SHIVA wrote:the probability of Motus lasting is 0%. Unless they will be happy with 100 units a year.
Wrong pricing, wrong market segment, wrong country for sport touring. And their first product too. It's just a little game that they are playing. And what the press thinks has no relevancy in this matter. in the US moto press has no impact, that's why the vast majority buy the same Harleys.
The only press that matters is about Superbike bragging rights and shoot outs. Whichever superbike that wins the shootouts (it's been the RR since it came out) sells the most.
SHIVA wrote:we have been covering this topic for over two years now.
What future for K-S? The answer is none!
http://bmwsuperbikes.com/forum/viewtopi ... 38&t=16182
The best thing you can do is to wait until the Milan motorcycle show EICMA in Nov, then we'll know for sure, but basically the K1300S is going to be carried one more year into 2014 with no change, even the 30th Anniversary Special will be carried one more year due to excess inventory. then the K1300S series will be discontinued, which I am in favor of. it's a decision that makes sense business wise since BMW is foregoing all special models and are going for big money and big volume now. They want to be like Honda. They want only the big volume bikes GS, RR (plus naked), GT (includes the new RT to be called GT) and Scooter, everything else is being pushed out.
The K1300S is at the very bottom of the sales charts for BMW. meaning there is no bike that sells less, oh wait I forgot, there is one bike that sells even less and that's the K1300R. this is the main reason for the K1300 being rightfully discontinued. The sport guys are buying the RR and those who want comfort are getting the K1600GT. So, the K1300S is losing riders from both sides of the spectrum.
Four factors put the nails in the K1300S coffin.
1) The horrendously terrible reliability record of the K1200S. It put a lot of people off K bikes. And initial issues with the K1300S and some are ongoing such as the switchgear fiasco.
2) The ubiquitous availability of ABS on sport and sport touring bikes. There was a time when BMW was the only real show if you wanted an ABS equipped bike.
3) The most amazing success story experienced by a sport bike in recent memory, the S1000RR.
4) A fast touring bike with glass smooth engine, lots of luggage and comfortable pillion perch, the K1600.
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