Innovative design which sets the benchmark for touring bikes.
As new high-end products among the BMW Motorrad touring bikes, the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL stand for a supreme, impressive and equally distinctive appearance, arousing a desire to travel at first sight. What is more, their striking lines and surfaces and the visibility of the six-cylinder engine radiate a powerful sense of dynamic performance, with a perfect finish standing premium value and quality.

The front view includes elements of the overriding design line of BMW Motorrad. Although the two new models K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL offer a powerful visual presence from the front, they nonetheless come over as slim-lined with the extremely narrow six-cylinder engine, thus conveying agility and dynamism very much in keeping with their proactive riding character.

Lightweight construction: magnesium front panel carrier with vibration isolation and aluminium rear frame.
The upper trim section, headlight, cockpit and rear mirror are all supported by a highly rigid front panel carrier. With the aim of achieving optimum concentration of masses near to the machine's centre of gravity, this dual section front panel carrier is made of a very light but highly rigid magnesium alloy.

In spite of the demands made by a motorcycle such as the K 1600 GT/GTL in terms of pillion passenger riding and load, the BMW Motorrad developers have nonetheless succeeded in creating a rear frame as a light aluminium construction. It consists of welded aluminium extruded sections and is bolted to the main frame at four points.

Optimum storage concept.
In keeping with the dynamic touring aspiration of both K 1600 models, the standard panniers are designed to be removable but fit into the vehicle line seamlessly as design elements. The K 1600 GTL is fitted as standard with a topcase featuring two gas-filled dampers which support opening and interior lighting.

Seats and seating positions for supreme, dynamic long-distance comfort.
The new K 1600 GT and GTL benefit from a very slim design in the area of the rider's seat. This has been made possible by the use of a three-shaft gearbox and a very slim-line frame configuration. Due to the special design of the gearbox, the clutch has been placed much further inwards, thereby creating space for the rider's foot.

The design of the ergonomics triangle made up of footrests, seat top and handlebars makes for a proactive seating position on the K 1600 GT while 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 proactive riding style. The two-section seat of the K 16000 GT is height-adjustable in the rider area so that it can be adapted to individual needs.

The K 1600 GTL offers outstanding pillion passenger suitability and ergonomics geared towards an even higher level of comfort. It has a singlesection, two-level seat and in conjunction with rider footrests which are placed further forward and lower down, as well as handlebars which reach further backwards, the seating position is very relaxed - something which is especially appreciated over long distances. The K 1600 GTL also does justice to individual adjustment requirements with an adjustable foot shift lever. The pillion passenger likewise benefits from a slightly longer and wider seat top on the K 1600 GTL, as well as the comfortable backrest in the standard topcase. The K 1600 GTL can also be equipped with pillion passenger armrests as a special accessory in order to further enhance safety.

For both the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL the BMW Motorrad equipment range offers special comfort seats so as to enhance individual touring enjoyment further still.

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