We’ve gone over all the changes to the full range of 2022 BMW K 1600 models, so we’re not going to repeat them all here. Instead, we’re going to focus on what’s specifically new on the 2022 BMW K 1600 GTL, the German company’s flagship luxury sport touring motorcycle.
The 2022 BMW K 1600 GTL has an optional Comfort package. It includes a quickshifter, auxiliary LED headlight, engine protection bar, keyless ride, central locking system, and anti-theft alarm.
BMW offers a standard version of the 2022 GTL, along with two optional styling choices. In addition to the name of each version, BMW has a clever little tag line for each. The Basic is “The straightforward one.” Exclusive style is “The exclusive one.” If you opt for Option 719, you’ll have “The elegant one.”
Here’s a rundown of how each of the three versions is styled:
Blackstorm metallic body, front fender, tank center cover, and slipstream deflector trim
Monolith Metallic Matt frame and engine spoiler
Gravityblue Metallic body, front of the front fender
Monolith Metallic Matt frame, rear of the front fender, and engine spoiler
Blackstorm Metallic tank center cover
Chrome slipstream deflector trim and strips on cases
Mineral White Metallic body w/ pinstripes
Monolith Metallic Matt frame and rear of the front fender
Mineral White Metallic front of front fender w/ chrome bar
Black seat (optional Option 719 seat has diamond top-stitching in saddle brown and cloud print)
For further customization inspiration, BMW has what it calls “serving suggestions” for the GTL. If you want “The long-distance runner,” you’ll add the comfort windscreen, armrests for the passenger, touring case impact protection, and liners for the cases. “The exclusive one,” not to be confused with the Exclusive style, adds some shiny stuff—chrome-plated wind deflector, mirror caps, and touring top case cover.
The GTL is the only K 1600 that offers a tubular handlebar as an option. A high seat is available for the GTL and the Grand America.
Along with the Grand America, the GTL has the new audio system 2.0. We describe this in-depth in our coverage of all the 2022 K 1600s. The short version is it’s designed to be listened to with the motorcycle at rest or with your helmet on while riding. Electronic equalization gives the 2.0 sound package flexibility. It gives you access to digital radio and satellite radio subscription services.
The 2022 BMW K 1600 GTL will run you $26,895, before you indulge in options. Look for the GTL in your local BMW dealer in February.
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Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.