2011 BMW K 1300 S
Overall Concept and Features.
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
Launching this new model, Europe’s
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-performer 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 the 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 conjunction
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 service 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’s 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 signifi cant 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 benefi ts 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 confi
guration of the frame above the cylinder head and,
as a result, reducing the overall width of the machine.
And with the frame profi les 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 forward-looking
seating position is tailored fully to the rider, but
nevertheless 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 signifi cant contribution to the outstanding
riding qualities of the K 1300 S. The newly developed,
lower longitudinal arm now made of a forged aluminium
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 fi rst time in series
production on the K 1200 S.
Applying the most advanced CAN-bus
technology, the progressive on-board network allows
a wide range of functions and facilitates the diagnostic
procedures usually required by intelligently connecting
the machine’s electrical and electronic systems.
An overview 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-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.
- Fulfilment of the strictest environmental standards
through newly harmonised Digital Motor Electronics.
- Optimised cylinder charge cycle for even better
performance on less fuel.
- Optimised exhaust system with a new rear muffl
er and electronically controlled flap management
plus a fully controlled three-way catalytic converter.
- Desmodromic operation improving the dosage of
gas and engine power.
- Optimised, maintenance-free shaft drive with
a new, two-stage drive shaft.
- Even greater riding precision combined with maximum
riding stability ensured by optimised Duolever front
wheel suspension with new set-up of the lower longitudinal
- 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.
- Perfect 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
- High standard of active safety provided by integral
ABS (semi-integral) featured as standard.
- On-board network; CAN-bus technology for superior
function with a smaller number of cables and low
- 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.