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Thursday, October 7, 2010

2012 BMW K 1600 GT & GTL Sport Tourer in INTERMOT

2012 BMW K 1600 GTL2012 BMW K 1600 GTL Sport Tourer
2012 BMW K 1600 GT2012 BMW K 1600 GT

The K1600GT and GTL are based about a new inline six agent with a claimed ability achievement of 160hp and 129 ft-lb. of torque. According to BMW, the engine’s 226 batter weight makes it the lightest serially produced inline six agent over 1000cc. That helps the K1600GT affirmation a weight of 703 pounds (without panniers) while the K1600GTL comes in at a heftier 767 pounds (with panniers and topcase).

Seemingly anon on the heels of transforming the sportbike class with their arch S 1000 RR this accomplished year, BMW has its architect set durably on revamping the action touring and affluence touring segments of motorcycling.

North American journalists got their aboriginal appearance Stateside of the abundant advancing 6-cylinder 2011 BMW K 1600 GTL the added night at Jay Leno's garage.

The new motorcycle (which will be produced as the GT and the GTL) is emboldened with a 1649cc inline 6-cylinder agent that is transversally army in a beefy, sportbike-inspired ambit chassis.

The Motorrad (motorcycle) analysis put BMW's all-encompassing history of engineering and developing in-line 6-cylinder auto engines to acceptable use. BMW engineers acquainted a 6-cylinder belvedere would accommodate absurd torque, attractive complete (especially at aerial revs) and, conceivably best importantly, cottony bland delivery.

This approach is able in the BMW K 1600 with an admirable 160 application (at 7750 rpm) with a best torque appraisement of 129 ft/lbs (at 5250 rpm)-of which 70% is accessible at an amazing 1,500 rpm. Adding acceptance to these performance-oriented stats is a compression arrangement of 12.2:1.

Surprisingly, due the ability of the 6-cylinder configuration, the K 1600 claims bigger afar per gallon (MPG) than the K 1300 GT.

BMW is accurate not to characterization the GTL as a luxury-touring motorcycle, preferring to bread the appellation "top tourer," which is intended-quite rightly-to adjure a sportier persona. A abundant accord of assignment went into ensuring the new K bikes would ultimately be fun to ride, which was targeted by activity to abundant lengths to save weight and accumulate the bike slim.

The new BMW agent is a little beneath than 22" wide, authoritative it commensurable to best in-line fours. This was accomplished with a break of aloof 5mm amid butt sleeves (0.197th of an inch).

The limitations of metals technology would accept fabricated this absurd twenty years ago. The absolute engine, with gearbox, clamp and alternator, weights aloof 226 pounds. These statistics point against a awful maneuverable and active ample accommodation motorcycle that promises to behave added like a sportbike than a ambit bike.

BMW is alive to analyze the two motorbikes, preferring to bazaar the K 1600 GT as added of antic experience, with accent on a distinct addition (although it will handle a commuter absolutely sufficiently).

The GT is advised to awning a lot of ambit in a abbreviate bulk of time. The GTL fills the role as a added ambrosial best for two-up riding, able to bear above abundance while actual almost sporty.

The new K bikes acquire ride-by-wire burke valve operation with a 3-way ride approach for ability commitment (rain - alley - dynamic) as able-bodied Activating Traction Control. Design cues are new academy BMW, with a adequately advancing adherent allowance and ancillary cut-aways that acknowledge the agent in a adventurous achievement of masculinity.

A big account is the industry aboriginal Adaptive Headlight, which utilizes an auto leveling apparatus that maintains a connected acreage of ablaze on a akin border admitting angular bend or angle due to braking and accelerating. Aside from the new 6-cylinder powerplant, this is what I'm best absorbed to test.

The BMW K 1600 GT and GTL will be accessible backward Spring of 2011 as 2012 models. Pricing as of columnist time was listed alone as TBD.

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