The BMS-X (CORRECT) fuel-injection system allows for Rain, Road and Dynamic modes which can be selected when on the move and gives different throttle response and torque, plus it automatically adjusts the level of traction control for each mode if the optional DTC is fitted. From the most compact six-cylinder motorcycle engine in production, to the traction control, adjustable fuel maps and the stability and comfort at high speed, the K1600 all adds up to one of 2011’s greatest bikes. Don’t get us wrong – this is no sports bike; it's physically massive with a huge presence but it can also be hustled along and leant over way further than its looks would have you believe.
The noise, feel and sound of the 1600 six-cylinder motor will leave you with a soundtrack playing round in your brain that will stay with you for hours after each ride. The silky smooth inline six-cylinder 1600cc engine is one of the most intoxicating engines in motorcycling, let alone in touring, and offers new levels of thrust and smoothness not seen before on a bike. And the sound, oh yes, that sound...
As with most BMW's, build quality is generally top notch, and no major problems have been reported. 2012 models were recalled due to an intermittent stalling issue, so check this has been done if required.
Ranging from £14,965 to £17,315, the various K1600s are not cheap but they are amongst the most sophisticated motorcycles ever built and are positively dripping with technology. You know you can trust the name on the fuel tank and, being BMWs, they're likely to hold their value well too, so your initial hefty outlay could be viewed as an investment.
The K1600 boasts an amazing array of equipment from central locking (for the luggage) to an electronically adjustable screen. The dash uses TFT technology – the same kind of stuff they use in mobile phones - and by using your left thumb on the i-drive system you can scroll through dozens of options including mpg, fuel range, heated seat, heated grips, suspension settings (which can be adjusted on the move), and, if you have the integrated sat nav, you can zoom in and out on the map. Overall, the equipment on these bikes is second to none.