BMW K1300 S Bike Overview
Dig a little deeper though, and the changes go further than that. The engine is bigger, with a new 1,293cc engine, up 136cc thanks to a 1mm overbore and 5.3mm longer stroke. And that, together with revised electronics, improve throttle response and low-down torque.
On the chassis front, new Duolever components are made from light alloy rather than steel, cutting excess mass from the steering setup and improving feel from the front end.
The electronics took a big step forward though, with updates to the ABS antilock brakes, traction control, new ESA II semi-active electronic suspension and a new quickshifter option too.
The K1300 S was discontinued in 2016, so used bikes will be getting on a bit now. Watch for electrical problems, which can be pricey to sort with genuine parts. Some repairs also need a BMW main dealer to reset computer coding on the ECU, so make sure you have a dealer nearby, and be ready for some hefty labour charges.
But when it’s running well, a K1300 S is a real joy to ride: fast, smooth, comfy, and with some of the official BMW accessories fitted, really practical and luxurious too.
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BMW K1300 S Bike Spec
- Top speed155mph
- Average fuel consumption38mpg
- Seat height820mm (adjustable)
- EngineWater cooled, 4-stroke inline
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40,000 miles a year two up no problems and total comfort
As much power as you need at the right time/delivery
Can be a little bit expensive on bits
It takes a while to get use to the front end, however is stable once lent over
Always more power than needed!
Servicing costs and play-doh switchgear.
Everything goes together well, as you would expect from German engineering. However both switchgear had to be replaced, due to being made from play-doh.
Rear brake could do with more bite, but overall is hauls up the big bike well.
Super smooth all the way from zero to illegal and beyond. Quick shifter makes up changes immediate, and the gearbox makes seamless clutchless downshifts trivial. Corners with great precision and confidence despite not exactly being the lightest machine in the world. Would give even an out and out sports bike a run for it's money.
Pulls like a proverbial train, managing an average 52mpg. Notwithstanding the noises from clutch and idler, this is one awesome engine.
Seems to average 52 mpg no matter what – hundreds of miles on the autobahn or pottering about town. Servicing at a BMW dealer can be pricy, especially 18000 mile services as that involves valve clearance checks which means radiator out just to get to the heads.
Starter idler spacer and clutch can be a bit noisy. Seems to affect some bikes and not others, which would lead you to suppose quality assurance an tolerance on some parts isn't all it could be, though no problems elsewhere in the last 30000 miles.
Brakes aren't at all bad, but could offer a little more feel. It's quite easy to lift the rear wheel if you grab a big handful of front. BMW have got the linked brakes set up as near to right as you can and the abs works a treat. Not that I've had cause to test it you understand.
Super smooth. Telelever suspension works wonderfully. Not the fastest turn in in the world, but it's not a sports bike.
Goes like the proverbial rocket. Not quite up there with the H2s of this world, but seriously quick.
51mpg isn't bad going for a 1.3 litre rocket ship. If you get it serviced by BMW, that gets very expensive
Needed new throttle position sensor at 7000km, a new front damper at 50000km, but that's it.
Pretty good. Won't pull your eyes out of their sockets, but stops quicker than many bikes I've ridden.