BMW Motorcycle Reviews

Review: 2013 BMW K1300R

Photo Courtesy of BMW Motorrad
Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad

Performance – With a 1.3L engine and 173 hp on tap, this is one of the most powerful production “muscle” bikes on the market today. The engine was tweaked by Ricardo, the same company that is responsible for developing the gearbox of the Bugatti Veyron, and it feels very smooth and responsive. Acceleration picks up hard from around 3000rpms and the higher the rpms go, the harder it becomes to hang on to the controls. But you don’t need to worry about losing grip through the corners because traction control is available as is ABS.

Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad
Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad

The engine may be a work of engineering art, but I can’t say the same about the transmission. The clutch does have a wide range of bite, which is very easy to use and set off, but shifting feels very harsh, almost like I was riding a race bike not an urban cruiser.

Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad
Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad

Comfort – This could be the perfect bike for anyone taller than 6’. It is a large bike in terms of its size and the riding position is upright and comfortable. This bike also benefits from having electronically adjustable suspension. At the flick of a switch you can have the suspension set in sport mode for riding around a twisty mountain road or you can set the suspension to absorb every bump from an aging city street. In comfort mode, this bike is comfortable enough to go on a trans-continental ride, it really is that comfortable.

Odds and Ends – It has a striking presence but like pretty much all BMW motorcycles, it has the “Quasi moto” headlight assembly and to me it just looks awkward. This being a BMW, it comes with a large list of optional extras such as: ABS, heated grips, Akrapovic exhaust, quick shifter, carbon fibre trim pieces…. and the list goes on. All of these “toys” can add up to well over $20,000 as the final price of the bike. Base price is just over $17,000 CAD.

Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad
Photo Courtesy BMW Motorrad

Overall this bike is just like other BMW products, very well engineered but very expensive.

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Hi, my name is Mike Ginsca and this website is about car and motorcycle reviews that I've had the opportunity to drive and ride over the course of my life. I am not a professional driver/rider or a journalist, I am doing this because I have a passion for driving/riding and I like to write. All opinions expressed on this website are mine and mine alone, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. I'm not saying that I'm always right, I will make mistakes. Having said that, I hope that you enjoy this website and share it with your friends.

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