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While the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL split cover this year, they promised to get new amounts of performance and sophistication towards the sport-touring and luxury touring segments. Differing mainly with regards to seating position, motorcycle windscreens for sale shape along with the presence of an top trunk (on the GTL), both featured an inline six-cylinder engine using a claimed 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, throttle-by-wire, riding modes, linked ABS, an audio system, the innovative Multi-Controller dial around the left hand grip and, optionally, Dynamic Traction Control, Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) II and also the Adaptive Headlight, which utilizes a lean-angle sensor to suggest light into corners.

We were so fascinated, both models shared Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award for 2012, the model year in which they debuted.

In the years since, motorcycle electronics have grown to be far more complex and wide-ranging. For 2017, BMW’s K 1600 GT catches up as well as goes further.

New catalytic converters and updated engine management permit the K 1600’s mighty six-cylinder engine being Euro4 compliant without the decrease in claimed output. The GT’s three riding modes-Road, Dynamic and Rain-adapt throttle a reaction to riding conditions and automatically adjust the Dynamic Traction Control setting accordingly. Similar to other premium BMW models, the GT now features Dynamic ESA, which automatically adjusts suspension damping and provides two modes, Road and Dynamic. Road mode offers fully automatic damping and preload control, whereas Dynamic mode narrows the plethora of damping for any more performance-oriented ride.

With a claimed curb weight of 736 pounds, a fully loaded K 1600 GT with rider and passenger can easily exceed 1,000 pounds (allowable load capacity is 1,190 pounds). Since maneuvering half-a-ton-on-two-wheels around a car park can be difficult, BMW has got a fresh option called Reverse Assist, a reverse gear that’s engaged using a button on the left handlebar and controlled using the starter button (similar to the reverse gear on Honda’s GL1800 Gold Wing). Another convenience option recently introduced on other BMW models and now available for the K 1600 GT is Shift Assistant Pro, allowing clutchless upshifts and downshifts.

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A significant boon with regards to aspects BMW’s new optional Intelligent Emergency Call, a digital system that may be activated automatically or manually, sending the motorcycle’s GPS coordinates on the BWM Call Center to facilitate efficient rescue operations.

Styling updates to the K 1600 GT include a redesigned instrument panel, new side trim panels and larger wind deflectors. And there are three new palettes: Mars Red Metallic, Blackstorm Metallic and, inside the Sport variant, two-tone Lupine Blue Metallic / Blackstorm Metallic using a black finish about the engine and gold brake calipers.

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