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Old 10-09-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Question What is the point of BMW's K1300S?

Why does BMW continue to sell the K1300S now that it has the S1000RR?

I'm not hating on the K bike; I just want to understand what its role in the company's product lineup is. BMW ditched the K1300GT for the K1600GT, so why does it hang onto the K1300S now that it has the world-beating S1000RR out there?
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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Hayabusa vs. GSXR-1000

CBR-XX vs. CBR1000

Probably other examples. The K1300S is kind of a super-powered sport tourer vs. a race-type SS1000
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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The K1300S is to the S1000RR as the Kawasaki ZX14 is to the ZX10. Different focus.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Why does BMW continue to sell the K1300S now that it has the S1000RR?

I'm not hating on the K bike; I just want to understand what its role in the company's product lineup is. BMW ditched the K1300GT for the K1600GT, so why does it hang onto the K1300S now that it has the world-beating S1000RR out there?
Ever ridden the two? I'm going to take a SWAG and guess that while the S1kRR is say a surgeons scalpel the K1300s is more a very sharp chefs knife. It can do some things well, but isn't quite as single purpose a utensil as the S1k. (thats my opinion after riding a track purpose bike on the street and Im sticking to it)
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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The K1600GT replaced the K1300GT, as being the same idea, just more of it.

As other said, the K1300S is more of a sport-tourer/hyperbike, not a sportbike/racerep.

Hopefully, BMW will upgrade there as well, and give us a K1600S to seriously challenge the Hayabusa and ZX-14, and a K1600R just to be awesome (a bike that, if they made it, I would probably buy).

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:28 AM   #6
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If they were cars, the K1300S would be a BMW M5, the S1000RR would be an 1M or M3.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:28 AM   #7
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The K1600GT replaced the K1300GT, as being the same idea, just more of it.

As other said, the K1300S is more of a sport-tourer/hyperbike, not a sportbike/racerep.

Hopefully, BMW will upgrade there as well, and give us a K1600S to seriously challenge the Hayabusa and ZX-14, and a K1600R just to be awesome (a bike that, if they made it, I would probably buy).

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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Hayabusa vs. GSXR-1000

CBR-XX vs. CBR1000

Probably other examples. The K1300S is kind of a super-powered sport tourer vs. a race-type SS1000
This too ^ ...... Motorcyclist magazine recently did a comparison using the BMW, Hayabusa and Kaw 1400 (ZX14?). I tried, unsuccessfully, to find/post a link to the article but didn't find it. That would seem it's place, as expressed by others.

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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I was at the dealer a couple weeks back and in talking, he told me this was the last year for the 1300S. A 1600S was coming down the pipe next. Not sure when. Obviously not in '13.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:55 PM   #10
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They had no Race bike.
The s1000rr is the first bike they could race in modern "superbike" type stuff,
WSBK, WSTK1000, AMA, BSB, etc.
plus all the k=sport touring bike stuff.
The k13 is damn fast by all accounts, but 300cc's too large counts it out as a 4 cylinder, and it is no race bike. Funny front end, too heavy, shaft drive-they shaft drive right-so no final gearing changes-easy ones any how.
the s1000rr is bmw playing on the same field as everyone else, for the first time in a long time.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:27 PM   #11
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k1300 can probably take the weight of 2 people plus full luggage.

doubt the s1k can do that.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #12
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I was at the dealer a couple weeks back and in talking, he told me this was the last year for the 1300S. A 1600S was coming down the pipe next. Not sure when. Obviously not in '13.
Had a dealer tell me they were not going to produce the R1200R any more, that was a few years ago. Ya never can tell, they sell alot of them and they have a good following.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:09 PM   #13
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k1300 can probably take the weight of 2 people plus full luggage.

doubt the s1k can do that.
Factory bags, tank bag, and heated grips, dual power outlets, Navigator. Also, Akra pipe, HP adjustable footpegs, quickshift to make sure the sport touring has plenty of sport, too. And a shaft drive with a Hossack front end and electronic suspension control, ABS and TCS.

There's not much overlap between the K13 and the S1K, IMHO. Ridden them both.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:02 AM   #14
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I was at the dealer a couple weeks back and in talking, he told me this was the last year for the 1300S. A 1600S was coming down the pipe next. Not sure when. Obviously not in '13.
Had the local dealer tell me this time last year that 2012 was the last year for the K1300S. Personally if BMW moves to 1600S I will be looking at a different manufacturer for my next sport tourer when my current 1300s is due for a replacement....1300S is already heavy enough, a 1600 would be a pig
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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I have a K1200R and was actually hoping BMW might go to a triple. K1600S (R)? Hope not.
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