The two touring bikes from BMW made their first worldwide debut at the Intermot 2010 Show in Cologne- the new BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL. With these two new tourers, BMW has now ventured into new grounds, by installing the lightest and most compact serial production 6- cylinder in- line engine in a motorcycle above 1000cc, which delivers max power of 160bhp and a max torque of 175 Nm. The Compact engine, weighing 102.6kgs and the significantly narrow width of the engine as compared to all other 6 cylinder in- line motorcycles, contributes to both low engine weight and the consistent lightweight construction of the motorcycle as a whole. At 319 kgs (K 1600 GT without panniers) and 348 kgs (K 1600 GTL with panniers and topcase) the new touring bikes are in the lower range of the segment.
The rider can choose from three different modes (Rain, Road and Dynamic) and can also benefit from the the traction control function DTC, which is available as an option. Other features included on both models comprise of E-Gas (ride-by-wire) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II). The instrument panel of the K 1600 models comprises of two classic circular instruments for the speedometer and tachometer and a 5.7-inch TFT colour display. Another world first, is the Multi-Controller as part of an integrated operating concept, first introduced in the BMW R 1200 RT at the end of 2009. In addition to audio system control, the K 1600 models also have a menu for operating the comfort functions and on-board computer.
The bikes are expected to go on sale in early 2011, with prices to be announced closer to the market launch.
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BMW K 1600 GT & BMW K1600 GTL – Image Gallery