BMW K1600GT (2017 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £550
Power: 160 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: High (759 lbs / 344 kg)

Prices

New £20,045
Used £13,000 - £20,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

There is no smoother or arguably safer way to travel on two wheels than the BMW K1600GT. It consumes miles and is now more comfortable than ever. If you tick all the accessory boxes it becomes the limousine of the bike world, but at a price.

This model replaced the 2011-2016 BMW K1600GT.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

For 2017 BMW have added clever self-levelling next generation ESA. Previous-gen K1600GT owners have to adjust the damping manually to either soft, medium or hard settings, but now it’s all automated. This is done via numerous sensors, including one for lean angle for the first time. Pre-load is electronic but still done manually by the rider when stationary. There’s no getting away from the fact the 1600 is big, but for the first time BMW have made life easier with an optional reverse gear. 

What are the best tyres for the BMW K1600GT? 

When BMW developed the bike they will have worked with Bridgestone and Metzeler to put the rubber through as general type approval for the whole bike.

So you have a choice of Bridgestone 021 and 022s and also Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact C (the C refers to the construction, which is stiffer than normal to take account of the bike’s weight andperformance).

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The BMW K1600GT engine is a water-cooled 1649cc, in-line six-cylinder motor that remains unchanged from the previous generation's, but now meets tight Euro 4 emissions regulations. This means peak power of 160bhp and peak torque of 129ftlb are the same as the previous model. The engine is as smooth as it is powerful.  

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Re-sale values are high because BMW’s reliability and service are top level. The new K1600GT continues this high level of quality, feels robust and secure. There are very few bikes on the market which have the level of sophistication and quality of the K1600GT. 

We don't currently have any 2017 BMW K1600GT owners' reviews on the site. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s no getting away from the fact the big K1600 is expesnive, however its build quality is not in doubt. 

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

The K1600GT comes fully loaded with adapative headlights, Dynamic ESA, daytime running lights, ABS Pro, Audio system with GPS preparation, reverse gear (for the first time), Dynamic traction control, hill start control and tyre pressure control. The optional gear shift pro is an extra £375. Optional Intelligent Emergencey e-Call will also be available in the UK from September onwards.

From August 2020, all the K1600 models (that’s GT, GTL and Bagger) come with reverse, cornering lights, tyre pressure monitors and DRLs as standard, which is a very healthy saving for your wallet. There’s new colours all over the shop but the GT is now only available with a black frame and engine, while the ‘Safety’ pack has been ditched for the entire range.

 

Specs

Engine size 1649cc
Engine type In-line six
Frame type Cast front frame with aluminium extruded sections, engine as a stressed member
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 344kg
Front suspension Duolever central spring ESA
Rear suspension Paralever single shock, ESA
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake 320mm disc, twin piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £550
New price £20,045
Used price £13,000 - £20,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 129 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 220 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Other versions

  • K1600GTL: Comes with topbox, lower and further back handlebars, lower footrests, lower pillion footrests and a more luxurious pillion seat.

Owners' reviews for the BMW K1600GT (2017 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their BMW K1600GT (2017 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW K1600GT (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £550
4 out of 5 Good but not great
14 May 2020 by bob thomson

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £550

A perfect motorcycle. Almost amd certainly a 4.5 but. there are problems. Weight ..its so bloody heavy - the reverse gear is nice and once your on the move the weight disappears but low speed and simply moving around gravel its a challenge. Radio is garbage, instrumentation very very dated. It also looks really really ordinary ... no one will bother you on this bike no one will ask for their picture next too it ..very anonymous. Apart from that is brilliant. But is it a technological dead end ... no upgrades in sight ..will it be quietly dropped by BMW and go the way of most 6 cyl bikes (bar teh GW)

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

brilliant smooth linear and bloody quick

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Generally good but dropping it off the side stand is not recommended and bloody expensive - seems daft a £20k bike doesnt have better standard protection

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

all teh best bells and whistles

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