The 2020 BMW K 1600 GTL is a touring motorcycle that is the pinnacle of the long-distance motorcycles from BMW. It is the bike that has all of the bells and whistles and features that you would want from a touring bike, including Xenon headlights, Dynamic ESA, heated seats, and more.
The model features a 1,649cc six-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that makes 160 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. It’s a good, strong engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This engine has enough power to take you anywhere you need to go.
The K 1600 GTL is at home on the highway but it can handle itself well around town, too. It’s a bike that offers so much and that’s why it has a $26,245 price tag. It received some notable updates in 2019 but is a carryover for 2020
The motorcycle is available in Pollux Metallic, Black Storm Metallic, Option 719 Sparkling Bronze Metallic, and Option 719 Planet Metallic/Ivory.
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Electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle system
Multi-plate wet clutch, mechanically operated
Shaft drive 2.75:1
BMW Duolever; central spring strut
Dual floating disc brakes, 4-piston fixed calipers, diameter 320 mm
Single disc brake, diameter 320 mm, dual-piston floating caliper
120/70 ZR 17
190/55 ZR 17
Fuel Tank Capacity
26.5 L (7 US gal.)
Pollux Metallic, Black Storm Metallic, Option 719 Sparkling Bronze Metallic, and Option 719 Planet Metallic/Ivory
98 in (2,489 mm)
39.4 in (1,000 mm)
58.1 in (1,475 mm)
63.7 in (1,618 mm)
31.9 in (810 mm)
772lbs (350 kg)
2020 BMW K 1600 GTL Features
Dynamic ESA: unevenness ironed flat.
The standard Dynamic ESA once again significantly increases the first-class riding comfort of the K 1600 GTL. It ensures the best traction, safety and the highest level of comfort: dynamic ESA controls the suspension depending on the driving condition and riding maneuvers by automatically adjusting to the detected conditions. In doing so, it ensures significantly improved contact between road and tire, even when in a lean. Enabling riding characteristics which are always stable and an added boost in comfort and safety – especially on those long tours.
The standard setting “Road” – takes you comfortably over all unevenness. With the “dynamic” setting, a generally firmer damping action is selected: for sporty dynamic riding.
Reverse Assist: effortlessly maneuvering and getting out of parking spaces.
Simply reverse. Steep paths and narrow space conditions at popular look-out points or parking spots are no issue with the convenient Reverse Assist. Activate the Reverse Assist by putting the bike into neutral and engaging the function using the button on the left handlebar. As soon as the R is shown on the display and started by pressing it, you can glide out of your parking space with ease and get going on to your next destination with ample momentum.
Xenon headlight: puts everything into the right light.
The standard xenon headlights are double as bright and consume 30% less power than conventional halogen headlamps. They ensure consistent illumination of the road surface – particularly at night and with poor visibility. At the same time, they make you easier to be seen as well. A cylindrical bulb shield on the reflector prevents the light bulb from dazzling other road users.
Cases and storage compartments: more space for your luggage.
Whether you are touring or simply going for your daily ride, the installed cases and storage compartments on the K 1600 GTL provide sufficient space for everything you need to store. From the day-to-day essentials, equipment and clothing, and even holiday mementos.
The optional topcase impresses with its convenient interior and the interior lighting fitted as standard. Your passenger will love the small comfortable backrest. The standard colors of the motorcycle are perfectly integrated into the elegant appearance of the K 1600 GTL. The optional storage compartment for the top case lid provides space for all travel essentials, documents and paperwork.
The liners give you even more space and order for your touring case. With the carry handle and the removable shoulder strap, it is the ideal companion for a cruise through town.
Keyless Ride and Central Locking.
Keyless Ride and Central Locking make your life easier and quickly become companions you won’t want to do without.
Thanks to Keyless Ride, the mechanical key becomes superfluous so you no longer have to spend time inconveniently looking for it before you set off. It is sufficient simply to carry your key in your jacket pocket in order to unlock and start up your motorcycle.
The Central Locking ensures that the contents of the storage compartments and additional cases are protected when you lock your bike – all this simply by pressing a button on the handlebars. Enabling you to set out on an excursion after dismounting even faster.
Clutchless shifting thanks to Gear Shift Assist Pro.
This is luxury – above all a plus for easy handling: the Gear Shift Assist Pro was originally developed for racing sport. Adapted for the touring sector, it allows you to shift gears without using the clutch throughout the RPM band. During acceleration, the throttle grip remains open and ensures swift and relaxed shifting. When downshifting with closed throttle grip, the system automatically provides double-declutching and uses this to downshift perfectly.
This ensures that your clutch hand is relieved and remains relaxed even after long tours. In addition, shift time is reduced as compared to a gearshift using the clutch: for even more dynamics and comfort.