What is the point of BMW's K1300S?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Guy Jinbaiquerre, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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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?
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  2. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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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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  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    The K1300S is to the S1000RR as the Kawasaki ZX14 is to the ZX10. Different focus.
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  4. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    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:D)
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  5. PhilB

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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).

    PhilB
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  6. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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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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  7. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    This exactly.
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  8. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    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.

    Lynn
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  9. Xdriver

    Xdriver Been here awhile

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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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  10. stretchmoney

    stretchmoney Adventurer

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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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  11. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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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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  12. Harry Backer

    Harry Backer Ran when parked!

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    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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  13. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    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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  14. Neub

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    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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  15. scrannel

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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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  16. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Triple-points for using the phrase 'Hossack' :D
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  17. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I agree,not everybody wants a 6 cylinder behemoth,no matter how absolutely high tech and neat is,I ride an antique Triumph 1200 Trophy,I like it though,doesnt weigh 600 lbs,has nothing digital except maybe the ignition. I honestly dont need to go any faster then it will go. Call me a Luddite but simpler can be just fine.
    BMW would not agree. Simple bikes are way in their past.
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  18. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    I wouldn't mind something as plain and "simple" as a k1300r.

    Maybe that's the point of the k1300s - to remind us we don't get the r in the states.
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  19. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    I'd hit a K16s in a heartbeat. No question about it.

    Get it under 600# wet and wow, that's gonna be a MACHINE.
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  20. 10/10ths

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    ....a Street Fighter type machine with the six?
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