2018 BMW K1600B Review

2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B
2018 BMW K1600B

 

 

 

TAKE A RELAXED CRUISE ANYTIME.

If you’re hungry for asphalt and for new horizons, then the Bagger is the motorcycle for your journey. With its six cylinders, it delivers impressive power and extraordinary running smoothness. Let the journey begin. You and the bike become one with the road in the Bagger silhouette: the chopped windscreen and the striking rear ensure an unmistakable appearance. Behind its good looks is a great deal of innovative technology and a high level of comfort. So get going with the K 1600 B.

Unmistakably Bagger. Unmistakably different.
This bagger is made for gliding along. Brimming with presence, the sloping line of the silhouette makes the K 1600 B low and streamlined. The Black Storm Metallic color, combined with the various black tones, gives the Bagger its shape and makes it appear imposing and confident at the same time. The chopped windscreen and the striking rear section with LED indicators and brake lights integrated into the cases define the style. The black 6-cylinder completes the strong character and overall image. And with the standard tubular handlebars, the Bagger can be easily steered towards the horizon.

No distance is too far.
The 1600 6-cylinder in-line engine ensures the desired dynamics with smooth power delivery that is unmatched. Its maximum torque of 129 lb-ft (175 Nm) and 160 hp (118 kW) develop an incomparable and effortless thrust. At 1500 rpm, 70% of torque is already achieved. This means even the smallest movement of your wrist results in impressive acceleration. After arriving at your destination, the Reverse Assist option ensures effortless maneuvering. By choosing Keyless Ride you add another technical highlight that perfectly rounds off the overall package.

Endless riding pleaure.
The standard dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) provides optimum handling and riding dynamics. In addition, the “CRUISE” setting ensures soft damping comfort. The optional floorboards offer a relaxed foot-forward riding position. With additional options like the audio system with Satellite Radio and Bluetooth, Hill Start Control (HSC), Shift Assist Pro, Central Locking/Alarm, and additional storage compartments, you can improve your riding experience in a fully customized way. With a relaxed posture and an unmistakable presence, you are guaranteed to draw looks from your fellow riders.

 

Largely based on the K 1600 GT and GTL, the K 1600 B was developed specifically with American riders and great open American roads in mind. It features a spectacular backward sloping linear design with a specifically engineered rear section to reflect the characteristics of a grand American tourer. This not only makes the bagger appear low-lying and slender, but a new rear frame also contributes to this aesthetic by significantly reducing the height of the passenger seat.

  • Inspired by the Concept 101
  • 1649 cc, 6-cylinder engine: 160 hp /129 lb-ft.
  • Reduced to the essentials with a focus on styling, an elongated, streamlined profile, and potential for customization.

Comparison between BMW K 1600 B vs. GT/GTL:

K 1600 B rear bodywork is completely redesigned:

New rear frame (2.8” lower).

Restyled, lower passenger seat: improved comfort/accessibility.

Streamlined cases w/ light bars/folding mudguard.

Horizontal chrome mufflers.

  • Optional vs. standard storage compartments (more leg room; optional footrests).
  • Modified handlebars, chopped windshield, wind deflectors stretched back.

 

 

 

2018 BMW K1600B Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • 6-cylinder in-line engine according to EU4 regulations with an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 7 750 rpm and a maximum torque of 175 Nm at 5 250 rpm.
  • Bagger design with eye-catching stretched streamline-style silhouette and low rear section.
  • Low rear frame for reduced vehicle height, dropped passenger seat height (- 7 cm) and typical bagger look.
  • Fixed side cases with a new compartment design, rear central cover and integrated light units in US-American styling.
  • Chrome-plated parallel silencers with ribbed end caps.
  • Folding rear mudguard for easy wheel removal.
  • Effective wind and weather protection with wind deflectors stretched further back.
  • Typical short bagger-style electrically adjustable windscreen.
  • Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA with automatic damping adaptation and “Road” and “Cruise” damping modes as standard.
  • Reverse assist for even simpler manoeuvrability as an optional equipment item ex works.
  • Shift Assistant Pro for shifting up and down without clutch as an ex-works option.
  • Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option for rapid assistance in the event of an accident or in emergency situations (only in European markets where ConnectedDrive is available).
  • High level of standard equipment (ABS Pro, dynamic brake light, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, xenon headlamp, heated grips and seat heating, multi-controller, three ride modes, cruise control etc.).
  • Broad scope of tried-and-tested optional equipment (Adaptive Headlight, daytime running light, Keyless Ride, Hill Start Control, central locking etc.).
  • Wide range of original BMW Motorrad Accessories (forged wheels, foot rests for rider and passenger, engine crash bar etc.).

 

 

 

2018 BMW K1600B Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

The new K 1600 B: luxury cruising and pure traveling pleasure in the all-American bagger style.

The new K 1600 B unites luxury, comfort and touring qualities with the unique design language of a bagger. Starting from the highest point on the front cladding, the flyline typically stretches downward to create a stretched drop-like silhouette in a “streamlining” style. The two side cases mounted on the vehicle form an integrated whole with the rear light units, which echo the style of US automobiles.

Whether on a relaxed ride after a hard day’s work, an enjoyable weekend cruise for two, or an extended holiday trip, the new K 1600 B unites supreme 6-cylinder performance and comfortable touring qualities with the casual relaxation and unique riding style of a bagger.

The characteristic streamlining with a low rear section and masculine colour scheme make for relaxed dynamic elegance. The new all-black (Blackstorm metallic / black for chassis components and the drivetrain) finish of the K 1600 B is largely based on the K 1600 GT Tourer. While long-distance riders will benefit from the superior comfort and consistent touring-style design of the K 1600 GT, the new K 1600 B sets completely new standards with regard to “Grand American Touring”.

Thus, the rear section of the new K 1600 B has been completely redesigned in order to significantly reduce the seat height for even more comfort and for even greater ease of access for passengers. With this special bagger style design, the passenger benefits from a rear section that is a full 70 millimetres lower than the 6-cylinder tourer, resulting in a correspondingly lower seat height. Two attractively shaped passenger seat handles ensure that passengers feel secure on the authentic backward sloping seat.

At the same time, the new rear frame allowed the deep recesses in the body design required for consistency with the design principles, so that the new K 1600 B looks particularly low, stretched and extraordinarily elegant and dynamic. Also redesigned are the fully chrome-plated silencers with additional chrome covers in the area of the catalytic converters, which consciously follow the parallelism of the design concept, fitting in organically with the bagger look.

Side cases with newly redesigned compartments for easy loading and folding rear mudguard for easy dismantling of the wheel. The standard side cases are bolted to the redesigned rear frame. In addition, the rear light units, consisting of a reverse light, side indicators and brake lights, are integrated in the side cases in the style of US “road cruisers”. All lights use LED technology and are therefore particularly economical and long-lived, as well as offering top-quality details.

The redesign of the side cases of the K 1600 GT tourer with slimmer covers and deeper body allows for particularly comfortable and effective loading of luggage on the K 1600 B. Two luggage nets in the lower part of the case provide practical storage for smaller travel equipment. The optional audio connection in the right hand case has an inner pocket that can also hold larger terminal devices, such as a tablet computer. The switch for the passenger seat heater has been handily positioned on the right hand case. The keyless seat bench release is easily accessible, not exposed to dirt and integrated in the left side case.

As part of this redesign of the rear section, the new K 1600 B has an additional rear middle cover. The rear mudguard has been designed to fold upward to make it easier to remove the rear wheel when changing the tire.

Dynamically designed fairing sections for effective wind and weather protection and an impressive visual presence. The lines of the front section of the new K 1600 B slope downward to the front and meet at a point in front of the front wheel. Together with the
redesigned rear section and its backward sloping lines, the K 1600 B creates very low, stretched impression, signalling its close ties to the road.

For the ultimate touring experience, the K 1600 B offers excellent wind and weather protection. To this end, the side sections of the fairing sweep downward and backward from the efficiently designed slipstream deflectors. Wind deflectors not only provide for even better protection for the riders hands, but also give the front section of the new K 1600 B even more presence. The two mirrors fit in perfectly with the overall design, the interchangeable mirror caps also offering an opportunity to individualise the bagger. The generously proportioned mirrors include an aspherical element and offer the best possible view of the following traffic.

The new K 1600 B also features an electrically adjustable, redesigned short windscreen with memory function. This not only effectively protects the rider from wind pressure and eddies, but also returns to home position as soon as the ignition is switched off. In this way it also functions as an anti-theft device for the navigation system, which is available as an Original BMW Motorrad Accessory.

As you’d expect from the elegant look of the K 1600 B, the chrome-plated mounts for the BMW emblem and insignia and the stretched radiator fit perfectly with the overall design. An additional skid protector in the side area of the engine is intended to prevent damage.

Foot rests for a relaxed “feet forward” position available as an option. As part of the new design, the new K 1600 B follows the bagger look by doing away with the storage compartments on the left and right in the lower part of the engine in the series configuration. This means that it is an easy matter to equip the bagger with extremely comfortable foot rests that allow the rider to
adopt a “feet forward” position. However, the storage compartments are available as an ex works option.

The passenger position can also be upgraded respectively. Because the passenger foot rests close upwards rather than folding back, it is possible to install particularly comfortable foot rests for passengers from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories Range.

Supreme engine expertise with 6 cylinders. With its 6-cylinder in-line engine, the new K 1600 B likewise conveys a particular fascination, offering not just perfect running smoothness but also supreme performance and abundant torque. Still the most compact 6-cylinder in-line power unit in motorcycle series production, the engine has an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 7 750 rpm, generates a maximum torque of 175 Nm at 5 250 rpm and thus offers supreme forward thrust in all conditions.

With an engine weight of 102.6 kilograms, the 6-cylinder engine of the K 1600 B remains to this day not just the lightest series-production 6-cylinder engine for motorcycles in the category over 1000 cc: due its very narrow cylinder spacing, it is also significantly slimmer than all other serial production 6-cylinder in-line engines to date. Both are major contributing factors in
creating the active riding character of the K 1600 B.

The new K 1600 B has been designed to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class. Among other things it has corresponding engine mapping, a fuel system with carbon canister for fuel tank ventilation and an exhaust system with altered catalytic converters as well as more dynamically designed end pieces whose horizontal ribbing lends great emphasis to the 6-cylinder theme.

Even more manoeuvring convenience due to the new reverse assist as an optional equipment item ex works. The bagger also makes a nod to luxury, relaxed motorcycling in the form of a reverse assist option. This is activated conveniently as required at the press of a button on the left-hand handlebar panel. As a result the forward gear is blocked and the reverse gear is engaged. Movement itself is initiated by the rider pressing on the starter motor button, which establishes propulsion via a bendable shaft.

Three riding modes and Dynamic Traction Control DTC for maximum safety when accelerating as standard. Riders of the new K 1600 B have the riding modes “Rain”, “Road” and “Dynamic” directly available to them at the press of a button at the right-hand end of the handlebars so as to be able to adapt to different purposes such as road touring, riding on wet surfaces and sporty, dynamic riding. The traction control function DTC is combined individually with each of the different modes and is fully harmonised with them so as to ensure maximum riding safety.

Shift Assistant Pro for shifting up and down without clutch operation as an ex-works option. The Shift Assistant Pro is also available for the K 1600 B, enabling the rider to shift up and down without activating the clutch in the relevant load and engine speed ranges, which gives the rider not just greater comfort but also a bonus in terms of dynamic performance. Most shifting can be carried out using the shift assistant.

When accelerating, the throttle valve (throttle grip) no longer has to be closed for shifts using the throttle hand, so propulsion power is virtually constant without torque interrupt. When decelerating and shifting down (throttle grip/throttle valve closed), the engine speed is automatically adapted by means of double-declutching. Gears are engaged as usual by means of the gear pedal.

Shift time is significantly reduced as compared to a gearshift using the clutch. There is no shift support when the clutch is activated, when shifting up with the throttle grip closed (coasting) or when decelerating. Ideal concentration of masses, proven suspension technology for dynamic riding properties. The essential chassis elements of the new BMW K 1600 B are the light alloy bridge-type frame familiar from the K 1600 GT and the well-proven BMW Motorrad Duolever and Paralever systems for wheel control at front and rear. The new K 1600 B also benefits from a low overall centre of gravity with a very favourable concentration of masses and a balanced wheel load distribution for excellent riding properties.

Electronic suspension adaptation Dynamic ESA with automatic damping adaptation as standard. The new K 1600 B offers a supreme combination of riding stability, dynamics and light handling in all riding and load states. The electronic suspension
Dynamic ESA with its “Road” and “Cruise” damping modes as standard safeguards a particularly active riding experience with the greatest possible comfort.

In the standard “Road” setting, damping adaptation is fully automated across the entire range, thereby offering the very highest level of comfort and traction over virtually all surfaces. This ensures the optimum damping force in all riding states and regardless of load.

Depending on customer preference, the spring preload can be adapted to the load state at the press of a button and independently of the damping. It is possible to switch to “Cruise” damping mode and thus to more gentle damping at lower speeds at the press of a button.

Using various parameters, the different riding states such as acceleration and deceleration of the new K 1600 B are precisely identified so that the damping forces on the front and rear spring strut can be adapted within milliseconds. As a result, superior damping comfort and a very stable ride response are ensured even in banking position.

Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option for swift assistance in the event of an accident or in emergency situations. Ensuring the fastest possible assistance in the event of an accident or in situations of emergency and danger can save people’s lives – something that particularly affects motorcyclists. For this reason, the new K 1600 B can be fitted with the e-call system “Intelligent Emergency Call” as part of an optional equipment item available ex works.

If an emergency situation or an accident occurs, the intelligent emergency call is activated automatically or manually, sending the position data of the motorcycle, and therefore the coordinates of the scene of the accident, setting the rescue chain in motion via the qualified BMW Call Center. However, the emergency call is not automatically triggered in situations which are not emergencies such as when the bike falls over when stationary, after single-vehicle accidents at low speeds, on impact caused by a pot-hole in the
road or when passing over an obstacle.

Sensors on the motorcycle identify what event has occurred. A crash sensor detects events such as collisions with another vehicle or crashing into an obstruction. A banking angle sensor detects high and low-siders, i.e. which position the motorcycle is in.

The operating unit of the optional equipment item “Intelligent Emergency Call” is located on the right-hand side of the handlebars and is compact and ergonomic in design. In addition to the cover-protected SOS button for triggering or interrupting the emergency call, there is also an integrated microphone and speaker.

The optional “Intelligent Emergency Call” function will be available in several European markets for the first time in 2018. It must be remembered that the functionality will only be available in ConnectedDrive enabled markets to start with.

Multifunctional instrument combination and integrated control concept with multi-controller and TUFT display. The instrument cluster of the new K 1600 B has two classic circular instruments for the speedometer and engine speed display. The information display on the 5.7-inch TFT colour screen allows attractive visualisation of text fields and graphics, among other things. Elements of the integrated operating concept include the multi-controller and a menu guidance system for controlling the comfort functions and the on-board computer.

Comprehensive standard equipment for pure bagger-style pleasure. The new K 1600 B has a very extensive range of standard equipment. This includes xenon headlamps, ABS Pro, heated grips and seat heating, a cruise control and the Multi-Controller.

 

 

 

2018 BMW K1600B – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $19,995 (including ABS) USD

Engine

Type      Liquid cooled, 4-stroke in-line 6-cylinder engine, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication

Bore x stroke     72 mm x 67.5 mm

Capacity               1,649 cc

Rated output     160 hp (118 kw) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque       129 lb-ft (175 Nm) at 5,250 rpm

Compression ratio           12.2 : 1

Mixture control / engine management   Electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle system

Emission control               Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed              Over 125 mph

Fuel Consumption           41 mpg (WMTC)

Fuel type             Premium unleaded

Electrical system

Alternator           Three-phase 700 W alternator

Battery 12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission

Clutch   Multi-plate wet clutch, hydraulically operated

Gearbox              Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical cut gears

Drive     Shaft drive 2.75:1

Chassis / brakes

Frame   Aluminum bridge-type frame with load-bearing engine

Front wheel location / suspension            BMW Motorrad Duolever; central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension             BMW Motorrad Paralever

Suspension travel front / rear     4.5” / 4.9” (115 mm / 125 mm)

Wheelbase         63.7” (1,618 mm)

Castor   4.2” (106.4 mm)

Steering head angle        62.2°

Wheels Cast aluminum wheels

Rim, front            3.50 x 17″

Rim, rear              6.00 x 17″

Tires, front          120/70 ZR 17

Tires, rear            190/55 ZR 17

Brake, front        Dual floating disc brakes, 4-piston fixed calipers, diameter 320 mm

Brake, rear          Single disc brake, diameter 320 mm, dual-piston caliper

ABS        STANDARD ABS Pro (partly integral)

Dimensions / weights

Length  98.1” (2,489 mm)

Width (incl. mirrors)        39.4” (1,000 mm)

Height (excl. mirrors)      51.2” (1,300 mm)

Seat height, unladen weight        30.7” (780 mm) Standard, Low Seat: 29.5” (750 mm) * OE

Inner leg curve, unladen weight 69.7” (1,770mm) Standard, Low Seat 67.8” (1,720 mm) * OE

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled 1)           741 lbs (336 kg)

Permitted total weight  1,235 lbs (560 kg)

Payload (with standard equipment)         494 lbs (224 kg)

Usable tank volume        7.0 gal (26.5 l)

Reserve Approx. 1 gal (4 l)

Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)

1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume

 

 

 

2018 BMW K1600B – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in  CDN

Engine

Type      Oil-/watercooled 4-stroke in-line 6-cylinder engine, two overhead camshafts, four valves per

cylinder

Bore x stroke     72 mm x 67,5 mm

Capacity               1.649 cc

Rated output     118 kw (160 hp) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque       175 Nm at 5,250 rpm

Compression ratio           12,2 : 1

Mixture control / engine management   Electronic intake pipe injection

Emission control               Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed              Over 200 km/h

Fuel type             Unleaded super, octane number 95 (RON)

Electrical system

Alternator           700 W

Battery 12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission

Clutch   Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath

Gearbox              6-speed, helical, gearbox

Drive     shaft drive

Chassis / brakes

Frame   Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine

Front wheel location / suspension            BMW Motorrad Duolever; central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension             BMW Motorrad Paralever

Suspension travel front / rear     115 mm /125 mm

Wheelbase         1,618 mm

Castor   106,4 mm

Steering head angle        62,2°

Wheels Cast aluminium wheels

Rim, front            3,50 x 17″

Rim, rear              6,00 x 17″

Tyres, front         120/70 ZR 17

Tyres, rear           190/55 ZR 17

Brake, front        Dual disc brake, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers

Brake, rear          Single disc brake, diameter 320 mm, double-piston caliper

ABS        BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)

Dimensions / weights

Length  2,489 mm

Width (incl. mirrors)        1,000 mm

Height (excl. mirrors)      1,465 mm

Seat height, unladen weight        750 mm (high seat*: 780 mm) *OE

Inner leg curve, unladen weight 1,720 mm (high seat*: 1,770 mm) *OE

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)          336 kg

Permitted total weight  560 kg

Payload (with standard equipment)         224 kg

Usable tank volume        26,5 l

Reserve 4 l

Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)

1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume

 

 

2018 BMW K1600B – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £16,750 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine

Type      Oil-/watercooled 4-stroke in-line 6-cylinder engine, two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder

Bore / stroke     72 mm x 67,5 mm

Capacity               1,649 cc

Rated output     118 kW (160 hp) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque       175 Nm at 5,250 rpm

Compression ratio           12,2 : 1

Mixture control Electronic intake pipe injection

Emission control               Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed              Over 200 km/h

Fuel consumption per 100 km based on WMTC   5,7 l

Fuel type             Unleaded super, octane number 95 (RON)

Electrical system

Alternator           700 W

Battery 12 V / 19 Ah, maintenance-free

 

Power transmission

Clutch   Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath

Gearbox              6-speed, helical, gearbox

Drive     shaft drive

Chassis / brakes

Frame   Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine

Front wheel location / suspension            BMW Motorrad Duolever; central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension             BMW Motorrad Paralever

Suspension travel, front / rear    115 mm /125 mm

Wheelbase         1,618 mm

Castor   106,4 mm

Steering head angle        62,2°

Wheels Cast aluminium wheels

Rim, front            3,50 x 17″

Rim, rear              6,00 x 17″

Tyre, front           120/70 ZR 17

Tyre, rear             190/55 ZR 17

Brake, front        Dual disc brake, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers

Brake, rear          Single disc brake, diameter 320 mm, double-piston caliper

ABS        BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)

Dimensions / weights

Length  2,489 mm

Width (incl. mirrors)        1,000 mm

Height   1,465 mm

Seat height         750/780 mm

Inner leg curve  1,720/1,770 mm

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)          336 kg 1)

Permitted total weight  560 kg

Payload (with standard equipment)         224 kg

Usable tank volume        26,5 l

Reserve 4,0 l

1) As defined in EU directive 93/93/EEC, filled with all operating fluids, fuelled to at least 90% of usable tank capacity (including case)

 

 

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