Review : BMW K1600GTL (2011)

The K1600GTL is now BMW’s premier sports tourer and puts the big machine right in the firing line of bikes like the Honda Pan-European, and the Honda GoldWing. Taken form mcn reviews, over the GT it comes with a massive top case big enough to swallow two full size helmets, the same panniers as the GT, plus it gets lower and further back handlebars, lower footrests, lower pillion footrests and a more luxurious pillion seat. Yet despite those small changes the extra weight and riding position of the GTL makes it feel very different.

 

Specifications

General information
Model: BMW K 1600 GTL
Year: 2011
Category: Touring
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1649.00 ccm (100.62 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line six, four-stroke
Power: 158.24 HP (115.5 kW)) @ 7500 RPM
Torque: 175.00 Nm (17.8 kgf-m or 129.1 ft.lbs) @ 5000 RPM
Compression: 12.2:1
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 67.5 mm (2.8 x 2.7 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel system: Injection. E-Throttle: fully electronic relay between accelerator grip and throttle valve. Three drive modes to choose from (´Rain´, ´Road´, ´Dynamic´)
Fuel control: Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type,
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Clutch: Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath
Emission details: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Exhaust system: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Bridge-type main frame made of light alloy
Rake (fork angle): 29.4°
Trail: 112 mm (4.4 inches)
Front suspension: BMW Motorrad Duolever
Front wheel travel: 125 mm (4.9 inches)
Rear suspension: Swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever
Rear wheel travel: 135 mm (5.3 inches)
Front tyre: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre: 190/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Double disc. 4-piston. EVO brake system with the BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Wheels: Cast aluminium
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 321.0 kg (707.7 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 348.0 kg (767.2 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.4930 HP/kg
Seat height: 750 mm (29.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,465 mm (57.7 inches)
Overall length: 2,489 mm (98.0 inches)
Overall width: 1,000 mm (39.4 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,680 mm (66.1 inches)
Fuel capacity: 26.50 litres (7.00 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity: 4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)
Other specifications
Starter: Electric
Light: Adaptive xenon headlight
Comments: Traction control.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes

This bike is still incredible, just not quite so accomplished as the GT when it comes to covering ground fast. The extra weight over the standard GT means it suffers slightly on bumpy roads but for its sheer size this bike is an amazingly accomplished mile muncher. Sit back, take in the touring way of life and there are few things you’d rather be sat on top. Except for maybe the K1600GT.

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Engine

The six-cylinder engine is so smooth a baby could sleep on it. Zero vibration, tons of torque, a soundtrack unlike any other bike and the ability to chug along at any revs in top gear. Put simply, it’s the most amazing bike engine anyone has ever built. Five stars aren’t enough. But where the GT is all about that engine, revs building high, going fast and slicing through the countryside, the GTL is more about taking a relaxed pace.

 

Build Quality & Reliability

As with most BMW’s, build quality is generally top notch, and no major problems have been reported

 

 

Running Costs & Value

The price is an awful lot of money, but when you think that essentially you’re buying a bike with the performance of a sports car but the comfort of an estate car, then it’s not too bad, all considered.

 

Equipment

With more kit than your average high specification 5-series car, there are more extras on this bike than anyone will ever need. Over the GT, it comes with a massive top case big enough to swallow two full size helmets, the same panniers as the GT, plus it gets lower and further back handlebars, lower footrests, lower pillion footrests and a more luxurious pillion seat. There’s riding modes and options on adjustable electronic suspension, stereo, heated seats, Sat. nav…. you name it.

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Immense six-cylinder tourer bristles with features and raises the bar for ‘full-dressers’

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BMW K1600GTL (2011)

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9.2

Ride Quality & Brakes

10.0/10

Engine

9.0/10

Build Quality & Reliability

9.0/10

Running Costs & Value

8.0/10

Equipment

10.0/10

 



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