BMW K1300S HP

 

Traditionally, BMW motorcycles have been marketed toward silver-haired riders. That changed with the introduction of the S1000RR, aimed not at mature touring aficionados but at younger, performance-oriented sportbike enthusiasts. And while the success of the Bavarian manufacturer’s first true, race-ready superbike has grown its customer base, that has come at the expense of models further down the lineup. One such machine is the K1300S, which is now back with a vengeance, equipped with BMW’s own HP (for High Performance) package.

 

Limited-edition motorcycles are generally characterized by bolt-on goodies or a one-off color scheme; the K1300S HP gets both. The most appealing upgrades are an Akrapovic slip-on muffler and white/blue/black paint, but farther down you’ll find billet-aluminum rider and passenger footpegs and plenty of carbon-fiber body panels. An aluminum serial-number plate on the gas tank signifies the bike’s position in this 750-unit run.



The motor builds power in a surprisingly lax manner up to around 7000 rpm, without that in-your-face feel of the Kawasaki ZX-14R or Suzuki Hayabusa down low. Midrange power is more than adequate, however, and once the engine gets spinning it really impresses. Especially up top, where jail-worthy speeds are reached within seconds of clicking through the flawless electronic quick-shifter. Thankfully, that long wheelbase keeps the K1300 stable when stupidity overcomes logic.

 

As one would expect, these upgrades come at a cost: $20,255 to be precise, up $4700 compared to the base model. Assuming your eyeballs haven’t popped out of their sockets and you’ve continued reading, we’ll add that springing for the HP saves 40 percent compared to purchasing all of the upgraded parts and accessories individually. Whether that’s worth it to you depends on the size of your bank account, but in terms of comfort, refinement and performance, it’s hard to beat the BMW K1300S HP.

 

 

 

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