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.