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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive First Look Review

Mark Tuttle
November 20, 2013
Filed under BMW Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on BMW Motorcycles, Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews, Top Stories

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BMW K1600GT Exclusive

Special paint on the Exclusive blends four coats of Mineral white metallic high-gloss with Magnesium silver matte.

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.

BMW K1600GTL Exclusive Ignition

Pushbutton ignition, the fuel filler flap, central locking and steering lock are all enabled by the Keyless Ride transponder.

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.

2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive Passenger Seat

Exclusive’s passenger seat is larger, and has a heated backrest and armrests.

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.

2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive Right Side

Gobs of torque and power from the K 1600 GTL’s in-line six propel this luxury cruise missile.

2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive Auxiliary Lights

LED auxiliary lights are standard on the Exclusive.

2014 BMW K1600GTL Rear View

Luggage features central locking, and the film radio antenna is embedded in the trunk lid.

2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive instruments

New gauges have indirect illumination for more clarity, and speakers get chrome edging.

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10 Responses to “2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive First Look Review”

  1. ALBERTO on November 21st, 2013 8:11 am



  2. Dennis Hill on November 21st, 2013 8:17 am

    Extreme overkill…..if you need this you should just buy a Lincoln


    Tom Bruno Reply:

    The Lincoln would never last as long.


  3. Dan franks on November 22nd, 2013 8:44 am

    Not much different than my 2013 but I do like the keyless feature


    Pete Reply:

    Hey Dan, New to the Beemer scene, kicking tires on the 1600. Now this Exclusive to debut this spring,,,, holy molely batman what a unit. Price??? they are saying 30,s Whatever, how has your ’13 been treating you? I can’t test drive yet as winter has hit my area, ( Col) but will soon. So in the meantime , will just drool,,,, happy holiday!!


  4. wellshii on December 25th, 2013 3:06 pm

    No reverse gear still?
    Cmon BMW its a 700 lb bike not a crotch rocket


    Dan Reply:

    Had an LT with reverse, used it once in a while. Got a GTL, don’t really need it (yet anyway). It is lighter and feels even lighter than it is. No electric center stand either if you want another reason not to like it. I love my GTL and have no complaints.


  5. Shell Huber on January 14th, 2014 10:51 am

    Great bike but wait till things start breaking, leaking and stop working. Basic maintenance is about $600.


  6. Roman S Alis on January 25th, 2014 5:50 pm

    Having had the pleasure to ride the K 1600, it is a luxury bike with all the little amenities but it is a big beast! It is a bike to be reckoned with practice no matter how much you’ve risen. I have ridden BMWs for over 20 years (I’m 55). and it is a bike for EXPERIENCED riders only!
    Given all its features, I would cross compare it to the 1200RT. I vote 1200RT.
    More affordable repairs, easier controls and maneuvering the bike with more ease. You still have to put in the key in to the ignition but, hey, come on guys, it’s over $30,000 for the K1600 or $21,000 for the 1200RT (New Bike Price Tags)? No question, K1600 is much more luxurious and beautiful but as a stunt driver, I found the 1200RT much easier to handle for the average rider. Also, did I tell you I had a recent conversation with my wallet and the voice of reason prevailed (not to mention my loving wife liked the 1200RT as a passenger better because the wind was not as much in her face as was the K1600). Both are great bikes for different types of riders.. However, this husband and wife team vote 1200RT!


  7. ed damico on February 9th, 2014 11:49 am

    To each there own! For me this is the bike. I will purchase one as my retirement gift.


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