News 2011 BMW K 1600 GT | First Ride

2011 BMW K 1600 GT | First Ride

BMW Motorcycle

BMW’s all-new 2011 K 1600 GT motorcycle is what BMW calls a supreme tourer – and it is their flagship motorcycle model.

The most exciting new development from BMW is, of course, the big six-cylinder engine. Depending on which rpm you use, it is both smooth and lively depending on which rpm range you use.

The K 1600 GT midrange is smoothness itself, and cruising along in sixth gear, even at low speed, is completely effortless. Kick down a few in the motorcycle’s gearbox, and the big six awakens with a distinctive roar. The BMW 1.6-liter engine changes character to something much more dynamic.

The seat is comfortable, and I hardly felt an ache after about 200 miles in the BMW K 1600 GT’s saddle. There are heated grips available from BMW, as well as a heated seat. However, in the sweltering South African sun I could read figures of up to 100 degrees, so it would not have been a good idea for me to add to this.

BMW’s ESA II is a great feature where I could change from a soft comfortable suspension setup to a dynamic harder setup whilst on the move. BMW’s traction control and ABS adds supreme safety to the package, and what a comprehensive package the K 1600 GT is.

Throughout the day I was impressed with the many options I could access on the menu. These settings determine the BMW K 1600 GT’s comfort, and the bike can completely changes nature if you wish for any sort of ride you desire, from flat-land touring to hard riding through tight mountain passes.

There’s a couple of niggles with the gearbox/clutch set-up, so I’ll come back with a full report on the 2011 BMW K 1600 GT touring motorcycle in my forthcoming article.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...