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
Multifunction display, on-board computer and multi-controller
E-Gas throttle with three power modes
White LED turn signals
Power adjustable windshield
The Base Model K 1600 GTL also includes:
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
Chrome body kit
The Standard Package, only offered on the K 1600 GT, will have a MSRP of $23,045 and will include:
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
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