BMW_K_presentation.jpgIt can be incredibly frustrating trying to cover new bikes as they're released. Press releases focus more on maintaining a cohesive message than on communicating actual information, while communications staff -- more often chosen for their perfectly coiffed hair and winning smiles than knowledge of motorcycles  -- are typically unable to offer any actual insight into the products and brands they represent. Such was the case with the BMW K1300S, K1300R and K1300GT. Their 22-page press release essentially told us they had bigger engines and more power, but little else. We had to conduct our own research to figure out how the new ESA II electronically adjustable suspension works. So it's fascinating to read the details in the Top Secret internal marketing presentation that follows the jump.

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Covering all three bikes, the document acknowledges for the first

time that the K1200 series had fueling issues and that the redesign was

largely motivated by the desire to address that problem. It also gives

details of the optional quickshifter and ESA II (although we did a

better job of explaining that), as well as explaining what the revised

looks attempt to achieve. Despite its 43-page length, the document is

fascinating reading, offering in depth insight of a level not normally

found until months after a new bike's launch.

Having said that, we're somewhat dismayed that the language



to use for internal communications is equally obtuse as its press

releases. Call us naïve, but we'd prefer to think of motorcycle

companies as being staffed by actual humans that really like bikes as

opposed to inoffensive automatons engaged in nothing more than

improving the dynamic synergy of transportation devices.

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