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EICMA 2010 Live Report
 
2011 BMW K 1600 GT/GTL
by Rick Korchak for webBikeWorld.com
Live from EICMA 2010

UPDATE: BMW Announces K 1600 GT Pricing

February 14, 2011 - BMW announced pricing today for the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL.

The K 1600 GT will have a base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,900.

The K 1600 GTL will have a base MSRP of $23,200.

An additional destination charge of $495 is not included in MSRP.

Both new models will be available for purchase through authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealers this Spring.

Details on the configurations for all versions are outlined below.

BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL Production Versions

November 8, 2010 - Not much more I can say about the BMW K 1600 GT and GTL that hasn't been said in our detailed press release and photo coverage of the BMW K 1600 GT published previously on webBikeWorld.

I did, however, finally learn the difference between the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL, which apparently has been a source of confusion and wasn't described exactly in the original press release.

 According to a BMW rep I talked to at the show (paraphrasing here), the GT is the "sport" version of the bike.

It's less expensive; it has a different riding position that is more of a BMW "RS" (sport touring) riding position, rather than "RT" (touring) position of the GTL.

The GTL includes the stereo radio, the top box and a larger/wider pillion seat.  The top box bracket is apparently different (or the top box sits farther back) for the passenger's comfort.  

The GTL version also holds 2.5 L more fuel and the bike has a taller windscreen.  Some of the extra trim on the GTL is chrome plated and finally, the GTL weighs 29 kg more than the (claimed) 319 kg of the GT.  In the U.S.A., the GTL features an XM Sirius radio with free service for the first year and a Bluetooth capability.

The system also includes USB and MP3/iPod connectivity.  It's uncertain whether the electric adjustment for windscreen height on the GTL is also available on the GT.

The bike isn't narrow by any means, but it actually looks smaller to me than the BMW K 1200 LT's I've seen and the K 1600 GT appears narrower when viewed from the front or back.  I'd sure like to try one; I bet the engine is smooth as silk.  BMW says the 6-cylinder engine is "barely" larger than previous 4-cylinder K engines.

They claim the six makes 161 HP and a hefty 129 ft. lbs. of torque at only 1,500 RPM, which is pretty incredible and the reason why you'd want a six anyway.  The engine does not need a balance shaft.  Should be great for touring with a pillion...

Here is a walk-around video taken at the EICMA show.  A walk-around of the display engine is included towards the end of the video, so check it out.

I really like this bike and I think BMW has really gotten its act together lately with design.  The K 1600 GT looks solid and very well made and everything fits together...just like a BMW should.  It reminds me very much of a BMW car.

2011 K1600GT and K1600GTL Configuration and Options

February 14, 2011 - Along with the pricing mentioned above, BMW announced the final configurations for the K1600GT and K1600GTL:

Both Base models come equipped with:

  • Xenon headlight with dynamic leveling
  • Heated seat
  • Heated grips
  • Cruise control
  • Multifunction display, on-board computer and multi-controller
  • Integral ABS
  • Luggage rack
  • E-Gas throttle with three power modes
  • White LED turn signals
  • Power adjustable windshield

The Base Model K 1600 GTL also includes:

  • Bluetooth
  • Audio system with tuner, Sirius satellite radio with one-year complimentary subscription, iPod/USB integration, 3.5mm Aux input, GPS preparation
  • Top case in body color
  • Comfort backrest for top case
  • Third stop light for top case
  • Comfort windshield
  • Comfort footrests
  • Chrome body kit

The Standard Package, only offered on the K 1600 GT, will have a MSRP of $23,045 and will include:

  • Preparation for GPS
  • ESA II (Electronic suspension adjustment II)
  • Safety package (Xenon adaptive headlight, dynamic traction control, tire pressure monitor)

The Premium Package is available on both models and will be offered at an MSRP of $24,540 for the K 1600 GT and $25,845 for the K 1600 GTL.

Premium package equipment for the K 1600 GT includes:

  • Audio system with tuner, Sirius satellite radio with one-year complimentary subscription, iPod/USB integration, 3.5mm Aux input, GPS preparation
  • Safety package (Xenon adaptive headlight, dynamic traction control, tire pressure monitor)
  • GT Luxury Package – ESA II, power central locking system, anti-theft alarm

Premium package equipment for the K 1600 GTL includes:

  • Safety package (Xenon adaptive headlight, dynamic traction control, tire pressure monitor)
  • GTL Luxury Package – LED fog lights, ESA II, power central locking system, anti-theft alarm

Color options for the K 1600 GT are light grey metallic and vermillion red metallic.  Color options for the K 1600 GTL are royal blue metallic and mineral silver metallic.

K1600GT Photos and Video

By the way, here's a new tool, it's a new type of "Apple friendly" (no JavaScript) Lightbox.  Click on one of the thumbnails to start it and the Lightbox will open up and a slide show will start after a few seconds, or you can browse through any photo you'd like:

wBW Lightbox Slide Show: Click on a photo to start the Lightbox slide show.
Video: BMW K 1600 GT/GTL and Engine

BMW K 1600 GT/GTL Photos

BMW K 1600 GT

BMW K 1600 GT Bags

BMW K 1600 GT Dash

BMW K 1600 GT Engine

BMW K 1600 GT Exhaust

BMW K 1600 GT Front View

BMW K 1600 GT Front Wheel

BMW K 1600 GT Headlight

BMW K 1600 GT Lowers

BMW K 1600 GT Rear View

BMW K 1600 GT Rider Rear

BMW K 1600 GT Side Panel

BMW K 1600 GT White, Left Side

Publication Date: November 8, 2010

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