The K 1300R is an ideal mix of a cruiser and a sports bike, but in a pricey package.autos Updated: Jul 16, 2011 01:18 IST
Outlandish naked bikes have an attractive air around them that lures machine enthusiasts, and BMW’s K 1300R squarely slots into that category.A mere glance at the K 1300R invites you to ride the bike. The tank stretches forward from the rider’s seat like a muscled chest, with extensions jutting all the way up to the front headlights.
The industrial look is emphasised further by BMW’s Duolever front suspension. There are no telescopic forks, the system instead using a car-like double wishbone setup that’s mounted up, near the steering column. Suspended in between is 120/70 x 17-inch size rubber, sandwiched between 320mm double discs.Stealth fighter-like creases and lines on the small engine fairing, the exposed engine leaning forward by 55 degrees, a purposeful and solid looking shaft drive and that Paralever rear setup are all stunning.
A small screen up ahead affords the rider marginal wind deflection while also protecting the instrument cluster. The speedometer read-out is analogue, while the digital display shows gear position, time and odometer, above which is a small tachometer. The 1,293cc four-cylinder motor packs 173bhp with 14.27kgm of torque, equating to a frightening amount of power on tap that rises all the way up to the red line.
Versatility remains the K 1300R’s trump card. You can ride this bike in fourth or even fifth gear in the city in an unruffled manner. It pulls from as low as 2,500rpm and the hydraulic clutch draw is smooth. The handlebars are wide and there’s little load on your wrists. At 243kg, this is no lightweight boxer. However, the separation of steering and suspension via the Duolever results in incredibly crisp steering that is difficult to get your head around, especially when you factor in the size and the 1,585mm wheelbase.
The light steering and impressive steering lock make this bike an absolute breeze through city traffic.Quicken the pace, though, and you will need to recalibrate your steering inputs owing to the fact that the bike’s steering responds to rider inputs with alacrity and it turns in lightning-quick.
BMW K 1300 R
Price: R16.87 lakh
On sale: Now
Fuel tank capacity: 19 litres
Kerb weight: 243kg
Engine layout: In-line four, liquid-cooled
Power: 173bhp at 9250rpm
Torque: 14.27kgm at 8250rpm
Specific output:133.79bhp per litre
Power to weight: 711bhp per tonne
Gearbox: 6-speed manual, 1-down, 5-up
Front suspension: Duolever, central spring strut
Rear suspension: Adjustable Paralever
Wheels: 10-spoke alloy
Rim size (f-r): 17 inches
Tyre size (f-r):120/70 x 17-190/55 x 17 inches
The K 1300R is an immensely likeable bike that can be an ego boost for any bike lover. The outlandish form, ease of use and copious power are enjoyable, every time out. Its fluid handling and an impeccable air of quality make you feel that the bike is a ride from another world. The only dampening factor is the heavy price tag, which means only riders with truly deep pockets will be able to own this piece of brilliance.