“More than 30 new motorcycle models were introduced in the U.S. for 2012, but any way you look at it, this is the year of the K1600,” write the editors of Rider. In the magazine’s July issue, BMW’s K1600GTL luxury tourer was named “2012 Motorcycle of the Year.” During a special visit to BMW headquarters, Rider’s Road Test Editor Greg Drevenstedt and Eastern Sales Manager Joe Salluzzo presented the award to BMW Motorrad USA Vice President Hans Blesse and members of the Motorrad USA staff.
“It is a tremendous honor to continue to earn widespread recognition from these well-respected journalists,” commented Mr. Blesse. “Their positive response coupled with the feedback we’ve had from our customers reaffirms BMW’s commitment to continually raising the bar for performance, safety, technology and value in this competitive market segment.”
Since their international debut last year, the BMW K1600GTL and K1600GT have earned awards from motorcycle journalists around the world. Both bikes were named “Motorcycles of the Year” by RoadRUNNER magazine. Cycle World named the K1600GTL the “Best Touring Bike of 2011” and the K1600GT the “Best Sport-Touring Bike of 2011.” Motorcyclist editors chose the K1600GT as the “Best Touring Bike,” while BMW’s adaptive headlight technology – an option on the K1600GTL and GT – earned “Best New Technology” kudos. In its “Best of 2011 Awards,” Motorcycle.com not only named the K1600GT/GTL “Motorcycle of the Year,” but also proclaimed the K1600GTL as the “Best Touring” motorcycle and the K1600GT “Best Sport Tourer.” Earlier this year, it was announced that the K1600GT was named International Bike of the Year for 2011 by a jury of 25 international motorcycle magazines.