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BMW Unveils K1600GT at INTERMOT

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
2011 BMW K1600GT
BMW revealed its new K1600GT touring bike at the INTERMOT bike show in Cologne, Germany.
BMW finally released images of its K1600GT and K1600GTL touring motorcycles when it pulled the cover of its new six-cylinder touring bikes at the INTERMOT Bike Show in Cologne, Germany. The Bavarian marque released introductory info on the Inline Six designs in July, but saved the full reveal for INTERMOT.

Stylistically the new Beemer sticks close to the concept drawings teased with its earlier announcement. A notable change from BMW’s previous touring models, the fairing shape doesn’t extend fully down the entire side of the bike. Instead the KT1600 leaves the engine sides exposed, revealing the 55-degree forward slant of the Inline Six.

The new powerplant claims peak power of 160 horsepower. The six-cylinder mill churns out 129 lb-ft of torque, with BMW touting 70% of the peak torque at 1500 rpm. The new mill weighs in at 226 pounds and is just 22 inches wide. Viewed from the front, the K1600GT looks no wider than its smaller-displacement K series kin.

2011 BMW K1600GT
The width of the new BMW K1600GT still looks slim, in spite of its six-cylinder configuration.
2011 BMW K1600GTL
The models unveiled at INTERMOT reveal a heavyweight touring platform. Integrated luggage and adjustable screen are obvious additions. The seating and passenger accomodations for the GTL tourer look downright Gold Wing-esque – the Flat Six-powered Honda its seeming head-to-head rival.

Turn signal indicators look to be tucked under the middle fairing section, underneath the new “adaptive headlight” which makes its debut on the touring platform. The new headlight system uses sensors to detect banking angle, with stepper motors then turning the light on an axis to maintain level beam projection on the road ahead.

Other techno features on the K1600 touring bikes include ride-by-wire electronics and three engine mappings: Rain, Road and Dynamic. Standard ABS is supplemented by the Dynamic Traction Control developed by the German company’s first-ever Superbike – the BMW S1000RR. The two new rides also source proprietary BMW components like the Duolever front suspension and Paralever swingarm, the suspension settings changed on the fly via BMW’s ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).

Motorcycle USA will attend the K1600GT’s official U.S. reveal later today at gearhead Jay Leno’s garage. Stay tuned for more details.
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jimmie john -why  October 20, 2010 08:45 AM
why would bmw make a 1600 the same hp. as an old gt 1200or 1300
why if you make a motor that big put the goodies in i horse power
at lease 180 hp for ths six the you got something.
why trade a 1300 for all this motor an same hp.
Motoman -NICE LINES.....BUT  October 11, 2010 08:07 PM
160 BHP? That is what BMW advertised for my K1200 GT which turned out to be around 138 on the dyno. Mucho ka-ching when you start adding options. It will certainly run circles, (handling wise) around a Hondapottamus. I'll take the test drive but better to wait a year so BMW can get the bugs worked out. Those round headlights are particularly ugly looking, like they belong on a ATV. I think they only offered silver in the GTL to get people to spring for the more expensive model. The GT red looks like something on a old Kawasaki.
Cknugget -trailer  October 6, 2010 10:59 AM
If its competition for the GL1800 can it pull a trailer. My next bike is going to a touring model and I want to pull a motorcycle camper with it. Right now I am looking at either a GL1800 or a HD roadking but wouldn't mind adding a third bike to the list.
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater -Still thinking Concours 14...  October 6, 2010 08:38 AM
.. Though this is pretty seckseh, it will likely be 2x or more the Concours 14.. Methinks waiting for a slightly used one is a smart idea, though if I won the lotto...
wildpig -mr wildpig  October 6, 2010 08:19 AM
welp CHROME - i got good news as has been the historical pattern for BMW if u wait a yr u can in fact buy one at 35-40% off new price..... all bmw's have horrible re sale. i know, i bought 2 bmw at one time in 2008== my 1st one an my last one............. over rated to the hilt............... anybody wana buy a mint r1200r?
Chrome -Megatron  October 6, 2010 07:57 AM
That face looks like Megatron (as depicted in the movie) to me. You can really see the design influence of the R1200RT: exposed engine with a distrinctive side fairing separated from the forward/upper fairing.
But what is with BMW's inability to make a good color of red? looks shallow and actualyl dirty in the picture. i dig the siler one though. Hurry up and get it delivered so I can buy a used one in a year.

bruce armstrong -schmoo  October 6, 2010 06:35 AM
When I learned to ride, the Japanese had yet to arrive in the US motorcycle market. I've spent my riding life watching the Japanese brands rise, dominate and now, slowly fall back into the background....an example: the ST1300 was introduced in 2003 and has never been updated; comparing an ST1300 with this new BMW shows clearly that as I exit the sport, the Europeans are clearly ascendant again.
wildpig -mr wildpig to you  October 6, 2010 12:55 AM
it will outrageously over priced,,, zero dealer support,,, an will lose 40% on re-sale the instant it rolls out the dealer door.........
Fast -Kinda Impressed... though..  October 6, 2010 12:05 AM
Insides suggest that there is an evolution coming for the GL1800. To a completely new design however since it's pretty much infallible. Rumor are a mill increase to 2000cc, a sixth gear and electrically adjustable windshield. Probabaly not till 2013.. But anyway, I'm impressed with BMW's forward thinking. And to DV: Form follows function. And I road the VFR1200 today. Simply in ingenious. Great motor and hides wait like it's magic. No, I don't work for Honda. I'm not even a fan per se.
Devil Machine -ugly contest  October 5, 2010 04:39 PM
i can't decide which is uglier, this or the VFR 1200. i guess BMWs are an acquired taste, and i haven't picked it up yet. i do like some of their R series bikes though.