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BMW K 1300 S Overview
BMW are globally well known for their prowess in building rugged, reliable and contemporary motorcycles as they are for building quality for wheelers. For years the marque has been establishing several noteworthy benchmarks and has come to be known as one of the most advanced bike manufacturers in the world. We can't forget that it was BMW indeed who put the first ABS system on a motorcycle and since then it has been emulated by other manufacturers throughout the world. BMW has also played an active role in developing touring machines and the BMW K1300 S is one such machine that enjoys place of pride in the BMW range. When we talk about touring, we imagine a motorcycle adept at chewing up long distances without straining the rider or the engine too much. The BMW K1300 S does that and much more and it does that the BMW way, in typical understated style and performance.
BMW K 1300 S Engine & Transmission
Sport Touring bikes require torquey engines that carry the bike along on the torque wave thus ensuring that the engine is unstressed but at the same time ensuring that there is enough power available on tap should the rider choose to hustle the bike. The inline 4 cylinder engine on the K1300 S is a water cooled, DOHC, electronic fuel injected unit with dry sump lubrication displacing 1293 cc with a bore X stroke ratio of 80 X 64.3 mm and a compression ratio of 13:1. Featuring 4 valves per cylinder this unit manages to churn out 175 hp peak power@ 9,250 rpm and 140 NM of peak torque @ 8,250 rpm. Mighty impressive figures indeed but wait we are forgetting about the equally capable electronics as well alongwith the digital engine management with knock sensor. This engine unit is further given potency by the 6 speed constant mesh transmission and the multiplate hydraulic wet clutch unit in oil bath which helps get the power to the wheels via shaft drive instead of chain drive.
BMW K 1300 S Mileage
The BMW R 1300 S has optimised combustion for better fuel economy and a 19 ltr fuel tank that helps the bike to return approximately 17-19 kmpl in the city with highway use seeing economy go up to 22 kmpl.
BMW K 1300 S Performance and Handling
The K1300 S is a particular favourite amongst tourers since the bike is highly customisable for long distance highway touring. The engine coupled with the brilliantly rigid bridge type frame (it uses the engine as a stressed member) ensure that the bike is very relaxed even at triple digit highway speeds. Another memorable BMW legacy is the Telelever and Paralever suspension setup. Featuring a central spring strut at the front and a cast aluminium single sided swingarm at the rear mated to a strut hydraulically adjustable for preload rebound and damping the suspension gives K1300 R much needed agility through tight curvy corners as well as long highway sweepers. However throw a set of technical corners at it and all that 254 kgs of kerb weight becomes very apparent with the rider having to struggle to heft the bike through switchbacks. The bike is ably supported by its lightweight cast aluminium wheels that have 120/70 tyres up front on a 3.50 X 17" rim and 190/55 tyres at the rear on a 6.00 X 17" rim. The bike does provide ABS as standard and the good part is that it can be switched off as and when wanted. Braking duties up front are taken care of by 320 mm floating twin discs with fixed four piston callipers. The rear brake features a 265 mm floating single rotor twin piston calliper setup. The brakes do an excellent job of throwing the anchors as and when required.