Intermot: BMW K1600GT revised for 2017

Published: 04 October 2016

The K1600GT hasn’t avoided the magic wand for 2017 either, with the class-defining 1649cc inline-six now being Euro4 compliant, with no change to its output of 160bhp and 129ftlb of torque.

But the spec and styling have all received some upgrades. The excellent Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension is now standard fitment, with both Road and Dynamic modes available – the former offering the best of all worlds for optimum coverage, while the latter operates within a tighter range for sportier riding conditions.

More fun is the addition of reverse assist, operated by a selector button, then pressing the starter motor. This will be a big boost for smaller riders who otherwise struggle to paddle the 319kg bike backwards.

The instrument cluster looks rather familiar, but has got new dials and K1600GT emblazoned across the speedo. There are myriad other design tweaks to the fairings and wind deflectors, which BMW say has cleaned up airflow over and around the GT.

For anyone worried about ending up in a hedge in the middle of nowhere, the firm’s Intelligent Emergency Call system is now available as a factory option, too. The system alerts BMW’s emergency response centre if the bike detects that it’s been crashed, and if the rider can’t be contacted, then the emergency services will be sent to the bike’s location.

 

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