BMW’s G650GS and K1300S Discontinued For 2017

It’s the end of the line for two of BMW’s aging models.

BMW, G650GS Sertao, Enduro, Dual Sport
BMW's G650GS will be phased out after poor sales and competition from newer offerings.Photo: ©Motorcyclist

Rumors that BMW will axe the G650GS and K1300S from its lineup in 2017 are true. While we weren't able to get official confirmation from BMW North America personnel (we called, but they're all out for the holidays) we did touch base with a local dealer that confirmed that both bikes are to be discontinued.

BMW G650GS, Enduro, Dual Sport
We tested BMW's updated G650GS back in 2011.Photo: ©Motorcyclist

The 650 single has been in existence in one form or another since Y2K. BMW's smallest GS for over 16 years, the G650GS is being phased out after poor sales, competition from the F700GS, and the anticipated appeal of the new G310GS, which will be a smaller, lighter, more affordable entry into the GS world.

BMW K1300S, Sport Touring,
BMW's K1300S was cutting-edge at the time of its initial launch.Photo: ©Motorcyclist

Also heading to the gallows is the K1300S, BMW's answer to gentleman's express bikes like Honda's VFR1200, Triumph's Sprint GT, and Suzuki's Hayabusa. Once one of the fastest and most high-tech (it was one of the first bikes with electrically adjustable suspension) motorcycles available, the K-bike has since faded into the shadows of a crop of similarly powerful and comfortable (and less expensive) sport-tourers. With bikes like the S1000RR and the new R1200RS already in its lineup, its easy to see why BMW opted to let the K-bike go.

BMW K1300S, Sport Touring
The K1300S was aimed squarely at the sport-touring market, although similar bikes from competitors at cheaper price points eventually cropped up.Photo: ©Motorcyclist