2012 BMW K1600GTL Press Intro
Saturday, February 26, 2011
MotorcycleUSA.com is on scene in sunny South Africa for the International Press Introduction of the 2012 BMW K1600GTL and K1600GT.
The 2012 K1600GT is powered by a revolutionary In-Line Six-Cylinder engine that is as wide as most Fours but emits a distinct exhaust note and powers the big Touring machine at a Spring Buck’s pace with power to spare.
After two days of riding the new flagship touring bikes from the Bavarian Motor Works laboratory and I must admit that I am impressed. Going into the press event we all thought the BMW K1600GTL ($23,200) was going to be the odds-on favorite to become a replacement for the Honda GL1800 Goldwing but that isn’t exactly the case. The GTL is a Heavyweight Sport Touring machine with more canyon-carving DNA than the GL ever had but these bikes are not an apples-to-apples comparison. Both bikes have their strong points and for BMW the goal was to create the touring motorcycle they hope would appeal to BMW owners. And that’s exactly what they did. The GTL is big, comfortable, fast and packed full of electronic gadgets and gizmos ranging from GPS to the latest version of ESA.
Then there’s the K1600GT ($20,900) which replaces the K1300GT as BMW’s primary Sport Touring motorcycle. Not only does the Inline-Six Cylinder engine prove to be a hell of a ride but it also handles very good, features powerful brakes and has serious creature comfort for those long-distance action packed rides. The exhaust howl from the six-outlets on the pair of shiny chrome mufflers is unique and exciting as well. Over the past few years BMW has been one of the strongest manufacturers, bringing more new bikes into the fight year after year and the arrival of these two motorcycles simply continue that trend. Stay tuned for our full report on both these touring machines in the next couple weeks.
For now you will be happy to know that we are diligently working on putting together our 2011 Sport Touring and Luxury Touring Comparison Tests together so we can see how both these bikes stack up againt the competition, both real and imagined. Between now and then BMW is Taking Pre-Sale orders on the K1600GT and GTL until the end of February.