BMW's 2017 K 1600 GTL - Luxurious Performance Touring

The German motorcycle manufacturer claims it has optimized its K 1600 GTL, BMW Motorrad’s luxurious performance touring bike even further following the apparent mantra of go big or go home.

Unveiling the updated BMW K 1600 GTL at EICMA, the popular touring model has enjoyed attention to its powerhouse, appearance, handling and even how the bike handles the wind on those wide, open roads.

‘With unrivalled running smoothness, an inimitable sound and the supreme power of its 160 hp 6-cylinder in-line engine, the extensively fitted BMW K 1600 GTL already provided incomparable dynamic travel pleasure in its existing form,’ writes BMW Motorrad.

The appearance of the new K 1600 GTL is especially striking due to its more elegant and dynamic lines. The side trim sections have been redesigned from the enlarged and more efficient slipstream deflectors downwards, for example, and have been drawn backwards for improved wind and weather protection. There are also wind deflectors to provide more effective protection for the rider’s hands. The two mirrors are also newly styled as well has having enlarged mirror areas with an aspherical section for a further enhanced view of traffic to the rear. Leaving no detail overlooked, the emblem carrier and model designation are presented in high-quality chrome.

Speaking of small stuff, the foot guard and storage compartment on the left and right in the lower area of the engine are now considered standard equipment and have also been redesigned.

The new K 1600 GTL isn’t just about looks. Its 6-cylinder in-line engine has enjoyed some make-over love as well. Adaptation to EU4 emission requirements comes with new catalytic converters and adapted data status. The engine delivers an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 7 750 rpm and a maximum torque of 175 Nm at 5 250 rpm.



With the standard electronically controlled suspension Dynamic ESA and its adjustment modes “Road” and “Dynamic”, the new K 1600 GTL opens up a whole new dimension of ride comfort, stability and dynamics to provide an incomparable riding experience.

In the standard setting ‘Road’, damping adaptation is fully automated and offers the very highest level of comfort and traction over virtually all surfaces. Depending on customer preference, the spring preload can be adapted to the load state at the press of a button and independently of the damping. Likewise at the press of a button, conveniently positioned on the handlebars, the rider can switch to the damping characteristics ‘Dynamic’ selecting a tighter damping set-up overall.

The new K 1600 GTL meets the demands of a luxurious touring bike even when maneuvering. The reverse assist function can be conveniently activated from the left handlebar panel at the press of a button. Movement itself is initiated by the rider by pressing on the starter button.

Finally, taking the effort out of riding, Shift Assistant Pro is available as an ex works option and enables the rider to conveniently shift up and down without activating the clutch or throttle valve and can be used for most gearshift operations.

Extras are standard

BMW Motorrad have packed a lot of accessories in as standard on the K 1600 GTL.

From safety and handling features such as ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC to a powerful xenon headlamp a lot of items are included because touring riders have come to expect them. This would include heating in the grips and seat, multi-controller to help navigate through the motorcycle’s information center.

Thoroughly modern features such as riding modes, a total of three for the K 1600 GTL and cruise control is included as standard. Long trips are made shorter with relaxed, upright seating posture coming from handlebars shifted further back and lower footrests. A final thought to riding comfort, a standard topcase fitted with a back pad allows the passenger to lean back and relax over long distances.

Three exclusive color variants range from ‘Sport’ to ‘Elegance’. The new K 1600 GTL is presented in the three new color variants Lightwhite non-metallic, Thundergrey metallic and Ebony metallic/Blackstorm metallic.

In conjunction with an engine in Platinum metallic as well as the frame and contrasting parts in the finish Monolith metallic matt, the color Lightwhite non-metallic highlights the flowing proportions and the emotional design of the K 1600 GTL.

By contrast, the color Thundergrey metallic gives the GTL a classic timeless look.

The K 1600 GTL Elegance in the paint finish Ebony metallic/Blackstorm metallic emphasizes refinement and exclusivity. Here, special chrome accentuations on the front mudguards and slipstream deflectors make a sophisticated, luxurious statement.


Extras are extra

For those who want something extra in their ride, BMW Motorrad has a laundry list of accessories that can be added. Offering a diverse range of well-established optional equipment items including adaptive turning light, daytime riding light, Keyless Ride, Hill Start Control, central locking and forged wheels among others.

A wide range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories and optional equipment items available ex works means that the new K 1600 GTL leaves virtually nothing to be desired. New footrest base plates now permit installation of comfortable footboards for the passenger. Newly designed, optional forged wheels, each with eleven double spokes, further enhance the exclusivity of the K 1600 GTL.

Riders in North America wanting a hint of what tomorrow’s motorcycle will look like can find one with another ex-works feature ‘Intelligent Emergency Call’. This options will be introduced in numerous European markets by 2018, at least those which have a system called ConnectedDrive.

This system is an e-call system or ‘Intelligent Emergency Call’ which can call emergency services in the event of an accident or in situations of emergency.

Clutch and Chrome will report on pricing and availability when they become available.

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