BMW Motorrad is extending their six-cylinder model range with a new cruiser-styled touring bike. The new K1600B, as in Bagger, follows the Concept 101 design study which was revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in the Spring of 2015. The Bagger is a popular style of motorcycle in the USA and this bike is obviously BMW Motorrad’s attempt to take part of the market they were unable to achieve with their previous cruiser offering, the R1200C. The production bike replaces the silver and wood elements of the concept with a blacked-out style but keeps the same low windscreen (electrically adjustable) and dropped rear silhouette (with fixed bags).
The K1600B comes with Dynamic ESA electronic suspension as standard with two modes — the typical “Road” mode and a new “Cruise” selection for gentle damping and extra comfort at low speeds. Optional Shift Assistant Pro for clutchless up and down shifts is available as well as a Reverse Assist, which uses the starter to roll the bike back at a walking pace. Intelligent Emergency Call can be added for help in an accident or other emergency but only currently in the European market.
More info in an upcoming issue including price and availability. For now, check out BMW press release below and the photos released so far.
The new K1600B: emotion and fascination with six cylinders in the exclusive Bagger style.
The presentation of the “Concept 101” concept study as part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in spring 2015 was an impressive new chapter for BMW Motorrad in the history of BMW Motorrad Concept Bikes. This BMW Motorrad interpretation of motorcycling on endless highways, the dream of freedom and independence and the embodiment of “Grand American Touring” now becomes reality in form of a series version of the new K1600B bagger.
As a high-performance, highly emotional and exclusive motorcycle, the new K1600B with the familiar six-cylinder in-line engine and supreme 118 kW (160 hp) output, like the “Concept 101” study that preceded it, already embodies the motto of the “Spirit of the Open Road.” It is synonymous with elegance, power and luxury on two wheels and transforms every road, every tour and every moment into a particularly intense experience.
In design terms, the new all-black (Blackstorm metallic / black for chassis parts and drivetrain) K1600B takes the form of a bagger, an exclusive custom bike type that is particularly popular in the USA. The characteristic properties of the bagger are its drop-shaped silhouette, whose highest point is the front fairing, the stretched drop-like silhouette in a “streamlining” style and the deep-set side cases with integrated US American style rear lights. New fully chrome-plated silencers run parallel to the road and are an organic fit for the visual appeal of the bagger.
Largely based on the technology used in the BMW six-cylinder tourer K1600GT, the new K1600B implements its spectacular backward sloping linear design with a completely reconstructed rear section. This not only makes the bagger look particularly low-lying and slender, but also, thanks to the new rear frame, significantly reduces the height of the passenger seat.
Side cases with newly designed compartments and folding rear mudguard for easy dismantling of the wheel.
A re-design of the compartments in the side cases with slimmer covers and deeper body allows for particularly comfortable and effective loading of luggage. The rear mudguard has been designed to fold upward to make it easier to remove the rear wheel.
The fairing of the new K1600B with its closely tailored dynamic windscreen makes the motorcycle look particularly powerful and impressive. For especially effective wind and weather protection, the side sections of the wind deflectors are stretched further back. Wind deflectors protect the rider’s hands. The two mirrors also match the design concept, ensuring a particularly good view of the following traffic thanks to the large mirror surfaces with an aspherical element.
Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA with automatic damping adaptation as standard.
With the electronically controlled Dynamic ESA chassis and its “Road” and “Cruise” modes, the new K1600B combines riding comfort, stability and dynamic performance ensuring an incomparable riding experience. In the standard “Road” setting, damping adaptation is fully automated, offering the very highest level of comfort and ultimate traction on virtually all surfaces. In contrast, the new K1600B offers very gentle damping in “Cruise” damping mode, ensuring a very high level of comfort at low speeds.
New reverse assist feature for comfortable maneuvering and Shift Assistant Pro for shifting up and down without activating the clutch.
The new K1600B is particularly easy to maneuver thanks to the reverse assist feature. This is activated conveniently at the press of a button on the left-hand handlebar panel. Pressing the starter button initiates movement.
The Shift Assistant Pro available as an option allows the rider to shift up and down without activating the clutch in a large number of cases.
Comfortable foot rests for a “feet forward” position and optional exclusive forged wheels for individualization.
A wide range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories and options available ex works means that nothing is left to be desired in terms of the individualization of the new K1600B. This includes the provision of comfortable foot rests for the passenger, while these elements can also be fitted to offer the rider a particularly relaxed “feet forward” position. Redesigned forged wheels with 11 double spokes each further enhance the exclusivity of the new K1600B.
An overview of highlights of the new BMW K1600B:
- Six-cylinder in-line engine according to EU4 regulations with an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 175 Nm at 5,250 rpm.
- Bagger design with eye-catching stretched streamline-style silhouette and low rear section.
- Low rear frame for reduced vehicle height, dropped passenger seat height (-2.76 in./ -7 cm) and typical bagger look.
- Fixed side cases with a new compartment design, rear central cover and integrated light units in US-American styling.
- Chrome-plated parallel silencers with ribbed end caps.
- Folding rear mudguard for easy wheel removal.
- Effective wind and weather protection with wind deflectors stretched further back.
- Typical short bagger-style electrically adjustable windscreen.
- Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA with automatic damping adaptation and “Road” and “Cruise” damping modes as standard.
- Reverse assist for even simpler maneuverability as an optional equipment item ex works.
- Shift Assistant Pro for shifting up and down without clutch as an ex-works option.
- Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option for rapid assistance in the event of an accident or in emergency situations (only in European markets where ConnectedDrive is available).