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

Model:BMW K 1600 GTL

Engine and Transmission Specifications

Emission details:Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Greenhouse gases:132.2 CO2 g/km. (CO2 - Carbon dioxide emission)
Fuel consumption:5.70 litres/100 km (17.5 km/l or 41.27 mpg)
Clutch:Multi-plate wet clutch, hydraulically operated
Transmission type,final drive:Shaft drive (cardan)
Cooling system:Liquid
Lubrication system:Dry sump
Fuel control:Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Fuel system:Injection. Electronic intake pipe injection, digital engine management (BMS-X)
Valves per cylinder:4
Bore x Stroke:72.0 x 67.5 mm (2.8 x 2.7 inches)
Torque:175.00 Nm (17.8 kgf-m or 129.1 ft.lbs) @ 5250 Revolutions">RPM
Power:160.00 Horsepower">HP (116.8 Kilowatt">kW)) @ 7750 Revolutions">RPM
Engine type:In-line six, four-stroke
Capacity:1649.00 ccm (100.62 cubic inches)

Brakes, suspension, Frame and wheels

Wheels:Cast aluminium
Rear brakes diameter:320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes:Single disc. ABS. Two-piston calipers.
Front brakes diameter:320 mm (12.6 inches)
Front brakes:Double disc. ABS. Four-piston calipers.
Rear tyre:190/55-ZR17
Front tyre:120/70-ZR17
Rear wheel travel:135 mm (5.3 inches)
Rear Suspension:BMW Motorrad Paralever
Front wheel travel:115 mm (4.5 inches)
Front Suspension:BMW Duolever, central spring strut
Trail:106 mm (4.2 inches)
Rake (fork angle):27.8°
Frame type:Aluminum bridge-type frame with load-bearing engine

Physical measures and capacities

Reserve fuel capacity:4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)
Fuel capacity:26.50 litres (7.00 gallons)
Wheelbase:1,680 mm (66.1 inches)
Overall width:1,000 mm (39.4 inches)
Overall length:2,489 mm (98.0 inches)
Overall height:1,465 mm (57.7 inches)
Seat height:750 mm (29.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Power/weight ratio:0.4954 HP/kg
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:350.0 kg (771.6 pounds)
Dry weight:323.0 kg (712.1 pounds)

Other specs

Carrying capacity:Saddle bags. Topbox.
Electrical:12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free battery. Three-phase 580 W alternator.
Color options:Thunder Grey Metallic, Light White, Ebony Metallic

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