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The Ultimate Guide to the BMW K1600GTL Motorcycle

The Ultimate Guide to the BMW K1600GTL Motorcycle

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the BMW K1600GTL motorcycle, one of the most iconic and sought-after touring bikes in the market. From its powerful engine to its luxurious features, we will delve into every aspect of this exceptional machine and provide you with all the information you need to know before considering a purchase. So, whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or an adventure seeker, join us as we uncover the wonders of the BMW K1600GTL.


There is a German proverb that goes like this: “Anyone who travels with ambitions never travels alone.” This is especially true when you are traveling with someone else. The BMW K 1600 GTL embodies both of these aspects. It offers performance touring that fulfills all desires. Its powerful six-cylinder engine now delivers even more dynamism and superior character. Thanks to the comfortable vehicle geometry, you can enjoy every kilometer. The cockpit has also been redesigned, completely focused on interacting with you so that you can enjoy every tour even more consciously and intensively. Because traveling together starts here – truly in the spirit of companionship.

Exclusive – exclusively for you

At the end of the day, staying true to yourself and your approach is the most important thing – even when you’re traveling. Turn the K 1600 GTL into your very own bike with our optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories. The comfort package already provides you with additional LED headlights and engine protection bars, as well as Keyless Ride, a central locking system, and an anti-theft alarm. The package is rounded off by the shift assistant Pro, enabling gearshifts without having to activate the clutch.

The name says it all

The K 1600 GTL is as complete and accomplished as you could imagine it in your wildest dreams. However, just like it is possible to add a few kilometers to every trip, we can always add more to the bike. We have put together two bikes for you to inspire you: the “endurance runner” and the “exclusive” variants. Be inspired and discover even more comfort and personal highlights.

Introduction to the BMW K1600GTL

The BMW K1600GTL is a flagship touring motorcycle that combines power, comfort, and cutting-edge technology. It is powered by a 1,649cc inline-six engine, which delivers an impressive 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. This engine is known for its smooth power delivery and effortless acceleration, making it ideal for long-distance rides. The bike’s aerodynamic design and comfortable seating position provide excellent wind protection and reduce fatigue during extended trips.

Standard Equipment

  • BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS, ABS Pro
  • Dynamic ESA, Hill Start Control Pro, Dynamic Traction Control
  • 10.25″ TFT Display with Connectivity, Radio Software OCE
  • Cruise Control, Riding Modes, Daytime Riding Light
  • Heated Grips, Seat Heating
  • Comfort Turn Indicator, LED Headlight and Taillight, Adaptive Headlight,  Reversing Aid
  • Integral Panniers, Luggage Rack
  • Audio System ECE

Comfort Package: Keyless Ride, Gear Shift Assistant Pro, Central Locking System, LED Additional Fog Light, Anti-Theft Alarm System, Engine Protection Bar



The K 1600 GTL with its incomparably smoothly running six-cylinder engine and its overall equipment scope is a joy to ride. Enjoy long, exclusive trips with your companion thanks to its geometry, seat and topcase. You can perfectly tailor your K 1600 GTL to your needs with extensive optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories. We have prepared two design suggestions to inspire you.

Performance and Handling

The BMW K1600GTL is designed to offer an exceptional riding experience. Its advanced suspension system, including a Duolever front suspension and Paralever rear suspension, ensures excellent stability and precise handling. The bike’s Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) adapts to changing road conditions, providing optimal comfort and control.

Additionally, the K1600GTL comes equipped with a range of rider aids and safety features such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), traction control, and multiple riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic) that allow riders to customize their experience based on road and weather conditions.

Comfort and Ergonomics

One of the highlights of the BMW K1600GTL is its unrivaled comfort and ergonomics. The bike features a plush, heated rider and passenger seat, ensuring a comfortable ride even during long hours on the road. The ergonomically designed handlebars and footpegs provide a relaxed riding position, reducing strain on the rider’s body. The bike also offers ample storage space with its integrated side cases and top case, making it perfect for extended trips.

Technology and Connectivity

As a flagship touring motorcycle, the BMW K1600GTL boasts a host of advanced technologies and connectivity features. The bike comes equipped with a full-color TFT display that provides clear and comprehensive information to the rider. It also features BMW’s intuitive navigation system, allowing riders to navigate unfamiliar routes with ease.

In terms of connectivity, the K1600GTL offers Bluetooth connectivity, allowing riders to connect their smartphones and access music, phone calls, and other essential features. The bike also supports BMW’s optional communication system, enabling riders to communicate with their fellow riders via an intercom system.

Design and Styling

The BMW K1600GTL showcases a sleek and elegant design that exudes both sophistication and power. Its aerodynamic fairing not only enhances the bike’s performance but also provides excellent wind protection for both the rider and passenger. The bike is available in various color options, allowing riders to choose a style that suits their preferences.

The attention to detail in the K1600GTL’s design is evident in its high-quality materials and finishes. From the chrome accents to the LED lighting system, every aspect of the bike is meticulously crafted to enhance its overall appeal.

Maintenance and Reliability

When it comes to maintenance and reliability, BMW motorcycles have established a solid reputation. The K1600GTL is known for its durability and longevity, thanks to its robust build quality and well-engineered components. Regular maintenance, such as oil changes and inspections, is crucial to keep the bike running smoothly. BMW also offers an extended warranty and service packages for added peace of mind.

Pricing and Availability

The BMW K1600GTL is a premium touring motorcycle, and its price reflects its exceptional features and performance. The exact pricing may vary depending on factors such as optional extras and dealership location. It is recommended to visit your local BMW dealership for the most accurate pricing information.

As for availability, the K1600GTL is widely available at authorized BMW motorcycle dealerships worldwide. Prospective buyers can schedule a test ride to experience the bike’s capabilities firsthand.


Ride on and glide towards the horizon in style and elegance on this luxurious high-performance touring bike. The BMW K 1600 GTL is the pinnacle of high quality and sheer comfort. The standard model comes with the legendary six-cylinder in-line engine and now includes the latest generation of Dynamic ESA and ABS Pro. The redesigned panels reinforce its elegant appearance. Stay calm and collected in any weather condition and at any distance.

Enjoy effortless steering on all your trips, whether you’re on your own or with a passenger. Traveling with the K 1600 GTL is a unique experience – stylish, powerful, luxurious – first class awaits you on two wheels. Just climb on, relax, and enjoy the ride: that’s luxury travel with the K 1600 GTL. With the power of the 6-cylinder in-line engine, even a slight twist of the throttle grip gives way to impressive performance. Enjoyable journeys are assisted by diverse detailed solutions. Maximum comfort and safety are standard with the K 1600 GTL. Find out about all the technical data and standard equipment here.


  • New paint finishes: Manhattan metallic, Style Elegance, and Option 719 Mineral White metallic.
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard.
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard.
  • New optional equipment: Engine protection bars.
  • New optional equipment: Changes to comfort package content, expanded to include engine protection bars.
  • Striking Xenon Headlamps with Adaptive Headlight.
  • Pioneering: 6-cylinder In-line Engine.
  • K 1600 GTL tank trim.
  • K 1600 GTL second storage compartment.
  • K 1600 GTL slipstream deflector.
  • K 1600 GTL electrically adjustable windscreen.
  • K 1600 GTL Keyless Ride.
  • K 1600 GTL chrome parts.
  • K 1600 GTL dynamic ESA.


  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS Pro (partially integral) with ABS control (ABS Pro) regardless of the lean angle and dynamic brake light.
  • DTC (Dynamic Traction Control).
  • HSC Pro (Hill start Control).
  • Steplessly adjustable electric comfort windscreen.
  • Cruise control.
  • Reverser.
  • Heated grips and seats.
  • One-piece seat (seat height: 750 mm; step length: 1,720 mm).
  • Comfort foot pegs.
  • Built-in side panniers, pannier lids in bike color.
  • Detachable top box with backrest, top box lid in bike color.
  • Luggage carrier.
  • Centre stand.
  • One key system for ignition, steering, fuel filler cap, storage compartments, panniers, and seat locks.
  • Integrated ignition and steering lock.
  • Adjustable brake and clutch levers.
  • Lockable storage compartment and on-board literature.


  • On-board computer, vehicle settings, and optional audio system operated using the multi-controller.
  • Audio system with navigation device preparation.
  • Self-energizing clutch requiring only a small amount of force.
  • 3 Riding Modes: “Rain”, “Road”, and “Dynamic”.
  • Chrome Kit for body Electrical System.
  • Lights permanently illuminated.
  • Xenon Headlights with Adaptive Headlight.
  • Multifunctional display with on-board computer: digital clock, selected gear and fuel level, coolant temperature level, range display, odometer, trip distance counter (3x), service interval display.
  • Instrument cluster with chrome accents and indirect dial light.
  • Two sockets CAN bus with Single Wire System (SWS).
  • Electronic immobilizer.
  • Diagnostic interface.
  • Hazard warning lights system, white LED indicators, and LED rear light.
  • Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).


A New Dimension. The standard equipped Dynamic ESA adds a new dimension to your riding experience. Within milliseconds, the highly sensitive module detects riding conditions and regulates the damper in the suspension. This guarantees the ideal damper settings in any riding situation. Even at an incline, levels of damping comfort that were previously unimaginable have now been achieved, resulting in an extremely steady ride.

THE DESIGN: Perfection.

The K 1600 GTL design has received a first-class upgrade. The redesigned side panels, radiator grilles, tank trim, and storage compartment make it look even more elegant. Enhancing details like the footrests has helped put the final touches on its exquisite look.

Distinctive elements such as Duolever front wheel suspension, the highly visible straight-six engine, the innovative Xenon headlight, and the chassis remain pioneers of style. Together with the redesigned front section, including mirror and windscreen, a uniquely elegant and dynamic line management has been achieved. The three premium paint finishes add character that’s exclusive to your bike. This luxurious, comprehensive package not only boasts a first-class design but is also an enticingly engaging ride for the roads ahead.


The legendary six-cylinder in-line, first-class engine offers an unparalleled smooth ride and the most outstanding riding performance in the luxury tour sector. Its 160 hp output and 129 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm supply the perfect dynamic thrust. This machine is also capable of achieving 70% of torque at 1,500 rpm.


The K 1600 GTL also offers unprecedented comfort. Its enticing features include an enormous amount of space and excellent accessibility. Carefully thought-out and easily accessible storage space solutions focus on the comfort of the rider, making the K 1600 GTL an uncompromising choice in touring quality.

Riding with a partner on a long journey is a true pleasure thanks to a variety of appealing features such as central locking, heated seats, an electrically adjustable windscreen, and a range of seat heights. The multi-controller concept is essential, allowing riders to switch functions comfortably without removing their hands from the handlebars or their eyes from the road.


Unevenness Ironed Flat. The standard Dynamic ESA once again significantly increases the first-class riding comfort of the K 1600 GTL. It ensures the best traction, safety, and the highest level of comfort: dynamic ESA controls the suspension depending on the driving condition and riding maneuvers by automatically adjusting to the detected conditions.

In doing so, it ensures significantly improved contact between road and tire, even when in a lean. Enabling riding characteristics that are always stable and an added boost in comfort and safety – especially on those long tours. The standard setting “Road” takes you comfortably over all unevenness. With the “dynamic” setting, a generally firmer damping action is selected for sporty dynamic riding.


Effortlessly Maneuvering And Getting Out Of Parking Spaces. Simply reverse. Steep paths and narrow space conditions at popular look-out points or parking spots are no issue with the convenient Reverse Assist. Activate the Reverse Assist by putting the bike into neutral and engaging the function using the button on the left handlebar. As soon as the R is shown on the display and started by pressing it, you can glide out of your parking space with ease and get going to your next destination with ample momentum.


The standard xenon headlights are twice as bright and consume 30% less power than conventional halogen headlamps. They ensure consistent illumination of the road surface – particularly at night and with poor visibility. At the same time, they make you easier to be seen as well. A cylindrical bulb shield on the reflector prevents the light bulb from dazzling other road users.


Adaptive Headlight. The adaptive headlight optimally illuminates the road when negotiating bends. A servo motor in the main headlight compensates for the motorcycle’s banking angle when cornering, orienting the light at the optimum angle for the road. For the rider, this represents an enormous increase in active driving safety, particularly when taking corners at night.


More Space For Your Luggage. Whether you are touring or simply going for your daily ride, the installed cases and storage compartments on the K 1600 GTL provide sufficient space for everything you need to store. From the day-to-day essentials, equipment, and clothing, to even holiday mementos. The Topcase impresses with its convenient interior and the interior lighting fitted as standard.

Your passenger will love the small comfortable backrest. The standard colors of the motorcycle are perfectly integrated into the elegant appearance of the K 1600 GTL. The optional storage compartment for the top case lid provides space for all travel essentials, documents, and paperwork. The liners give you even more space and order for your touring case. With the carry handle and the removable shoulder strap, it is the ideal companion for a cruise through town.


Keyless Ride and Central Locking make your life easier and quickly become companions you won’t want to do without. Thanks to Keyless Ride, the mechanical key becomes superfluous so you no longer have to spend time inconveniently looking for it before you set off.

It is sufficient simply to carry your key in your jacket pocket in order to unlock and start up your motorcycle. The Central Locking ensures that the contents of the storage compartments and additional cases are protected when you lock your bike – all this simply by pressing a button on the handlebars. Enabling you to set out on an excursion after dismounting even faster.


dynamic and superior, the K 1600 GTL represents exclusive and comfortable travelling. However, our design standards go even further: being connected to each other, reading maps, reaching your destination as a team along the most beautiful routes.

The 10.25″ TFT colour display of the K 1600 GTL is the perfect companion for this purpose. Its full-screen mode offers a fully interactive map view for navigation with the BMW Motorrad Connected app: for cockpit navigation like you have never experienced it before. In split screen mode, on the other hand, you can rely on several functions at the same time, and you are able to control them in a straight-forward way using the multi-controller.

Clutchless Shifting Thanks to Gear Shift Assist Pro. Shift Like a Racer.

This is luxury – above all, a benefit for easy handling: the Gear Shift Assist Pro was originally developed for racing. Adapted for the touring sector, it allows you to shift gears without using the clutch throughout the RPM range.

During acceleration, the throttle grip remains open and ensures swift and relaxed shifting. When downshifting with a closed throttle grip, the system automatically provides double-declutching and uses it to downshift perfectly. This ensures that your clutch hand is relieved and remains relaxed even after long tours. Additionally, shift time is reduced compared to using the clutch for even more dynamics and comfort.

BMW Motorrad Option 719.

Bring Your Character Onto the Road. No tinkering, no surprises, no compromises. With BMW Motorrad Option 719, you get a bike with your personal touches and the highest quality standards.

At BMW Motorrad, you will find particularly high-quality designer optional equipment such as the exclusive Option 719 milled parts set and special colors or performance-enhancing accessories from M Parts. The interplay between long-standing development skills from BMW Motorrad and the interaction of complex production processes connected with tradition-steeped craftsmanship facilitate a new level of significance and exclusivity.


The BMW K1600GTL is undeniably a touring motorcycle that excels in every aspect. From its powerful engine and advanced technology to its luxurious comfort and timeless design, it offers an unparalleled riding experience for those seeking adventure on the open road. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country journey or exploring scenic routes, the K1600GTL is sure to elevate your riding experience to new heights.





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