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The 2017 Intercontinental Ballistic Touring: BMW K1600GT Review
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The 2017 Intercontinental Ballistic Touring: BMW K1600GT Review

BMW K1600GT comes in a perfect combination of features that offers exclusive comfort & speed with an intelligent touring experience. The adaptive headlights, electronic suspension, reverse gear and a central locking option are just but a few of the standard features this 6-cylinder, 160-horsepower supergiant machine has to offer.

Although the two BMW models; GT and GTL have some features in common, the duo doesn’t even fall in the same category. While the plushy K1600GTL model serves as a luxury tourer, K1600GT is a mile munching sports beast. The new features added into this superbike have improved the sporting abilities and that’s well read by its performance. A gentle ABS pro system has been incorporated into the model and low-central weight specification makes it more manageable and stable on the road.

K1600GT has a lot to offer once you are on the move. On the left side, there are about 20 different settings your left thumb can handle. One of the settings is an option where you can lower or raise the electronic windshield, which serves to shield the rider from strong winds. The other one is the menus with extended options; where you can crank up the heated grips or the heated seat.

BMW’s system of motorbike has yet another delighted feature, that’s the cruise control. The motorbike’s vast dash relays most information, except for the Speedo which is analog and somehow hard to read. Like all the other bikes, BMW K1600GT has an up/ down quick shifter and the clutch & gearbox are well set in position. When trying to make a stop, though, you should let the quick shifter do its work. This is because, if you try using the clutch for a shift, it’ll feel like the lever is bent; hence you should leave the clutch when taking off from a standing start.

Another point to take note of when engaging with the gears is the physical feedback via the clutch lever. Lack of this physical signal let you feel the motorbike start moving instead of feeling where the clutch starts grabbing. The same feedback via the throttle is quite disconnected. The feeling of acceleration and engine volume can be felt and noticed way easily than any physical sense and location of the ride by wire throttle. These features, however present for luxury, can be a source of discomfort for other riders.

When it comes to balance and control, the K1600GT model can handle itself pretty well. The suspension comes with 2 models; road and dynamic, both with electronically, adjustable preload setting that suits 1 to 2 riders; with or without luggage. Another great future for 2017 is the DDC, Dynamic Damping Control; which adjust the compression and rebound damping on the rear and front suspension.

The rain mode option helps gain the K16’s full traction for that comfortable ride. The Euro IV- compliant engine, with 1649cc inline six-cylinder: makes the best of performance on the road. 160 horsepower, on the other hand, makes a gigantic 130ft-lbs, (175Nm) of torque at about 6,500 rpm.

Another new feature is the optional reverse assistant, AU$1500 which is quite relevant. This easy and convenient reverse option helps when getting your motorbike out of a poorly chosen parking lot. Ventilation deflectors are also new for 2017 and this provides more airflow around the jacket when riding in hot weather. A built-in stereo system which is Bluetooth enabled won’t leave you bored while on the ride.

This BMW K1600GT model is such a premium touring beast with exemplary athletic potential. As compared to the other sports tourers in the market, this model is a bit expensive. It’s more comfortable, sportier and faster than most of the big tourers. In all aspects discussed above, it’s undoubtedly clear that this model is worth the investment.  

Image credit: ridermagazine.com

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