BMW K1300R Review / Page 4
By Trevor Hedge
The standard K1300R is a $22,700 ask and comes standard with heated grips. $700 more will get you the SE model with sports wheels, on board computer and a tinted sports windshield. The sports wheels option changes the standard 180/55ZR17 rear hoop to a 190/55ZR17.
If you want the convenience of remote controlled adjustment of both preload and damping at both ends with the ESA II system, then add a further $1300.
With the optional ESA II fitted a press of a button at standstill, with the engine running, is all it takes to adjust the spring base and rate through ‘solo’, ‘solo with luggage’ and ‘with passenger and luggage’ settings that are represented by a single helmet, a single helmet with a suitcase or two helmets with a suitcase symbols on the LCD situated between the conventional speedometer and tachometer. Changes to the damping are made on the fly and are displayed on the LCD as ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’ or ‘Sports’.
Ticking the box for the optional traction package that adds stability control, anti-lock brakes and the tyre pressure monitoring system whacks on another $2235.
Tick all of the above options and you’re looking at $27,635. By the time the dealer has added some delivery costs and your State government robs you blind with stamp duty you won’t see much change out of 30k. And that’s before you option in the fantastic sports cases that really round out the K1300R as the most versatile and well appointed nakedbike on the market. Add the Akrapovic muffler and you will be presented with an all up bill of over $30,000 before you can ride away on your new pride and joy. Compare the K1300R to Ducati's Streetfighter however and suddenly 30k an optioned up K1300R doesn't seem all that unreasonable...
And that really is the crux of the matter. The K1300R is the best all round nakedbike package money can buy, that is an almost undisputable fact. It’s just very unfortunate that it prices itself out of the market to so many. Continue...
|Specs – BMW K1300R
Engine – 1293cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, in-line four-cylinder
Claimed Power – 173hp (127kW) @ 9250rpm
Claimed Torque – 145Nm @ 8250rpm
Compression Ratio - 13:1
Induction - BMW-K Electronic engine management, 46mm throttle bodies
Transmission – Six speed, shaft drive
Brakes, Front - 320mm discs, four-piston calipers, semi integral ABS (BMW EVO)
Brakes, Rear - 265mm disc, twin-piston caliper, semi integral ABS (BMW EVO)
Frame - Aluminium bridge with load bearing engine
Suspension, Front - Duolever, central suspension strut
Suspension, Rear - Paralever, shaft drive integrated with swingarm
Suspension Travel, Front / Rear - 115 / 135mm
Tyres, Front / Rear - 120/70ZR17 / 180/55ZR17
Wheelbase - 1585mm
Length x Width (Including Mirrors) x Height (Excluding mirrors) - 2228 x 856 x 1095
Castor - 104.4mm
Steering Head Angle - 60.4°
Seat Height – 820mm (Optional Low = 790mm)
Dry Weight – 217kg (Claimed)
Wet Weight - 243kg with all fluids and fuel (Claimed)
Fuel Capacity – 19 Litres
Average Consumption on test – 6.1 litres per 100km
Range – 310km
Warranty – Two years
Price - $22,700 ($23,400 for SE version)
+ Fantastic powerplant
+ Great electronic shifter
+ Heated grips
+ Optional Anti lock brakes
+ Optional Electronically adjustable suspension
+ Optional Stability control
+ Optional tyre press monitoring
+ Optional factory side cases
- That the optional features aren’t standard
- The cruise control from the GT would aid licence preservation
BMW K1300R Review
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