1300 R
Making a significant departure from traditional sports
motorcycle concepts, BMW proudly presented the “most
powerful naked bike of all times” at the 2004
INTERMOT Motorcycle Show: the BMW K 1200 R. Ever since
it has been a well-known fact that BMW is by all means
willing and able to openly demonstrate extreme power
and extroverted design in genuine style.
Now the significantly uprated successor to the BMW
K 1200 R is making its world debut at the 2008 INTERMOT
Motorcycle Show in the BMW Urban Encounter World –
the new K 1300 R, the most powerful naked bike BMW
has ever built.
Developing maximum output of 127 kW (173 hp) and
weighing exactly 243 kg (536 lb) with a full tank,
this extravagant Power Roadster, one of the most powerful
and dynamic machines in its segment, fulfils the greatest
demands in terms of riding dynamics without in any
way neglecting the particular wishes and preferences
of the BMW customer in terms of safety, equipment
and riding comfort. Hence, BMW remains at the top
also in the special category of Power Naked Bikes.
Even more sporting, superior and dynamic.
The K 1300 R Power Roadster is a high-performance
riding machine offering a perfect blend of performance,
riding safety and technical features carried over
from the K 1300 S. So while the drivetrain and running
gear are carried over from the K 1300 S, they have
been modified in this case to meet the particular
requirements of a large-capacity naked bike. The most
significant and outstanding considerations in developing
the K 1300 R were indeed to offer the rider supreme
riding pleasure combined with equally outstanding
safety on the road as well as the most sophisticated
design features and an extroverted, masculine look.
Suspension geometry upgraded to an even higher standard
than on the previous K 1200 R gives the K 1300 R even
greater agility combined with the same high standard
of riding stability as before. The basic technical
data on the suspension are now the same as on the
K 1300 S. In comparison with the previous K 1200 R,
the BMW Duolever front-wheel suspension is now slightly
lower, with the wheelbase of the new model being correspondingly
longer. 2. The new BMW K 1300 R.
Features and Technical Highlights.
The guide ducts on the engine have likewise been modified
for the new machine, with maximum output of 127 kW
(173 hp) almost the same as on the K 1300 S. Quite
generally, both engine output and torque have been
increased significantly over the previous model, while
the shorter final drive ratio of 2.91 versus 2.82
on the K 1300 S likewise has a positive impact on
the acceleration and pulling power of the new machine.
Technical Highlights – an Overview:
- Even more dynamic, particularly at lower and
medium engine speeds, thanks to the increase in
- Engine output 127 kW (173 hp) at 9,250 rpm, maximum
torque 140 Newton-metres (103 lb-ft) at 8, 250 rpm.
- Increase in torque by more than 10 Newton-metres
(7.4 lb-ft) all the way from 2,000–8,000 rpm.
- Newly tuned Digital Motor Electronics to fulfil
the highest environmental standards.
- Optimised charge process for greater performance
and lower fuel consumption.
- Optimised exhaust system with a new rear-end
muffler and electronic flap control as well as a
fully controlled three-way catalyst.
- Desmodromic operation of the power application
function to improve dosage of engine power.
- Even greater riding precision combined with maximum
riding stability ensured by the optimised Duolever
front wheel suspension with a newly designed longitudinal
arm at the bottom.
- Firmer spring/damper set-up for even better feedback
to the rider.
- Supreme handling ensured by optimised suspension
geometry, optimum mass distribution and a perfectly
balanced overall concept.
- Second-generation ESA II electronically adjustable
suspension and ASC anti-spin control as an option.
- New, innovative generation of control switches
with optimised ergonomics.
- Optimised, maintenance-free shaft drive with
a new two-stage drive shaft.
- HP Gearshift Assistant for shifting up without
the slightest interruption of power and traction
available as an option.
- Wide range of standard features and accessories
tailored to the K 1300 R, all offering the usual
supreme qualities of a BMW.
Increase in engine size for significantly
Like the K 1300 S, the new K 1300 R also benefits
from the significant improvement and upgrading of
the straight-four power unit now increased in size
from 1,157 to 1,293 cc. Maximum output is now 127
kW (173 hp) at 9,250 rpm, maximum torque is 140 Newton-metres
(103 lb-ft) at 8,250 rpm, an increase in power by
7 kW (10 hp) and an increase in torque by 13 Newtonmetres
While the former K 1200 R reached its maximum output
at 10,250 rpm, the power unit in the new K 1300 R
develops its maximum power at a significantly lower
9,250 rpm. A further advantage is that more than 70
per cent of the engine’s maximum torque is available
from just 3,000 rpm, just as the K 1300 R offers more
than 10 per cent more torque than the K 1200 R all
the way from 2,000 to 8,000 rpm.
This clearly reflects the objective of the engineers
developing the new machine, focusing on even greater
driving dynamics with significantly more traction
and much better acceleration than on the former model
already so successful in the market.
Like the K 1200 R, the new K 1300 R comes with a
shorter final drive ratio (2.91 instead of 2.82),
improving both acceleration and pulling power to an
even higher standard.
All technical modifications serving to optimise
the engine and drivetrain are the same as on the new
K 1300 S. The airbox comes with a modified air filter
and a newly set-up intake funnel versus the K 1200
R to meet the greater demand of the engine for a smooth
and efficient supply of air. And last but not least,
the oil cooler with its larger block again reflects
the greater power and performance of the engine.
Sporting rear muffler with exhaust flap.
Like the K 1300 S, the new K 1300 R comes with a
new rear muffler not only making an important contribution
to the machine’s “beefy” torque
curve and riding qualities, but also providing an
even more powerful sound full BMW of character. This
special effect is provided by an electronically controlled
exhaust flap reducing the damper volume with a higher
Through its hexagonal design and smaller dimensions,
the muffler looks particularly compact and sporting
to clearly underline the muscular stance of the K
The K 1300 R is available with a very light and
sporting slip-on muffler made of titanium complete
with a carbon trim cover from Akrapovic® as special
New gearshift kinematics and HP Gearshift
Like the K 1300 S, the K 1300 R features a new gearshift
lever with an ergonomically optimised pivot point.
Together with the likewise new anti-friction bearing
on the gearshift lever, this ensures an even more
and faster gearshift particularly when the rider opts
for a more sporting and dynamic style of riding.
For the first time in the history of series production
BMW motorcycles and indeed for the first time worldwide
in series production, the rider of the new K 1300
R is able to shift up without operating the clutch
or taking back the gas handle, that is with hardly
the slightest interruption of power and traction,
by means of the HP Gearshift Assistant available as
an optional extra. Introduced for the first time on
the BMW HP2 Sport, the HP Gearshift Assistant may
be combined with the sport footrests likewise available
as special equipment on the new machine.
Optimised suspension geometry, even firmer
spring and damper settings.
The suspension geometry on the new K 1300 R has
been modified versus the former configuration in the
interest of even greater agility and is now the same
as on the K 1300 S. This improvement is ensured by
a different process in machining the wheel carrier
and through the Duolever suspension featuring a newly
designed longitudinal arm at the bottom with a newly
defined pivot point. As a result, the front-wheel
guidance angle is now slightly lower and the wheelbase
of the new machine has been increased accordingly.
The K 1300 R meets the significant demands made
of a Naked Power Bike in terms of sportiness and riding
dynamics through the even firmer set-up of the gas-pressure
The new K 1300 R comes as standard on a 180/55 ZR
17 (K 1300 S: 190/55 ZR 17) rear-wheel tyre. As an
option the particularly sporting rider may choose
BMW sports wheels from BMW Motorrad’s wide
range of optional extras and special equipment, allowing
the use of a 190/55 ZR 17 tyre. Again in the interest
of even better handling and greater performance, this
special tyre replaces the usual 190/50 ZR 17 tyre.
Electronically adjustable ESA II running
BMW’s new ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment
II) running gear is available as special equipment
at extra cost also on the K 1300 R. This allows the
rider to vary not only the damping effect on the two
struts and the spring base (spring pre-tension) on
the rear spring struts, but also the spring rate and,
accordingly, spring hardness conveniently at the touch
of a button. Hence, the rider is able to set the running
gear very conveniently and more precisely than ever
before to his specific wishes and the weight the motorcycle
is carrying under all riding and load conditions,
thus enjoying a new dimension of riding stability
combined with optimum response at all times.
ESA II is the world’s first system for electronic
adjustment of the motorcycle’s suspension offering
such a wide range of setting options. EVO brake system.
The K 1300 R also comes with BMW Motorrad’s
proven EVO brake system featured on other models in
the Boxer and K-Series. The brake lines are protected
by steel sleeves, brake discs measuring 320 millimetres/12.6"
at the front and 265 millimetres/10.4" at the
rear ensure maximum stopping power even from very
high speeds and with the motorcycle carrying a heavy
Further benefits of the EVO brake system are its
unparalleled brake pressure build-up rate and the
reduction of operating forces to a minimum even when
braking all-out – qualities the system has proven
in many tests. Indeed, the BMW EVO brake system –
EVO stands for evolution – is already renowned
in the market as one of the safest and most effective
brake technologies available.
Handlebar detached for minimum vibration,
new controls and switches.
The new K 1300 R features a handlebar detached from
the frame of the machine in the interest of minimum
vibration, a technology carried over from the K 1200
R Sport. The big advantage is the higher standard
of everyday riding quality particularly on longer
Another new highlight on the K 1300 R is the brand-new
generation of switches and controls. Featuring MID
(Moulded Interconnect Device) technology, the new
control units are far smaller and more compact and
the same time offer an even higher standard of functionality,
clear design and optimum access for easy reach.
HP instrument cluster as special equipment
for sports riding.
The new K 1300 R may be equipped with the HP instrument
cluster already well-known from the HP2 Sport as special
equipment for the most sporting and dynamic riding
requirements, for example on the race track.
This superior system developed in cooperation with
the German data specialist 2D Systems comes with a
large digital display informing the rider in the Road
Mode on typical features and data such as road speed,
engine speed, mileage covered so far, remaining mileage
on the fuel available, and the time spent travelling.
During the warm-up phase, in turn, the instruments
offer further helpful data.
In the Racing Mode the instrument cluster presents
data such as lap times, maximum engine speed, road
speed, or the number of gearshifts. The HP instrument
cluster comes additionally with eight freely programmable
LED lights serving, for example to present engine
speed or acting as an external gearshift indicator.
Even more dynamic, masculine and aggressive
With its even more muscular design, the new K 1300
R simply oozes a strong feeling of power and performance
at very first sight, standing out clearly from its
competitors and leaving behind an impressive visual
message through its even more dynamic appearance.
The newly designed fairing on the front wheel mount
and the compact front wheel mudguard give even greater
emphasis to the front end of the K 1300 R, making
it look even sleeker and more dynamic. The aggressively
styled radiator trim panels, in turn, demonstrate
even more power and performance than before. The intake
panel is also new in its design and is now fully painted,
supporting the powerful, dynamic look of the K 1300
R through its almost rough and jagged form.
The side covers are even more striking in design,
offering even better protection of the rider’s
knees from wind and weather through their contoured
edges. A modified headlight body as well as new paintwork
on the headlight panel, in turn, give the K 1300 R
a new and even more aggressive face at the front.
To match this outstanding look, finally, the hydraulic
reservoirs fitted on the two halves of the handlebar
for the brakes and clutch now come in a discreet smoky
Modified instrument graphics in clear, techno-like
layout clearly demonstrate the design of the new machine
to the rider himself. The newly designed rear light
in LED technology and with a white clear glass look
conveys an exciting touch of technical excellence
and a superior look of harmony together with the white
direction indicator lights.
Comfort seat for the passenger as special
Apart from unparalleled riding pleasure on country
roads, the new K 1300 R offers supreme all-round qualities
through its outstanding power unit. And to enhance
riding comfort for the pillion rider to an even higher
level, BMW Motorrad offers a seat bench much wider
and more upholstered at the rear.
Optional extras and special equipment –
sporting customisation BMW-style.
It almost goes without saying that even the very
sporting and dynamic K 1300 R comes with the very
best all-round qualities so typical of BMW –
also for long distances and tours. The new features
boasted by the
K 1300 R also include a special comfort seat for the
pillion rider as well as LED direction indicators
both front and rear.
The usual wide range of options and special equipment
from BMW Motorrad serves to further customise this
outstanding machine. The particularly sports-minded
rider, for example, has the choice of the HP Gearshift
Assistant, the HP Info Display as well as carbon trim
components as special features on the new K 1300 R.
Optional extras are delivered straight from the
factory and integrated during production. Special
equipment is fitted by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer either
right from the start or at a later point in time,
whatever the customer wishes.
- Heated handles.
- Lower rider’s seat (approx 790 mm/31.1",
step arch length 1,750 mm/68.9").
- Passenger comfort seat (new).
- Luggage rack.
- BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.
- Anti-theft warning system.
- ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment II;
- HP Gearshift Assistant (new).
- ASC Anti-Slip Control.
- TPC Tyre Pressure Control.
- On-board computer including oil level warning.
- BMW 6.0 x 17" sports wheels on 190/55 ZR
- Sports windshield.
- LED direction indicators front and rear.
Luggage and storage options.
- Luggage rack with installation kit.
- Water-tight tank rucksack (new).
- Water-tight tank bag including fastening elements.
- Set of sports cases including case supports.
- Sports softbag, small, 19 litres/large, 51 litres.
- Water-tight luggage roll, 53 litres, including
fastening belt with tightening lock.
- Multi-strap fastening rope.
Service and technical features.
- HP Gearshift Assistant (new).
- HP Instrument Cluster (new).
- Main stand.
- On-board toolkit – service kit.
- Paddock stand including adapter.
- 230 V/110 V battery charger including adapter.
- Repair kit for tubeless tyres.
- Repair instructions for K-models, DVD.
- Motorcycle cleaner.
Ergonomics and comfort.
- Heated handles with switch unit.
- Low rider seat (approx 790 mm/31.1", step
arch length 1,750 mm/68.9").
- Passenger comfort seat.
- Sports windshield, tinted, including fastening
- HP rider’s footrests (new).
- HP passenger’s footrests (new).
- HP forged wheels, front (3.50 x 17") and
rear (6.00 x 17").
Design and sound.
- LED direction indicators.
- HP carbon windshield (new).
- HP carbon wheel cover, front.
- HP carbon clutch top cover (new).
- HP carbon engine spoiler.
- HP carbon seat cover.
- HP carbon heat protector for standard muffler
- Akrapovic® sports muffler (new).
- Anti-theft warning system with remote control.
- Mudguard, rear.
- First-aid kit, large/small.
- Motorcycle cover.
Navigation and communication.
- BMW Motorrad ZUMO navigation and communication
unit incl support (new).
Contrary to the former model, the frame, wheel carriers
and drivetrain come in the same colour on all three
colour variants of the K 1300 R. This is because the
black engine and suspension components such as the
frame and wheel carriers in Asphalt Metallic symbolise
the technical character and sporting style of the
new K 1300 R.
The body colours highlight the newly designed features
and the strong character of the new K 1300 R, in particular
the muscular front end and the slender rear. While
Silk Metallic stands for masculine strength
and determination, Lava Orange Metallic creates a
sporting, almost provocative touch.
Reflecting the current Zeitgeist, white is now back
in the market, nevertheless re-interpreted in this
case as Light Grey Metallic with a larger share of
metallic components emphasising the three-dimensional
presence of a motorcycle from BMW.
The graphically much more aggressive model designation
stands out clearly but in full harmony on all colour