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Best Touring Motorcycle 2012: BMW K1600 GTL

Thursday, December 27, 2012
A touring bike with the heart of a sportbike-that is the essence of the 12 BMW K1600 GTL.
A touring bike with the heart of a sportbike—that is the essence of the ’12 BMW K1600 GTL.
When BMW builds a touring motorcycle you know it’s going to be good. But none of us in the Motorcycle-USA offices ever dreamed motorcycle touring could be as good as it is behind the windscreen of the 2012 BMW K1600 GTL ($26,340), our pick for Touring Motorcycle of the Year.

Powered by a high-tech six-cylinder engine - yes, you’ve read correctly, this bad boy sports a slim Inline-Six motor - the BMW’s mill is the epitome of refinement. The K-bike delivers incredible, almost sportbike-like straight-line acceleration yet is smooth, mannered and devoid of any vibration. The German’s didn’t neuter the engine’s character either, infusing it with charisma and fun loving personality.

Multiple engine power and suspension modes let the BMW be as mild or wild as the rider desires, all the while providing many creature comforts in the form of Bluetooth-equipped stereo, heated seats and grips and an optional Garmin GPS that can be neatly integrated into the dash. An enormous 7.0-gallon fuel tank, three huge removable hard cases and a gigantic electronically adjustable windshield make the GTL a viable option for long trips.

It certainly ain’t cheap, but for those looking for the utmost in touring performance and comfort there’s nothing else like it on the road - making the BMW K1600 GTL MotoUSA's selection for Best Touring Motorcycle in 2012.

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forbescross   May 19, 2013 04:35 PM
a bmw k1600 gtl...kicks ass on gold wing...best bike ever!
jimbo4001   January 30, 2013 03:35 PM
Not everyone has $25,000 to shell out on a mega tourer just like not everyone wants/needs 1600cc's and 800+lb rides. Sure wish the catagories were broken down into manageable $$$$ amounts. I am sure there are great touring rides out there for less then $15,000 but these rides get overlooked, not only in the touring genre but also adventure touring, sport touring, dual sport and standards. And how about including 2-up riding in the tour tests along with the physique of both rider and co-rider.
Poncho167   January 3, 2013 09:48 AM
The engines power doesn't do it for me.

I will take a Honda Goldwing. It has more than enough power but is and has always been a complete package.