The K1300GT receives the fewest updates of any K-series for 2009, but is conversely the model best suited to BMW’s big inline-four and the range’s unique character. It’s almost as if everything that makes the K-series bikes what they are adds up to a tourer: big power, shaft drive, lots of weight, plenty of room and the kind of build quality that lasts for hundreds of thousands of miles.
Like the K1300S and K1300R, the GT gets a 135cc larger engine, but here
gains just 8bhp (now 160) and 3.7lb/ft (now 99). More importantly, BMW
claims the engine makes 80% of that torque all the way from 3,500 to
10,000rpm. That should make for effortless highway cruising and easy
overtakes while the big fairing, which has had its aerodynamics tweaked
a little bit for more protection, should do a great job of making those
speeds comfortable too.
Like the other Ks, the GT gains ESA II electronic suspension adjustment
and ASC traction control as options. Standard features include
body-color panniers an adjustable windscreen, adjustable handlebars and
ABS. Also available is a full complement of waterproof luggage, cruise
control, different windshields, Xenon headlights, a lower seat, heated
seats and bars a tire pressure monitoring system and a satellite