I've just got home from the annual British Bike show in Birmingham (UK), and I've uploaded 170 pics from the day, many of which are of the K1600GT and GTL bikes on display there today on the BMW stand.
The link is http://www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk/ukbikeshow291110
The BMW photos come after the shots of the Victory Vision, and there are more at the end of the gallery, after the choppers.
I had plenty of time to explore both bikes, and photograph key parts. These all looked like the real thing, and not display mules. 2 of each on show.
First impressions - erm, I didn't like it. I'm 10 years a K1200LT rider, and these things looked a bit cheap by comparison (though not by price, which looks like roughly £17,000 for the GT and £20,000 for the GTL when released in the UK on 19 March 2011).
Size, wise, looks about same as K1200LT. Weight about the same too. However, no hydraulic stand (too little ground clearance?), so back pain sufferers need not apply. Engine crash bars look like optional accessory (one on show had them, the other not), so don't drop it. The "wing" things on the sides, above the outer cylinders, are plastic covers for a cooling pipe, and very flimsy. There are also a number of cosmetic plastic lumps just bolted on - eg under the mirrors.
Seat is one piece. 2 adjustable heights, which is fine if both parties agree, No sign of independent front/rear heating controls - just one switch with 2 heats. GTL has "comfort seat" that looks lower and thinner. Also has more raked back bars and lower footpegs. Seated position quite like K1200LT.
Shots include dash and controls. GPS unit is removable by pressing panel just above it. Removed (presumably for security and updating software) there is a nasty hole in the dash. Left bar includes rotary control for music, GPS etc.
Pillion footpegs look high, and pillion position feels higher than K1200LT.
Much of the rest looked rather familiar. No innovations visible in wheels or brakes. Akropovich twin exhausts in stainless steel on GT but chromed on GTL. All visible differences between the two bikes, apart from bars, were largely cosmetic, with GTL having more chromed plastic bits and pieces.
Happy to answer any questions on what I saw. The Show staff there, although in BMW corporate wear were singularly underinformed on anything technical. They'd just learned how to describe the bikes. One I spoke to had clearly never seen a K1200LT.
I have a copy of all the new BMW brochures, including the GT and GTL leaflets. Not yet read them through, however, so give me time!
Like I said, I didn't really like it,and it will have to work some to grow on me.