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 GTL, BMW motorcycles are now available for the first time with a 6-cylinder in-line power unit developed in-house.
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.
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 348 kg (K 1600 GTL with panniers and topcase) the new touring bikes are in the lower range of the segment.
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.
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.
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 impression.
|Type||Oil-/watercooled 4-stroke in-line 6-cylinder engine, two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder|
|Bore x stroke||72 mm x 67,5 mm|
|Rated output||118 kw at 7.750 rpm
|Max. torque||175 Nm at 5.250 rpm
|Compression ratio||12,2 : 1|
|Mixture control / engine management||Electronic intake pipe injection, digital engine management (BMS-X)|
|Emission control||Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3|
|Performance / fuel consumption|
|Maximum speed||Over 200 km/h|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h||4.6 l|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h||5.9 l|
|Fuel type||Unleaded super, octane number 95 (RON)|
|Alternator||three-phase alternator 580 W|
|Battery||12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free|
|Clutch||Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath|
|Gearbox||6-speed, helical, gearbox|
|Chassis / brakes|
|Frame||Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine|
|Front wheel location / suspension||BMW Motorrad Duolever; central spring strut|
|Rear wheel location / suspension||BMW Motorrad Paralever|
|Suspension travel front / rear||125mm /135 mm|
|Steering head angle||62.2°|
|Wheels||Cast aluminium wheels|
|Rim, front||3,50 x 17"|
|Rim, rear||6.00 x 17"|
|Tyres, front||120/70 ZR 17|
|Tyres, rear||190/55 ZR 17|
|Brake, front||Dual disc brake, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers|
|Brake, rear||Single disc brake, diameter 320 mm, double-piston caliper|
|Dimensions / weights|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||1,000 mm|
|Height (excl. mirrors)||1,465 mm|
|Seat height, unladen weight||750 mm (with motorcycles accessories or –equipment variable heights available between 780 mm and 810/830 mm)|
|Inner leg curve, unladen weight||
|Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)||348 kg|
|Dry weight 2)||321 kg|
|Permitted total weight||560 kg|
|Payload (with standard equipment)||212 kg|
|Usable tank volume||26,5 l|