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BMW unveils new K Series

2008-10-10 08:45
Unveiled at the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany, the new K 1300 S is a milestone for BMW. Boasting 129kW and weighing in at 254kg (that’s with the tank filled), this successor of the speedy K 1200 S is the most powerful and fastest bike to roll out of the Bavarians’ factory and promises to be a thrill to ride.

According to BMW the K 1300 S mainly builds on the solid foundation of its predecessor – keeping the good and tweaking the necessary bits.

A sleeker and sportier design, more dynamic performance, increased torque (up by 10Nm to 140Nm), greater riding precision and firmer spring and damper set-up for better feedback are some of the highlights of the new model.

According to BMW, the main objective in developing the new K 1300 S was to ‘create an even
more supreme motorcycle with enhanced riding qualities’, and to make sure the machine boasts a ‘harmonious torque curve’. Just how ‘harmonious’ the torque curve is remains to be seen but on a graph it certainly looks impressive with much of the torque available all the way from 2 000r/min to 8 000r/min

But fundamentally not all that much has changed. The K 1300 S employs the same drivetrain configuration and engine arrangement as its predecessor, and maintains the low centre of gravity which is made possible by the angle of the cylinder bank tilted 55° to the front and allowing very low arrangement of the engine.

On the front wheel BMW has upgraded the Duolever suspension with a lower longitudinal arm constructed from a forged aluminium alloy. According to the German manufacturer the result is a ‘more sensitive and transparent response’.

The K 1300 S is also available with second-generation Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA II) as an option – a slightly improved version of the original ESA suspension which was introduced for the first time in series production on the K 1200 S.

More power for the roadster and dynamic GT-handling

A new version of BMW’s muscle naked bike, the K 1300 R, as well as the company’s grand tourer, the K 1300 GT, was launched alongside the K 1300 S at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany.

When the first version of the K 1200 R was launched in 2004, it very much divided riders with its bulbous and unconventional styling – especially the goggly headlights. The latest version keeps the eccentric design and along with the K 1300 GT gets the same updated engine as the K 1200 S with similar output figures across all three models – 127kW for the ‘R’, and 118kW for the ‘GT’.

Both of these models also benefit from the same upgrades as the K 1300 S resulting in more dynamic handling and an improved overall riding experience, while the ‘GT’ boasts an aerodynamically improved windscreen to boot.

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