Jenna Genio / BMW | January 04, 2017 07:40
BMW G 650 GS, K1300 S dropped from Motorrad lineup
The platform sharing strategy of most motorcycle manufacturers has made the expansion of product lines more streamlined, while leaving some loved models in the dust. This year, BMW Motorrad’s G 650 GS and K 1300 S are no longer anywhere to be found on the official roster.
In 2007, BMW released the single-cylinder F 650 GS dual-sport in collaboration with Rotax and Aprilia. It was soon updated in 2008 for the United States as the G 650 GS while 2012 saw the G 650 GS Sertão, designated for off-road use much like the discontinued F 650 GS Dakar. BMW has dropped the G 650 GS thumper in favor of the newer F 700 GS’ parallel twin, which was released in 2012 and has been updated for Euro4 in 2017.
The K 1300 range of inline-four muscle bikes are also completely absent from the BMW Motorrad stable, with the beefy inline six-cylinder K 1600 GT and GTL tourers as the only K-series motorcycles available for 2017. Back in 2008, the K 1300 S interceptor replaced the K 1200 S as BMW’s urban flagship. In 2009, the K 1300 GT tourer and sporty naked K 1300 R were released, then phased out in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
2016 saw the end of the K 1300 S when BMW’s more compact inline fours have seemingly pushed it aside with technological efficiency. The R 1200 R roadster and R 1200 RS sport tourer provide properly explosive power in more compact packages, while the R 1200 RT touring bike made its way into police fleets.