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Old 05-16-2015, 07:30 AM
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6 weeks and around 1300 miles with my K13R now, and loving it more and more with every day!

So much power, amazing handling, surprisingly easy to manoeuvre through traffic, love the quickshifter. I find myself holding back quite a lot, this bike is gonna get me into trouble one day! I try not to be a complete rebel on the street, the bike just sounds really angry at times

My fuel consumption is absolutely atrocious; I barely manage 100 miles to a full tank of supreme 97 with in town riding. The bike reports that I'm getting around 32 mpg UK (26.6 mpg US or 8.8l/100km). This doesn't really bother me, but hoping it'll improve as the engine loosens up. I don't really get up to high speeds on my commute, too much congestion on the roads so my average speed is only 15-16mph

Have had a couple of rides out so far, got absolutely filthy on the first one (riding through rain and mud!)





Then last week I went out riding to Dorset with my uncle and ROSPA, great fun! The weather wasn't all that good though, nice views of the coast, also met a K13S in our group. Not sure if he's on this forum though.







Just about made it home before running out of fuel, did I mention this beast is a thirsty one?

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Andrew:

Yes these bikes can get us in trouble fast. Your mileage is suspect. These bikes do much better than you are reporting for the type of riding you are doing.

Heck when I go out and hammer out a fast ride I still get in the mid to upper 30's.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:04 AM
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That fuel consumption sounds way to high, Andrew; even if you were riding "spiritedly" it should be way lower,…maybe 5.9L/100 Km, at worst.
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No. 8 to 9 sounds about right. That's what I'm getting commuting. Do you blip? I blip. All the time. That's my excuse for high fuel consumption

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I think the problem is that my in-town commute involves lots of slow riding due to the congestion. I literally couldn't move or filter for around 3 minutes at one point yesterday due to the traffic. That probably doesn't sound like much, but in a city where everyone filters pretty aggressively, it feels like an eternity!

I do notice the exhaust makes a pop sound occasionally, I presume that's normal though, I think it happens more when changing gear or decelerating hard. Maybe I'm also just a little too aggressive in my riding

On the ride outs where my average speed (from the on board computer) gets into the 40-60 mph range my mileage is more like 45-55mpg UK (37.5-45.8 mpg US, 6.3-5.1 l/100km)
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Yeah, that pop is normal. Up the revs a lot and the pop turns to a bang. Be warned: its totally addictive
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Yeah, that pop is normal. Up the revs a lot and the pop turns to a bang. Be warned: its totally addictive

Haha, yeah, it is a totally awesome sound!
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Sounds like you're easing into K bike nirvana Andrew... and in style!

PS. Wash your bike please! A clean bike is a happy bike (and a fast bike!)
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Re: 6 weeks old

If I may digress; What manufacturer is your hugger made by? Several threads(old & new) on available huggers and their "coverage" have come forefront recently. Yours seems to have "coverage" pretty well addressed.


Unless you're a slave to "shiny & new" the K1300R can easily prove the last 'street' motorcycle you'll ever need.
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You'll be glad to know that it's had a bath since that muddy outing. Took me the best part of 2 hrs to get all that mud off!

The hugger is from Ilmberger, ordered and fitted directly through BMW when I brought the bike. I believe this is the part: http://www.performanceparts-ltd.com/...HO-101-K130S-K.

It does a pretty good job of containing the road muck I think:


I always get loads of muck spraying onto the top box though, much worse than my last bike. I'm not sure what I can do about it though:


I ride all year round in all weather, so not a slave to keeping it shiny, but I'll need some tips for protecting it when winter comes round.

The one thing I'm sure of right now is that this one's a keeper
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Re: 6 weeks old

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I always get loads of muck spraying onto the top box though, much worse than my last bike. I'm not sure what I can do about it though




I wonder if the rock/spray deflector on the new GS would fit your K's final drive. It would certainly be different as well as practical in your situation.
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Glad to hear your loving the K1300R Andrew, it just gets better every time you ride it.
Thanks for the pictures!

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Re: 6 weeks old

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I always get loads of muck spraying onto the top box though, much worse than my last bike. I'm not sure what I can do about it though:

I ride all year round in all weather, so not a slave to keeping it shiny, but I'll need some tips for protecting it when winter comes round.
Get yourself a BMW mud guard:

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Thanks for the ideas. I don't see how the GS guard could fit, there are no mounting points on the K13 for it.

I can't find any appropriate products like the rear splash protector for sale in the UK. There is something in an old 2014 K1300R accessories brochure called a "rear spray guard" £18.10 +VAT. Perhaps that is the same thing?
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I can't find any appropriate products like the rear splash protector for sale in the UK. There is something in an old 2014 K1300R accessories brochure called a "rear spray guard" £18.10 +VAT. Perhaps that is the same thing?
It could be, it doesn't cost much, part number is 71607697281
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Looks like you're really enjoying the bike Andrew, and isn't that what its all about?
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Re: 6 weeks old

That fuel consumption is really suss? When I had my 13R, worst I ever got was 6.8 l per 100kms playing with a couple of ZX14Rs in the twisties, best was 4.9 touring, idling in traffic should if anything improve economy not decrease it!
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Even though I ride in a very dry, mud free environment I would have appreciated that little extra protection as OEM. Naturally however there would be riders in the Brazilian rain forests that would quickly replace it with what BMW gave me/us for some "aesthetic" or trend based reason.

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6 weeks and around 1300 miles with my K13R now, and loving it more and more with every day!


Hi Andrew

Really nice pics, thanks for sharing...


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My fuel consumption is absolutely atrocious; I barely manage 100 miles to a full tank of supreme 97 with in town riding. The bike reports that I'm getting around 32 mpg UK (26.6 mpg US or 8.8l/100km). This doesn't really bother me, but hoping it'll improve as the engine loosens up. I don't really get up to high speeds on my commute, too much congestion on the roads so my average speed is only 15-16mph
Except a specific problem in your bike (I don't think so), consumption is like cars, directly proportional to delivered power, also if you ride in town don't check the consumption/Mileage, far better a scooter

Quick shifter, throttle and popping exhaust are the enemy Nº 1 to economic consumption, After all you have a 160HP magic bike, Priceless...

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That fuel consumption is really suss? When I had my 13R, worst I ever got was 6.8 l per 100kms playing with a couple of ZX14Rs in the twisties, best was 4.9 touring, idling in traffic should if anything improve economy not decrease it!

Agree with Paul & Lou here.... mine does 5l/100 all the time
& bizarely used less when we sat on 1.6xlimit ( on closed Cct of course)
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I get 50 + mpg average long term with no significant filtering / urban commuting miles.

Dirty KRs are the way forward, here's one I made earlier:





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Looking into the rear mudguard now, will see if my dealer can get hold of it. I need to go back soon anyway, plus I have the mechanical skills of a monkey!

Regarding the fuel, I'm not complaining at all. I'll mention it the next time I see the dealer, but I don't think it's unusual for my type of riding. 70-80% of my riding (unfortunately) is fairly low speed commuting/filtering (all 30-40mph zones through rush hour). I consider myself lucky if I can get into 4th gear on my commute!

Personally I think urban/city riding is much less fuel efficient compared to thrashing it round the twisties all day, but maybe that just indicates that I'm not fast enough! My previous bike (a 600 hornet) would typically be in the low-40mpg range during commutes and low-50mpg when riding the twisties.

Love those dirty bike pics Andy. Also acts as good camouflage for your number plate!
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Hey Andrew glad you are enjoying your 1300r.
I have had mine for 160 months now and today it turned over 27,000kms!
My gas milage was poor at first as well as oil use. Just got back from an over night trip with my wife and on the way I got 51mpg! The way home we were on the fast hwy doing 140-160kmph and still got over 40mpg...and that's two up with luggage.
This bike will be mine forever!! Especially since they don't make it anymore.

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Is this rear mudguard really going to protect something from dirt? What part exactly? I mean the registration plate already protects a lot back and is there any good reason to buy this additional protection? And could someone please give us more pictures from different angles to see how this really looks on the bike. Thank you.
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Is this rear mudguard really going to protect something from dirt? What part exactly? I mean the registration plate already protects a lot back and is there any good reason to buy this additional protection? And could someone please give us more pictures from different angles to see how this really looks on the bike. Thank you.

Hi acim,

My givi top case extends quite a bit further than the licence plate, and I think this is why it gets so dirty in the rain.

Believe it or not, I still haven't got the mudguard fitted yet! I'm scheduled to have it done on 11th July, so will post pics here when it's done. At this stage I'm not 100% sure if it'll help or not, but its relatively cheap so worth a shot.
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The main point that I want to reach here is to protect the rear part of the seat. If that works well then this is worth a buy. And I agree it is cheap, that's nice but also rare with the BMW accessories
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Ok, finally got the rear guard fitted. Here are some pics.

Unfortunately I forgot to take any good "before" pics, here's the best I have:

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It very slightly widens the area above the licence plate. I'm not sure how much difference it will make. Probably very little improvement, I'll see what happens when it rains next.
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