2012 BMW K 1600 GTL | First Ride

Report from South Africa

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Daniel Kraus

BMW K 1600 GTL
Price: $23,200
Colors: Royal Blue Metallic and Mineral Silver Metallic
Warranty: 36 mo., 36,000 mi.

Type: Water/oil-cooled, transverse, inline-six
Valve train: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement: 1649cc
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 67.5mm
Compression: 12.2:1
Fuel system: BMS-X EFI
Transmission: 6-speed; wet, multi-plate clutch
Final Drive: Enclosed shaft

Wheelbase: 66.1 in.
Claimed curb weight: 767 lbs.
Seat height: 29.5 in.
Rake/trail: 27.8°/4.3 in.
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec
Front brake: 320mm discs; dual four-piston calipers; integral ABS
Rear brake: 320mm disc; two-piston caliper; integral ABS
Front suspension: Duolever with ESA; 4.9 in. travel
Rear suspension: Paralever with ESA; 5.3 in. travel
Frame: Aluminum bridge-type frame; single-sided aluminum swingarm

Claimed horsepower: 160 bhp @ 7750 rpm
Claimed torque: 129 lb.-ft @ 5250 rpm
Fuel capacity: 7 gal.

BMW Motorrad USA

By Jamie Elvidge
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