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BMW K 1600GTL
Manufacturer
BMW
Production 2011
Class Touring
Engine
Four stroke, transverse six cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio 12.2:1
Top Speed 239.2 km/h / 148.6 mph
Horsepower 156.63 HP (116.8 KW) @ 7750RPM
Torque 129.08 ft/lbs (175.0 Nm) @ 5250RPM
Ignition Digital CDI
Spark Plug NGK LMAR8AI-8 `11-19[1]
Battery 12 V / 19 Ah maintenance free
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Shaft `11-19[1]
Frame Chill-cast rear frame, aluminum, extruded sections
Suspension Front: Dual longitudinal control arm
Rear: Paralever (single-sided swing arm), central spring strut, rebound/continuously variable
Brakes Front: 2 x ∅320mm discs, 4 piston calipers
Rear: Single ∅320mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase 1680 mm / 66.1 in
Seat Height 810 - 830 mm / 31.9 - 32.7 in (standard) 780 - 800 mm / 30.7 - 31.5 in(optional rider seat) 750 mm / 29.5 in (special accessory seat, single-section)
Weight 321 kg / 708 lbs (dry), 348 kg / 768 lbs (wet)
Fuel Capacity 26.5 Liters / 7.0 US gal
Manuals Service Manual

The BMW K1600 GTL was a in-line six, four-stroke Touring motorcycle produced by BMW between 2011 and 2019. It could reach a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). Max torque was 129.08 ft/lbs (175.0 Nm) @ 5250 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 156.63 HP (116.8 KW) @ 7750 RPM. It could reach a top speed of 239.2 km/h / 148.6 mph.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a Liquid cooled cooled Four stroke, transverse six cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder. The engine featured a 12.2:1 compression ratio.

Drive[edit]

Power was moderated via the Multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically activated.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 120/70 ZR17 front tire and a 190/55 ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via 2 x ∅320mm discs, 4 piston calipers in the front and a Single ∅320mm disc, 2 piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a Dual longitudinal control arm while the rear was equipped with a Paralever (single-sided swing arm), central spring strut, rebound/continuously variable. The K 1600GTL was fitted with a 26.5 Liters / 7.0 US gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 321 kg / 708 lbs. The wheelbase was 1680 mm / 66.1 in long.

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2011 BMW K 1600 GTL[edit]

The 2011 MY BMW K 1600 GTL sports the same engine and technologies as its GT sibling, but comes standard with a number of improvements that make it more comfortable, as well as improve its long haul capabilities. It comes standard with a hard trunk that has an integrated pillion backrest, the touring seat offers lumbar support for the rider, as well as improved ergonomics, allowing the rider and the passenger to cross continents with ease. An audio system with preparation for navigation and a controllable interface also comes standard in the GTL, as opposed to the standard model. Another feature worth mentioning would be the Multi-Controller integrated operating concept, with a TFT color screen and menu guidance.


2012 BMW K 1600 GTL[edit]

The 2012 MY BMW K 1600 GTL has, at its heart, a powerful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 1649cc, in-line six cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and can produce 160 horsepower and 175 nm of torque. It comes standard with all the features one needs in a touring machine, being able to cross continents, without putting a strain on the rider or passenger. Also technologies such as the Integral ABS, the E-gas(ride-by-wire), and the Cruise control make for a safe and comfortable ride, as well as offer three selectable riding modes, Rain, Road or Dynamic. Other features such as the electrically adjustable windshield, the heated grips and seats, as well as the adjustable handbrake and clutch lever add to the desirability of this muscular touring machine.


2013 BMW K 1600 GTL[edit]

The 2013 MY BMW K 1600 GTL is arguably one of the most powerful and luxurious touring machines available in the market, up to date. It comes standard with touring and comfort-enhancing features such as Cruise Control, heated grips and seats, an electrically adjustable windshield, color-coded pannier cases, a detachable color coded topcase with an integrated passenger backrest, comfort footrests, xenon headlights, E-gas (ride-by-wire), LED indicators and BMW Motorrad integral ABS. In addition, it has three selectable riding modes, Rain, Road and Dynamic.

At its heart lies a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 1649cc, in-line six cylinder powerhouse mated to a six-speed manual transmission, that produces 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.


2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive[edit]

The 2014 MY BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive comes as a more luxurious version of the base GTL, coming standard with features such as the Hill Start Control, passenger arm rest, ground lights, crash bars, a second brake light, Dynamic Traction Control, Adaptive Cornering Lights, Electronic Suspension Adjustment, LED auxiliary headlights, central locking and anti-theft alarm, Keyless Ride, Daytime Running light and Radio Film Aerial.

In the tech/engine department, it sports the same powerful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 1649cc, in-line six cylinder powerhouse paired to a six-speed manual transmission, that can produce 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.


2014 BMW K 1600 GTL[edit]

If you are on the market for a well-equipped and, at the same time, powerful touring machine, than the 2014 MY BMW K 1600 GTL might be the right choice for you. At its heart lies a powerful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 1649cc, in-line six cylinder powerhouse mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and can produce 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque. It comes standard with touring-enhancing features such as the electric adjustable windshield, heated grips and seat, a trunk with integrated pillion backrest, a dual seat with lumbar support for the rider, as well as Cruise Control and BMW Motorrad ABS.

In addition, it features three selectable riding modes, Rain, Road or Dynamic.


2015 BMW K 1600 GTL[edit]

For Beemer fans who want comfort, as well as massive amounts of power, the House of Munich has launched the 2015 MY BMW K 1600 GTL. It comes standard with features such as a dual-seat with lumbar support for the rider, side panniers and a hard trunk with integrated passenger backrest, an electrically adjustable windshield and pillion grab rails, as well as heated seats and grips, which significantly increase its long haul capabilities.

At its heart lies a powerful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 1652cc, in-line six cylinder powerhouse mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and can produce 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.


2015 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive[edit]

The 2015 MY BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive addresses Beemer fans, and not only, who want the highest level of comfort, as well as long haul capabilites, in a machine with a power output comparable to a sportbike. At its heart lies a powerful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 1652cc, in-line six cylinder powerhouse, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, that produces an asphalt-wrinkling 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.

It comes standard with luxurious features such as passenger armrests, LED auxiliary lights, adaptive xenon headlight, a second brae light, as well as state-of-the-art technologies such as the Electronic Suspension Adjustment II, Dynamic Traction Control and RDC.


2016 BMW K 1600 GTL[edit]

The 2015 MY BMW K 1600 GTL has, at its heart, a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-stroke, 1652cc, transverse six cylinder powerplant paired to a six-speed manual transmission that can produce a claimed 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.

This touring machine addresses those riders who expect more comfort from their machine, and comes with a rear trunk with integrated pillion backrest, rider lumbar support, passenger grab rails, hard, lockable, side-panniers, an adjustable windshield, a full-fairing, and cast-aluminum wheels.


2016 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive[edit]

The 2016 MY BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive comes with passenger armrests, LED auxiliary lights, adaptive xenon headlight, a second brake light, as well as state-of-the-art technologies such as the Electronic Suspension Adjustment II, Dynamic Traction Control and RDC.

In the tech/engine department, it sports a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected, 1652cc, transverse six cylinder powerplant paired to a six-speed manual transmission and can reach a maximum power output of 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.


Review[edit]

Ever since BMW Motorrad presented the concept study Concept 6 in autumn 2009, the new 6-cylinder in-line engine installed in it has caught the imagination of many motorcycle fans. For over seven decades now, 6-cylinder in-line engines have stood for fascinating engine technology in automobiles at BMW more than with any other brand. With the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL, BMW motorcycles are now available for the first time with a 6-cylinder in-line power unit developed in-house. The two touring motorcycles have a supreme, impressive and equally distinctive appearance, creating a desire to travel at first sight.

Riding dynamics, long-distance suitability and comfort.

For decades, 6-cylinder in-line engines have exercised a special fascination. In addition to their perfect running smoothness they also offer supreme output and torque, giving the rider powerful emotional impressions. In addition to safety, equipment and comfort, prestige and dynamic performance are the key criteria for a supreme touring bike. With the most compact in-line 6-cylinder engine in serial motorcycle production to date, the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL penetrate a whole new dimension in terms of riding properties, long-distance suitability and comfort. They combine maximum agility and riding dynamics with a luxurious overall package. With an engine output of 118 kW (160 bhp) and a maximum torque of 175 Newton metres, their 6-cylinder engine provides superb propulsion in all conditions.


Lightest and most compact serial production 6-cylinder in-line engine in a motorcycle > 1000 cc.

Previously, the in-line arrangement of six cylinders resulted in either very long or very wide constructions, depending on the installation position, which led to drawbacks in terms of chassis geometry, weight distribution and centre of gravity. This where the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL break new ground.

Weighing 102.6 kilograms, the engine is by far the lightest serially produced 6-cylinder in-line engine for motorcycles in the class > 1000 cc. What is more, the engine is significantly narrower in construction width than all other 6-cylinder in-line motorcycles in serial production to date. This extremely compact construction and reduced width was achieved in particular by means of a cylinder bore of 72 millimetres in conjunction with a spacing of just 5 millimetres between the cylinder the cylinder sleeves. Both the low engine weight and the consistent lightweight construction of the vehicle as a whole contribute to the low weight of the vehicle. At 319 kg (K 1600 GT without panniers) and 348 kg (K 1600 GTL with panniers and topcase) the new touring bikes are in the lower range of the segment.

Three modes to choose from and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety when accelerating.

The rider of the K 1600 models has three different engine characteristics directly available at the press of a button at the right-hand end of the handlebars so as to be able to adapt to different uses such as touring on the road, riding on wet surfaces and sporty, dynamic motorcycling - the modes "Rain", "Road" and "Dynamic". Available as an option ex works, the traction control function DTC is combined individually with the different modes, fully harmonised with them so as to provide maximum riding safety.


The control of the central throttle valve with a diameter of 52 millimetres is effected via an e-gas, also known as a ride-by-wire system. The rider's wishes are registered by means of a sensor in the accelerator twist grip. The engine control then adjusts the position of the throttle valve accordingly.

Chassis with ideal mass concentration for dynamic riding properties.

The essential chassis elements of the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL are the light alloy bridge-type frame, and the Duolever and Paralever for wheel control at front and rear. Because of the special requirements of a touring bike with a 6-cylinder engine, particular attention was paid to balancing the masses.

All in all, the interplay of chassis and engine position, together with the seating position of the rider, not only makes for a low overall centre of gravity with a very favourable concentration of masses, it also provides an ideally balanced wheel load distribution for excellent riding properties. The combination of ride stability, riding dynamics and lightness of handling in all riding and load conditions sets a new benchmark in the touring bike segment.


Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and load states.

The new 6-cylinder touring bikes also benefit from the innovative Electronic Suspension Adjustment II (ESA II), which is offered as a special equipment feature ex works.

With this system, globally unique on the motorcycle market, the rider can conveniently press a button to electronically adapt not only the rebound damping properties of the front and rear spring strut but also the spring rest ("spring preload") of the rear spring strut as well as the latter's spring rate and therefore the "hardness" of the suspension. This makes for outstanding stability and impressive responsiveness in all load states.

The additional adaptation of the spring rate allows the damping settings "Sport, Normal, Comfort" to be spread widely in ESA II, giving them clearly perceptible characteristics during riding. So in "Sport" mode, the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL are even more dynamic and precise and in "Comfort" mode they are more comfortable - while still retaining excellent stability.

Adaptive headlight - a world first for increased safety at night.

With the new BMW Motorrad touring bikes, the first ever "Adaptive Headlight" option is available ex works in the motorcycle sector as a supplement to the standard xenon headlamp. In addition to standard pitch compensation, the light of the main headlamp is also balanced in relation to banking angle. This produces significantly improved illumination of the road when cornering and therefore an enormous increase in active riding safety.


Integrated operating concept with Multi-Controller, TFT color screen and menu guidance.

The instrument panel of the K 1600 models comprises two classic circular instruments for the speedometer and tachometer and a 5.7-inch TFT color display. The design of the information display is also completely new in the motorcycle field. Among other things, it enables the attractive presentation of text and graphics over several lines.

Another world first is the Multi-Controller as part of an integrated operating concept, first introduced in the BMW R 1200 RT at the end of 2009. In addition to audio system control, the K 1600 models also have a menu for operating the comfort functions and on-board computer.


Innovative design with outstanding wind and weather protection.

Particular attention was paid during development to the combination of innovative design, optimum wind and weather protection and the very highest level of functionality. A very good example of this is the electrically adjustable windshield with memory function.

The bike's aerodynamic qualities in terms of reduced air swirl - especially in the pillion passenger area - were developed in sophisticated wind tunnel tests. But the windshield not only protects the rider and pillion passenger: it automatically returns to the starting position when the ignition is switched off, acting as an anti-theft system for the optionally available navigation system. BMW K 1600 GT with active riding ergonomics for proactive touring.

The design of the ergonomic triangle from the position of the footrests, seat top and handlebars makes for a highly proactive seating position in the K 1600 GT, while still retaining a high level of long-distance comfort. The rider and pillion passenger enjoy a comfortable knee angle but the seating position is geared towards the front wheel for a dynamic riding style. The seat is height-adjustable in the rider area so that it can be adapted to individual needs.

The K 1600 GT is has a very extensive range of standard features ex works consisting of xenon headlamps, heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board computer. In conjunction with the supreme riding qualities of the new BMW Motorrad 6-cylinder engine, this motorcycle leaves nothing to be desired as far as the proactive touring rider is concerned.

BMW K 1600 GTL with very comfortable, relaxed ergonomics set-up for long trips with pillion passenger.

The luxurious touring bike BMW K 1600 GTL meets the very highest demands. Rider and pillion passenger benefit from the very relaxed, upright seating position as is especially appreciated over long distances. The ergonomic design is geared towards maximum comfort and derives from a single-section, dual level seat in conjunction with rider footrests which are further forward and lower, as well as handlebars which reach further backWards. The standard topcase rounds off the range of comfort features for the pillion passenger.

Like the K 1600 GT, the K 1600 GTL has a very extensive range of standard features consisting of xenon headlamps, heated grips and seat, cruise control and on-board computer. The overall impression of the fascinating 6-cylinder motorcycle in combination with a carefully conceived storage concept, a standard audio system and numerous design elements make the BMW K 1600 GTL the flagship model among the BMW Motorrad touring bikes.

Individual paint finish concepts adapted to the character of each bike.

As touring bikes, the new BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL stand for a perfect synthesis of supremacy, dynamic performance and comfort. This is also reflected in the colouring of the two models.


In the K 1600 GT, the body colors of Light Grey metallic and Vermilion Red metallic create a fascinating contrast with the frame and wheels in Ostra Grey and the engine in Platinum metallic matt. The colouring especially highlights the bike's technical components. The lines are concentrated and give the motorcycle a marked sense of agility.

With its emphasis on comfort and equipment, the K 1600 GTL has a powerful presence and elegance with elongated lines. This was achieved by means of a harmonious interaction between body colors and the colouring of the engine and chassis components. Here, Mineral Silver metallic or Royal Blue metallic 2 provide a perfect match for the Magnesium metallic matt of the painted frame and wheels. The engine in Platinum metallic matt ensures an appealing overall impression. An overview of highlights of the BMW K 1600 GT/ K 1600 GTL:

  • Supreme in-line 6-cylinder engine with a high level of pulling power,

especially in the lower and medium engine speed range.

  • Engine output 118 kW (160 bhp) at 7 750 rpm and maximum torque 175 Nm at 5 250

rpm.

  • Over 70 per cent of the maximum torque is already available from 1 500 rpm.
  • The lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engine in serial motorcycle

production > 1000 cc weighing just 102.6 kg and measuring 555 mm in width.

  • Consistent lightweight construction throughout the entire vehicle (magnesium

front panel carrier, aluminum rear frame, crankshaft etc.).

  • Three modes to choose from ("Rain", "Road", "Dynamic")
  • High active safety due to standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral).
  • Dynamic traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety

when accelerating (optional extra).

  • Chassis with Duolever and Paralever and ideal mass concentration for dynamic

riding properties combined with optimum comfort.

  • Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and

load states (optional extra).

  • World premiere in a motorcycle: Adaptive Headlight (optional extra) for

increased safety at night in conjunction with standard xenon headlamp and fibre optic rings.

  • Integrated operating concept with Multi-Controller, TFT color display and

menu guidance for the first time.

  • Audio system with preparation for navigation device and controllable interface

for iPod, MP3, USB, Bluetooth and satellite radio (USA and Canada only) (standard in the K 1600 GTL).

  • Innovative design with outstanding wind and weather protection.
  • K 1600 GT with active riding ergonomics for proactive touring.
  • K 1600 GTL with a very comfortable, relaxed ergonomics set-up for long trips

with pillion passenger as well as luxurious touring equipment.

  • Central locking for storage compartments, panniers and topcase (optional

extra).

  • Extensive fittings and individually tailored accessories at the familiar high

level of BMW Motorrad.



Make Model BMW K 1600 GTL
Year 2011
Engine Type Four stroke, transverse six cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement 1649 cc / 100.6 cu in.
Bore X Stroke 72 x 67.5 mm
Compression 12.2:1
Fuel Premium unleaded (95 RON)
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Induction ∅52mm Throttle valve diameter, BMS-X
Ignition Digital CDI
Alternator 580 W Alternator
Battery 12 V / 19 Ah maintenance free
Starting Electric
Max Power 118 kW / 160.5 hp @ 7750 rpm
Max Torque 175 Nm / 17.8 kgf-m / 129 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm
Clutch Multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically activated
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Gear Ratio 1st 2.23 / 2nd 1.641 / 3rd 1.319 / 4th 1.101 / 5th 0.926 / 6th 0.788
Frame Chill-cast rear frame, aluminum, extruded sections
Front Suspension Dual longitudinal control arm
Front Wheel Travel 115 mm / 4.8 in
Rear Suspension Paralever (single-sided swing arm), central spring strut, rebound/continuously variable
Rear Wheel Travel 135 mm / 5.3 in
Front Brakes 2 x ∅320mm discs, 4 piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single ∅320mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Abs BMW Motorrad ABS (partial integral)
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17
Rim Front 3.0 x 17"
Rim Rear 6.00 x 17"
Wheels Cast aluminum wheels
Castor 108.4 mm / 4.3 in
Steering Head Angle 62.2°
Wheelbase 1680 mm / 66.1 in
Dimensions Length: 2489m m / 98.0 in Width: 1000 mm / 39.4 in Height: 1465 mm / 57.7 in
Seat Height 810 - 830 mm / 31.9 - 32.7 in (standard) 780 - 800 mm / 30.7 - 31.5 in(optional rider seat) 750 mm / 29.5 in (special accessory seat, single-section)
Dry Weight 321 kg / 708 lbs
Wet Weight 348 kg / 768 lbs
Fuel Capacity 26.5 Liters / 7.0 US gal
Reserve 4 Liters / 1.1 US gal
Consumption Average 5.95 L/100 km / 16.8 km/l / 39.5 US mpg
Standing ¼ Mile 11.7 sec
Top Speed 239.2 km/h / 148.6 mph

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