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2012 BMW K1600 GTL Comparison Photo Gallery

Does BMW’s all-new K1600 GTL luxury touring motorcycle have what it takes to ace out Honda’s Gold Wing and the Can-Am Spyder RT? Learn more in the 2012 BMW K1600 GTL Comparison.

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2012 BMW K1600 GTL dyno chart.
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With over 100 lb-ft. of torque available the BMW K1600 GTL will wheelie no problem in first gear (with traction control de-activated).
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The BMW K1600 GTL delivers a level of stability that the other bikes simply can’t match especially at high-speeds.
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A touring bike with the heart of a sportbike—that is the essence of the ’12 BMW K1600 GTL.
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Motorcycle-USA tests three top luxury touring mounts on the way to Laguna Seca for the Red Bull USGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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2011 Luxury Touring Motorcycle Shootout.
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Bixby bridge near Monterey, California on the way to Laguna Seca – 2011 Luxury Motorcycle Touring Shootout.
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2011 Luxury Touring Motorcycle Shootout.
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The BMW K1600 GTL was unanimously selected as the best looking bike in this test. We are in love with the look of its halo-style head beams that have the ability to shift right or left while cornering.
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The BMW K1600 GTL offers a gigantic electronically adjustable windscreen that can completely shield the rider from all wind and road debris.
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The BMW K1600 GTL’s electronically adjustable suspension is simply amazing. Not only does it offer multiple modes it is easy-to-use and has a dramatic effect on the motorcycle’s handling.
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In terms of passenger comfort the ’12 BMW K1600 GTL received the lowest marks. Even still it’s plenty comfortable for two-up riding.
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Just when you thought electric motors were going to rule the world, BMW builds this six-cylinder jewel of an engine.
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The BMW’s brakes offer a tremendous level of power and are very easy to use. The ABS system works well but does have a tendency to activate early during aggressive braking.
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The melody expelled from the BMW’s mufflers is out of this world. Kudos to BMW for engineering a touring motorcycle that sounds like a full-on race car.
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The cockpit of the BMW lacks all of the buttons and switches of the Gold Wing but it is more elegant looking.
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The left hand clip-on houses the windshield adjustment, cruise control, and menu system. It also has the multi-function control that is easy-to-use.
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The instrumentation display is bright, easy-to-read and shares similar styling to its BMW’s line of high-performance cars.
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The BMW features simplified electronic controls as compared to the Gold Wing.
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The K1600 GTL offers sportbike-like handling and ground clearance.
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Seven hundred-plus pound motorcycles aren’t supposed to handle this good – 2012 BMW K1600 GTL.
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2011 Luxury Touring Motorcycle Shootout.
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2012 BMW K1600 GTL retails for $26,340 (as tested) and is the least expensive motorcycle in this comparison.
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The BMW’s Inline-Six engine is simply amazing. It’s smooth, powerful and has a ton of character. Well done BMW!
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If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury touring motorcycle the ’12 BMW K1600 GTL is it.