2010 BMW K 1300 GT
Introducing the new K 1300 GT, BMW Motorrad
is opening up new dimensions in the BMW Touring Encounter
World in terms of both riding dynamics and grand touring
qualities, enhancing the Company’s worldwide
leadership in the Dynamic Tourer segment.
Offering even greater supremacy all
along the drivetrain, an even higher standard of quality,
an aerodynamic fairing enhanced to a new level of
perfection, and a wide range of special equipment,
the new K 1300 GT stands for Gran Turismo of the highest
calibre. It combines maximum agility and sporting
riding dynamics with the ideal package for long tours.
And with its
engine output 118 kW (160 hp), together with maximum
torque of 135 Newtonmetres (99 lb-ft), the new K 1300
GT also benefi ts from the increase in engine size
and stands out as one of the most powerful motorcycles
in its segment. In typical BMW style, therefore, the
new K 1300 GT meets the greatest demands in terms
of riding dynamics, comfort, safety, and equipment.
Even greater supremacy and
The new K 1300 GT is a High Performance
Tourer featuring the innovative and proven highlights
of the new K 1300 S in terms of performance, riding
safety and technology. The drivetrain and suspension
come largely from the K 1300 S, but have been adapted
in their specifi c features and details to all the
requirements of a dynamic tourer. The highlights in
developing the new K 1300 GT were enhanced riding
dynamics and even greater supremacy combined with
outstanding comfort and optimum qualities for all
kinds of motorcycle tours.
Identical in its basic features with
the power unit of the K 1300 S, the engine has been
modifi ed in terms of air fl ow and guidance. This
increases maximum output over the K 1200 GT by 6 kW
(8 hp) to a new record level of 118 kW (160 hp), with
even greater emphasis given to superior torque for
even better traction and pulling force at low and
medium engine speeds.
The K 1300 GT also sets the standard
in terms of comfort, riding safety and equipment,
not only through its excellent suspension and running
gear, but also through optionally available, electronically
adjustable ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment
II) as well as features such as electronic cruise
control, an electrically adjustable windshield, or
seat heating controlled individually for the rider
Features and Technical Highlights.
- Even more traction and pulling force, particularly
at low and medium engine speeds, through the increase
in engine capacity.
- Engine output 118 kW (160 hp) at 9,000 rpm, peak
torque of 135 Newtonmetres (99 lb-ft) at 8,000 rpm.
• Significant increase in torque from 3,500
- Fulfilment of the strictest environmental standards
through newly set-up Digital Motor Electronics.
- Optimisation of the emission system through rear
muffl ers modifi ed inside and a fully-controlled
three-way catalytic converter.
- Desmodromic operation of the gas lever function
for even better and more precise gas dosage.
- Optimised, maintenance-free shaft drive with
a new, two-stage drive shaft.
- Even greater driving precision and optimised
response combined with maximum riding stability
ensured by the optimised Duolever front-wheel suspension
complete with a newly designed lower longitudinal
- Second-generation ESA II Electronically Adjustable
Suspension and ASC
- Anti-Spin-Control as an option.
- New, innovative generation of switches and controls
with optimised ergonomics.
- Integral ABS (semi-integral) featured as standard
for a high level of active safety.
- Wide range of equipment and accessories tailored
to the new machine at BMW’s usual high level
- Seat and handlebar adjustable.
- Optimised full fairing.
- Electrically adjustable windshield.
Increase for engine capacity for even greater
traction and enhanced performance.
Like the K 1300 S, the new K 1300 GT also benefi
ts from the significantly upgraded straight-four power
unit increased in capacity from 1,157 to 1,293 cc.
Maximum output is now 118 kW (160 hp) at 9,000 rpm,
with peak torque of 135 Newton-metres (99 lb-ft) at
8,000 rpm. This equals an increase in power by 6 kW
(8 hp) and an increase in torque by 5 Newton-metres
or 3.7 lb-ft.
While the former K 1200 GT did not develop its maximum
output until 9,500 rpm, the power unit of the new
K1300 GT offers its maximum power at 9,000 rpm, with
more than 80 per cent of the engine’s maximum
torque available from just 3,500 rpm. Again versus
the K 1200 GT, the torque curve is signficantly better
over a wide range from 3,500 – 10,000 rpm, following
the objective to offer signifi cantly more traction
and pulling force particularly at low and medium engine
The torque curve remaining at a high ceiling over
a wide range of engine speed is indeed virtually ideal
for the K 1300 GT as a genuine Gran Turismo, offering
even more practical performance and supreme power
than its predecessor, which already set the standard
in this segment. While all features optimised on the
engine and drivetrain of the new K-Series also benefit
the new K 1300 GT, the airbox has been specifi cally
adjusted to the different air requirements and fl
ow conditions within the engine, featuring an optimised
air fi lter and newly set-up intake funnels versus
the former model.
Rear muffler with new features and new interior
The rear muffler newly designed and set-up inside
also contributes to the even “beefier”
torque curve and enhanced riding qualities of the
K 1300 GT, standing out clearly through its supreme
and powerful rumble. Contrary to the very sports-minded
K 1300 S and K 1300 R, the exhaust system on the K
1300 GT with its substantial damper volume and consistent
use of stainless steel throughout does not require
an electronically controlled exhaust butterfly.
Shift lever running in anti-friction bearings
for an even more precise gearshift.
The optimised anti-friction bearing on the gearshift
lever with a corresponding reduction in tolerance
in the transmission of power ensures an even more
precise and faster gearshift than ever before.
Optimised BMW Duolever for minimum unsprung
While the new K 1300 GT is based on the particularly
stable suspension geometry of its predecessor, the
unsprung masses of the BMW Duolever have been reduced
even further through the introduction of a newly designed
lower longitudinal arm. Now made of forged aluminium,
the new Duolever gives the motorcycle an even smoother
and finer response.
Electronically adjustable ESA II suspension.
BMW’s new ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment
II) suspension is also available on the K 1300 GT
as an option at extra cost. This allows the rider,
apart from the damping on the two spring struts, to
also adjust the spring base (spring pre-tension) on
the rear spring strut as well as its spring rate and
spring hardness smoothly and conveniently at the touch
of a button. Hence, he is able to set the suspension
most conveniently and more precisely than ever before
to his personal wishes, taking particularly the load
the motorcycle is carrying into account (which is
of particular signficance with the K 1300 GT) and
offering a new dimension of riding stability combined
with optimum response under all riding and load conditions.
ESA II is the world’s fi rst electronic suspension
control on the motorcycle offering such a wide range
of adjustment options.
EVO brake system complete with BMW Integral ABS.
The new K 1300 GT is equipped with BMW’s proven
EVO brake system also featured on the other models
in the K- and R-Series. Brake discs measuring 320
millimetres/12.6" in diameter up front and 294
millimetres/11.6" in the rear guarantee optimum
deceleration also from high speeds and under maximum
Featured as standard, BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
(semi-integral) not only fufils the highest demands
in terms of safety, but also caters for the wishes
and preferences of the sports-minded rider through
its special set-up and configuration: BMW Motorrad
Integral ABS controls the front- and rear-wheels brakes
through the handbrake lever, while the footbrake lever
acts only on the rear-wheel brake.
Even more dynamic in design.
The unusually slender full-fairing with its dynamic
contours and excellent aerodynamic qualities has been
carried over from the former model and upgraded in
its looks for the new K 1300 GT.
The new fairing differs from the former unit at
the side through an opening in the side panel and
the logo support, giving the K 1300 GT a far more
The inner surfaces of the fairing now fully painted
and no longer in the conventional grain touch convey
an even higher standard of quality and style. And
at the same time the inner surfaces are further upgraded
by the instrument panel now fi nished in a matt, dark
Protectors integrated in the side sections reduce
the risk of damage in a fall or accident. Hence, the
machine is now well protected should it fall over
in an accident or when not properly parked.
New switch and control units.
The new K 1300 GT boasts a brand-new generation
of switches and manual controls. Using MID (Moulded
Interconnect Devices) technology, the new switch and
control units are far smaller and more compact, while
at the same time offering a higher standard of functionality,
clear design and optimum accessibility. The switches
for the electrical adjustable windshield, the handle
and seat heating as well as cruise control are all
integrated in the control units on the K 1300 GT.
Newly designed instruments.
Like the K 1300 S, the new K 1300 GT comes with
a newly designed speedometer and rev counter with
an even more dynamic layout on its scale. These two
units are supplemented in the digital instrument cluster
by the Info-Flatscreen, an information display consistently
providing all the information the rider requires on
data such as coolant temperature, tank
capacity, the time of day, or the gear currently in
When fi tted with ESA II (Electronic Suspension
Adjustment II) as an option, the flatscreen provides
additional information on the current suspension setting.
Other data available on request are the current mileage
of the motorcycle, trip mileage and – once the
fuel level has dropped to reserve – the remaining
range. Any defi ciencies or defects, fi nally, are
shown in the display by appropriate signs and symbols.
Electrically adjustable windshield.
The new K 1300 GT comes with the electrically adjustable
windshield already featured and proven on the former
model, combining optimum protection from wind and
weather with minimum dimensions. Through its aerodynamic
design and configuration, the windshield guides the
wind rushing by round the rider, relieving his head
and upper body of wind pressure also at high speeds.
A further important point is that the windshield
may be adjusted electrically over a range of 100 millimetres
or almost 4 inches from the left handlebar controls,
thus consistently meeting the rider’s requirements.
A higher windshield (+ 60 mm, almost 2.4") is
available as an optional extra, offering virtually
every rider perfect protection, regardless of his
size and riding
position, simply by choosing the right windshield
and adjusting it accordingly.
Ergonomically designed seat.
To ensure maximum comfort and freedom of movement,
the seat, as on the former K 1200 GT, is designed
around the so-called step arch length of the rider
as the decisive criterion for seating quality. This
particular measurement is the distance between the
rider’s two feet on the ground – measured
across the inside of his legs – also taking
the shape and the width of the seat into account.
The seat is tapered signficantly around the rider,
enabling him to comfortably place both feet on the
ground and bend his knees just as comfortably. A further
point is that seat height may be adjusted as required
to 820 or 840 millimetres (equal to 32.3 or 33.1").
And for the somewhat shorter rider BMW Motorrad offers
a lower seat as an optional extra measuring 800 millimetres
or 31.5" in height (adjustable to 820 mm or 32.3”).
Both with a sporting style of riding and when touring,
the “ergonomic triangle” made up of the
footrests, the seat and the handlebar guarantees maximum
freedom of movement as well as a relaxed style of
riding without the slightest fatigue. And last but
certainly not least, the passenger will also enjoy
the high standard of seat comfort so typical of a
Handlebar adjustable for height.
As on the K 1200 GT, the handlebar is adjustable
for height in four levels, covering a total range
of adjustment towards the rider’s body of 40
millimetres or almost 1.6", thus adapting to
all kinds of riders of different size and allowing
the rider to choose his ideal seating position at
The height of the handlebar is adjusted very conveniently
and easily through a mechanical thread-and-bolt setting.
Optional extras and special equipment –
perfect customisation BMW-style.
The new K 1300 GT stands out as a genuine Gran Turismo
through its ideal combination of sporting performance
and touring comfort provided right from the start
even in standard trim. And to raise this standard
to an even higher level, BMW Motorrad offers a wide
range of optional extras and special equipment optimising
this Dynamic Tourer in every respect.
These features will thrill both the demanding Grand
Touring rider looking for maximum comfort on long
distances and the technology enthusiast in search
of innovative technical features. The wide range of
functional options extends from an on-board computer
through a xenon headlight all the way to the ESA II
(Electronic Suspension Adjustment II) suspension allowing
the rider though simple and optimum adjustment of
the spring and dampers to set the running gear to
the rider’s current requirements.
Optional extras come straight from the factory and
are fitted during production. Special equipment is
fi tted by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer also subsequently
after the motorcycle has been delivered.
- Heated handles.
- Heated seat.
- Cruise Control.
- ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment II;
- Low rider’s seat (approx 800 mm/31.5"
adjustable to 820 mm or 32.3", step arch length
- High windshield.
- Xenon headlight.
Range of Equipment.
- On-board computer including oil level warning
- ASC Anti-Slip Control.
- TPC Tyre Pressure Control.
Luggage and storage options:
- Watertight tank rucksack.
- Watertight tank bag including fastening elements.
- Sports softbag, small 19 litres/large 51 litres.
- Watertight luggage roll, 53 litres, including
lashing belt with tightening lock.
- Luggage spider.
- Impact protector for system cases, left or right.
- Inner bag for system cases, left or right.
- Topcase, large, in white aluminium, 49 litres
including attachments and locking cylinder.
- Topcase, small, 28 litres including attachments
and locking cylinder.
- Inner bag for topcase, large/small.
- Back padding for topcase, small.
Maintenance and technical features:
- 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.
- Additional power socket.
- LED light for on-board socket.
Ergonomics and comfort:
- Heated handles with control unit.
- Low rider’s seat (approx 800 mm/31.5"
adjustable to 820 mm or 32.3", step arch length
- Windshield, large.
- Windshield, tinted.
Safety and security:
- Immobiliser with remote control.
- First-aid kit, large/small.
- Motorcycle cover.
Navigation and communication:
- BMW Motorrad ZUMO navigation and communication
unit incl holder (new).
The new K 1300 GT offers perfect harmony of touring
qualities and sporting riding dynamics – features
also refl ected by the design of the K 1300 GT with
its flowing lines and clear, striking shapes and surfaces.
The lines tapering out towards the front symbolise
even more power and dynamics than before, combined
with sporting and slender all-round proportions.
The three main colours available for the body are
Red Apple Metallic, Royal Blue Metallic, and Magnesium
Beige Metallic, contrasting perfectly with the drivetrain
fi nished in Black and the suspension components in
While Red Apple Metallic in conjunction with dark
contrasting components on the spoiler and at the rear
appeals particularly to the sporting and ambitious
rider, the experienced touring rider will defi nitely
enjoy Royal Blue Metallic with White Aluminium contrasting
components as a puristic alternative.
A third variant offers an even higher level of elegance
and modern style: Magnesium Beige Metallic contrasting
with Dark Slate Metallic, matt.