Since I didn’t get invited to South Africa for the launch of BMW’s new Inline-6 touring bikes–and couldn’t afford to go if I did–I have to wait for another 2 months or so before I can even get a chance to look at one, much less ride one. Motorcycle.Com, on the other hand, suffers from no such limitation, so they have a review of the the big K1600GTL touring model.
They seem impressed. Indeed, judging by the picture, too much so.
They rave on and on about its Gold-Wing-ass-kicking power, the cool electronics, and just about everything else they can think of to indicate how much better it is than the Gold Wing.
Things they loved:
- Rider comfort
- Air management]
Things they hated:
- Smaller passenger accommodations than the Gold Wing
Other than that, though, they think it’s a home run.
Its six-cylinder engine is sex on wheels with power to spare. Its agility and athleticism is positively shocking for such a big girl, and its suspension and brakes are best in class. What’s more, its array of standard and optional equipment put it in a league of its own.
Brit motorcycle journolist Kevin Ash has come up with another little niggle about the GT version, however, which is that, despite the higher torque of the I-6 powerplant, it actually doesn’t pull as hard in lower RPM ranges as the bike it replaces, the K1300GT, with its I-4.
For me, the 703 lb wet weight already made it a far less desirable bike, so I doubt if the new BMW is anywhere in my future. Great concept though. Shave 200 lbs off it, and call it the K1600S, though, and I might be willing to take a second look.