demands in terms of riding dynamics. Its muscular front end and slim, sporty rear section particularly stand out. A naked bike, the K1300R is among the finest lookers on two wheels. It is powered by a water-cooled, four-stroke, four-cylinder 1,293-cc engine that produces a maximum output of 173bhp@9,250rpm and a torque of 140Nm@8,250rpm. (Please note that while it produces less power than the S1000RR, the K1300R produces more torque at lower rpm—the reason why it proves to be a solid competitor to the former on city roads, as showcased in Dhoom 3.) It has a maximum speed of over 200 kmph and is slightly more frugal than the former. The K1300R consumes 5 litres of fuel for travelling a distance of 100 km at constant 90 kmph. It is 2,228 mm long, 856 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 1,585 mm, which gives the bike very good stability (maybe another reason why Aamir Khan, on the K1300R, always managed to escape unscathed in the movie). This bike is also controlled by front dual disc and rear single disc brakes. A road-ready, fully-fuelled K1300R weighs 243 kg—another reason for its stable roadholding manners. Both these bikes are estimated to cost over R20 lakh in India.
“This year will end with a Dhoom,” so went the tagline of this movie. It did, not only for the producers but also for BMW Motorrad, which got the required publicity in India. “We are proud of the fact that our bikes have played such a high-profile role in the movie,” said Alexander Baraka, head of events, exhibitions and motorsport marketing, BMW Motorrad. While Ishan Raghava, consulting editor, AutoX magazine, added, “The inclusion of BMW motorcycles in the latest Dhoom franchise points to an ever-increasing awareness amongst Indian audience about what the best bikes in the world are, and a desire to see the same being used on screen, rather than replicas modified to look like the actual stuff.”