This special edition K1300S, which is being released to mark the 30th anniversary of BMW's K-series bikes, will be displayed at the EICMA in Milan next month
BMW Motorrad will unveiled a new special edition ‘30 Jahre K-Modelle’ K1300S at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next month. This special edition K1300S marks the 30th anniversary of the BMW K series and gets a white/red/black paintjob, tinted windshield, electronic suspension adjustment (ESA II), a safety package that includes automatic stability control (ASC), heated grips, onboard computer an Akrapovič sports exhaust system.
BMW Motorrad launched the first K-series bike, the K100, in 1983 and this was the first BMW motorcycle to be fitted with a liquid-cooled inline-four engine. With electronic fuel-injection and BMW’s compact drive system with longitudinally-mounted crank and horizontal cylinder bank, the K100 was a pretty advanced piece of engineering for its time. BMW also brought anti-lock brakes (ABS) to its motorcycles with the late-1980s K-series machines, followed by 4-valve cylinder heads, Duolever front suspension and electronic suspension adjustment.
Today, while the S1000RR is BMW’s flagship sportsbike, the K1300S continues to be an excellent sports-tourer, the K1300R is a big, handsome super-naked sportsbike and the K1600GT/GTL is a brilliant touring bike. BMW have covered most bases with the K-series, though we do wish they’d build a naked K1600R that combines the K1300R’s styling with the K1600GT’s six-cylinder engine. A modern-day German version of the Honda CBX1000? Yes indeed, bring on the K1600R already…