2011 BMW K 1600 GT & GTL
BMW K 1600 GT and BMW K 1600
GTL – fascination with six cylinders.
Ever since BMW Motorrad presented the
concept study Concept 6 in autumn 2009, the new 6-cylinder
in-line engine installed in it has caught the imagination
of many motorcycle fans. For over seven decades now,
6-cylinder in-line engines have stood for fascinating
engine technology in automobiles at BMW more than
with any other brand. With the new K 1600 GT and K
1600 GTL, BMW motorcycles are now available for the
first time with a 6-cylinder in-line power unit developed
in-house. The two touring motorcycles have a supreme,
impressive and equally distinctive appearance, creating
a desire to travel at first sight.
Riding dynamics, long-distance
suitability and comfort.
For decades, 6-cylinder in-line engines
have exercised a special fascination. In addition
to their perfect running smoothness they also offer
supreme output and torque, giving the rider powerful
In addition to safety, equipment and
comfort, prestige and dynamic performance are the
key criteria for a supreme touring bike. With the
most compact in-line 6-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 175 Newton
metres, their 6-cylinder engine provides superb propulsion
in all conditions.
Lightest and most compact serial production
6-cylinder in-line engine in a motorcycle > 1000
Previously, the in-line arrangement of six cylinders
resulted in either very long or very wide constructions,
depending on the installation position, which led
to drawbacks in terms of chassis geometry, weight
distribution and centre of gravity. This where the
K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL break new ground.
Weighing 102.6 kilograms, the engine
is by far the lightest serially produced 6-cylinder
in-line engine for motorcycles in the class > 1000
cc. What is more, the engine is significantly narrower
in construction width than all other 6-cylinder in-line
motorcycles in serial production to date. This extremely
compact construction and reduced width was achieved
in particular by means of a cylinder bore of 72 millimetres
in conjunction with a spacing of just 5 millimetres
between the cylinder the cylinder sleeves.
Both the low engine weight and the
consistent lightweight construction of the vehicle
as a whole contribute to the low weight of the vehicle.
At 319 kg (K 1600 GT without panniers) and 348 kg
(K 1600 GTL with panniers and topcase) the new touring
bikes are in the lower range of the segment.
Three modes to choose from and DTC
(Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety when
The rider of the K 1600 models has three different
engine characteristics directly available at the press
of a button at the right-hand end of the handlebars
so as to be able to adapt to different uses such as
touring on the road, riding on wet surfaces and sporty,
dynamic motorcycling - the modes "Rain",
"Road" and "Dynamic". Available
as an option ex works, the traction control function
DTC is combined individually with the different modes,
fully harmonised with them so as to provide maximum
The control of the central throttle
valve with a diameter of 52 millimetres is effected
via an e-gas, also known as a ride-by-wire system.
The rider's wishes are registered by means of a sensor
in the accelerator twist grip. The engine control
then adjusts the position of the throttle valve accordingly.
Chassis with ideal mass concentration
for dynamic riding properties.
The essential chassis elements of the
BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL are the light alloy bridge-type
frame, and the Duolever and Paralever for wheel control
at front and rear. Because of the special requirements
of a touring bike with a 6-cylinder engine, particular
attention was paid to balancing the masses.
All in all, the interplay of chassis
and engine position, together with the seating position
of the rider, not only makes for a low overall centre
of gravity with a very favourable concentration of
masses, it also provides an ideally balanced wheel
load distribution for excellent riding properties.
The combination of ride stability, riding dynamics
and lightness of handling in all riding and load conditions
sets a new benchmark in the touring bike segment.
Electronic Suspension Adjustment
ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and load
The new 6-cylinder touring bikes also
benefit from the innovative Electronic Suspension
Adjustment II (ESA II), which is offered as a special
equipment feature ex works.
With this system, globally unique on
the motorcycle market, the rider can conveniently
press a button to electronically adapt not only the
rebound damping properties of the front and rear spring
strut but also the spring rest ("spring preload")
of the rear spring strut as well as the latter's spring
rate and therefore the "hardness" of the
suspension. This makes for outstanding stability and
impressive responsiveness in all load states.
The additional adaptation of the spring
rate allows the damping settings "Sport, Normal,
Comfort" to be spread widely in ESA II, giving
them clearly perceptible characteristics during riding.
So in "Sport" mode, the K 1600 GT and K
1600 GTL are even more dynamic and precise and in
"Comfort" mode they are more comfortable
- while still retaining excellent stability.
Adaptive headlight - a world
first for increased safety at night.
With the new BMW Motorrad touring bikes,
the first ever "Adaptive Headlight" option
is available ex works in the motorcycle sector as
a supplement to the standard xenon headlamp. In addition
to standard pitch compensation, the light of the main
headlamp is also balanced in relation to banking angle.
This produces significantly improved illumination
of the road when cornering and therefore an enormous
increase in active riding safety.
Integrated operating concept
with Multi-Controller, TFT colour screen and menu
The instrument panel of the K 1600
models comprises two classic circular instruments
for the speedometer and tachometer and a 5.7-inch
TFT colour display. The design of the information
display is also completely new in the motorcycle field.
Among other things, it enables the attractive presentation
of text and graphics over several lines.
Another world first is the Multi-Controller
as part of an integrated operating concept, first
introduced in the BMW R 1200 RT at the end of 2009.
In addition to audio system control, the K 1600 models
also have a menu for operating the comfort functions
and on-board computer.
Innovative design with outstanding
wind and weather protection.
Particular attention was paid during
development to the combination of innovative design,
optimum wind and weather protection and the very highest
level of functionality. A very good example of this
is the electrically adjustable windshield with memory
The bike's aerodynamic qualities in
terms of reduced air swirl - especially in the pillion
passenger area - were developed in sophisticated wind
tunnel tests. But the windshield not only protects
the rider and pillion passenger: it automatically
returns to the starting position when the ignition
is switched off, acting as an anti-theft system for
the optionally available navigation system.
BMW K 1600 GT with active riding
ergonomics for proactive touring.
The design of the ergonomic triangle
from the position of the footrests, seat top and handlebars
makes for a highly proactive seating position in the
K 1600 GT, while still retaining a high level of long-distance
comfort. The rider and pillion passenger enjoy a comfortable
knee angle but the seating position is geared towards
the front wheel for a dynamic riding style. The seat
is height-adjustable in the rider area so that it
can be adapted to individual needs.
The K 1600 GT is has a very extensive
range of standard features ex works consisting of
xenon headlamps, heated grips and seat, cruise control
and on-board computer. In conjunction with the supreme
riding qualities of the new BMW Motorrad 6-cylinder
engine, this motorcycle leaves nothing to be desired
as far as the proactive touring rider is concerned.
BMW K 1600 GTL with very comfortable,
relaxed ergonomics set-up for long trips with pillion
The luxurious touring bike BMW K 1600 GTL meets the
very highest demands. Rider and pillion passenger
benefit from the very relaxed, upright seating position
as is especially appreciated over long distances.
The ergonomic design is geared towards maximum comfort
and derives from a single-section, dual level seat
in conjunction with rider footrests which are further
forward and lower, as well as handlebars which reach
further backwards. 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 headlamps,
heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board
computer. The overall impression of the fascinating
6-cylinder motorcycle in combination with a carefully
conceived storage concept, a standard audio system
and numerous design elements make the BMW K 1600 GTL
the flagship model among the BMW Motorrad touring
Individual paint finish concepts
adapted to the character of each bike.
As touring bikes, the new BMW K 1600
GT and K 1600 GTL stand for a perfect synthesis of
supremacy, dynamic performance and comfort. This is
also reflected in the colouring of the two models.
In the K 1600 GT, the body colours
of Light Grey metallic and Vermilion Red metallic
create a fascinating contrast with the frame and wheels
in Ostra Grey and the engine in Platinum metallic
matt. The colouring especially highlights the bike's
technical components. The lines are concentrated and
give the motorcycle a marked sense of agility.
With its emphasis on comfort and equipment,
the K 1600 GTL has a powerful presence and elegance
with elongated lines. This was achieved by means of
a harmonious interaction between body colours and
the colouring of the engine and chassis components.
Here, Mineral Silver metallic or Royal Blue metallic
2 provide a perfect match for the Magnesium metallic
matt of the painted frame and wheels. The engine in
Platinum metallic matt ensures an appealing overall