2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive First Look Review
November 20, 2013
Filed under BMW Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on BMW Motorcycles, Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews, Top Stories
One complaint you almost never hear about BMW’s top-line K 1600 GTL touring bike is that it’s not luxurious enough. With cushy heated seating for the rider and passenger, an electric windscreen, central locking luggage, Bluetooth audio and electronic suspension, riding the GTL is like a play day at the spa, and that’s before you twist the handle on its silky-smooth and snarling 160-horsepower in-line six.
Some riders can never get enough though, so to that end BMW has just introduced the K 1600 GTL Exclusive. It takes the bike’s convenience and luxury to the extreme with standard features such as Keyless Ride, which enables the new pushbutton ignition, steering lock, fuel filler flap and central locking when the transponder/key in your pocket is within six feet of the bike. There’s no need to use a key for any of those things, though one is hidden within the transponder for when the need arises. As the transponder moves out of range, the Exclusive’s anti-theft system is armed automatically and the steering locked.
More GTL Exclusive-model features include Hill Start Control, which holds the bike in position on hills until you pull away, without having to keep the brakes applied. The passenger seat is larger, and armrests and a heated backrest are standard. For appearance’s sake a film antenna embedded in the trunk lid eliminates the need for an antenna rod, and the bike is finished in four coats of special Mineral white metallic high-gloss paint blended with Magnesium metallic matte. There’s color-coordinated upholstery for the seats, backrest and armrests, new instrumentation has indirect illumination for more clarity, and chrome edging has been added to the four speakers in the fairing. Aluminum molding sets off the fuel tank, and the exhaust system is completely chromed.
Many optional features for the regular K 1600 GTL are standard on the Exclusive, including traction control, Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II), embroidered liners for the luggage and an adaptive xenon headlight. New LED daytime running lights switch on automatically in the daytime, and a pair of LED auxiliary lights help illuminate the road ahead.
Options for the K 1600GTL Exclusive include the BMW Navigator V GPS, higher seats and an Akrapovič muffler. Pricing is TBD; it’s due in dealerships this spring.