Two machines. A single source.
The BMW K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL - two motorcycles which set new standards in the touring motorcycle segment in terms of riding properties, long-distance suitability and comfort.Their common basis is the lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engine ever fitted in a serial production motorcycle. It offers a fascinating torque of 175 Nm and an output of 118 kW (160 bhp), making touring a whole new experience.

The product manager for touring motorcycles provides a fascinating look behind the scenes at BMW Motorrad. In the review you will find all the questions and answers from the Facebook live chat on the K 1600 models.

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BMW K 1600 GT

BMW K 1600 GT: supremacy and dynamic performance in their purest form.

The essence of Gran Turismo: a high travelling speed, reached quickly. Dynamic performance combined with supremacy. Long-distance comfort goes without saying. That's the K 1600 GT. Its unique 6-cylinder engine delivers a fascinating torque level of 175 Nm and an output of 118 kW. And with intelligent technology such as ESA II, RDC, DTC and ABS, it only asks the rider.

BMW K 1600 GTL

When luxury is freed of ballast, a new dimension is created. The BMW K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL.

The K 1600 GTL - a touring motorcycle like no other before it. With the most compact and economical 6-cylinder engine ever to be fitted in a serial production motorcycle. Comfort and dynamic performance. Safety and riding pleasure. Ergonomics which makes travelling pure luxury. Versatility which is wonderfully easy to operate. For those who want to experience a new kind of supremacy.

Highlights

An overview of highlights of the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL

Light and compact

Lightest and most compact serial production 6-cylinder in-line engine in a motorcycle.

The new engine of the K 1600 models offers the benefits of a powerful in-line 6-cylinder engine with superior running smoothness and takes up virtually no more space than a comparable 4-cylinder engine. A completely new dimension of riding pleasure without the drawbacks of a normal in-line 6-cylinder engine in terms of chassis geometry, weight distribution and centre of gravity.

The engine of the K 1600 models is about 100 mm narrower than all 6-cylinder in-line engines previously used in serial motorcycle production. This makes the engine not only the most compact but also the lightest 6-cylinder in-line engine for a serial production motorcycle, weighing just 102.6 kg.

This extremely compact construction and reduced width was achieved in particular by means of a just slightly undersquare stroke-bore ratio of 67.5 to 72 millimetres (0.938) with a relatively long stroke and very small cylinder centre distance spacings of 77 millimetres.

Drive comfort and supremacy.

Drive comfort.

1,649 cc, 118 kW (160 bhp) at approx. 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of approx. 175 Nm at approx. 5000 rpm - the figures sound straightforward enough. But the ride feel is virtually impossible to capture in words. The transversely mounted 6-cylinder in-line engine of the BMW K 1600 models offers outstanding running smoothness and allows gentle gliding as well as supremely athletic travel. 70 per cent of maximum torque is available from just 1500 rpm.

Compact overall design

Compact overall design. Intelligent engine design.

With a total width of just 560 mm, the engine is only slightly wider than a current large-volume 4-cylinder in-line engine. In order to keep the width as low as possible, the electrical ancillary units and their drive units were moved behind the crankshaft into the free space above the gearbox. The ideal concentration of masses at the centre of the vehicle makes for an optimum centre of gravity and outstanding handling.

Fuel consumption

A high degree of efficiency results in low fuel consumption.

Efficient combustion, a low engine speed level, high gas velocities and minimised frictional loss in the 6-cylinder engine result in a high degree of efficiency and therefore a level of fuel consumption which is unsurpassed. In view of its performance potential, the engine achieves top figures at the level of a comparable 4-cylinder motorcycle.

 

Power transmission

Narrow three-shaft transmission and self-energising clutch with anti-hopping function.

When the rider activates the free-moving clutch lever, torque is transmitted from the crankshaft to a self-energising 10-disc wet clutch with anti-hopping function via a straight-toothed primary drive - so as to ensure that the high level of force is delivered gently.

For optimum use of construction space, the gearbox complete with bevel gear is integrated in the engine casing. In order reduce construction width in the area of the rider footrests in particular, the gearbox is designed as a three-shaft transmission with three gearbox shafts arranged one on top of the other. What is more, the cogwheels are helical-cut so as to achieve a low level of running noise.

Centre of gravity

Low overall centre of gravity, very favourable concentration of masses and ideal static wheel load distribution ensure optimum weight distribution.

A touring motorcycle with a 6-cylinder engine makes special demands in terms of chassis and frame geometry. For this reason, the weight distribution of the K 1600 models was completely realigned. The chassis, engine position and seating position of the rider not only make for a low overall centre of gravity with a very favourable concentration of masses. They also provide an ideally balanced static wheel load distribution of 52 per cent at the front to 48 per cent at the rear. Even with a pillion passenger and a heavy load, this guarantees outstanding riding properties.

 

Frame

Bridge-type frame made of light alloy.

The central support structure is the bridge-type main frame made of light alloy. Due to the fact that the engine is tilted heavily forward, the profiles of the main frame can run above the cylinder head. So in spite of the somewhat wider 6-cylinder in-line engine, the frame is very slim, especially in the ergonomically important knee area. What is more, the engine is firmly bolted to the frame at eight points and thus acts as a rigidifying and supporting element - for enhanced stability and an even more direct ride feel. (ill.: aluminium rear frame).

Paralever swing arm

Adapted Paralever swing arm and cardan shaft drive.

The innovative Paralever system with cardan shaft drive takes care of both wheel control and power transmission. In large-volume BMW touring motorcycles in particular, the cardan shaft drive is an indispensable part of the overall concept due to its numerous advantages. The propeller shaft, cardan joints and rear axle final drive were also adapted to the new 6-cylinder engine and its high performance figures in terms of their design.

ESA II

Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and load states (optional extra).

The new BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL benefit from the innovative Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II). With this system, globally unique on the motorcycle market, riders can conveniently press a button to electronically adapt the chassis of their motorcycle to perfectly suit their driving style, the load of the motorcycle and the surface conditions. In addition to adapting the rebound damping properties of the front and rear spring strut and the spring rest ("spring preload") of the rear spring strut , ESA II also adjusts the latter's spring rate and therefore the "hardness" of the suspension. This means that the settings "Sport", "Normal" and "Comfort" are more clearly differentiated and can be felt more markedly. In "Sport" mode, both motorcycles are more dynamic and precise, in "Comfort" mode they are even more comfortable while retaining excellent stability.

 

Brake system

EVO brake system with BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral) for optimum deceleration.

The well-established EVO brake system with the BMW Motorrad Integral ABS in the part integral version, which is fitted as standard, offers optimum deceleration and meets the very highest safety standards. In the new K 1600 models in particular, an additional pressure sensor provides not just enhanced controllability and a more sensitive control response, it also makes for shorter braking distances. This means that the new braking system offers extremely powerful yet controllable deceleration requiring a low level of control force - for further enhanced safety.

Traction control DTC

Traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety when accelerating.

Traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) offers maximum safety and dynamic performance when accelerating (optional extra). By comparing the rotational speeds of the front and rear wheel obtained via the ABS sensors, the electronic system detects spin in the rear wheel and cuts back drive torque accordingly by reducing the ignition angle as well as adapting injection via the engine management system. Unlike previous BMW Motorrad ASC systems, the traction control system DTC also takes into account the banking position of the vehicle by means of sophisticated sensors, also allowing for this in its control response. Traction control DTC is adapted to the various modes and thus contributes significantly to a high level of riding dynamics and exemplary riding safety in the new K 1600 models.

Adaptive Headlight

The first motorcycles in the world with adaptive xenon headlight. For even greater safety at night.

A world premiere shines in the striking front section of the new K models: the first adaptive xenon headlight for motorcycles. The main headlamp fitted as standard itself consists of a movable xenon projection module with reflector mirror. Due the "pitch compensation" of the permanent beam control function, the headlamp sheds light in the optimum pre-set area, regardless of riding and load conditions.

The special equipment item "Adaptive Headlight" consists of an additional servomotor in the reflector mirror which ensures that the road is illuminated to optimum effect on every bend. The servomotor automatically compensates for the banking angle of the motorcycle while cornering, directing the light cone onto the road at an optimum angle. This significantly improved illumination of the road when cornering results in an enormous increase in active riding safety.

 

 

Adaptive Headlight

The first motorcycles in the world with adaptive xenon headlight. For even greater safety at night.

A world premiere shines in the striking front section of the new K models: the first adaptive xenon headlight for motorcycles. The main headlamp fitted as standard itself consists of a movable xenon projection module with reflector mirror. Due the "pitch compensation" of the permanent beam control function, the headlamp sheds light in the optimum pre-set area, regardless of riding and load conditions.

The special equipment item "Adaptive Headlight" consists of an additional servomotor in the reflector mirror which ensures that the road is illuminated to optimum effect on every bend. The servomotor automatically compensates for the banking angle of the motorcycle while cornering, directing the light cone onto the road at an optimum angle. This significantly improved illumination of the road when cornering results in an enormous increase in active riding safety.

 

 

Integrated operating concept

The future is on board: integrated operating concept with Multi-Controller, TFT colour monitor and menu guidance.

The future has already begun in the cockpit of the new K 1600 models. The instrument panel based on digital technology comprises a speedometer and tachometer as well as an information display which takes the form of a powerfully lit 5.7-inch colour monitor. This display enables user-friendly presentation of text and graphics over several lines.

The information unit is operated using the Multi-Controller. As a component of the integrated operating concept it is placed ergonomically favourably on the left handlebar grip. Unlike individual operating keys, this set-up means that the rider does not have to take his eyes off the road.

The functional range of the Multi-Controller has been significantly expanded for use in the new touring motorcycles. In addition to operating the audio system, it is also possible to select numerous other functions with such as the on-board computer, ESA II, the navigation system as well as grip and seat heating. What is more, the set-up menu can be used to configure settings specific to both rider and vehicle such as the adjustment of the Adaptive Headlight to riding on the right-hand or left-hand side of the road. The menu structure and control were specially developed for the specific demands of motorcycling and optimised by means of user tests.

Audio system

An audio system which lets you hear the difference.

The audio system was completely newly designed and has interfaces for playing MP3s - e.g. on an iPod, USB stick or conventional devices such as a CD player. Whether using playlists or the random play function for the entire music library on the source device - the selected volume level and current title are shown on the TFT colour screen and can be controlled using the Multi-Controller or the audio unit. The external devices can be housed in a lockable, waterproof and ventilated storage compartment in the interior trim on the right where they are excellently protected from the weather.

 

Innovation

Innovative design which sets the benchmark for touring motorcycles.

Design which arouses a desire to travel at first sight: striking lines and spaces and the visibility of the 6-cylinder engine radiate a sense of superior mobility. The perfect finish highlights premium value and quality. As new high-end products among the BMW Motorrad touring motorcycles, the new models K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL have an impressive and unmistakable appearance.

The front view includes elements of the overriding design line of BMW Motorrad as well as reflecting family kinship. Although the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL provide a high visual presence from the front, the extremely slim-line 6-cylinder engine underscores their agile, active character.

Lightweight construction

Magnesium front panel carrier with vibration isolation and aluminium rear frame.

The upper trim section, headlamp, cockpit and rear mirrors are supported by a highly rigid front panel carrier. In order to achieve an even weight distribution and a concentration of masses close to the machine's overall centre of gravity, the dual-section front panel carrier is made of a very light but highly rigid magnesium alloy. In spite of the high demands made by such a motorcycle in terms of pillion passenger riding and load, it has nonetheless been possible to create a highly resilient rear frame in light aluminium construction.

 

Storage concept.

Carefully conceived storage concept.

The standard panniers of both K 1600 models are removable for maximum flexibility and superior touring suitability. When mounted they fit seamlessly into the vehicle line as design elements. The K 1600 GTL is fitted as standard with a topcase featuring two gas-filled dampers and interior lighting.

Seating comfort

Seatback and seating positions for outstanding long-distance comfort.

The new top-class touring motorcycles offer superior long-distance comfort. Here the rider benefits from especially slim-line construction in the area of the rider seat due to the three-shaft gearbox and the narrowly designed frame.

In the K 1600 GT, the design of the ergonomics triangle of footrests, seat top and handlebars makes for a proactive seating position while retaining a high level of long-distance comfort. The rider and pillion passenger enjoy a comfortable knee angle. The two-section seat of the K 1600 GT is height-adjustable in the rider area so that it can be adapted to individual needs.

The K 1600 GTL offers outstanding pillion passenger suitability and ergonomics geared towards an even higher level of comfort. Rider footrests which are placed further forward and lower down and handlebars which reach further backwards make for a very relaxed seating position as is especially appreciated over long distances. The foot shift lever is individually adjustable, too. The pillion passenger also benefits from a slightly longer and wider seat top on the K 1600 GTL, as well as a more comfortable backrest in the topcase. The K 1600 GTL can also be equipped with pillion passenger armrests as a special accessory in order to further enhance safety.

Equipment program

Special equipment features and special accessories - perfect individualisation from BMW Motorrad.

Both the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL fulfil their Gran Turismo promise with a fascinating blend of supremacy, dynamic performance and comfort to a virtually perfect degree even in standard trim. In addition, BMW Motorrad offers its usual extensive range of special equipment features and special accessories for further optimisation.

This includes such features as the Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II), traction control DTC, the tyre pressure control system RDC, the adaptive xenon headlight and (for the K 1600 GT) the audio system.

Tankbag K 1600 GT
LED auxiliary headlights
Ground lighting
Akrapovič sports silencer
Crash bars
No Flash
Two machines. A single source.
The BMW K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL - two motorcycles which set new standards in the touring motorcycle segment in terms of riding properties, long-distance suitability and comfort.Their common basis is the lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engine ever fitted in a serial production motorcycle. It offers a fascinating torque of 175 Nm and an output of 118 kW (160 bhp), making touring a whole new experience.

The product manager for touring motorcycles provides a fascinating look behind the scenes at BMW Motorrad. In the review you will find all the questions and answers from the Facebook live chat on the K 1600 models.

To the Facebook fan page
A VISION BECOMES REALITY.
Gran Turismo – or Grand Touring – is all about combining speed and performance with style and comfort, so that long-distance travel becomes an unforgettable experience. BMW Motorrad’s vision was to create a motorcycle that perfectly captured this essence of Gran Turismo. And with the new K 1600 GT, that’s exactly what it has done. This exceptional tourer makes light work of even the longest journeys, and everything about it, from the styling to the suspension, reflects its unique character. It is powered by the most compact in-line six-cylinder production motorcycle engine ever built, a 160-horsepower (118-kilowatt) unit that combines quick throttle responses with unrivalled refinement. With its innovative optional adaptive Headlight, the GT is a outstanding example of motorcycle design in every sense. The K 1600 GT. UNSTOPPABLE TOUR.
In-line 6-cylinder
Power in an instant.
BMW in-line six-cylinder engines are a legend in the automotive industry. And now this legend comes to the K 1600 GT, in its most compact ever form. 1,649 cc, 160 horsepower (118 kilowatts), and maximum torque of 175 newton-metres – the numbers alone are pretty impressive. But that’s nothing compared to the riding experience. The transverse-mounted unit is extremely quiet and refined, yet also delivers exceptionally dynamic performance. Instantaneous acceleration is available even at low revs, with 70 per cent of its maximum torque available from as little as 1,500 rpm. But if it’s big on performance, then it’s small in size. Weighing just 102.6 kilograms and measuring just 560 millimetres across, there’s never been such a compact high-capacity in-line six-cylinder motorcycle engine. This means excellent handling, makes it possible to lean over further into corners, and helps to redefine the touring bike experience.

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Adaptive Headlight
One look is enough to tell you that the K 1600 GT is no ordinary tourer. The fibre optic rings and the xenon headlight catch the eye, and light up any road. And for even better illumination when cornering, the GT is available with a world first in motorcycle technology: the optional Adaptive Headlight. Smarter and safer, it means the bike can truly see ahead, with innovative electronics automatically compensating for the lean angle around corners and ensuring the beam of the headlight is always directed at the road ahead.

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Adaptive Headlight
One look is enough to tell you that the K 1600 GT is no ordinary tourer. The fibre optic rings and the xenon headlight catch the eye, and light up any road. And for even better illumination when cornering, the GT is available with a world first in motorcycle technology: the optional Adaptive Headlight. Smarter and safer, it means the bike can truly see ahead, with innovative electronics automatically compensating for the lean angle around corners and ensuring the beam of the headlight is always directed at the road ahead.

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Integrated navigation system
On the K 1600 GT, you’ve always got everything under control. Thanks to the multi-controller, operating the bike’s systems and adjusting its settings could not be easier. The TFT colour monitor serves as a display for the on-board computer, ESA II, the optional audio system and even the set-up of the optional Adaptive Headlight. And because the multi-controller is ergonomically located on the left-hand grip, riders need never take their hands off the handlebars.

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RIDE NEW TERRITORY.
Taking luxury into a whole new dimension – the new K 1600 GTL, a high-class modern touring bike like nothing you’ve seen before.

With the most compact and fuel-efficient in-line six-cylinder production motorcycle engine ever built, it delivers the ultimate combination of effortless performance and comfort. The ergonomics make every mile an experience tosavour for rider and passenger alike, the suspension means you don’t so much ride as glide along the road, and it’s packed with technological innovations, all of them easily operated via the multi-controller. It is also the first motorcycle to feature an Adaptive Headlight as an option, for maximum active safety. Every detail is designed for ultimate riding pleasure. The result is a bike that redefines on-road refinement. K 1600 GTL. UNSTOPPABLE TOUR.
BMW K 1600 GT

BMW K 1600 GT: supremacy and dynamic performance in their purest form.

The essence of Gran Turismo: a high travelling speed, reached quickly. Dynamic performance combined with supremacy. Long-distance comfort goes without saying. That's the K 1600 GT. Its unique 6-cylinder engine delivers a fascinating torque level of 175 Nm and an output of 118 kW. And with intelligent technology such as ESA II, RDC, DTC and ABS, it only asks the rider.

BMW K 1600 GTL

When luxury is freed of ballast, a new dimension is created. The BMW K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL.

The K 1600 GTL - a touring motorcycle like no other before it. With the most compact and economical 6-cylinder engine ever to be fitted in a serial production motorcycle. Comfort and dynamic performance. Safety and riding pleasure. Ergonomics which makes travelling pure luxury. Versatility which is wonderfully easy to operate. For those who want to experience a new kind of supremacy.

Highlights

An overview of highlights of the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL

The sound of the 6-cylinder

This is the sound of the lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engine ever to be used in a serial production motorcycle.

1649 cc, 118 kW (160 bhp) at approx. 7500 rpm: this power unit not only thrills touring enthusiasts. The transversely installed 6-cylinder engine offers outstanding running smoothness, ride comfort and supremacy.

Light and compact

Lightest and most compact serial production 6-cylinder in-line engine in a motorcycle.

The new engine of the K 1600 models offers the benefits of a powerful in-line 6-cylinder engine with superior running smoothness and takes up virtually no more space than a comparable 4-cylinder engine. A completely new dimension of riding pleasure without the drawbacks of a normal in-line 6-cylinder engine in terms of chassis geometry, weight distribution and centre of gravity.

The engine of the K 1600 models is about 100 mm narrower than all 6-cylinder in-line engines previously used in serial motorcycle production. This makes the engine not only the most compact but also the lightest 6-cylinder in-line engine for a serial production motorcycle, weighing just 102.6 kg.

This extremely compact construction and reduced width was achieved in particular by means of a just slightly undersquare stroke-bore ratio of 67.5 to 72 millimetres (0.938) with a relatively long stroke and very small cylinder centre distance spacings of 77 millimetres.

Drive comfort and supremacy.

Drive comfort.

1,649 cc, 118 kW (160 bhp) at approx. 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of approx. 175 Nm at approx. 5000 rpm - the figures sound straightforward enough. But the ride feel is virtually impossible to capture in words. The transversely mounted 6-cylinder in-line engine of the BMW K 1600 models offers outstanding running smoothness and allows gentle gliding as well as supremely athletic travel. 70 per cent of maximum torque is available from just 1500 rpm.

Compact overall design

Compact overall design. Intelligent engine design.

With a total width of just 560 mm, the engine is only slightly wider than a current large-volume 4-cylinder in-line engine. In order to keep the width as low as possible, the electrical ancillary units and their drive units were moved behind the crankshaft into the free space above the gearbox. The ideal concentration of masses at the centre of the vehicle makes for an optimum centre of gravity and outstanding handling.

Fuel consumption

A high degree of efficiency results in low fuel consumption.

Efficient combustion, a low engine speed level, high gas velocities and minimised frictional loss in the 6-cylinder engine result in a high degree of efficiency and therefore a level of fuel consumption which is unsurpassed. In view of its performance potential, the engine achieves top figures at the level of a comparable 4-cylinder motorcycle.

 

Power transmission

Narrow three-shaft transmission and self-energising clutch with anti-hopping function.

When the rider activates the free-moving clutch lever, torque is transmitted from the crankshaft to a self-energising 10-disc wet clutch with anti-hopping function via a straight-toothed primary drive - so as to ensure that the high level of force is delivered gently.

For optimum use of construction space, the gearbox complete with bevel gear is integrated in the engine casing. In order reduce construction width in the area of the rider footrests in particular, the gearbox is designed as a three-shaft transmission with three gearbox shafts arranged one on top of the other. What is more, the cogwheels are helical-cut so as to achieve a low level of running noise.

Centre of gravity

Low overall centre of gravity, very favourable concentration of masses and ideal static wheel load distribution ensure optimum weight distribution.

A touring motorcycle with a 6-cylinder engine makes special demands in terms of chassis and frame geometry. For this reason, the weight distribution of the K 1600 models was completely realigned. The chassis, engine position and seating position of the rider not only make for a low overall centre of gravity with a very favourable concentration of masses. They also provide an ideally balanced static wheel load distribution of 52 per cent at the front to 48 per cent at the rear. Even with a pillion passenger and a heavy load, this guarantees outstanding riding properties.

 

Frame

Bridge-type frame made of light alloy.

The central support structure is the bridge-type main frame made of light alloy. Due to the fact that the engine is tilted heavily forward, the profiles of the main frame can run above the cylinder head. So in spite of the somewhat wider 6-cylinder in-line engine, the frame is very slim, especially in the ergonomically important knee area. What is more, the engine is firmly bolted to the frame at eight points and thus acts as a rigidifying and supporting element - for enhanced stability and an even more direct ride feel. (ill.: aluminium rear frame).

Paralever swing arm

Adapted Paralever swing arm and cardan shaft drive.

The innovative Paralever system with cardan shaft drive takes care of both wheel control and power transmission. In large-volume BMW touring motorcycles in particular, the cardan shaft drive is an indispensable part of the overall concept due to its numerous advantages. The propeller shaft, cardan joints and rear axle final drive were also adapted to the new 6-cylinder engine and its high performance figures in terms of their design.

ESA II

Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and load states (optional extra).

The new BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL benefit from the innovative Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II). With this system, globally unique on the motorcycle market, riders can conveniently press a button to electronically adapt the chassis of their motorcycle to perfectly suit their driving style, the load of the motorcycle and the surface conditions. In addition to adapting the rebound damping properties of the front and rear spring strut and the spring rest ("spring preload") of the rear spring strut , ESA II also adjusts the latter's spring rate and therefore the "hardness" of the suspension. This means that the settings "Sport", "Normal" and "Comfort" are more clearly differentiated and can be felt more markedly. In "Sport" mode, both motorcycles are more dynamic and precise, in "Comfort" mode they are even more comfortable while retaining excellent stability.

 

Brake system

EVO brake system with BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral) for optimum deceleration.

The well-established EVO brake system with the BMW Motorrad Integral ABS in the part integral version, which is fitted as standard, offers optimum deceleration and meets the very highest safety standards. In the new K 1600 models in particular, an additional pressure sensor provides not just enhanced controllability and a more sensitive control response, it also makes for shorter braking distances. This means that the new braking system offers extremely powerful yet controllable deceleration requiring a low level of control force - for further enhanced safety.

Traction control DTC

Traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety when accelerating.

Traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) offers maximum safety and dynamic performance when accelerating (optional extra). By comparing the rotational speeds of the front and rear wheel obtained via the ABS sensors, the electronic system detects spin in the rear wheel and cuts back drive torque accordingly by reducing the ignition angle as well as adapting injection via the engine management system. Unlike previous BMW Motorrad ASC systems, the traction control system DTC also takes into account the banking position of the vehicle by means of sophisticated sensors, also allowing for this in its control response. Traction control DTC is adapted to the various modes and thus contributes significantly to a high level of riding dynamics and exemplary riding safety in the new K 1600 models.

Adaptive Headlight

The first motorcycles in the world with adaptive xenon headlight. For even greater safety at night.

A world premiere shines in the striking front section of the new K models: the first adaptive xenon headlight for motorcycles. The main headlamp fitted as standard itself consists of a movable xenon projection module with reflector mirror. Due the "pitch compensation" of the permanent beam control function, the headlamp sheds light in the optimum pre-set area, regardless of riding and load conditions.

The special equipment item "Adaptive Headlight" consists of an additional servomotor in the reflector mirror which ensures that the road is illuminated to optimum effect on every bend. The servomotor automatically compensates for the banking angle of the motorcycle while cornering, directing the light cone onto the road at an optimum angle. This significantly improved illumination of the road when cornering results in an enormous increase in active riding safety.

 

 

Integrated operating concept

The future is on board: integrated operating concept with Multi-Controller, TFT colour monitor and menu guidance.

The future has already begun in the cockpit of the new K 1600 models. The instrument panel based on digital technology comprises a speedometer and tachometer as well as an information display which takes the form of a powerfully lit 5.7-inch colour monitor. This display enables user-friendly presentation of text and graphics over several lines.

The information unit is operated using the Multi-Controller. As a component of the integrated operating concept it is placed ergonomically favourably on the left handlebar grip. Unlike individual operating keys, this set-up means that the rider does not have to take his eyes off the road.

The functional range of the Multi-Controller has been significantly expanded for use in the new touring motorcycles. In addition to operating the audio system, it is also possible to select numerous other functions with such as the on-board computer, ESA II, the navigation system as well as grip and seat heating. What is more, the set-up menu can be used to configure settings specific to both rider and vehicle such as the adjustment of the Adaptive Headlight to riding on the right-hand or left-hand side of the road. The menu structure and control were specially developed for the specific demands of motorcycling and optimised by means of user tests.

Audio system

An audio system which lets you hear the difference.

The audio system was completely newly designed and has interfaces for playing MP3s - e.g. on an iPod, USB stick or conventional devices such as a CD player. Whether using playlists or the random play function for the entire music library on the source device - the selected volume level and current title are shown on the TFT colour screen and can be controlled using the Multi-Controller or the audio unit. The external devices can be housed in a lockable, waterproof and ventilated storage compartment in the interior trim on the right where they are excellently protected from the weather.

 

Navigation system

Navigation system integrated in the vehicle electrical system

If the rider opts for the audio system, the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV available as a special accessory is also integrated in the vehicle electrical system directly ex works. This means that the most important functions such as zoom or voice command repetition can be operated conveniently from the handlebars using the Multi-Controller. Data is also exchanged between the navigation system and the vehicle electrical system. For example, the navigation system automatically relays the date and time to the instrument panel or suggests the nearest filling station after a certain residual range has been covered. The TMC data from the audio system also enables dynamic routing so as to avoid congested traffic, for example.

 

Innovation

Innovative design which sets the benchmark for touring motorcycles.

Design which arouses a desire to travel at first sight: striking lines and spaces and the visibility of the 6-cylinder engine radiate a sense of superior mobility. The perfect finish highlights premium value and quality. As new high-end products among the BMW Motorrad touring motorcycles, the new models K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL have an impressive and unmistakable appearance.

The front view includes elements of the overriding design line of BMW Motorrad as well as reflecting family kinship. Although the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL provide a high visual presence from the front, the extremely slim-line 6-cylinder engine underscores their agile, active character.

Lightweight construction

Magnesium front panel carrier with vibration isolation and aluminium rear frame.

The upper trim section, headlamp, cockpit and rear mirrors are supported by a highly rigid front panel carrier. In order to achieve an even weight distribution and a concentration of masses close to the machine's overall centre of gravity, the dual-section front panel carrier is made of a very light but highly rigid magnesium alloy. In spite of the high demands made by such a motorcycle in terms of pillion passenger riding and load, it has nonetheless been possible to create a highly resilient rear frame in light aluminium construction.

 

Storage concept.

Carefully conceived storage concept.

The standard panniers of both K 1600 models are removable for maximum flexibility and superior touring suitability. When mounted they fit seamlessly into the vehicle line as design elements. The K 1600 GTL is fitted as standard with a topcase featuring two gas-filled dampers and interior lighting.

Seating comfort

Seatback and seating positions for outstanding long-distance comfort.

The new top-class touring motorcycles offer superior long-distance comfort. Here the rider benefits from especially slim-line construction in the area of the rider seat due to the three-shaft gearbox and the narrowly designed frame.

In the K 1600 GT, the design of the ergonomics triangle of footrests, seat top and handlebars makes for a proactive seating position while retaining a high level of long-distance comfort. The rider and pillion passenger enjoy a comfortable knee angle. The two-section seat of the K 1600 GT is height-adjustable in the rider area so that it can be adapted to individual needs.

The K 1600 GTL offers outstanding pillion passenger suitability and ergonomics geared towards an even higher level of comfort. Rider footrests which are placed further forward and lower down and handlebars which reach further backwards make for a very relaxed seating position as is especially appreciated over long distances. The foot shift lever is individually adjustable, too. The pillion passenger also benefits from a slightly longer and wider seat top on the K 1600 GTL, as well as a more comfortable backrest in the topcase. The K 1600 GTL can also be equipped with pillion passenger armrests as a special accessory in order to further enhance safety.

Equipment program

Special equipment features and special accessories - perfect individualisation from BMW Motorrad.

Both the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL fulfil their Gran Turismo promise with a fascinating blend of supremacy, dynamic performance and comfort to a virtually perfect degree even in standard trim. In addition, BMW Motorrad offers its usual extensive range of special equipment features and special accessories for further optimisation.

This includes such features as the Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II), traction control DTC, the tyre pressure control system RDC, the adaptive xenon headlight and (for the K 1600 GT) the audio system.

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