Since 2018, the K 1600 GT, like all models in the Touring range, can benefit from the new BMW Motorrad Spezial program. What to personalize his BM with high-end parts, premium materials, more refined colors and an increased level of quality.
Born in 2011, the flagship of BMW continues to evolve smoothly to offer more comfort and dynamism. No big revolution for the K 1600 GT phase 2, whose driving qualities and the efficiency of the famous 6-cylinder are well established. Fans of the Teutonic hyper-road will be entitled to a slightly retouched design and a few small welcome adjustments to make their daily lives easier.
First good news: still driven by its ultra-compact 6-cylinder engine, the K 1600 GT goes Euro4 without any loss of power. By modifying the injection map, the catalytic system and adding an activated carbon filter, BMW was able to maintain the full scale of its interstellar vessel. The big German still develops its 160 horses for 17.8 mkg of torque. Be sure, there will always be enough to transport the pilot, passenger, luggage, and 4 and a half tons of gear without complaining if you are greedy! Indeed, the generosity of this engine, the last 6 cylinders in the segment, is enormous and that from the first graduations of the tachometer (70% of the torque from 1500 rpm!). But who says generosity, does not necessarily mean unbridled opulence. The architecture of the engine block of the K1600GT gives a Contratrio a smooth and smooth power that gives this frigate dynamic qualities above the rest. All accompanied by the unique vocalizations of the 6-cylinder which will force the respect of bikers encountered on its long journeys. These journeys can also be done with a little less stopover since the tank of the K 1600 GT now has 26.5 liters against 24 until then..
So what’s beautiful on the menu ?
Design side, the road retains its general line and its hawk look. It inherits new sides of fairings and bigger aerodynamic deflectors in order to improve the protection of the pilot. Nothing immediately obvious, but there are also several small touch-ups here and there, such as the redesigned box cover on the left side, the redesigned storage spaces and the revised muffler tips. The dials of the speedometer have been retouched and adopt a signature K 1600 GT.
In terms of comfort, the German luxury has taken a step forward by adopting the ESA Dynamic electronically controlled suspensions as standard. Always faithful to its proven chassis (perimeter aluminum frame / Duolever at the front / Paralever single-sided gimbal at the rear), the K 1600 GT is therefore equipped with a semi-active damping system. This adjusts damping in real time based on various parameters, such as acceleration and deceleration, which are measured in real time. This makes it possible to adapt the damping force on the front and rear combinations in a few thousandths of a second..
The system offers two tuning modes: ROAD (for optimal comfort and traction on almost any road surface) and DYNAMIC (providing firmer overall damping). Be aware that it will be possible to switch from one to the other, even while riding. Before travel, you will also have the option of adjusting the spring preload at the touch of a button. Already very well off in terms of comfort, the road promises further progress in this area..
This new standard equipment joined in 2017 the electronic assistance package previously offered by the K 1600 GT which included 3 control modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic), dynamic traction control (DTC) and partially full ABS. BMW Motorrad.
Speaking of braking, this one remains entrusted to two 320mm discs bitten by fixed 4-piston calipers for the front, and a single 320mm disc with a floating two-piston caliper for the rear. The ABS module is partially coupled. The brake pedal acts on all braking, rear and front.
The year 2020 offers reverse gear as standard for this heavy GT. Thanks to a dedicated button on the left stalk, it will be possible to activate this reverse gear. Forward gear will then be blocked and it will then suffice to press the start button to reverse the motorcycle (propulsion via a flexible shaft). Suffice to say that it is really not luxury on a machine that weighs 319 kg (without the suitcases and with 90% of the full tank)! But rest assured, the efficiency of the work of BMW engineers on mass balance has proven to be effective over its predecessor. The very low center of gravity allows this XL weight to be forgotten once launched and to guarantee supreme agility on such a template..
Another option offered: the pro shifter (inherited from the S 1000 RR), which allows up and down gears without intervening on the clutch. In addition to enhanced dynamism, it is certain that the left hand will appreciate this rest during long journeys..
Finally, the K 1600 GT can also be equipped with e-Call, an intelligent call system that wishes you well. Thus prepared, the Bavarian road will automatically notify the emergency services in the event of an accident and will give them your geographical coordinates. Housed on the right side of the handlebars, the e-Call module consists of an SOS button protected by a cover, a microphone and a speaker. An option that we were very excited about but which unfortunately will only be available on the German market when it is launched … BMW however promises that other countries will follow soon..
In terms of standard equipment, the customer will of course be very well off: ABS Pro, dynamic traction control DTC, electrically adjustable windscreen with memory function, xenon headlight, TFT screen, tire pressure sensor, grips and saddle heated pilot and passenger, cruise control, on-board computer. All in an opulent, luxurious atmosphere and with a level of finish honoring the Germanic tradition..
Offered at an elite price close to € 25,000, the BMW K 1600 GT has a large catalog of accessories and options which may for some be included in two packs: The pack security, including adaptive directional lighting, daytime running lights, RDC tire pressure control, hill start assist; and the pack Comfort, much more complete (including the pro shifter, reverse gear, intelligent emergency call, keyless start, etc.). Those who want more can opt for the K 1600 GTL which, for a few thousand euros more, will raise the level of luxury and comfort by sacrificing some ‘Sport GT’ skills of this K 1600 GT.
The highlights of the BMW K 1600 GT:
* Six-cylinder in-line equipped with new catalytic converters and an adapted mapping according to the provisions of the Euro 4 emission standard, power unchanged from 118 kW (160 hp) at 7,750 rpm, maximum torque 175 Nm at 6,500 rpm / min.
* Dynamic ESA electronically controlled suspension with automatic adjustment of the standard damping.
* Reverse assist to facilitate maneuvering of the motorcycle.
* Shifter Pro for up and down gears without actuating the clutch, optional ex works.
* Redesigned dial instruments. Speedometer with the signature K 1600 GT.
* Intelligent emergency call for quick help in case of accidents and emergencies, optional ex works.
* Optimized wind and weather protection thanks to enlarged aerodynamic deflectors and redesigned fairing sidewalls.
* Dynamic design.
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K 1600 GT 2019
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medium: 5.70 l
about 200 km / h
The technical aspect
2020 BMW K 1600 GT
- Tank: 26.5 liters
- Width: 1000 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,618 mm
- Dry weight: 306 kg
- Operating weight: 334 kg
- Train before
- Secondary cardan drive
- Rear axle
(72 x 67.5 m mm)
at 7,750 rpm
at 5,250 rpm