2011 BMW K1600GTL first look

The first–grainy, low-res images of the 2011 BMW K1600GTL have been leaked.

2011 BMW K1600GTL
2011 BMW K1600GTL
2011 BMW K1600GTL - Front View
2011 BMW K1600GTL - Front View

Being the flagship BMW tourers, it will have all sorts of goodies on it.  Over and above the I-6 engine with 160HP and 129 ft-lbs of torque.  One thing it will have is adaptive headlights that sense when the bike is leaning into a turn, and pints the headlights into the turn. Another fancy bit is the motorcycle version of the iDrive system in BMW cars: a full-color screen that incorporates the integrated GPS, audio display, and probably the setup screen, showing what you’ve set the suspension settings to, tire pressure, etc.

No real specs on the bike as to dimensions and whatnot are available yet.

But really, what I’m waiting to see are the specs for is the sister GT model, which is replacing the K1300GT.  It should be a lot lighter than the GTL, and a lot faster than the current GT.

129 ft-lbs of torque.  I bet it’ll have arm-wrenching acceleration. I can’t wait to test ride it.

UPDATE: More info and official pics can be found at this entry that offers a rundown from the official unveiling at INTERMOT.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

2 thoughts on “2011 BMW K1600GTL first look”

  1. When I got home from Viet Nam and bought my first Japanese bike… also my first two-stroke bike, an ill-handling but freaky-fast Kawasaki 500 triple, Harley was making the two largest displacement bikes readily for sale to the public-
    The 74-inch Duo Glide, and the 55-inch Sportster. Honda had just come out with the CB 750 and Harley was shaking in its boots.
    Now, most any 600 cc four would leave both my screaming Kaw and the CB 750 looking pedestrian, and we’re seeing Triumphs of 2600 cc’s sold to the public, while most marks sell a bike of over 1500 cc’s.
    I own a 454 Corvette, but Chevrolet realized a few years back that the small block provided plenty of power necessary for John Q. Public and they could reduce their costs by providing one engine. Will we continue to see a size escalation in bike displacement, or will manufacturers finally settle down and start making smaller engines more powerful and more efficient? It’ll be interesting to watch how this big BMW sells.

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