After BMW revealed its Concept 6 study in 2009, has managed to attract a lot of interest for its new 6-cylinder in line engine. The same engine is now used by the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL models which are offered for the first time with a 6-cylinder in-line power unit developed in-house.
The engine delivers a peak torque of 431-lb.-dry and 180 hp. These impressive power figures are combined with traction control and ABS which further increase performance.
The new 6-cylinder touring bikes also benefit from the innovative Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II), which is offered as standard equipment. Thanks to this capable system you can control with a touch of a button the motorcycle’s electronically adaptation to rebound damping of the front and rear spring strut as well as the spring rest of the rear spring strut.
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The BMW K 1600 has everything it needs to be considered a practical and reliable gran turismo. The motorcycle offers a perfect mix between performance and comfort, and is powered by a new, compact 1649 cc engine, which cranks out a maximum torque of 175 Nm and 165 hp. The engine is one of the most capable units in its class and over 70% of the maximum torque is available from just 1500 rpm. Thanks to its capable power-plant the motorcycle is able to reach a top speed of over 125 mph, while the fuel consumption is rated at 52 mpg at a constant speed of 56 mph.
The motorcycle sits on 17 inch wheels wrapped in 120/70 ZR 17 front and 190/55 ZR 17 rear tires. The wheels are equipped with front 320 mm dual disc brakes paired with 4-piston fixed calipers and rear 320 mm discs with double-piston calipers.
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The BMW K 1600 GTL is powered by the most compact and efficient in-line 6-cylinder engine ever installed in a series production motorcycle. The 1,649 cc engine is rated at 160 hp (118 kw) at 7,750 rpm and 129 lb/ft (175 Nm) of torque at 5,250 rpm.
Besides its capable engine, the 2013 BMW K 1600 GTL features an ergonomic design which offers a comfortable ride for both long and short journeys.
Among the unique features offered by the BMW K 1600 GTL there is the adaptive headlight which matches the visionary front section of the K 1600 GTL and provides the very highest level of active safety.
The ride is kept in check by a capable Duolever front suspension and a rear Paralever unit. There is also available the optional ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) which is able to adapt to various road conditions to provide maximum performances.
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The BMW K1300S is one of the most appreciated super sport motorcycles in its segment. There is no wonder why, as the bike has anything it needs to be considered a speed demon.
It comes with an aerodynamic design, sport tires and racy suspensions. Needless to say that is also equipped with one of the most capable engines in its class. The engine is a water-cooled 4-stroke in-line four-cylinder-unit, with four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication. It has a 1.293 ccm displacement and cranks out 175 hp (129 KW) at 9,250 rpm and 103 ft-lb (140 Nm) of torque at 8,250 rpm. Start the engine and you’ll be rewarded with a throaty sound from a cool, hexagonal tube. Power is send to the wheels through a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox.
Thanks to its sporty pedigree the BMW K1300S is capable to reach a maximum speed of over 200 kmph and has an average fuel consumption of 50 mpg (at a constant speed of 90 kmph).
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BMW revealed complete details about its HP and Dynamic Packages available for the BMW K1300S. The HP Package includes a tasty paint job which combines three contrasting hues namely Alpine White, Night Black and Lupine Blue to offer a unique appearance. This 2013 HP limited edition is equipped with extra HP Series parts like high-quality HP Carbon parts for the front wheel cover, battery cover and rear seat cowling, HP rearsets for the rider and passenger, a beautiful Akrapovic sports silencer and a paddock stand. There are only 750 units available in HP guise and every model is also offered with a unique, numbered plaque.
On the other hand the Dynamic Package can be combined with any color option and is offered with HP gearshift assistant, Akrapovic sports silencer, electronic suspension adjustment ESA II, automatic stability control ASC, tire pressure control RDC, heated grips and an onboard computer.
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BMW has unveiled today the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL. motorcycles that come with a supreme, impressive and equally distinctive appearance, creating a desire to travel at first sight.
The two models are powered by a new 6-cylinder in-line engine that develops a total of 160 HP and a maximum torque of 175 NM. The rider of the K 1600 models has three different engine characteristics directly available at the press of a button at the right-hand end of the handlebars so as to be able to adapt to different uses such as touring on the road, riding on wet surfaces and sporty, dynamic motorcycling - the modes "Rain", "Road" and "Dynamic".
The K 1600 GT is has a very extensive range of standard features ex works consisting of xenon headlamps, heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board computer. In the K 1600 GT, the body colours of Light Grey metallic and Vermilion Red metallic create a fascinating contrast with the frame and wheels in Ostra Grey and the engine in Platinum metallic matte.
UPDATE 02/15/2011: Prices for the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL have finally been released. The K 1600 GT is priced at $20,900, while the K 1600 GTL will have a base price of $23,200. If you want to further customize your bike, then you can also opt for the Standard Package. This package is only offered on the K 1600 GT and is priced at $23,045. Further customization can be found on the Premium Package which is available on both models and priced at $24,540 for the K 1600 GT and $25,845 for the K 1600 GTL.
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BMW has issued a recall of 122,000 motorcycles worldwide because of pipe problems to the front braking system. The affected models are K 1200 GT and R 1200 GS manufactured between August 2006 and May 2009.
The respective models were first recalled over the same issue two years ago, but the solution found then – bringing in new brake houses – didn’t prove as reliable as expected. Apparently, as a result of vibrations, the brakes could leak but BMW reports that there should be no problems as long as the fluid level in the front brake reservoir is the right one. More after the jump. Full story
With quite a few occasions, we happened to see various sportsbikes that resembled different cats, but to our surprise this is a motorcycle wrapped in fur and it is anything but light, agile and very fast. It couldn’t have possibly been any of those attributes simply because this BMW K1
200LT is supposed to look like a cow. If we must be mean, we would say the standard bike does a very good job in that concern, but it seems that the owner of this particular one lend a very helpful hand.
BMW-web.tv has just released three video episodes explaining the BMW Motorrad history.
See how BMW first started by producing airplanes and then turned to motorcycles, selling the first ever R32 model five years before starting to design automobiles.
The Bavarian company proved adaptable in the critic period following the Second World War and very innovative afterwards. This lead the Germans towards great profit numbers in the propitious 1960s period, when some of their iconic models were born (mostly R series).
Enduro models from the 1970s were an instant success and that was carried on in Dakar racing as well. BMW then oriented towards high-performing and innovative street models (the K series) while carrying on with the Enduro segment as well.
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BMW is enjoying the benefits of their latest veritable touring bike, the K 1300 GT, which features electrically-adjustable windscreen as well as heated seat and handles as standard options. Although benefiting of an engine that produces 160 hp, the top speed is limited to 124 mph, so the new BMW would still have a hard time dethroning the Kawasaki Concours 1400
. Still, it makes for one hell of a contender.