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BMW K1600GT Reveal at Jay Leno Garage

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
2011 BMW K 1600 GT
After the full reveal at Intermot it was time to get some details on the features available on BMW's new K1600GT.
German motorsports giant, BMW, unveiled its latest sport-touring offerings, the 2012 BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL motorcycles today at the powersports Mecca that is Jay Leno’s garage in Southern California. These motorcycles replace the current Inline Four-powered BMW K1300S and K1300GT.

As promised the new BMW’s sport an ultra high-tech Inline Six engine that showcases the German’s company’s engineering know-how. For more technical information about the engine and sub-systems make sure to check out our 2011 BMW K1600GT First Look and BMW Unveils K1600GT at INTERMOT posts. For this article we’ll feature some of the other specifications that haven’t yet been discussed.

The K1600 GT has been engineered specifically for solo riding. It still offers a passenger seat but it was designed first and foremost to whisk the rider to his destination as quickly and comfortably as possible. The ergonomics are designed to deliver a sportier ride and the seat is more firm which in turn delivers more feedback to what’s happening at the business end of the tires.

2011 BMW K 1600 GT
The K1600GT & GTL comes standard with two removable cases and optional top case for the touring rider but looks just as slick with-out for the weekend ride or every day commute.

2011 BMW K 1600 GTL
Seat height is also adjustable, offering between 30.7 inch or 31.5 inch settings. The rear suspension has been calibrated with firmer damping settings. In terms of aesthetics the engine and the lower body panels are contrasting in color which helps show off the sides of the engine. The GT comes standard with two removable side cases and an optional top case is available to increase cargo capacity.

Where the GT is designed more for sport riding, the GTL is engineered for cross-country touring where comfort is paramount. Seat height has been reduced to 29.5 inches, is much wider and has extra padding. The arrangement of the handlebar and footpegs has been modified to make the bike comfortable to operate for extended periods of time. Other ergonomic improvement including a larger electronically adjustable windscreen and more forgiving rear suspension damping settings.

Both motorcycles share a host of standard features including: xenon headlights (inspired from its car line-up), heated seats/grips, cruise control, 5.7 inch color LCD display, ABS, color-matched and removable side bags, luggage rack, adjustable engine power modes and full LED lighting. Furthermore the GTL adds an advanced, automotive-derived Bluetooth and iPhone compatible audio and communication system (includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio w/ a one year subscription). This is also available as an option on the GT model.

2011 BMW K 1600 GT
Designed with solo riding in mind with ergos offering more feedback to the rider; giving them a full picture of what's happening through the corners.
Other available options include the adaptive headlight system (moves right or left and up/or down automatically), dynamic traction control, electronically adjustable suspension, central locking system, tire pressure monitor, alarm, and modular GPS that can be neatly integrated into the cockpit of the motorcycle. All of the electronic features can be controlled via the five-way ring controller mounted on the left handlebar. With the controller the rider can work through the LCD menu system and modify each setting without taking their eyes off the road.

Both bikes are claimed to weigh just over 700 pounds ready to ride. The GT makes use of a 6.3-gallon capacity fuel tank where the more touring-oriented GTL gets an extra 0.7-gallon capacity. Despite its weight and increased engine size, BMW claims that both bikes actually deliver greater fuel efficiency than the K1300s. Pricing hasn’t’ been announced on either model, but BMW says that they will begin arriving in dealerships in the U.S. during the spring of 2011. BMW dealers will begin taking orders for the new bikes in January through a pre-sales campaign which allows buyers to “reserve” their machine so they can ride it home as soon as it hits the dealership.

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LeavEmWantnMore -K1200GT  January 25, 2011 05:51 AM
About Jay Leno..... He's got all those cars, motorcycles and money. Why does he always wear that same bluejean shirt? WTF? You'd think he'd change one in a while. That thing must stink.
Bike Expert -K1600GT  December 31, 2010 09:39 PM
An engineering marvel and will be I hope under $30K
Flash -K1600 GT get me one  November 20, 2010 08:52 PM
This just shows how much BMW has for engineering wonderful machines.

Unlike Harley Davidson that will let the twin low HP dinosaur drive the company to the ground, BMW surges ahead with a straight six water cooled power house and all the extra’s that can be conjured up to make a motorcycle exciting to ride.
It was time for them to replace their aging K1200LT and step ahead of the Goldwing in touring.

No, it is not for everyone and it will be expensive, I would guess near $30,000. But it is a BMW and it is worth it.
I wish I had the money to spend on a K1600GT. I will have to wait a couple of years to get a used one.

BMW is a very exciting company to have the drive to be the best and make many models of motorcycles to satisfy all riding styles.

Doug -1600Gt  November 18, 2010 01:26 PM
I have own two Gold Wing and they are great and Boring, and the Price for a Gold Wing is going UP to $28-$29,000 next year and No changes to the bike Per Honda. Harley wants for there Ultras Classic Lim 103 $26,600 with NO warenty and u would be dumb if u don't get a warenty with a Harley. and I really like the looks of the New 1600 but I was told the Price will be $26-$30,000 loaded with the extra 4 year warenty. I like the R1200RT and I can get that for $25 Loaded with 4 year warenty after the 3 year 36,000 miles. So it all depe on how u are going to use the Bike. Me I am here in Rapid City where Sturgis is. thanks keep up the comments.
David -Have they lost their way?  October 19, 2010 10:31 AM
This sounds much like a solution to a question no one has asked. Personally, I ride to escape, briefly, the trials and complexities of life, and since the current K13GT costs $750(!!) for a 15K service, as much as an average Porsche 911, how does this beast justify itself? BMW is justly famous for bikes that can last a long time, but they made their name with bikes that the owner can understand how to maintain themselves. To me, the perfect BMW is a pre-2002 Oilhead.
Dugefresh -K1200GT  October 15, 2010 05:11 AM
I'm with mikeard. I'll keep my 03 K1200GT until falls apart, which will be a long time from now. I don't like the way the K1300GT looks let alone this beast!
James W Kristich -love it  October 13, 2010 09:38 AM
It's got all those things you would think a Frenchmen would conjure up. Patrick where are you? Show them how to do it right. Surprised it hasn't got pneumatic valves. Love it. All those things you could ever pine for, in a package to big and heavy to not worry about. Help me I've fallen and I can't get up. Just love it!
Mcguire -sewer rat  October 13, 2010 02:20 AM
Nice long road bikes. I would call it sporty not sport. That much weight will cook the brakes in short order if you try to ride this like a sportbike. But that is not new, Ive seen Hyabusa's with glowing rotors too. In the pics it looks like ground clearance could be a issue also. It would be perfect for long cross country trips. I wonder what it sounds like.
ucbruce -New BMW's  October 12, 2010 06:42 PM
If these bikes are going to be around 20K, and some people find that expensive, as a Harley rider I have to say a stripped Ultra is about 21K. CVO Ultra's are about 36K.
fast2win -RiceToy  October 12, 2010 03:56 PM
Because like a busa a K1300s or 1600S is much more of a street bike than some people will sport tour on. A R1000SS is really a race replica. not so good for touring. Different bike's.
Chuck S. -Grand Mufti  October 12, 2010 01:36 PM
How many Suzuki DL1000's can I buy for the price of this lookalike? Just wondering.
Dave -Bob's review  October 12, 2010 01:22 PM
I think Bob is the f**king joke.
Dick -What they need...  October 12, 2010 12:09 PM
What BMW, Honda, Kawaski, or ANY bike manufacturer really needs to make is a bike built for local traveling similar to the UJM's (Universal Japanese Motorcycles) of the 1970's and early 80's (i.e. NOT a sport bike that has you leaning and putting too much pressure on your hands/wrists) but one that has all the hi-tech features of the new high end sport bike such as the S1000RR (traction control, stability control, ABS, no-clutch upshifting, etc). Make it "Universal" so that it can be ordered a) Naked b) with a small quarter fairing (ala the Z1R), c) half fairing, d) 3/4 fairing or e) full fairing (sport touring). Maybe have a few different options for the footpegs/handle bars and provide the option to CHANGE, so if I plan on running a track day I can dial it in, but if I want to take a 600 mile trip, I'm comfortable doing that too! There's just no way you can ride an S1000RR, 1198S, or any of the sport bikes for that long of a ride. Similarly, I want something that can be as nimble (and light) as possible - not as much as a 600 sport bike, but something at least along the lines of the 81 GPZ1100 or the 84 900 Ninja (GPZ900).
Bob -Who give a s**t about Jay Leno  October 12, 2010 12:01 PM
Who cares what JAY LENO has to say. He's a f**king joke.
CF -sowieso@comcast.net  October 12, 2010 10:57 AM
This bike seems a bit too big for its breeches. 700lbs and 160bhp, and an inline 6? Methinks BMW are answering questions no one thought to ask. I for one, am curious as to what the service intervals on this new design will be. Further, prices have not been announced just yet, but I'd venture a guess that this will be close to if not well over $20k US. At those prices, they're going to have some very stiff competition. Shame it's going to be so expensive though, as it does look promising. I just can't justify that kind of money when there are so many good bikes at half the price.
mikedard -"This bike replaces the K1300GT and the K1200LT"  October 11, 2010 07:51 PM
Before this article I was of the understanding that the K1300GT was staying. Now checking the websites there seems to be rumors of being replaced by the K1600GT. Now I'm hearing to be replaced after 2011. Then I found this, "Today I visited the only two BMW dealers in Montreal. Both dealers had the 2011 K1300GT in stock... Yes, that's not a typo - 2011 model year. That is how the Special Edition is being sold in Canada. A 2010 model, with the exact same options would cost me about $2,500 (Cdn) MORE than the 2011 Special Edition, so it's really a no-brainer which one to get (unless someone really wanted one of the other colors). But if you go to the BMW-UK website the K1300GT SE is a 2010 model. What do you think?
RiceToy -You guys are making me crazy.  October 11, 2010 07:32 PM
Adam: Please report truths. The K1600GT is not "engineered specifically for solo riding", that's rediculous and incorrect (the ESA has settings for 2-up) - and as others have said... not replacing a K1300S (duh). BMW motorcycles have been around since 1923, they have a strong history of introducing some of the most significant innovations which continue still this year (nearly 200HP per liter from the 1 liter S1000RR), and again next year (with adaptive lighting, etc).

fast2win: The S1000RR already makes nearly 200 HP, and holds the stock world speed record. Why would BMW need to make a K1600S to keep up with a Busa, which BMW has already surpassed in every conceivable test?
David -K1200LT  October 11, 2010 02:04 PM
This bike replaces the K1300GT and the K1200LT
David -K1200LT  October 11, 2010 02:03 PM
Did you see the way pieter looked at Leno when he switched the bike off with the key??? LOL
mikedard -Rider- This bike replaces the 1300 S .... are you kidding me ?  October 9, 2010 09:41 AM
No it doesn't replace the K1300GT, they'll still going to make the K1300GT. That's a good thing because the K1300GT is still close to a sport touring bike. 700 lbs sorry it's not a sport touring bike any longer. The K1600GT in my book is a mutated Luxo touring bike with a lousy seat! the first thing I'd do is go have a custom seat made, BMW seats are the most uncomfortable things. Plus it's ugly with it's 3/4 fairing! Or what I'd call a 3/4 fairing. But I'll wait a little bit longer and look at it up close in person before I decide which bike will replace my K1200GT.
fast2win -read between the lines  October 7, 2010 05:52 PM
It may be longer stoke than bore but still a relativly short stroke. And you have 1600cc's. If you spin the motor a 1000 rpm more and raise compression a bit change intake and cams for an "s" model, It would be pushing 200hp. The piston speed at max hp would still be do able. 4100 fpm give or take a little. I don't trust them sneaky Germans they want to take over the market with a runner for best in class in almost every catagory. You say tq. engine I say mild state of tune. Bring on a new 6cyl "S"!!!!!!!
Rider -1200 S  October 7, 2010 12:25 PM
This bike replaces the 1300 S .... are you kidding me ?
oldnslow -retired  October 7, 2010 07:48 AM
"fast2win" dream on, this is a low RPM torque monster. It has a single throttle body and extremely long intake runners. It claims 160 horsepower at 7500 rpm and is pretty much an undersquare (bore smaller than stroke) torque engine.
fast2win -K1200S  October 6, 2010 04:46 PM
Read between the lines. Could a S model be coming, to claim the Busa market too. In a different state of tune who knows what that motor could make 200hp?
curvyroad -K1600 GT  October 6, 2010 02:07 PM
neither of these bikes replace the K1300S.