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BMW Motorrad Six-Cylinder Technology Day.

* 02.07.2010
* Press Kit

BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600 GTL – fascination with six cylinders.



Since BMW Motorrad presented the concept study Concept 6 in autumn 2009, the six-cylinder in-line engine featured in it has captured the imagination of many motorcycle fans. With BMW, six-cylinder in-line engines have stood for fascinating engine technology in automobiles for over seven decades, in a way which is unique among brands. In the near future, BMW motorcycles will also be available with an internally developed six-cylinder in-line engine.

With the BMW K 1600 GT and the BMW K 1600 GTL, BMW Motorrad is penetrating a whole new dimension in the Touring world of experience . Both motorcycles stand for a supreme, impressive and equally distinctive appearance, arousing a desire to travel at first sight.

This press release contains a range of information on all aspects of BMW Motorrad's new touring bikes. Additional data and background information will be added for the world premiere.



Riding dynamics, long-distance suitability and comfort.

For decades, six-cylinder in-line engines have offered a special fascination. In addition to their perfect running smoothness they also offer supreme output and torque, giving the rider powerful emotional impressions, too. And of course the sound of a six-cylinder engine is beyond compare.

In addition to safety, equipment and prestige, the key criteria for a supreme touring bike are comfort and dynamics. With the most compact in-line six-cylinder engine in serial motorcycle production to date, the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL penetrate a whole new dimension in terms of riding properties, long-distance suitability and comfort. They combine maximum agility and riding dynamics with a luxurious overall package. With an engine output of 118 kW (160 bhp) and a maximum torque of approx. 175 newton metres, their six-cylinder engine provides superb propulsion in all conditions.



BMW K 1600 GT with active riding ergonomics for proactive touring.

The dynamic touring bike BMW K 1600 GT is characterised by an active seating position which nonetheless offers a high level of long-distance comfort. The reason for this is the favourable set-up of the ergonomics triangle made up of footrests, seat and handlebars. The K 1600 GT has a very extensive range of standard features ex works consisting of xenon (HID) headlight, heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board computer. These features in conjunction with the supreme riding qualities of the new BMW Motorrad six-cylinder engine leave nothing to be desired for the proactive tour rider.



BMW K 1600 GTL with very comfortable, relaxed ergonomics set-up for long trips with pillion passenger.

The luxurious touring bike BMW K 1600 GTL meets the highest demands. Rider and pillion passenger benefit from the relaxed, upright seating position as is especially appreciated over long distances. The ergonomics design is geared towards even further enhanced comfort and derives from a two-level seat in conjunction with rider footrests which are positioned further forward and lower down, as well as handlebars which reach further back. The standard topcase rounds off the range of comfort features for the pillion passenger. Like the K 1600 GT, the K 1600 GTL has a very extensive range of standard features consisting of xenon headlight, heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board computer. The overall impression of this fascinating six-cylinder motorcycle with a carefully conceived storage concept, audio system as standard and numerous design elements make the BMW K 1600 GTL the flagship among BMW touring bikes.



An overview of highlights of the BMW K 1600 GT/GTL.

* Supreme in-line six-cylinder engine with a high level of pulling power, especially in the lower and medium engine speed range.
* Engine output 118 kW (160 bhp) at approx 7 500 rpm and maximum torque approx. 175 Nm at approx. 5 000 rpm.
* Over 70% of maximum torque available from 1 500 rpm.
* Lightest and most compact six-cylinder in-line engine in serial motorcycle production, weighing just 102.6 kg and measuring 560 mm in width.
* Consistent lightweight construction throughout the entire vehicle (magnesium front panel carrier, aluminium rear frame, crankshaft etc.).
* E-Gas (ride-by-wire).
* Three modes to choose from ("Rain", "Road", "Dynamic")
* High active safety due to standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral).
* Traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety when accelerating (optional extra).
* Chassis with Duolever and Paralever and ideal concentration of masses for dynamic riding properties combined with optimum comfort.
* Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and load states (optional extra).
* World premiere in motorcycles: Adaptive Headlight (optional extra) in conjunction with standard xenon headlight and lighting rings for increased safety at night.
* Integrated operating concept for the first time with Multi-Controller, TFT colour screen and menu guidance.
* Audio system with preparation for navigation device and controllable interface for iPod, MP3, USB, Bluetooth and satellite radio (only USA and Canada) (standard in the K 1600 GTL).
* Innovative design with outstanding wind and weather protection.
* K 1600 GT with active riding ergonomics for proactive touring.
* K 1600 GTL with very comfortable, relaxed ergonomics set-up for long trips with pillion passenger, as well as luxury touring features.
* Extensive fittings and individually tailored accessories at the familiar high level of BMW Motorrad.

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And here's a link to the pressclub to a movie about the adaptive lighting of the K1600GT(L)

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It's all on BMW's web site...except for picture of the entire bike!

http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en

Bags are even removable on the GTL....kind of a surprise. Lot's of talk about comfortable seats, light wieght, and low center of gravity, but little detail. Great videos, but they both lack a motorcycle ever showing up in them.

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Time to start a new forum for the K1600GT/K1600GTL?

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Here you'll find some images of the new fantastic display

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Note movie on new headlights

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Heck, I'll say it. Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
This actually has me excited.
I'll guess - MSRP $28,000US

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This is what I have been hoping for, a totally new tour concept. I am on my third LT and love my bike but technology marches on. Drive a new BMW car and compare it to a 2000 model, the old one is great the the edge of the new is ever so much sharper.

I have been imagining the adaptive headlight since I frist got on a bike, this will be a great trend setting feature. It would be great if they can keep the weight down in the low 700's. I can't wait to ride one, I will be a buyer. I was on a ride with a guy with a new Gold Wing last week and we switched bikes, when we stopped all we could agree on was that the only thing these bikes had in common was they both had two wheels. The Wing is in need of a total redesign too. The navigation system was the bomb, best I have ever used on a car or bike.
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Some instrumentation pix....scroll down:
http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf...k-1600-gtl.htm

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Heck, I'll say it. Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
This actually has me excited.
I'll guess - MSRP $28,000US
Put a deposit on the GLT on Saturday June 26th. Expected delivery Feb/Mar 2011

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Post a picture, when you have one, of what you bought. And, let us know what you spent. Converted to $US of course.

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I just signed up for information from BMW.

Check out the link, nice up close pictures of the engine. Same ole video however.

http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/i...html&notrack=1

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And I just signed up for this http://www.intermot-cologne.com/

Anyone else thinking about going ?
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Only 160hp?

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Post a picture, when you have one, of what you bought. And, let us know what you spent. Converted to $US of course.
Deposit was for sight unseen. The dealer had no more information than the rumors on the net other than delivery dates. He says they will limit the production of the new bike so it doesn't affect thier other bike sales. I am #3 or 4 on the delivery list at Durham BMW. I was told it will not have different models, you will have to choose option packages like you do for cars for what you want. They don't know what colours it will be available in. It has a wet clutch so you don't have to worry about the slave cylinder....

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I'll be in Germany in August, not October.... ;(

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Only 160hp?

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Yes, but torque out the wazoo, smooth and broad power delivery. Sounds good to me. If you remember the pictures of the "concept 6" clearly showed a single throttle body.



This thing could be like an electric motor

And "halo rings" and adaptive xenon headlights like our X3, the lighting may be very cool.




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Only 160hp?

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But with 130 ft/lbs THATS ALOT !!! If they can keep the weight close to the current GT this thing will be a ball to ride.

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Ride by wire too. Notice the electric motor driven throttle valve, like both my cars. Fuel economy should be excellent, if you don't keep your right hand wrapped too tightly toward you.

Sure hope they have come up with new improvements to the final drive, would be sad if this bike comes out with a built in achilles heel. Would be really nice to see BMW gain some lost respect back in the LD riding community.

Also, hope they can keep at least a 6 gallon tank for the GLT, more would be better.

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Umm, my K12GT has "only" 152hp, and trust me, it's far from a sleeper . . .

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Ride by wire too. Notice the electric motor driven throttle valve, like both my cars. Fuel economy should be excellent, if you don't keep your right hand wrapped too tightly toward you.
Yeah, I'm hoping the "Road" setting is optimized for fuel economy, with "Dynamic" set for those all-out blasts.

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Sure hope they have come up with new improvements to the final drive, would be sad if this bike comes out with a built in achilles heel. Would be really nice to see BMW gain some lost respect back in the LD riding community.
Agreed. Maybe winning a few Rallies on one of these might help?

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Also, hope they can keep at least a 6 gallon tank for the GLT, more would be better.
Oh trust me, I'll figure out a way to get it to the 11.5 gal max limit . . .

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Agreed. Maybe winning a few Rallies on one of these might help?
I know you have had some problems with yours and there is no reason you should have, but you've won a few on yours IIRC

Your second replacement final drive is doing well, isn't it?

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Your second replacement final drive is doing well, isn't it?
Third FD on the GT, actually. The second one only lasted 10K miles.

Almost 56K miles on this third FD without any further problems, so far.

Just don't ask me about clutches (I'm on my fourth one now).

But despite all that, there really is nothing else out there that fits how I ride so well. Trust me, I've tried all the competitors. But I keep coming back to the Blue & White.

I'm torn between being first in line for the new toy, and letting someone else play beta-tester on this one . . .

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Umm, my K12GT has "only" 152hp, and trust me, it's far from a sleeper . . .


guys...I was kidding!

I have an '04 LT, so this would roughly double what I have, this thing would leave me looking like the Joker from Batman---PERMASMILE.



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I have an '04 LT, so this would roughly double what I have, this thing would leave me looking like the Joker from Batman---PERMASMILE.



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I agree that the key is not HP, but the torque available at low RPMs. They're saying 70% is available from 1500rpms - that's more than double what the old LTs provide at that level.

Sign me up! I'm willing to do some beta testing!

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Wow! Give them a year of recalls and working out the early production problems and this will be a bike I gotta own.
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Ride by wire too. Notice the electric motor driven throttle valve, like both my cars. Fuel economy should be excellent, if you don't keep your right hand wrapped too tightly toward you.

Sure hope they have come up with new improvements to the final drive, would be sad if this bike comes out with a built in achilles heel. Would be really nice to see BMW gain some lost respect back in the LD riding community.

Also, hope they can keep at least a 6 gallon tank for the GLT, more would be better.
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Sound promising, all those features are what we were waiting for... and much more.

Nice marketing, too. They don't have the final bike ready yet, but we already want it

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No more broken trunk latches:

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It will still have latches. Whether they break or not will have to be seen.

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It will still have a final drive. Whether . . .

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...I'm torn between being first in line for the new toy, and letting someone else play beta-tester on this one . . .
I know what you mean. I never like to be first in line. Fortunately, I just talked to my dealer, and someone else had already put money down to reserve the first spot in Seattle...

...so I'm second!

I weighed being a beta tester, i.e., making a few dozen extra trips to the dealer, against getting my hands on what sounds like the best touring bike ever built.

It took about 10 minutes to decide! I've been waiting for this bike to come out for about five years now, and it sounds like it exceeds anything I imagined. I'll probably have to sell my boat to pay for it...but riding is more fun that boating any day!

Hopefully, the real thing won't be a disappointment!

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Having owned a GT and being disatisfied with the ergos, I always felt a GT type engine in a more comfortable RT design would be motorcycle Utopia for me.

The 6 cyl should be smoother and offer broader power than the current GT and the nicer ergos may lure me into considering the GTL.

Weight and fuel capacity are my next questions, but this looks like a winner.
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It will still have latches. Whether they break or not will have to be seen.
Oooops! Sorry. I meant "tether cord" and not "latch".

On the current LT, the attachment bolt of the tether cord that holds the lid open, carries a cantilevered load and the plastic into which it is threaded will break if the lid is not opened gently. It happened to me, and so far it's the only trouble I had with the LT. This, at least won't break anymore.

Of course the new dampers can wear out, too.... but I prefer to think that the BMW engineers made a review of the weak spots of the LT and tried to re-engineer them for a better reliability

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The fact that BMW are saying that the top case lid will come with TWO dampers makes me think that it will incorporate arm rests, as seen in the "spy" photos.

If not, why have two, surely it can´t be that heavy ?.
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The fact that BMW are saying that the top case lid will come with TWO dampers makes me think that it will incorporate arm rests, as seen in the "spy" photos.

If not, why have two, surely it can´t be that heavy ?.
The arm rests for the GTL are listed as an option on the BMW website.

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Hadn´t seen that, so I suppose it somewhat proves my point.

Must be the 85 th option that we can buy for the "luxury" bike.

What will they call one with ALL the options ?.
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What will they call one with ALL the options ?.
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The fact that BMW are saying that the top case lid will come with TWO dampers makes me think that it will incorporate arm rests, as seen in the "spy" photos.

If not, why have two, surely it can´t be that heavy ?.
First of all, because of the balance of the whole lid when open: regardless of how heavy it is, it will "wobble" when you touch it if it's held only by one (lateral) damper.

Secondly: redundance! The key to reliability

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Or one more thing to go wrong !.
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Whelp ... what I'm seeing/reading so far has me excited. Surely my 2010 Concours will need replaced by Spring of 2012. I just hope the words "final drive" becomes a thing of the past with this new arrival.
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Whelp ... what I'm seeing/reading so far has me excited. Surely my 2010 Concours will need replaced by Spring of 2012. I just hope the words "final drive" becomes a thing of the past with this new arrival.
I agree that this platform has tremendous potential. The dry clutch is gone so that takes out two of the common LT failure modes. If they get the FD and drive shaft solid, then this could be a real winner. I just hope they don't lean too much toward the sport touring (GT) rather than luxury touring (L) orientation with the GTL. That fact that it is GTL, rather than GL or LT, etc., makes me wonder. There are lots of choices already in the sport touring genre, but precous little in the luxury touring arena.

It will be interesting to see the first few test ride reports.

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From reading, It looks like it has an electronic clutch as well...
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I hate to say this, But this bike is going to be so over teched that outside of warranty no one will be able to afford to fix it....

I want one but will wait to see what happens with you gunniea pigs...

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