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The New 2009 BMW K 1300 R, Hold On - (Australia)

October 7th, 2008
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If you like your K naked and aggressive, the new K 1300 R fits the bill. The new K 1300 R is the most powerful naked bike BMW has ever built. Developing maximum output of 127 kW (173 hp) and weighing 243 kg with a full tank, this extravagant Power Roadster, one of the most powerful and dynamic machines in its segment.

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.

Technical Highlights - an Overview:

  • Even more dynamic, particularly at lower and medium engine speeds, thanks to the increase in engine capacity.
  • 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 fulfill 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.
  • 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 (Auto Stability Control) traction 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.

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.

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 and Light Grey Metallic with a larger share of metallic components emphasizes its three-dimensional presence.

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