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2012 BMW K1600GT - GTL Technology Photo Gallery

Take a look inside some of the key technological pieces of the BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL. Check out the 6-cylinder engine, Adaptive headlights and more. Read more in our 2012 BMW K1600GT First Ride and our 2012 BMW K1600GTL First Ride.

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A look at the heart of the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL. With this compact design, BMW was able to create a 6-cylinder engine that was barely wider than the K1300GT Inline Four-cylinder engine.
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This cutaway of the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL engine shows the complex valve train but also the transmission. Check out the 90-degree gears that power the Paralever shaft drive unit.
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The 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL both utilize BMWs Paralever shaft drive.
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From this angle you can see the relationship of the Fuel-Injection and Intake, Combustion Champer and exhaust of the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL engine.
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The chain-driven DOHC layout of the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL engine really spins with the bike making peak horsepower at just under 8000 rpm.
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With 24 valves and 6 cylinders the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL engine is a clean running unit but it will require some time to maintain once the valve adjustments come due.
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With 6 intake ports to deal with, there were plenty of options for getting fuel into the engine but BMW finally settled on a single throttle body feeding all six intakes - 2012 BMW K1600GT - GTL Technology
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Believe it or not the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL Six-Cylinder engine is only 22-inches wide.
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The 2012 BMW K1600GT and GTL engine cases are light. In fact the entire engine weighs in at 226 lbs.
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The cylinders of the 2012 BMW K1600GT and GTL engines are very close together. In fact a mere 5mm lies between the middle four. The latest advancements in metalurgy and teh casting process allowed for this extremely close tolerance.
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The 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL engine features a Bore x Stroke of 72mm x 67.5mm for an oversquare layout that helps keep the engine compact.
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A look inside the Inline Six-Cylinder engine shows a intricte layout, firing order and is a testament to modern engine technology.
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Both the 2012 BMW K1600GT and GTL utilize Weighted Clutch which reduces the amount of effort it takes to pull in the clutch lever. The result is a lighter pull but it gives us a weird pulsation at slow speeds.
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Here is a transparent view of the 2012 BMW K1600GTL with the Duolever front end and Paralever swingarm visible.
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The 2012 BMW K1600GT and GTL are based around the same frame and chassis. Twin aluminum bridges cradle around teh engine.
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BMW is one of the first motorcycle manufacturers to include ABS as standard equipment. Both the 2012 BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL incorporate this safety technology.
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At the heart of the Adaptive Headlight Technology incorportaed into the 2012 BMW K1600GT and GTL is this projector & reflector unit.
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As the motorcycle leans into a turn the Adaptive Headlight aims the beam in the direction that the motorcycle is travelling.
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2012 BMW K1600GT - GTL Adaptive Headlight Technology
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2012 BMW K1600GT - GTL Adaptive Headlight Technology.
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The 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL are the first motorcycles to feature Adaptive Headlight Technology.
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An early sketch of the 2012 BMW K1600GT & GTL Adaptive Headlight Technology reveals just how close they came to capturing the designer's vision.