2011 BMW K1600GT | First Ride

Game changer

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Daniel Kraus

tech SPEC
BMW K1600GT

EVOLUTION
Add two cylinders to the K1300GT, include every feature imaginable, and use the result as the basis for sport- and luxury-tourers.

RIVALS
Honda VFR1200F, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Sprint GT, Yamaha FJR1300.

TECH
Price: $20,900
Engine type: l-c inline-six
Valve train: DOHC, 24v
Displacement: 1649cc
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 67.5mm
Compression: 12.2:1
Fuel system: BMS-X EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 160 bhp @ 7750 rpm
Claimed torque: 129 lb.-ft @ 5250 rpm
Frame: Aluminum bridge-type frame with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension: Duolever with ESA II
Rear suspension: Paralever with ESA II
Front brake: Dual BMW four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with part-integral ABS
Rear brake: Two-piston BMW caliper, 320mm disc with part-integral ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact
Rake/trail: 27.8°/4.2 in.
Seat height: 31.9/32.7 in.
Wheelbase: 63.7 in.
Fuel capacity: 6.3 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 703 lbs.
Colors: Vermillion Red, Light Grey Metallic
Available: Now
Warranty: 36 mo., 36,000 mi.
Contact: BMW Motorrad USA
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07675
800.831.1117
www.bmwmotorcycles.com

VERDICT 5 out of 5 stars
Puts the sinnlichkeit in sport-touring

By Jamie Elvidge
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