BMW K1300R (2009 - present)

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£9500
Available from
2009
Completely stupid before, and now with extra power!
Power doesn't make a good bike, especially if it's naked!

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Submitted by mfettara on Fri, 06/11/2009 - 10:57

Overall Review

The K1300R is a bike with an attitude which usually would give it a purpose. However, in this case the attitude is no compromise for versatility as the K13R allows extremely spirited riding as well as long mile touring in comfort (on very long miles, a Airhawk is recommended). Living in the Swiss Alps, there is absolutely nothing I cand throw at the bike that it won't cope with brilliantly. Why did the Münchener wait so long to come up with this one ?

Strengths

Looks Torque and power delivery Quick shifter ESA (electronic adjustable suspension) Stability and agility Protection

Weaknesses

Saddle could be more comfortable.

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Absolutely Phenominal

Strengths

Agressive Presence Phenominal Brakes with ABS Torque and power delivery Quick shifter ESA (electronic adjustable suspension) adjustable on the move Stability and agility BMW's usual excellent build quality Fuel Economy

Weaknesses

Lack of decent luggage Not BMW's usual 'all-day comfort' seat

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Submitted by Paulk13r on Tue, 05/10/2010 - 19:53

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Reliable, zippy, never to much of a handful I fell in love with the K1200R but the 1300R has stolen my heart (and life) there is never an errand too big or small or a tour to go on. Like I said is like being addicted to speed. Oh wait I am!

Strengths

Reliable. For the size pretty good with the fuel mileage. Huge grin factor and after a year and a half it hasn't worn off yet. Speed, I think it has me hooked on speed,its ok but is it a good thing? All the issues of the 1200 have been fixed.

Weaknesses

the quick shifter seems pointless... perhaps that's just me. I prefer the old BMW style switch gear. It had a much more solid feel.

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Considering it's a naked a great allround bike that's good 2-up with the power to excite!! I am on my 2nd as I couldn't find anything better for what I wanted!

Strengths

Loads of power, comfortable, quick shifter!! Good luggage capacity with Givi luggage. Reasonable service costs. Good 2-up bike with comfort seat. Electronic suspension is useful if you use the bike for many uses.

Weaknesses

Wind protection although reasonable with the sport screen for a naked. Will cruise comfortably at 90mph (in Germany) on the motorway and is better in cross winds than my previous 1200GS.

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Like many bikes it can commute, tour 2 up, handle a track day, & go on the drag strip... but the K13 will do all 4 extremely well. The list of direct competitors (in all 4 categories) is extremely short.

Strengths

Power... power & more power. Handling.. possibly the best suspension set-up for a bike (disregarding weight). Build quality.

Weaknesses

Weight & fuel economy... it is heavier than a sports bike & more costly to fuel than your average commuter... but it's not an average bike. Purchase cost.

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Absolutely delighted with this bike and I've owned a few! Makes the perfect bike for me either solo or 2 up and has become an established favourite in a very short space of time! The biggest compliment I can pay it is that I have hardly ridden my 2011 Castrol 'Blade since buying this bike - its been to France and then to Scarborough Gold Cup where a day out in the Yorkshire Dales failed to unsettle it either - an awesome piece of kit!

Strengths

Fast comfortable great handling with decent fuel economy (averaging 43mpg) My other half loves going pillion and the optional panniers and dynamic kit combined with the ESA make riding this together an absolute pleasure rather than a chore! The Arrow race can I have fitted adds a glorious soundtrack when combined with the quick shifter!

Weaknesses

Bit breezy when you unleash the full 175bhp! Minor issue with the heated grips which was rectified immediately by dealer.

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Submitted by Ian 4 on Thu, 10/12/2015 - 01:33

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I love this bike; the 1200R was good but this is a step up. It sounds, rides and handles better, even at tick-over thanks to a few hundred more rpm. Continental distance crusher, 2-up tourer (flexible pillions preferred), load lugger and able to (almost) achieve gravitational escape velocity, this is a machine capable of producing life-affirming sensory overload every time I ride it. But it is also a very able and comfortable A to B commuter and can be very well-behaved when I want it to be; it's an excellent all-rounder and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. And no, I don't like Marmite.

Strengths

Love-it-or-hate-it styling but it never lacks for attention or a point of view; this is not a bike for shrinking violets. Performance is staggering, the soundtrack at full chat is pure audio dynamite and the stability in corners is outstanding. Comfort and handling are good for a bike of this size, BMW luggage lives up to its reputation and the K1300R can take you on a European tour as easily as it manages a day trip from home. The selling points of this bike are grunt and exhilaration but manners when you want them; I'm on bike number 2 and I can't find anything else that comes close.

Weaknesses

This bike excels at speed and stability but an ascent of something like the Haute Alpes route (hairpins every 100m in places) will leave you feeling like you've had a very good work-out. This is a bike that needs muscling into corners, fast steering isn't its forte. Funny front-enders aren't everyone's cup of tea either and 'normal' feel doesn't come as standard with this bike - but it does perform brilliantly if you're committed and once trust is earned it is well-rewarded. Oh, and the under seat storage is pants, as is the view of your elbows in the mirrors. Buy extenders.

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