Ever since BMW Motorrad presented the Concept 6 study in autumn 2009, its 6-cylinder in-line engine caught the imagination of many motorcycle fans. For over seven decades, 6-cylinder in-line engines have featured in BMW automobiles more than any other brand. With the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL, BMW motorcycles are now available with a 6-cylinder power unit developed in-house. In addition to running smoothness, the engine also offers excellent output and torque.
With the most compact in-line 6 engine in motorcycle production, the K 1600 GT and GTL penetrate a new dimension in terms of long-distance suitability. They combine agility and dynamics with a luxurious package. With an engine output of 160hp and a maximum torque of 129 lb-ft, the 6-cylinder engine provides superb propulsion. Previously, the in-line six resulted in either long or wide frames, depending on the position, which led to drawbacks in terms of chassis geometry, weight distribution and center of gravity. Weighing 226 lb, the new engine is the lightest in the over> 1000cc class. What's more, the engine is significantly narrower than any other 6-cylinder to date. The extremely compact construction and reduced width was achieved by means of a 72mm cylinder bore with 5mm spacing between the cylinder sleeves.
Both the low engine weight and the lightweight construction mean the K 1600 GT without panniers wighs 703 lb, and the GTL with panniers and topcase is 767 lb.
The K 1600 models have three different engine characteristics available at the press of a button on the right-hand handlebars. The modes are "Rain", "Road" and "Dynamic" and the DTC traction control function is combined with the different modes to provide maximum safety.
The frame is a light alloy bridge-type with a Duolever and Paralever for wheel control front and rear. There is also Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II), which is offered as a factory option. At the press a button, the rebound damping properties of the front and rear suspension can be adjusted.
The adaptation of the spring rate allows the damping settings "Sport, Normal, Comfort" to be spread widely in ESA II, giving them clearly perceptible characteristics. So in "Sport" mode, the K 1600 GT and GTL are more dynamic and precise, while in "Comfort" they are more comfortable - while still retaining stability.
The first ever "Adaptive Headlight" for the motorcycle sector is available as a factory option to the standard xenon headlamp. In addition to standard pitch compensation, the headlamp is balanced in relation to banking angle. This produces significantly improved illumination when cornering.
The instrument panel of the K 1600 models comprises two circular instruments for the speedometer and tachometer and a 5.7-inch TFT color display. The design of the display is completely new in the motorcycle field.
Another world first is the Multi-Controller, 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.
Particular attention was paid during development to the wind and weather protection. A good example of this is the electrically adjustable windshield with memory function.
The bike's aerodynamic qualities in terms of reduced turbulence - especially for the pillion passenger - were developed in wind tunnel tests. But the windshield not only protects the rider and pillion passenger; it automatically returns to the starting position when the ignition is switched off, acting as an anti-theft system for the optional navigation system.
The design of the ergonomic triangle from the position of the footrests, seat top and handlebars includes a height-adjustable seat for the rider so that it can be adapted to individual needs. The K 1600 GT is has a very extensive range of standard features consisting of xenon headlamps, heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board computer.
The luxurious BMW K 1600 GTL meets the highest demands of touring. The rider and pillion benefit from the relaxed, upright seating. The design is geared towards comfort that derives from a single-section, dual level seat in conjunction with rider footrests which are further forward and lower, as well as handlebars which are further back. The standard topcase rounds off the range of comfort features for the pillion passenger.
For the K 1600 GT, the body colors include Light Grey metallic and Vermilion Red metallic that contrast the frame and wheels in Ostra Grey, and the engine in matte Platinum metallic.
For the K 1600 GTL, Magnesium metallic matte is used on the painted frame and wheels. The engine is Platinum metallic matte for contrast.