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Just had this in my email box

"BMW Announce New K1300 Series

BMW Motorrad has once again reaffirmed its position as a leading producer of high performance motorcycles.

With the launch of three significantly updated K-series models BMW Motorrad is continuing its philosophy of producing innovative and dynamic motorcycles that offer state-of-the-art technology with class-leading performance.

Whilst the three updated models share the same chassis and similar upgraded drivetrain they do in fact appeal to three distinct motorcycle
market sectors.



K 1300 S - The fastest motorcycle BMW Motorrad has ever produced, the K 1300 S is a top-of-the range hypersports bike combining blistering power with innovative technology to offer perfect everyday or long-distance riding qualities.



K 1300 R - A striking, muscular naked bike, with extremely high performance, is the most technically advanced in its class.



K 1300 GT - A fast, comfortable and supreme tourer, the GT is quite simply the best sports tourer BMW Motorrad has ever made.



The heart of these three models is the second-generation of BMW Motorrad’s four–cylinder power unit, which has been developed to give a significant increase in power and torque, whilst refining its tractability and usability. The new features of the engine are:

• New pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft

• Displacement increased by 136cc from 1,157cc to 1,293cc

• Increased capacity is achieved with larger cylinder bores and extended piston stroke.

• Maximum output is up 8hp (6kW) to 175hp (129kw) for the K 1200 S

• Maximum torque is up 7.4 ld-ft (10Nm) to (140Nm)

• Maximum power output is achieved at 9,250rpm, which is 1,000rpm lower than the previous model.

• New exhaust system design including an exhaust butterfly flap for more torque and sportier sound. To transmit this extra performance to the road safely the chassis set-up on the K 1300 S and R models have been stiffened as standard. In addition, all of the K-series offer new,
innovative suspension technology with the optional extra of the second generation of Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA II).



ESA II controls a wider range of suspension settings than the previous version. This advanced and unique arrangement is the world’s first on a motorcycle to carry out an automatic simultaneous adjustment of ride height, pre-load, spring rate and damper settings based on the machines loading. Following the system’s automatic adjustment the rider can then further tailor the suspension to a more comfortable or sporty setting, ensuring optimum handling for each individual rider.

All three models in the series have had styling make-overs to match their increased performance. Each model has exciting new style updates according to its class with detailed changes ranging from a new, slimmer upper cowl on the K 1300 S, to the aggressive new cockpit fairing on the K 1300 R, all of which add to a stylish design of each model.



The K 1300 GT benefits from protectors which have been integrated into the side sections to reduce the risk of damage should the machine
fall over.



For riders wanting even more high tech gadgetry, BMW Motorrad offers a full range of High Performance (HP) parts as seen on the HP2 Sport. These include a 2D Systems MotoGP-style dashboard, which offers additional display data in both road or race modes; and the Gearshift Assistant, which enables the rider to make clutchless upshifts whilst accelerating. Both items are available as a factory-fitted option for the K 1300 S and K 1300 R"


 

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OK, I'll say it: all the technology advances aside, the K1300GT in brown ("Sand Beige"?) looks fabulous. Strictly subjective, of course.

 

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Not just the turn signals, the reservoirs, and the instrument panel. The info display is twixt the speedo and tach on the 1200.

I think it sucks that they're doing away with the turn signal gear. One of the BMW guys at CCR said it would stay and that the moto mags would just have to get over it.

Also, look at the steering bridge. It will take a bit for aftermarket to catch up to that one. Looks like the adjustment is gone, too.



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grifscoots said:
Also, look at the steering bridge. It will take a bit for aftermarket to catch up to that one. Looks like the adjustment is gone, too.
That looks like an S not a GT so the there is no adjustment. I HATE the Jap style turn signals though. too bad. Could that be the cockpit of the new 1000RR ? and not the K13S ?

EDIT: just found this on another site, definitely the new 13S -

http://bmwsuperbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=9699
 

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I agree with Grif on the turn signals. :( I have always felt that the BMW style switches were far superior to the cheap feel on most Japanese style ones. I like the instrument panel, but don't like the look of the new reservoirs. They may (?) work better...but to me, they don't look as "clean" as the old ones. And...I must say again...I absolutely HATE the area of the new emblem/air scoop on the side....just RUINS the lines of the fairing.

P.S. -- This does not seem to be a pic of the GT, but rather the S or something.
 

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ironbuttwannabe said:
That is the S.

Here is the GT

I wonder if the kept the semi-lame self canceling turn signals with the new setup? Also, I don't see a heated seat switch on the handlbar.

Honestly, the new setup, looks kinda on the cheap side to me. Gaps between brackets, buttons all over the place, the reservoirs just stuck up there. If they went to radial master cylinders for the clutch and brake it makes sense. but on the GT it just looks a bit cut-rate.
 

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It looks nice, but I'll keep mine. Al though I would like to get the bag protectors but I have not been able to locate them? I saw some on a GT while I was at Deals Gap but the guy bought the bike 2nd hand and did not know where them came from.
 

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Com'on lets face it, here in the UK we can only do 70mph(cough, cough) legally and we are the size of Montana with 70% more population! Crowded or what!. Over in the States, its either 55, 60, 65 or 70mph depending where you are and where the next state trooper is hiding. (Hint think like a sneaky bas*ard and you won't go far wrong) So very nice though it is I for one will not be changing for the sake of 5bhp more and a new bit of switchgear, whats the point? Unless of course they have finally produce a seat that stops the whine from the pillion, now that I would invest in! Oh and like the rest of the first world we are in a recession so watch this space for some real discounting of prices! :wave
 

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blankshot said:
It looks nice, but I'll keep mine. Al though I would like to get the bag protectors but I have not been able to locate them? I saw some on a GT while I was at Deals Gap but the guy bought the bike 2nd hand and did not know where them came from.
The bag protectors are a BMW part. $70 each side

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=39137
 

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hschisler said:
OK, I'll say it: all the technology advances aside, the K1300GT in brown ("Sand Beige"?) looks fabulous.
I hear that for '10, they're gonna do one in that piss yellow color. :histerica

I do like the blacked-out running gear though.
 

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Florian said:
That beige is indeed tits, but I like the saddlebag protectors even better.
I've had those on my GT for over a year now. Same parts fit the R12RT bags. Oops, I see Ted has already linked to them. :)
 

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BMW said:
In the new K models the new generation of switches for all coming BMW motorcycles has been introduced for the first time. Ergonomics have been optimised, space requirements have been reduced and MID technology* has been introduced. In short – the controls simply feel and look better.

*Moulded Interconnect Design, printed circuits in the switch unit instead of individual wiring.
Ah, so it's a cost and weight savings issue. Cheaper to produce, less space and weight, and less wiring. And maybe now the moto-journalists will stop ragging on those odd BMW turn signals. Whatever.

I'm still trying to find the high beam switch. Then again, who really rides in the dark anyway. :D
 

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Honestly, the new setup, looks kinda on the cheap side to me. Gaps between brackets, buttons all over the place, the reservoirs just stuck up there. If they went to radial master cylinders for the clutch and brake it makes sense. but on the GT it just looks a bit cut-rate.
But the biggest news is what this means for the rest of the line. Currently the LT, the GT and the RT have the old style switchgear and throttle unit. They were also the only bikes with cruise control, because they were the only ones with push-pull throttle cables. By going with the new switchgear on the GT and employing a push-pull throttle assembly, they are getting closer to being able to offer cruise control across the line - something the dealers as well as a lot of buyers have been asking for. I'll bet you'll see cruise control on the GS soon and eventually on the other r-bikes, k-bikes and even f-bikes.
 
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