We say America’s highway’s because the K 1600 B was developed specifically with American riders and the great open U.S. roads in mind. Clutch and Chrome has followed the journey of this new model from the German motorcycle manufacturer with its reveal in Cleveland and then more recently at Daytona Bike Week. The recently announced price of $19,995.00, along with a $495.00 destination fee, may have more than a few biker’s taking the K 1600 B for a test ride.
A closer look at BMW’s bagger hit the pages of Clutch and Chrome in November 2016, but here’s a quick overview.
Largely based on the technology used in the BMW 6-cylinder tourer K 1600 GT and GTL, the K 1600 B features a spectacular backward sloping linear design with a specifically engineered rear section to reflect the characteristics of a grand American tourer. This not only makes the Bagger appear low-lying and slender; but also, thanks to the new rear frame, significantly reduces the height of the passenger seat.
As with the K 1600 GT/GTL, the Bagger’s 1,649 cc in-line six-cylinder engine produces 160 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. The bike comes standard with three riding modes (Rain, Road, and Dynamic), Dynamic Traction Control, cornering-optimized integral ABS Pro, heated seats and hand grips, power adjustable windshield, cruise control, multifunction display with on-board computer, and Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (D-ESAR) with “Road” and “Cruise” damping modes. Gear Shift Assist Pro, Reverse Assist, Hill Start Control, adaptive headlight, floorboards and more, are all available as options.
Riders who want a little more from their bagger can make the K 1600 B their own with option packages that include:
- Safety package: Adaptive headlight, tire pressure monitor (TPM), and Hill Start Control
- Comfort package: Gear Shift Assist Pro, central locking system, anti-theft alarm, Keyless Ride, and LED auxiliary lights
- Touring Package: Reverse assist, GPS preparation, and audio system with radio, Sirius XM, and Bluetooth.
Officially classified as a 2018 model, the K 1600 B will head to showrooms in mid-2017.