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Profile: K 1600 GTL
The BMW K 1600 GTL is a high-luxury, high-power motorcycle for the long haul

The 2018 BMW K 1600 GTL offers an exceptional ride for up to two passengers. From its legendary engine to its advanced ride technology to its features that enhance its long-haul comfort, the K 1600 GTL is a motorcycle for the rider who enjoys both power and luxurious comfort.

Six-cylinder power

The BMW K 1600 GTL gets its strength from the brand’s famous 1,649-cubic-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke inline six-cylinder, which is the most efficient and compact engine of its kind ever offered on a production motorcycle. This motor produces 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, with about 70 percent of that torque available at 1,500 rpm. With this engine and its six-speed gearbox, the K 1600 GTL has a top speed of more than 125 mph and delivers 41 mpg based on the World Motorcycle Test Cycle.

Advanced technology

BMW Motorrad offers the K 1600 GTL with advanced systems geared toward improving your riding experience. Most interesting among these technologies is the standard Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, which asks two questions: your load status (solo, solo with luggage or with a pillion passenger and luggage) and your riding mode (Comfort, Normal or Sport). Based on this information, ESA changes the damping system, allowing you to adjust the height and smoothness of the ride to fit your needs.

In addition, the K 1600 GTL offers standard reverse assistant. This system operates by pressing a button on the left handlebar to effortlessly back up the motorcycle, preventing awkward moments on steep paths or narrow spaces.

Long-haul features

The K 1600 GTL comes standard with a number of comfort-enhancing features, including comfort footrests, a stepless power-adjustable comfort windshield, a topcase with comfort backrest and both heated grips and seats. The topcase, together with saddle bags and a second side storage compartment, offer 31 total gallons of storage space.

For 2018, BMW Motorrad redesigned the K 1600 GTL’s side panels, radiator grilles, tank trim and storage compartment, while also changing the mirror and windscreen for a more elegant and dynamic line. The result is a more refined touring bike that appears every bit as dynamic as it rides.

With exceptional power and efficiency, advanced rider-friendly technologies and a winning design, the 2018 BMW K 1600 GTL delivers on every front in helping you fully enjoy the open road.

This article is presented by New Century BMW Motorcycles in Alhambra, California.


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