2011 BMW K Review


The award-winning BMW K returns in 2011 as an upgraded and refined touring motorcycle. One of the best touring bikes on the road, the K is one of the most-recognized BMW touring bikes on the road. It combines a powerful and sporty ride with a comfortable, long-range build that belies its relatively low base price when compared to much of the competition.

The new engine on the 2011 BMW K has improved economy and much higher output than the outgoing engine. In this competitive segment, the K includes many standard accessories that others consider optional. Made for long cruises and road trips, the K also has the comforts that make it a great around town ride.

The BMW K comfortably accommodates a rider and passenger on its split, nicely appointed seating. Storage is ample with plenty of space for everyday items in the integrated dashboard cubbyholes and built-in rear storage box. The BMW K delivers comfort, a thrilling ride, and road-pounding reliability.

New For 2011

  • The more powerful, updated BMW engine now produces 70% torque at only 1500 RPM and reaches maximum horsepower at 7200 RPM. Improved fuel economy and performance with updated electronic fuel injection controls as well
  • New lighter weight design through the use of magnesium and aluminum parts to improve efficiency and handling
  • Anti-lock brakes now standard on the K model line.
  • Audio system upgrades to include iPod, Bluetooth and satellite radio controls as standard on both standard and premium audio components. Satellite radio subscription required
  • BMW's premium Motorrad Paralever and Telelever suspension now standard with optional electronic suspension and dynamic traction control available

2011 BMW K Specs

  • Model: K 1200 LT
  • Engine Type: Inline four cylinder, four-stroke, 71.45 cubic inch
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.8 x 3.0 inches
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: Sixteen-valve dual overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Induction: Motronic MA 2.4
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Five-speed, single dry plate clutch (hydraulic)
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.34 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 54.7 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Double disc, four-piston fixed caliper with anti-lock braking, 12.6 inches
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc, four-piston fixed caliper, 11.2 inches
  • Suspension (Front): BMW Motorrad Telelever, four-inch
  • Suspension (Rear): Cast aluminum single-side swing arm paralever, 5.1-inch
  • Wheelbase:
  • Rake: 27 degrees
  • Trail: 4.6 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.3 inches to 31.5 inches, adjustable
  • Curb Weight: 779.3 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70-Z 17-inch
  • Tires (Rear): 160/70-Z 17-inch


  • BMW-themed full-face helmets, leather and cloth jackets, leather and denim pants, gloves and gauntlets, and other rider wear and safety equipment to accentuate the look and safety of the BMW experience
  • Optional dynamic traction control with three-mode driver controls and adaptive headlight leveling system to adapt to pitch and lean angles
  • Standard or bi-xenon (HID, B-HID) headlamp, heated grips, heated seats and other Touring upgrades for maximum comfort and visibility
  • Small ball trailer hitch and matching BMW K-style trailer for maximum storage on long-range trips
  • Upgraded premium stereo with integrated helmet surround sound and rider-to-rider intercom between driver and passenger. Integrated CB radio also available
  • BMW Easy-Store heavy motorcycle cover with tie-downs to protect the K during indoor/outdoor storage
  • Premium dash-mounted, removable GPS for on-the-road guidance, including full North America maps

Key Competitors For The 2011 BMW K

  • Victory Vision Street Premium
  • Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad and Voyager
  • Suzuki Boulevard C50T and C90T
  • Honda VTX1300T