A little more than a year ago, BMW revealed its “Concept 101” at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a bagger-styled six-cylinder motorcycle dripping with input from custom bike builder Roland Sands. Today, BMW has revealed its production version of that concept with its new K1600B bagger.
The K1600B is basically a redressed K1600GT. The 1649cc Inline Six of the GT powers the new model and the motorcycle makes use the same aluminum bridge-type frame. BMW Duolever and Paralever front and rear suspension soak up bumps and BMW Motorrad ABS prevents the dual 320mm front and single 320mm rear brake discs from locking up. The two bikes also share the same wet multi-plate clutch and constant mesh six-speed gearbox, seven-gallon fuel capacity and wheel and tire sizes. Even electronic elements like reverse assist, three riding modes, traction control and dynamic, dual-mode electronic suspension adjustment are shared as well.
What’s changed are the dimensions and aesthetic elements. BMW are looking to move from simply “Grand Touring” to “Grand American Touring” with the new K1600B.
The rear frame was redesigned and seat height lowered to 30.7 inches. This has resulted in a bit less suspension travel out back compared to the GT. The exhaust covers are changed from the GT as well as the shape of the pipes, accentuating the long, low profile of the machine. Standard side cases are slimmer and deeper and the rear LED indicator, reverse and brake lights are integrated into the cases.
Optional forward mount controls are available for a more relaxed riding position, as is Shift Assist Pro and Emergency Call which automatically informs authorities when the system detects an accident has occurred. There is a vast array of BMW accessories and upgrade packages available as well.
Currently there’s no information regarding pricing or availability, but with the focus on “Grand American Touring” we wouldn’t be surprised to see the K1600B make its Stateside debut during AIMExpo in Florida later this week. We’ll keep you updated if more details are released at that time.
Editor’s Note: U.S. pricing has been announced: $19,995.00 (plus a $495.00 destination fee)