01. Engine & Exhaust
Boasting 180 hp and 140 Nm, the 1,301 cc LC8, V-twin powering the BRABUS 1300 R is the benchmark of V-twin evolution. And with engine and linkage mounts that add to the overall structure of the entire package, it quite literally is the part that holds everything together, adding additional rigidity to an already potent package.
Thin engine casings, optimized water and oil cooler mounts, and lightweight aluminum oil lines mean this engine eliminates the need for a double wall system. Furthermore, the engine carrier bracket and linkage mount have been integrated into the engine case, allowing for a stiffer connection.
Top feeder injectors and 56 mm throttle bodies provide an optimum air to fuel mixture at high rpms. This results in more torque and better fuel economy throughout the rev range.
Thanks to the flawless PANKL transmission, ultra-fast shift times, short shift action, and lighter lever modulation all come as standard. Smooth shift action comes courtesy of an improved spline shaft and bronzed copper coating on the shift forks.
Twin spark ignition
When it comes to burning fuel efficiently, two sparks are better than one. The twin spark ignition system makes use of more powerful ignition coils and two spark plugs in each cylinder head. This makes for an optimized firing sequence, resulting in more power, better control, lower fuel consumption, and lower emissions.
To perform like a BRABUS, the 1300 R needs to breathe like a BRABUS. Thanks to specially designed air intakes, air flow is maximized by forcing air into the combustion chambers. This in turn reduces the chance of low air pressure and increases the fuel burn rate.
While the pressure-lubricated PASC slipper clutch allows for feather-light clutch modulation while accelerating, it's how it handles slowing down that's the real impressive bit. When the engine experiences extreme back-torque during aggressive downshifting from speed, the clutch opens to prevent the rear wheel locking, giving the rider full control and perfect entry speed into the corner.
A new quick-turn throttle twist grip has been added to the BRABUS 1300 R. With the twist-action reduced by 7 degrees, this R&D-developed solution not only offers faster and more responsive throttle input but also reduces the rider wrist angle and elbow drop at full throttle. This is paired with buttery-smooth ride-by-wire which electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into the best throttle valve positions for the current riding situation.
Weight has been shaved off the crankcases, by making them marginally thinner, which, when combined with a new water pump and lighter clutch cover, provides a substantial overall weight saving.
Formula 1-inspired forged piston technology means we can push the limits of load capacity despite the extremely short and lightweight design. This results in minimized reciprocating weight and maximized responsiveness. The piston skirts also feature a state-of-the-art, hard-anodized finish which minimizes friction, adding to the engine's free-revving nature. What's more, the hard-wearing durability of these parts add many years to an already impressive engine life.
The exhaust has always been a style-defining feature for all BRABUS products. A distinctive sound and performance-orientated design are rooted in BRABUS heritage and the dedicated exhaust has been engineered to achieve the optimized back pressure. The BRABUS 1300 R is equipped with a unique matt black ceramic-coated slip-on exhaust, featuring a double-pipe design, which underlines the powerful but unconventional character of the motorcycle.
Titanium inlet valves
The BRABUS 1300 R features state-of-the-art, machined titanium inlet valves with chromium nitride PVD coating and a flat design, weighing 19 grams less than steel inlet valves. When combined with the meticulously engineered cylinder heads and combustion chamber on the BRABUS 1300 R, the result is a compression ratio of 13.5:1 and ultimately more power.
Thanks to the resonator chambers on the cylinder heads, which have been engineered to increase the torque output in the lower to mid-range rpms, the BRABUS 1300 R power train runs smoother, consumes less fuel, and cuts down on CO² emissions.