BMW K 1600 GTL - 2018 Specifications and Reviews

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About the BMW K 1600 GTL

Powered by a Euro 4 compliant compact liquid cooled 1649.00cc in-line 6 cylinder engine, producing 160.5bhp .

The engine is angled forwards for optimum weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. 

Compared to the 2011-2016 BMW K1600GTL model there is a revised engine mapping to make the emissions Euro 4 compliant, ESA and DTC are now included as standard, the new side fairings offer improved wind protection and there are new silencer ends.

Essentially the same bike as the 16kg lighter BMW K1600GT but with some changes to make it more suitable for longer distance touring, especially with pillion. It comes with a large top box with luxurious padding for the pillion, lower 750mm single piece seat, larger comfort screen and more relaxed rider position with the pegs further forwards and bars further back.

For storage there are large panniers and a waterproof lockable glove box in the right fairing.. When the satnav is fitted a cover pops down when parked up to keep it secure.

There is a 5.7" TFT dash in the centre of the clocks, along with a multi controller on the left bar (like the R1200RT), which gives access to the range of options on the bike. 

Optional Extras include reverse assist, hill start control, adaptive headlight, heated grips, heated seat, side-mounted additional LED headlights, see me home lights with the optional central locking, computer, tyre pressure monitor, engine bars, cruise control, quickshifter, keyless start and Akrapovic silencers.

In some countries you also have option of fitting BMW-s Intelligent Emergency Call system, operated from the right handlebar. It activates automatically to send your coordinates to the emergency services, via the BMW call centre, and can also be activated manually using the SOS button on the bar.

The K1600GTL Exclusive comes with a shiny headlight, tyre pressure monitor, hill start control, reverse assist, daytime running light, keyless start, side-mounted additional LED headlights, ground lighting, additional brake light on the top box, engine guard and three layers of paint. It is also 14kg heavier though.

Model Updates

2018: Revised LED fog lights and a selection of "BMW Motorrad Spezial" items including a luxury brown seat and special blue or brown colour schemes.

General information

ModelBMW K 1600 GTL

Engine and Transmission Specifications

Emission detailsClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Greenhouse gases132.2 CO2 g/km. (CO2 - Carbon dioxide emission)
Fuel consumption5.70 litres/100 km (17.5 km/l or 41.27 mpg)
ClutchMulti-plate wet clutch, hydraulically operated
Transmission type,final driveShaft drive (cardan)
Cooling systemLiquid
Lubrication systemDry sump
Fuel controlDouble Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Fuel systemInjection. Electronic intake pipe injection, digital engine management (BMS-X)
Valves per cylinder4
Bore x Stroke72.0 x 67.5 mm (2.8 x 2.7 inches)
Torque175.00 Nm (17.8 kgf-m or 129.1 ft.lbs) @ 5250 Revolutions">RPM
Power160.00 Horsepower">HP (116.8 Kilowatt">kW)) @ 7750 Revolutions">RPM
Engine typeIn-line six, four-stroke
Capacity:1649.00 ccm (100.62 cubic inches)

Brakes, suspension, Frame and wheels

WheelsCast aluminium
Rear brakes diameter320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakesSingle disc. ABS. Two-piston calipers.
Front brakes diameter320 mm (12.6 inches)
Front brakesDouble disc. ABS. Four-piston calipers.
Rear tyre190/55-ZR17
Front tyre120/70-ZR17
Rear wheel travel135 mm (5.3 inches)
Rear SuspensionBMW Motorrad Paralever
Front wheel travel115 mm (4.5 inches)
Front SuspensionBMW Duolever, central spring strut
Trail106 mm (4.2 inches)
Rake (fork angle)27.8°
Frame typeAluminum bridge-type frame with load-bearing engine

Physical measures and capacities

Reserve fuel capacity4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)
Fuel capacity26.50 litres (7.00 gallons)
Wheelbase1,680 mm (66.1 inches)
Overall width1,000 mm (39.4 inches)
Overall length2,489 mm (98.0 inches)
Overall height1,465 mm (57.7 inches)
Seat height750 mm (29.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Power/weight ratio0.4954 HP/kg
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc350.0 kg (771.6 pounds)
Dry weight323.0 kg (712.1 pounds)

Other specs

Carrying capacitySaddle bags. Topbox.
Electrical12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free battery. Three-phase 580 W alternator.
Color optionsThunder Grey Metallic, Light White, Ebony Metallic

Rider Reviews

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MotorcycleDB Review

The 2018 BMW K 1600 GTL is an impressive touring motorcycle that offers a smooth and powerful ride. With a 1649cc inline-six engine, this bike has plenty of power to tackle long distances with ease. The GTL model also features luxurious amenities such as heated seats, electronic suspension adjustment, and a high-quality sound system, making it a top choice for riders who value comfort and convenience on their journeys. Overall, the 2018 BMW K 1600 GTL is a top-tier touring motorcycle that offers a superb combination of performance and luxury. Whether you're embarking on a long-distance road trip or simply cruising around town, this bike delivers a comfortable and exhilarating riding experience. With its powerful engine and premium features, the K 1600 GTL is a standout option for riders who demand the best in both performance and comfort from their touring motorcycle.

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