MORE THAN JUST A CARBON COPY.
Exotic, expensive and undeniably cool, carbon fibre products not only look great but they are becoming increasingly available on the current range of BMW motorcycles. Once the preserve of expensive supercars and Formula One teams, owners of high-performance BMW bikes such as the S 1000 RR, K 1300 S and K 1300 R now have access to a range of high-tech carbon parts, specifically designed to make their motorcycles stand out from the crowd.
For the RR, a wide-range of carbon fibre High Performance parts have been designed so that owners can customise their own machines and give them an even more sporty and exclusive look. Naturally, the HP carbon parts weigh less than the standard items they are designed to replace, but as the RR is one of the lightest machines in its class, weight reduction certainly won’t be the main reason why riders buy these special accessories!
Simply put, carbon fibre looks fantastic, as the composite material’s woven panels are clear to see and offer a significant visual enhancement over the standard item. There is a wide choice of parts available, opening up enormous potential for owners to individualise their RR. These include: HP Carbon front wheel cover; rear wheel cover; badge carrier; tank cover; tail-hump cover; chain guard; heel guard; and engine spoiler.
BMW Motorrad is the only manufacturer to offer its carbon parts with a high-quality, three-coat, high-gloss paint finish, which is UV-resistant and offers outstanding impact resistance and protection against discolouration. All parts come with fitting instructions and can be easily installed by owners.
It’s not just RR owners that have access to these exclusive carbon parts though… Thanks to a combination of in-house technical expertise and a desire to offer the highest levels of quality and customisation, owners of the K 1300 R and K 1300 S can also choose from a wide range of carbon fibre add-ons for their machines. These include (for the R) a sports screen; clutch cover; engine spoiler; front wheel cover; seat cover and heat protector for the silencer. K 1300 S owners can opt for an HP carbon tank cover, airbox cover and heat protector for the silencer.
Of course, this composite material is not just pleasing to the eye, it’s incredibly strong, yet flexible and lightweight, which is why you’ll also see it on certain BMW sports cars such as the high-performance M3 and M6 models that use carbon fibre roofs to offer substantial weight savings over the standard items.
As well as the obvious synergy with its automotive division, BMW Motorrad has several highly skilled experts in carbon fibre structures, who are involved in the development process right from the beginning of the design phase of each individual component. The result is extremely high quality parts for your motorcycle with exceptional engineering levels. Just how far you go to personalise your machine is entirely up to you…