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Where will the K 1600GT/L be built?

We're going to Europe in September. My bride is doing a European Delivery on a new Z-4. I'm not sure which BMW plant manufactures motorcycles. I would love to get a real ggood look at the new GT/L. Vickie should be feeling pretty good about taking delivery on a brand new Z-4 while my 07v car has 50K and my 05 LT has 80K on the clock. Do you think she might feel a little guilty and convince me I should have the new LT?

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We're going to Europe in September. My bride is doing a European Delivery on a new Z-4. I'm not sure which BMW plant manufactures motorcycles. I would love to get a real ggood look at the new GT/L. Vickie should be feeling pretty good about taking delivery on a brand new Z-4 while my 07v car has 50K and my 05 LT has 80K on the clock. Do you think she might feel a little guilty and convince me I should have the new LT?
I believe the bikes are assembled in Berlin.

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I believe the bikes are assembled in Berlin.
Last year I toured the BMW plant in Berlin. If you want to tour the plant when you are there you have to book weeks ahead of time and they only do tours on certian days. I would start here with a request. http://www.bmw-werk-berlin.de/berlin...x_kontakt.html

Tell them when you will be in Berlin and they will try to see if a tour is available. It was a great tour.

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AFAIK all the BMW bikes are still assembled in Berlin.

I'm not sure you'll see ANY K1600 there in September, though.

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Do you think she might feel a little guilty and convince me I should have the new LT?
There is no new LT. It's a GTL ... get it right.
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AFAIK all the BMW bikes are still assembled in Berlin.

I'm not sure you'll see ANY K1600 there in September, though.

Yep, they might be there but I doubt they'll let ya near em

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Make it a date... go pick up in Berlin and break it in on the Autobahn.

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Make it a date... go pick up in Berlin and break it in on the Autobahn.
I know you can pickup your cars at the BMW World in Munich, near the car factory and the famous "4-cylinder" building, but I've never seen anything similar for motorbikes.

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We're going to Europe in September. My bride is doing a European Delivery on a new Z-4. I'm not sure which BMW plant manufactures motorcycles. I would love to get a real ggood look at the new GT/L. Vickie should be feeling pretty good about taking delivery on a brand new Z-4 while my 07v car has 50K and my 05 LT has 80K on the clock. Do you think she might feel a little guilty and convince me I should have the new LT?

Doug,
Congrats on the Z4! Interestingly enough, I've got a Z4 35is on a ship leaving the English Channel heading at 19mph to the port in Oxnard and then on to me here in AZ. Would have loved to have done the ED like you guys are, but I couldn't make it work out, so I am obsessively tracking the progress of the build and shipment instead!

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If you do get a chance to go to Munich, plan on a whole day to visit -- the delivery center is *huge* and will take a bit of time to get through on its own, but the Museum across the street is an all-day affair if you are a real BMW car/bike geek

A lot of folks think the Museum is just the "bowl" building -- because that is what it used to be. The new Museum extends several floors above and down into the ground, and takes up all of the space between the bowl and the 4 cylinders building -- that entire retangular area. A simply amazing collection of vehicles (cars and bikes), including an entire end wall of the Museum being a glass-front showcase for nearly every significant BMW motorcycle ever built -- all suspended in the air. The showcase is the full height of the wall (~4 stories tall, IIRC) -- you have to walk to different floors to see all of the bikes, and they're all about 10 feet from you on the other side of the glass.

Lots of other "stuff" there, too, including a huge (15' x 75'?) touch-interface table with a massive amount of historical info literally at your fingertips in the dark glass tabletop. Ever want to know what the *real* history of the company is? How it was part of George Knorr's railway brake conglomerate after the first war*? How close BMW was to being sold to Diamler and how bike manufacture was saved at the end of the 1950's? All there at your fingertips.

Lots of individual display rooms as well, such as rooms devoted to engine design/examples, body structure,, car racing, bike racing, the Isetta period, etc.

Yeah, I liked the place

* a sidebar: Last time I was in Munich, I was at one of the old factories of the brake company, now known as Knorr Bremse, just up the street from the Museum and delivery center. While I was there, I found out that the building was actually one of BMW's original factories, having been taken over by Knorr when he picked up the remnants of BMW after the war, and then retained when Knorr sold off BMW in the '20s. At one point I felt a bit of a chill when I realized I was standing on a preserved section of rail tracks inside the building where BMW's products first went out into the world -- a birthplace sorta thing. Yeah, corny, but it was cool to me.

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There is no ED program for bikes...I asked. However if you do want to buy a four wheel bimmer, I strongly recommend the program; we did it last year.

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Thanks for the input on european delivery. The Z4s is my bride’s car. She has a 07 which she has never even had in the sports mode. The only time the car gets really driven is the few time I drive it. I thought about the new Z4 3.5, but in her case would be a waste of $. I buy used Bimmers so I can rationalize having a BMW motorcycle as well. It would be really cool if I could have had a ED on the new K1600 GT/L and ride through the Alps. Oh to dream!!! So now I'm just hoping to get a real glimpse of one but I agree with you guys it's doubtful before BMW's official release in October. As a youthful 63 year old I must be nuts to be thinking of getting a new 1600 GT/L, This is especially true when you consider my current 05 LT has served me well for 80K miles. But then again doesn’t excitement keep us young?

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Don't have to convince us about the excitement part!

I was thinking of picking up the bike at a Berlin Dealer... not their ED center/process... sorry I wern't clear on dat. My apology for the kornfuxion.

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"As a youthful 63 year old I must be nuts to be thinking of getting a new 1600 GT/L"

Uhhhh, Doug...I'm somewhat older than you and I still haven't bought my last bike. Don't sell yourself out yet!.....there is always one more bike.....
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"As a youthful 63 year old I must be nuts to be thinking of getting a new 1600 GT/L"

Uhhhh, Doug...I'm somewhat older than you and I still haven't bought my last bike. Don't sell yourself out yet!.....there is always one more bike.....
My grandfather bought his "last car" -- four times

It wasn't until he was 88 that he was finally done. Me, I'm not planning on *ever* buying my last bike -- there's too many neat toys out there and still to come, and I don't want to give the Reaper any early indication that I'm ready to go!

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My grandfather bought his "last car" -- four times

It wasn't until he was 88 that he was finally done. Me, I'm not planning on *ever* buying my last bike -- there's too many neat toys out there and still to come, and I don't want to give the Reaper any early indication that I'm ready to go!
Me too - but I'm going backasswards. Last bike - a '79 R80. ...and I've got my eye on a VERY nice '72 Z28 silver and black resto mod done "just right" : suspension, brakes, tires, intake and exhaust upgrades with a freshened up 350 and Hurst 4 speed. WITH a wooden shifter handle.

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it's going to be built...in heaven, man.

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Not literally all BMWs are built in Germany; I know the F650GS is built in China. But that's the only exception I'm aware of.
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I know the F650GS is built in China.
The entire bike? I thought it was just the motor.

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