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The New 2009 BMW K 1300 S, S is for Sports - (Australia)

October 7th, 2008
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This year's INTERMOT in Cologne marks a significant occasion for BMW Motorrad and the K-Series. Not only does it mark the 25th birthday of the K Series, it also celebrates the debut of the latest additions to the BMW K Series range, the new K 1300 S, K 1300 R and K 1300 GT.

Whilst it is anticipated that the Australian release of the new BMW K-Series range will be late in quarter 1, 2009 we are pleased to be able to provide detailed information outlining the technical specification of the new and exciting K-Series models.

The new BMW K 1300 S.

The new K 1300 S is the most powerful and fastest BMW the world has ever seen. With an engine output of 129 kW (175 hp) combined with overall weight of 254 kg including fuel, this truly supreme motorcycle offers the utmost in dynamic performance and sports riding.

The K 1300 S 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.

Taking up the 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 (partially integrated) featured as standard.

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. 

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 muffler and electronically controlled flap management plus a fully controlled three-way catalytic converter.
  • Optimised, maintenance-free shaft drive with a new, two-stage drive shaft.
  • Even greater riding precision combined with maximum riding stability ensured by optimized Duolever front wheel suspension with new set-up of the lower longitudinal arm.
  • 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 (Auto Stability Control) traction control as an option.
  • New, innovative generation of switches with optimised ergonomics.
  • High standard of active safety provided by semi integral ABS (partially integrated) featured as standard.
  • On-board network; CAN-bus technology for superior function with a smaller number of cables and low weight.
  • Electronic immobiliser featured as standard.
  • Optimised aerodynamics.
  • HP Gearshift Assistance for shifting up without the slightest interruption of power as a special equipment option.


The colour concept of the new BMW K 1300 S accentuates the unmistakable character of this new machine. The non-metallic colours form a strong and powerful contrast to the black surfaces at the front, giving the K 1300 S an even more compact and agile look from the side.

The colours available are Light Grey Metallic and Lava Orange Metallic with a unique multi-colour finish in Granite Grey Metallic/Light Grey Metallic. The frame and suspension components on all colour variants are finished in Asphalt Metallic.


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