BMW K 1600 GTL – The Angry Eyes In The Dark

Gran Turismo. Travel in big style. That means combining dynamic performance and comfort – and transforming distance into free space. BMW Motorrad’s vision was the essence of this philosophy – the pure sense of Gran Turismo. When luxury is freed of all ballast, it moves to a new level. At the very top of this evolution is the new K 1600 GTL – a high-class touring bike sharing its roost at the peak of touring bikes with the Honda Goldwing and the Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide. With the most compact and efficient in-line 6-cylinder engine ever installed in a series production motorcycle, range topping electronics and  by far the most gorgeous headlamps ever installed on a touring bike (and here I thought that we’d reached he epitome of gorgeousness with the “angry eyes” headlamps that Ducati is so partial to) you’re sure to turn some heads when you blast down the freeway on one.

The ergonomics of the K 1600 GTL are designed for long trips and leave nothing to be desired for either rider or pillion passenger in terms of comfort. The slim design in the area of the rider’s seat and the fact that the handlebars reach far back allows a relaxed seating position – for hours and over hundreds of miles. The pillion passenger enjoys a sizable seating area and a comfortable backrest. Available for the first time in a motorcycle: the adaptive headlight (special equipment feature) – a revolution which matches the visionary front section of the K 1600 GTL and provides the very highest level of active safety.
The GTL makes luxury light-footed. This is because its unique chassis provides excellent handling. With a totally direct ride feel due to the ground-breaking Duolever front suspension. At the rear, it is the Paralever that put’s the power of the engine onto the road, The optional ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) ensures that the GTL always glides completely smoothly since the systems allows the damping and suspension to be adapted according to situation and preference at the press of a button. Every detail is designed for maximum riding pleasure. A motorcycle for people who are looking for a new kind of supremacy.

Technical Data :

General information
Model: BMW K 1600 GTL
Year: 2012
Category: Touring
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1649.00 ccm (100.62 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line six, four-stroke
Power: 160.00 HP (116.8 kW)) @ 7750 RPM
Torque: 175.00 Nm (17.8 kgf-m or 129.1 ft.lbs) @ 5250 RPM
Compression: 12.2:1
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 67.5 mm (2.8 x 2.7 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel system: Injection. Electronic intake pipe injection, digital engine management (BMS-X)
Fuel control: DOHC
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type,
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Clutch: Multiple disc clutch in oil bath
Driveline: Cardan Shaft
Fuel consumption: 4.60 litres/100 km (21.7 km/l or 51.13 mpg)
Greenhouse gases: 106.7 CO2 g/km. (CO2 – Carbon dioxide emission)
Emission details: Closed loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine
Rake (fork angle): 27.8°
Trail: 108 mm (4.3 inches)
Front suspension: BMW Motorrad Duolever
Front suspension travel: 125 mm (4.9 inches)
Rear suspension: BMW Motorrad Paralever
Rear suspension travel: 135 mm (5.3 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 190/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Double disc. ABS
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. ABS
Rear brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Wheels: Aluminium
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 321.0 kg (707.7 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 348.0 kg (767.2 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.4984 HP/kg
Seat height: 750 mm (29.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Alternate seat height: 780 mm (30.7 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.
Overall height: 1,465 mm (57.7 inches)
Overall length: 2,489 mm (98.0 inches)
Overall width: 1,000 mm (39.4 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,680 mm (66.1 inches)
Fuel capacity: 26.50 litres (7.00 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity: 4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)
Other specifications
Starter: Electric
Electrical: 12 V/19 Ah, maintenance free battery.
Color options: Silver, blue
Comments: Windshield.

Two Gorgeous Tourers And Endless Tarmac…. Heaven!