BMW is laying claim to class-beating specifications with the new K 1600 GTL Exclusive which include central locking with an anti-theft alarm system, ESA II electronic suspension adjustment, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and an innovative new Hill Start Control feature.
A radio antenna embedded in the topbox lid maintains reception quality while enhancing the bikes appearance. The Exclusive model is more luxurious for a pillion, a larger seat providing better comfort over longer distances.
BMW is opting for a Keyless Ride system on the new GTL. The steering lock, ignition, fuel cap and central locking are controlled by a central unit, allowing it to remain in the pocket of the rider. This is a first for a BMW motorcycle.
Not to be confused with a parking brake, the Hill Start Control function allows the rider to remain at a stop on uphill slopes with the engine running, automatically releasing after pulling away on the 360 kilogram unladen machine in first or second gear.
Other highlights include new features such as more functional and legible instrumentation scales, LED daytime running lights compliment the adaptive xenon headlight and LED auxiliary headlights; the audio system is prepared for an optional navigation device (Navigator V) which is compatible with iPod, MP3, USB and Bluetooth.
The BMW 1600 GTL Exclusive is powered by a 160hp in-line six-cylinder engine, available in a four-coat paint finish. Available to Australia in 2014, price yet to be confirmed.
– Ryan Grubb