2013 BMW K1300r

BMW k1300r Long Term Motorcycle Review

Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on a 2013 BMW k1300r and will be writing up a long term review of the beast. For now some pictures of the latest available Red / Black colour scheme.

This review is under construction.

The BMW k1300r – Living with this bike now for over a half a year I can genuinely say it is among the best all-round bike I’ve ever ridden. Not just the fastest but as a package, it simply rocks. It’s easy to ride, brutal manageable power, comfortable, has a stack of gadgets, safety gear and the presence of a heavy-weight gorilla without the handling issues. This is a bike you could keep for quite a while and never get sick of it. Sure there are better-suited track bikes or touring machines as specialist tools but the k1300r is does a lot really well. That being said about the track, a friend of mine who rides an Aprilia RSV4 recently told me he got passed at the race track by a k1300r repeatedly – and he’s not slow!

bmw k1300r     

bmw k1300r HID lights The only area I’d say the stock bike was lacking was a bit of character in the sound department. New bikes with ‘legal’ exhaust are notoriously quiet and lacking substance.Especially BMW. The K1300r is no exception. With such potent figures, you expect a thundering barrage of sound after firing up the beast. You’ll be disappointed. Engine sound is not as exciting as some – although at higher revs it does start to sound a little like and f-15 taking off.




bmw k1300r We all know most bikes sounds like scooters fresh from the shop – even Harleys. It’s nothing a good exhaust system won’t fix though. For the bmw k1300r the ultimate Pipe you can fit is the Akrapovic titanium silencer made specifically for this bike, which is not only the biggest silencer on the market to date but also costs about as much as a new scooter. More about this below.

bmw k1300r

It is definitely a bike that grows on you. The post-apocalyptic looks are not to everyone’s taste but they certainly are unique and you won’t be mistaking it for anything else. The looks are definitely polarising, some love it some hate it but hard to argue with the thundering presence performance it brings.

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  The bmw k1300r is an epic motorcycle with very few down-sides. It’s not exactly a commuter, but will pretty much do everything else with ease. You do feel it’s a big bike in tight corners but certainly not a handful and it never surprised my or ran wide. You can take it on a track and mix it with the fastest bikes out there, or ride across the country on it in a lazy and efficient fashion. Great for two up as well due to the large expansive seat which isn’t much higher than the driver’s. For a naked bike, magically you don’t get blasted by the wind, perhaps because it’s so long and there is a lot of bike in front of you when compared to sitting on some other nakeds. Power is epic, both in Horsepower and torque and while I gave it a decent flogging I never came close to reaching limits. I basically shat my pants every time it went past 7,000 rpm.

A cruise missile of sort and the bad-ass looks to back it up. Not many rides out there with such a dominating presence. Nuclear-armed transformer on a hangover type demeanour.

Wanna hear what it sounds like with the Titanum Akra pipe?

 

Modifications made to date to the 2013 BMW k1300r:

  • K& N High Flow Air filter
  • Red Wheel Stripes
  • Akrapovic Titanium Silencer K1300r
  • Bi-Xenon Hid Headlight
  • (coming soon) – HID headlight projector and Amber LED backlight. + Second Xenon for high-beam

2013 BMW K1300r Review

2013 BMW K1300r with Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak
2013 Bmw k1300r side by side with a Ducati Multistrada 2013.

2013 BMW K1300r red logo

2013 BMW K1300r perked

2013 BMW K1300r

2013 BMW K1300r Side View
Bought from Procycles St. Peters

2013 BMW K1300r  

bmw k1300r akrapovic
Updated pic with an Akrapovic titanium silencer installed.

The Akrapovic pipe has a removable baffle via a screw. The baffle is very effective. Inserted, it really is only a tad louder than stock but also has a bit of a better tone. Baffle out, it’s a whole new ball game. Most videos you see online show the startup and free revving. My experience is the k1300r sounds the best under load while riding.  With the baffle out, the startup is still relatively quiet, though there is a now a deeper rumble revealing the animal within. It’s only on acceleration you really notice the difference, sounds like a proper race bike now with a proper bellow. A good dose of snarly overrun and a lot of crackle and pop. Shift via the quick shift at 5-6 thousand and it will fire like artillery. Overall a lot of fun and adds a tonne of grin factor. This bike always looked like it was for hooligans, now it sounds like one. Unlike most after-market pipes this one doesn’t need ear plugs on long rides simply due to the fact that it’s not loud unless you are caning it – in which case loud is what you want.

Wanna hear what it sounds like with the Titanium Akra pipe?

bmw k1300r akrapovic

bmw k1300r akrapovic  

Performance wise a big boost as well. Not that it was slow before but now outright scary. Power pulls from lower down and noticeably punchier. For a bike that isn’t that easy to wheelie due to the long wheelbase, it’s pretty easy now. So for those wondering if it’s worth it. I reckon so. It’s brutally expensive but by far the best-made silencer I’ve seen. Anything else I’ve seen put on a bmw k1300r didn’t match it. The finish on it is flawless and nicely detailed. I’ve had Remus before a few times and they were great, but this is another step up. The carbon tip and matching heat shield look the business. Also because of the materials used, even after a long cracking ride the silencer doesn’t get sticking hot. You or your passengers are not going to burn clothes or legs on it.

bmw k1300r akrapovic

bmw k1300r akrapovic

I’ve read that the BMW k1300r does eat tyres and with a big sports bike with this sort of power and weight, it seems a fair statement.

Rubber for the K1300r

We’ve just changed the original tyres after around 6000kms which for the most part spent on bends at high speeds so the mileage isn’t that bad. The rubber that came with the bike were Metzler M6 Supersports which were more or less for fast rides / track use and probably stickier and faster wearing that needed. The new tyres are Pirelli Angel GTs which claim 30% more life while maintaining great grip and wet-weather performance. I’ll provide an update on this later. The Angel GTs are highly reccomended.

BMW k1300r Economy

What you spend on some extra rubber you’ll make up in fuel efficiency. Yep that’s right. If someone told me that this bike was fuel efficient before I rode it, I would have had a good laugh. Truth is that real world figures have this monster averaging 6.0l per 100kms which is amazing considering most of the time riding I’m flogging it through bends. Most of my friends who ride 600cc Supersports use more fuel. This is typical BMW – they’ve alway been great on the efficiency factor. Despite appearance, the k1300r has got the goods in the range department so it won’t cost a bomb at the bowser. After a thrashing down the putty road at ungodly speeds, it recorded 6.5l per 100km, while my friend on his 600cc ninja drank 10! Go figure.  

The Bad, and the Ugly:

Ok so despite this sub-header, there is nothing truly bad about the BMW k1300r, some niggles however is I must find some. Listed in order of annoyance:

  1. Buzzing from the clutch at 3000-4000 rpm. That drove me bat-shit crazy until I bought the akrapovic pipe to mask the sound. I did a bunch of research on this include a fix – if you want it get in touch with me. For such a smooth bike and engine otherwise, this buzzing was plenty annoying. Aftermarket pipe does wonders for this.
  2. I’ll admit this is subjective – I’m Not crazy about the bike front-on, it’s quite ugly.I mean directly front on. Brutish but certainly not handsome. Otherwise a beautiful machine
  3. Some engine vibration does creep in around 6000rpm, then smooths out as you go higher. Noticeable but nowhere near on the scale of annoying as the clutch buzz at 3500 rpm.
  4. The dash is a bit old school, like the steam gauge panels of a WWI soviet tank. Again subjective but couldn’t be called pretty by any stretch of the imagination.

  bmw k1300r Update to post: December 8, 2016

I owned the bmw k1300r for around 3 years and only sold (6 months back) it to get out of a bad finance deal. Subsequently bought an r1100s temporarily – sort of like getting into a VW beetle after owning a Audi RS6! You can read about that here.

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bmw k1300r with ducati multistrada

33 thoughts on “BMW k1300r Long Term Motorcycle Review

  1. I’d really like to know how this bike handles tight twisty roads, 35km posted off camber corners etc.
    Also how is the cross wind stability and buffering at sustained highway speeds?

    1. A s far as crosswinds stability, it’s probably the best I’ve ridden. Probably due to the combo of the low L mounted engine, long shape shape and weight. Similarly wind buffeting is not really an issue as the length of it breaks up the wind really well. In fact it’s far more comfortable than the fully faired BMW f800st we tested earlier.
      Handling wise coming off a small bike you’ll notice some weight transfer but you can take this thing on a track day with the best of them. It won naked sports-bike of the year 2 years back so its very capable. The wide bars and low engine make low speed handling easy.

  2. Would you please give some insight to the amount of wind/rain protection that the bike gives. Especially for taller riders (I am 6’6). Understand that the K1300R is a ‘nakedbike’, but the side panels and tank shape look like they give reasonable protection.
    Thanks.

    1. Wind protection is excellent, probably due to the long wheelbase and so much bike in front of the rider. Not sure if the little sport screen did much, but overall surprisingly good protection. My brother-in law commented on this specifically when he wound it out to 200 clicks saying that he expected to get blasted but didn’t.

  3. Nice review, it would be good to hear more about your time with the K1300R since January 2014.
    Can you please comment how the bike is like in city crawl situations and what is it like to park the bike (manoeuvring it and riding on/off the curb).
    Most of my riding is through the city, then out on the highways on weekends etc. I’m looking at the bike as the complete bike to live with.
    Thanks for your time.

    1. Not a city bike really. It is a big machine and doesn’t really like to go too slow. From memory you can wind out 1st gear to just over 100kms. Similarly pushing it about in a tight parking spot requires some effort. Fortunately the seat is quite low.
      So overall it’s not a bad commuter but there are better bike for the purpose. The k1300r likes to go fast and long!

    2. Hi Darren

      Have had my K1300 for some time now and agree with the bulk of George’s comments.
      Re it’s commuter credentials, it has two challenges. The first is it’s weight, at a shy under 250kg, means it’s a handful if you get it slightly off balance during any very slow menouvers and when trying to back it up a slight incline when parking.

      Getting up and down gutters is a breeze but mindful of my above point.

      Slow moving traffic is a pain much under 20km/hr as you need to constantly slip the clutch to keep things smooth. Now that we can legally lane filter it’s not such a problem but those wide comfortable handlebars and mirrors can be limiting.

      That said I just love this bike, it just does everything effortlessly and keeps putting a grin on my face. Not many machines can do that !

    1. One of my fav brands of rubber. Was told they were specifically built for heavy powerful bikes. Labeled as a more sport-touring tyre I never found wanting more grip. Excellent in the wet.
      Think there was a launch promo for this rubber on an Aircraft carrier – great vid. I got around 5000-6000kms out of a pair on the k1300r riding quite aggressively.

  4. Was surfing’ & came upon this site:
    Just got my 3rd 2010 K1300R last week. HAD-TO! (a decent $ with only 7080 on it). The 1st Byke got totalled off at the end of 2010, by a deer running into me whilst on a corner. It had a lucky-13K on it. …Heh.
    So, in spring-2011, i got another-new 2010. A 2010, because i ‘needed’ the “Silk Metallic” colour (discontinued post-2010). As of the end of 2016 season (Nov.26), i have 44,100 km on the 2nd Byke, TROUBLE-FREE!
    The 1st Byke had Continentals, which were all-around okay. My 2nd Byke came with Metzlers. These stuck better but, of-course, wore out quicker (@ ~8K). Replaced them with the Michelin Pilot3 tyres, which performed similar to the Contis, but lasted longer (~15K). I replaced these last summer, with the Mich Pilot4 tyres and now have just over 10K on them (95%+ Touring). These seem best suited to the K1300R, and my current proportion of sport & tour kms. (80-90% TOUR)
    I consider myself VERY lucky to have found my 3rd K1300R, as VERY-FEW can be found around here, well, practically anywhere. It definitely was a ‘karma thing’. Like the rest, she is also loaded with options and is even my fav-colour. …NOW, i have a ‘Back-Up-Byke’ that resides in my ‘museum’, that can be rolled out of the hangar and deployed as required. …i’m livin’ th’ dream……

    GOTTAGO-more latr!

    1. Thanks for your post Paul. I also have a 2010 K13300R,(same colour too!), & have been looking at the Michelin Pilot 4’s but not been too sure whether to get them or something sportier! Your post has made my mind up! Once again,thanks. Scott

    1. Hi Tom, I would say the k1300r is about as good as it gets in the sport touring category. Big seat, comfy, grab rails. Adjustable on-the-fly suspension.
      Sure there are bigger bikes (gold wing, Electra glide etc) but that’s for another crowd!

  5. Great review! I’ve had my K1300R since buying it new in April 2014. Just clocked up 86,000km and still loving it. I just love the ‘planted’ feel that the K1300 has through corners. It inspires total confidence. And the engine is faultless – so much grunt (way more than I can every use) yet can also potter around town quite comfortably. It’s also a great touring machine – very comfortable on long trips and it feels at ease on the highway. All up, an all rounder for sure.

  6. This sounds like me. After writing off my Triumph Sprint ST and breaking my back amongst other things, then swearing off bikes, after 6 mnths of emptiness I bought a Ninja 1000sx but it was uncomfortable and got crappy mileage, especially compared to the Sprint which got 350 k’s easy, so I sold it and am once again bikeless and lonely. Then I noticed the K1200S and have been tempted and almost went there but now I have seen this thing, the ‘R’ and I’m in. You guys have got me jumping and I’m on the look out.

    1. Hey Luke, I hope you did go and try the r1200r, or RS. The K series bikes are amazing , but now getting a little long-in-the-tooth and really only better than the liquid-cooled r1200s in outright speed – they are scary fast. Everything else is better on the R.

  7. Hey, First off i really enjoy reading the review and all the comments. I have been riding motorcycles since 2003 (so not as long as some on here). I have ridden mainly sport bikes. 1985 Suzuki GSXR750 (4 yrs), then a 2003 Honda CBR600RR (10yrs), and in Sep 2017 i bought a used 2011 K1300R with only 9000Km on it.

    Im 6′, 190lbs and compared to sport bikes (even when i lean way over on the tank of the K1300R), my helmet gets hit with the wind more on this bike than my previous bikes.

    I do agree with the “poor slow riding comment”….this bike does not like to go slow….snappy throttle and hard engine braking means you have to ride the clutch a bit when going less than 40km/h.

    George, you mentioned you had a fix (besides a $1000CAD slipon) for the clutch buzzing …..could you please share this?

    Its winter now, so im not riding. But while i was doing some maintenance, I did disconnect the exhaust valve servo cable at the exhaust end. So now the flapper valve is wide open. Has anyone else done this….what is your experience? Seems to give a better idle/slow speed sound/rumble. Are there any negative impacts that you are aware of?

    1. Hey Scott, thanks for reading and for your comments. You’ve have some really good choices in bikes!

      I’ve put together a PDF for you with all the info on the buzzing clutch, quite elaborate but here it is:
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/qwkcgxp34c8g0j5/k1300r-buzz-remedy-notes.pdf?dl=0

      The titanium Akra makes this bike a completely different beast though – go try one with this pipe fitted and you’ll get what I mean.

      In relation to your flapper servo, I’ve done this on various BMWs and seen no adverse effects. From what I know it just makes them quieter on idle and lower RPM. Like most of the EPA / EURO standard stuff – best to remove and put in a drawer just in case.

      About the wind – you are probably taller than me – and mine was fitted with a small screen.

      Safe riding !

      1. I’m looking at a (7500km) k1300r 2015 and a (10,000km) k1200 2006. The 13 is $4K more at $15k.
        The 12 is stock plus an akropovic slip on, the 13 is full option, stock pipe.

        Can’t decide!! They both have plenty of life before final drive or clutch issues I feel.
        Cheers
        Grant
        Melbourne Australia

      2. Hi Grant, go with the k1300. not that the k1200 is bad but there were a lot of improvements and ironing out of issues put into the 13.
        $15,000 seems to be a bit steep. There are a lot of them around so don’t be shy to push them down.

  8. Hey George.
    I can only find 3 in Melbourne, all around that figure with low km everything else is less cash, double the Km or more
    I’m looking on the bikesales site.

      1. Hi George,
        Awesome review, I’m reading about this bike for two weeks now to get as much information as possible because I want to buy one. First I was looking (and tried) the current R12R and really liked it but servicing cost put me off. After lots of research and talking to mechanics and owners they said the cheapest running cost + reliability is the K. The only negative for me (I’m 174cm/72kg) is the size/weight and the slow speed what I read from owners. 95 % of my ride is commuting to work in traffic and filtering. Occasionally weekend twisties not much highway as it’s boring. So here is the R Nine T come to my search as I really like it too. It’s smaller lighter more upright similar service cost and hips of character. Very confused between the two but haven’t ridden any of them yet.
        What would be your thoughts and recommendations.

        Cheers
        Zoltan

      2. Hi Zoltan, Thanks for the visit and your comments on Roadcarver.

        I’m always confused about bike and keep swapping them and in the end – there is no holy grail of bikes. The k1300 is a very versatile bike and disguises its weight very well. The seat is also quite low for a bike its size so at your height you wont have any problems. I’m 178 and I do recall the seat being quite low. The seat on the nineT and f800s are higher than on the K.

        As for the Nine T, I just sold one. A beautiful bike no doubt but I didn’t find it too practical. Being air cooled, you will always worry in heavy traffic as it may overheat. It won’t overheat easily and I never had this issue but then again I don’t ride in heavy traffic. Even so, I was always watching the temperature. I find the Nine TI is suited to early weekend rides on the twisties and cruising about on shorter rides as it’s not too comfortable. Standard bars on the Nine T are also very wide, making lane splitting more difficult than on any other BMW I have owned (F800st, K1300r, r1100s, r1200r, rnineT). All in all the Nine T is an aesthetic masterpiece but the r1200r and K are far superior bikes in almost every way. In my time of ownership of the T, while I loved the look of it, it was a difficult bike to live with for so much money. Unless you’re just a weekend cafe racer – look elsewhere.

        From what you are saying I’d ride two bikes: the liquid cooled R1200r, and the k1300r. Go and try them and see.

        I feel the r1200r may be the better package for you in the city with a shorter wheelbase and different seat heights. It really it a swiss-army-knife of a bike. Comfortable, fast, frugal on fuel, loads of tech and luggage options.

        The k series is very similar but does feel like a bigger bike and a little last generation. It is, however, a much faster machine with a more dominating presence – more impressive you could say. I used to call mine the ‘terminator’. If most of your trips were fast long rides – then the K for sure, but city riding / commuting the R1200r (liquid cooled) is better. Only one way to find out – go try.

        Look at this this way, you can’t really loose. Unlike buying an ew bike If you pick up a good example of either bike used, and negotiate well, you can sell it at any time without loosing much money at all – perhaps even make some. I personally keep two bikes at all time, one for everyday and one for weekend / fun.

        cheers,

        George @ Roadcarver

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