Sunday, November 13, 2016

2017 BMW K1600GTL unveiled at EICMA

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The 2017 BMW K1600GTL, quite possibly the world's best luxury touring motorcycle

BMW recently unveiled the 2017-spec K1600GTL at the EICMA, in Milan. The bike's 6-cylinder, xxcc engine has been updated and is now Euro 4-compliant, while still producing an impressive 160 horsepower and 175Nm of torque. Wind protection has been improved, with enlarged slipstream deflectors and trim sections repositioned further to the rear. The upright riding position has also been revised and is now even more relaxed, with handlebars shifted further back and slightly lower footrests. Electronically adjustable dynamic ESA suspension, ABS and traction control are all standard, of course, while reverse assist and shift assistant pro (which allows clutchless upshifts and downshifts) are optional. Redesigned rear-view mirrors now have enlarged mirror areas with an aspherical section for a further enhanced view of traffic, while the foot guard and storage compartment (on the left and right in the lower area of the engine) are now standard features.

BMW's safety enhancing 'intelligent emergency call' system is also on the options list, although it's currently available only in European markets. Other options on the 2017 K1600GTL include adaptive turning lights, DRLs, keyless ride, hill start control, central locking, forged wheels, passenger footboards, additional brake light for topcase, HP sports silencer and a crash bar. Since this is one of the world's best touring motorcycles, it's only right that the new K1600GTL gets a standard topcase with back pad, which allows the passenger to lean back and be more comfortable over long distances.

Coming back to the ESA electronically adjustable suspension, it has road and dynamic modes. Damping adaptation in road mode is fully automated, with the BMW computers providing the highest levels of comfort, along with maximum traction over all kinds of road surfaces. Dynamic mode tightens up everything, firms up the ride and optimises all settings for improved handling (rather than comfort) at higher speeds. New colours available for the 2017 K1600GTL include white, gray and black and the bike will be in BMW showrooms by early next year.

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