July 25th, 2012
The BMW K1600GT has been chosen by Motorcyclist Magazine as the touring bike of the year. The K1600GT is a luxury machine built to eat up the miles in comfort.
With “all the comforts and amenities of a series 6 sedan”, the BMW K1600GT (Grand Touring) machine was the winner of the touring bike of the year for 2012. The motorcycle features ABS, a GPS system for navigation, an electronically adjustable suspension, and a xenon headlight that lets the rider see around corners at night.
The K1600GT has a Multi-Controller ring near the left hand grip that allows the on-board systems to be easily controlled. A large 5.7 inch TFT video screen in the dash lets the rider see a lot of information.
The 700-pound tourer handles like a motorcycle weighing a lot less and can handle the twisties with ease. The 1640 cc inline-six power plant puts out 160 horsepower and 129 foot pounds of torque. 70 % of the total torque is available just above idle speed.
The runner up this year was the venerable Kawasaki Concours 14. Sharing an engine with the ZX-14, the “Connie” is nearly as quick and agile as the BMW, with a lot lower price tag.
1 comments on "Motorcyclist chooses the touring motorcycle of the year"
"see around corners"?
Mirrors on long stems?