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BMW K1600GT (2017-on) Review

Published: 27 February 2017

Updated: 27 February 2017

The Euro 4 compliant K1600GT with next generation ESA is class leading, there’s no smoother way to travel

BMW K1600GT  (2017-on)

The Euro 4 compliant K1600GT with next generation ESA is class leading, there’s no smoother way to travel

  • At a glance
  • 1649cc  -  160 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  220 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • New: £20,045
    Used: £14,000 to £24,300 See all BMW K1600GTs for sale

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

There is no smoother or arguably safer way to travel on two wheels than the 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

For 2017 BMW have added clever self-levelling next generation ESA. Current 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. 

Engine 5 out of 5

The water-cooled 1649cc, in-line six-cylinder motor remains unchanged, 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £20,045
Used price £14,000 to £24,300
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 129 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 220 miles
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

History & Versions

Model history

2011: Model introduced

Other versions

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

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