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BMW K1600GTL 2012

Submitted by on March 30, 2012 – 12:19 amNo Comment

Outward similarities aside, BMW Motorrad General Director Hendrik von Kuenheim flatly denies the Gold Wing was the target. Rather than building a luxury-tourer like the Wing, the blunt yet exceptionally affable chief tasked his engineers with creating a “supreme” tourer with greater sporting intent. After all, he adds, the touring market is “the domain of BMW.”

The K1600GTL (and its sportier twin brother GT, to have its own review in a few weeks) is a clean-sheet design that boasts a plethora of desirable standard and optional
equipment.

K1600 Goodies
* Ride-by-wire throttle control delivering three options of responsiveness
* Dynamic Traction Control
* Electronically adjustable suspension (ESA II)
* Innovative Multi-Controller wheel on left handlebar to navigate through various menu options
* Detachable luggage
* Adaptive Headlight that directs its beam around corners
* Electrically adjustable windshield

And what do these have in common? None are available on the long-in-the-tooth GL1800 Gold Wing, which debuted way back in 2001. Although the GL receives minor revisions for the 2012 model year, we’re still waiting on the ability to adjust the height of its windshield with a button, a device now nearly ubiquitous among bikes with a serious touring intent.

At one time we bought into Honda’s logic that an electric motor to raise the GL’s screen (it’s manually adjustable for height) would add unnecessary weight, but the K1600 proves the two aren’t mutually exclusive. The Honda scales in at more than 900 lbs full of fuel, while the GTL is a relative flyweight at 767 lbs. (Incredibly, BMW says the K16-GTL is lighter than the former K1200LT by more than 110 lbs!)

Devotees of old Goldie might decry this comparison as unfair since the 1832cc flat-Six Honda is in a different displacement class than the 1649cc inline-Six BMW. But if that’s the yardstick, then the GTL punches easily above its weight. Its undersquare (and, hence, relatively narrow) mill churns out a purported 129 ft-lb of torque at 5250 rpm, reaching a crescendo of 160 horses at its 7750-rpm peak. That should translate to 135 hp at its 190/55-17 rear tire, almost 40 ponies more than the Honda.

otomaps.com source article: www.netcarshow.com www.motorcycle.com www.roushperformance.com

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