At low speed the ride is excellent but things start to go wrong at speed because the top case limits safe cruising speeds and affects stability. At 80mph you notice a slight weave and above that it becomes more apparent, as if there’s is a hinge in the middle of the bike.
With the top case loaded the BMW handbook suggests a self-governed speed of 80mph
Up at 90mph things become slightly alarming, never overly worrying but more than noticeable. The Grand America is limited to just over 100mph, but with the top case loaded the BMW handbook suggests a self-governed speed of 80mph.
I know the speed limit is 70mph, and you’re unlikely to buy the Grand America for high speed antics, but with so much power on tap from that inline six-cylinder engine, 80mph and above is easily achieved especially if you are venturing onto the autobahn.
The BMW K1600 Grand America uses the same 1649cc, liquid-cooled inline six-cylinder engine as the GT model. It produces 158 bhp and 129 ftlb of torque.
It’s a stunning experience, it’s not a wave of torque, more of a tsunami
There’s no feeling like a mighty six-cylinder bike, it’s a stunning experience, it’s not a wave of torque, more of a tsunami. It’s backed up by a cacophony of spine tingling noise. Nail the throttle on the BMW and the rider aids jump into panic mode, limiting the power to prevent the rear wheel from spinning. Deactivating the TC on the BMW is ludicrous.
In the cold and wet without TC it’s almost un-rideable. The big BMW doesn’t mind revving all six-cylinders, hold onto the throttle, tap on the quick-shifter and you’ll soon effortlessly blast past 100mph, and before you know it you’re doubling the national speed limit. It’s one of the smoothest engines on the market it’s sublime.
There are very few bikes on the market which have the level of sophistication and quality of the Grand America. Re-sale prices should remain high, and reliability should be unquestionable.
Our test bike is priced at a wallet-emptying £22,150, which is £5,700 more than the standard £16,750 Bagger. If you spec the Bagger up to a similar level, it will still cost £580 less than than the Grand America.
This fully-dressed bagger is equipped with a large top case, complete with backrest, has integrated indicators and brake lights, while its electronic windscreen has also increased in size. The Grand America also now features footboards as standard.
The large top case looks classy (especially at night) and has remote central locking, but some feel it spoils the flowing lines of the stock Bagger.