Family Feud: BMW K1300GT vs. K1300S

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By Brian Catterson, Photography by Nick Cedar

BMW K1300GT | $22,595 (As Tested)

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c inline-four Rear brake: Two-piston caliper, 294mm disc with part-integral ABS Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 42/34/38 mpg
Valve train: DOHC, 16v Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec Z6 Colors: Magnesium Beige Metallic, Royal Blue Metallic, Red Apple Metallic
Displacement: 1293cc Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec Z6 Availability: Now
Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 64.3mm Rake/trail: 29.4°/4.4 in. Warranty: 3 yrs., 36,000 mi.
Compression: 13.0:1 Seat height: 32.3/33.1 in. Availability: Now
Fuel system: BMS-K EFI Wheelbase: 61.9 in. Contact: BMW Motorrad USA
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07675
800.831.1117
www.bmwmotorcycles.com
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Fuel capacity: 6.3 gal.
Transmission: 6-speed Weight (tank full/empty): 645/607 lbs.
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar with single-sided swingarm Measured horsepower: 135.4 bhp @ 9250 rpm
Front suspension: Duolever with ESA II Measured torque: 86.9 lb.-ft. @ 7750 rpm
Rear suspension: Paralever with ESA II Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.43 sec. @ 126.08 mph
Front brake: Dual four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with part-integral ABS Top-gear roll-on: 3.1 sec.

Dyno
Though both K-bikes are powered by the same engine, the GT's is detuned, making 11.5 fewer horsepower at the same 9250-rpm peak. You might suspect it's tuned for torque, but the two bikes' traces are almost identical, and the GT in fact makes 2.7 fewer lb.-ft.

Ergos
The GT is definitely the cushier of the two, with a more upright riding position behind an expansive fairing featuring an electrically adjustable windshield. Electrically heated seat and hand grips are gravy. These measurements were taken with the bars and seat in their lowest positions.

BMW K1300S | $17,800 (As Tested)

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c inline-four Rear brake: Two-piston caliper, 265mm disc with part-integral ABS Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 43/35/39 mpg
Valve train: DOHC, 16v Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Sportec M3 Colors: Light Grey Metallic, Lava Orange Metallic, Sapphire Black/Granite Grey/Magma Red
Displacement: 1293cc Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Metzeler Sportec M3 Availability: Now
Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 64.3mm Rake/trail: 29.6°/4.1 in. Warranty: 3 yrs., 36,000 mi.
Compression: 13.0:1 Seat height: 32.3 in. Availability: Now
Fuel system: BMS-K EFI Wheelbase: 62.4 in. Contact: BMW Motorrad USA
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07675
800.831.1117
www.bmwmotorcycles.com
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Transmission: 6-speed Weight (tank full/empty): 569/539 lbs.
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar with single-sided swingarm Measured horsepower: 146.9 bhp @ 9250 rpm
Front suspension: Duolever with ESA II Measured torque: 89.6 lb.-ft. @ 8000 rpm
Rear suspension: Paralever with ESA II Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.62 sec. @ 133.03 mph
Front brake: Dual four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with part-integral ABS Top-gear roll-on: 2.71 sec.

Dyno
The S-model makes no concessions to touring comfort, cranking out close to 150 ponies and 90 lb.-ft. of torque-Hayabusa territory. It redlines 1000 rpm higher than the GT at 11,000, and its speedo reads to 180 mph instead of 170. Traction control and electronic quick-shifter are optional.

Ergos
Forward-canted seating position is still reasonably comfortable for a sportbike, though the bar/seat distance is on the tight side and the reach from the seat to the bars is far. Unlike the GT, neither its bars, seat nor windscreen are height-adjustable, and only its handgrips are heated.

By Brian Catterson
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