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2013 BMW K 1600 GT Review

More cylinders, more torque, longer, heavier, more fully featured and more expensive than the rest. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

More cylinders, more torque, longer, heavier, more fully featured and more expensive than the rest. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Photo Credit: Rich Cox

Greg Drevenstedt
May 6, 2013
Filed under BMW Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on BMW Motorcycles, Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

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Tremors and aftershocks are still being felt two years after the Big One, when BMW’s dynamic duo—the K 1600 GT and GTL—reconfigured touring’s tectonic plates (Rider, May 2011, and on ridermagazine.com). After impressing us in their respective solo and comparison tests, both models shared Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year honors for 2012: “History will look back upon both the BMW K 1600 GTL and GT as ground-breaking machines in the luxury and sport-touring segments.”

The GT and GTL are more alike than different, with the same powerful and silky smooth liquid-cooled, 1,649cc in-line 6-cylinder engine, the same stout chassis and high-end components, the same sophisticated electronics, and the same sleek, futuristic bodywork. For sport-touring duty, the GT foregoes the top trunk and has a smaller windshield, firmer suspension, sharper exhaust note and a more aggressive riding position, with less handlebar pullback, higher footpegs set farther back and a narrower, less cushy seat, than the GTL. With just a few tweaks distinguishing it from a full-blown luxury tourer, the K 1600 GT is almost in a class by itself.

Of course, all of that performance and sophistication comes at a price. MSRP for 2013 is $21,200, which includes ABS, a Xenon self-leveling headlight, heated seats and grips, cruise control, an onboard computer, a luggage rack, LED rear light and a power accessory socket as standard equipment. Our test bike (a 2012 model since that’s all that BMW had in its test fleet) is equipped with the optional Premium Package ($3,695), which adds Bluetooth, an audio system, radio software, Adaptive Headlight, Dynamic Traction Control, ESA II, tire pressure monitor, a central locking system for the saddlebags and an anti-theft alarm, raising the as-tested price to $24,895. The only change for 2013 will be the addition of LED fog lights to the option list and new colors.

Helmet: Schuberth C3 Pro / Jacket: Olympia Moto Sports / Pants: Joe Rocket / Boots: Aerostich / Tailbag: Rev-Pack

Helmet: Schuberth C3 Pro / Jacket: Olympia Moto Sports / Pants: Joe Rocket / Boots: Aerostich / Tailbag: Rev-Pack

Analog gauges flank the full-color TFT display and a Multi-Controller thumb wheel navigates through menus. BMW Navigator IV GPS is a $799 accessory.

Analog gauges flank the full-color TFT display and a Multi-Controller thumb wheel navigates through menus. BMW Navigator IV GPS is a $799 accessory.

 

2013 BMW K 1600 GT

Base Price: $21,200
Price as Tested: $24,895
(Premium Package)
Warranty: 3 yrs., 36,000 miles
Website: bmwmotorcycles.com

Engine
Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line six
Displacement: 1,649cc
Bore x Stroke: 72.0 x 67.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Adj. Interval: Varies, computer monitored
Fuel Delivery: BMS-X EFI, 52mm throttle valves x 6
Lubrication System: Dry sump, 4.8-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed,
hydraulically actuated wet clutch
Final Drive: Shaft, 2.75:1

Electrical
Ignition: BMS-X Computer Controlled
Charging Output: 580 watts max.
Battery: 12V 19AH

Chassis
Frame: Cast aluminum twin-spar main frame w/ engine as stressed member & cast aluminum Paralever single-sided swingarm
Wheelbase: 63.7 in.
Rake/Trail: 27.8 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 31.9/32.7 in. (no-cost low seat: 30.7/31.5 in.)
Suspension, Front: BMW Duolever w/ single shock, Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA II, as tested), 4.5-in. travel
Rear: BMW Paralever w/ single shock, ESA II (as tested), 5.3-in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual floating discs w/ opposed 4-piston calipers & semi-Integral ABS
Rear: Single disc w/ 2-piston
pin-slide caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast, 3.50 x 17 in.
Rear: Cast, 6.00 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 190/55-ZR17
Wet Weight: 757 lbs. (as tested)
Load Capacity: 434 lbs. (as tested)
GVWR: 1,191 lbs.

Performance
Fuel Capacity: 7.0 gals., last
1.0 gal. warning light on
MPG: 89 PON min. (high/avg/low) 45.3/38.8/32.7
Estimated Range: 271 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 2,750

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This article was published as part of a Sport-Touring Shootout in the May 2013 issue of Rider magazine. Click on the links below to read the other parts of the series.

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  4. brian follon on June 15th, 2013 5:39 pm

    hi.
    old timer .is the trans shift right foot

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  5. brian follon on June 15th, 2013 5:47 pm

    hay
    at 78 i do have a feal for the shft with the right foot go back to the 50teys bsa 500

    [Reply]

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