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BMW Concept 101 becomes a reality with K 1600 B bagger

BMW Concept 101 becomes a real...
Although it's stylish, BMW says that the K1600 B is still the consummate cruiser
Although it's stylish, BMW says that the K1600 B is still the consummate cruiser
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The BMW K1600 B is powered by an inline-six engine
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The BMW K1600 B is powered by an inline-six engine
The K1600B takes on the bagger market
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The K1600B takes on the bagger market
The wood paneling from the Concept 101 is gone for the production K1600 B
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The wood paneling from the Concept 101 is gone for the production K1600 B
BMW has dropped the rear seat on the K1600 B for a classic bagger look
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BMW has dropped the rear seat on the K1600 B for a classic bagger look
The K1600 B's rear lights have been redesigned with a classic bagger look
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The K1600 B's rear lights have been redesigned with a classic bagger look
The chrome exhausts are a new touch on the K1600 B
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The chrome exhausts are a new touch on the K1600 B
The K1600 B's slick windshield is fully adjustable
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The K1600 B's slick windshield is fully adjustable
Yes, the B stands for bagger on the BMW K1600 B
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Yes, the B stands for bagger on the BMW K1600 B
Although it's stylish, BMW says that the K1600 B is still the consummate cruiser
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Although it's stylish, BMW says that the K1600 B is still the consummate cruiser
The K1600B takes on the bagger market
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The K1600B takes on the bagger market
The K1600 B isn't as practical as the rest of the K1600 range, but it looks much cooler
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The K1600 B isn't as practical as the rest of the K1600 range, but it looks much cooler
The K1600 B was previewed by the Concept 101 last year
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The K1600 B was previewed by the Concept 101 last year
The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
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The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
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The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
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The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
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The BMW K1600 B in sketch form 
Details on the BMW K1600 B
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Details on the BMW K1600 B
Details on the BMW K1600 B
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Details on the BMW K1600 B
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BMW wasn't fooling anybody when it uncovered the Concept 101 last year. Some manufacturers use concepts as a canvas for designers to explore the deepest, darkest corners of their minds, but the German manufacturer has always used them as precursors to production models. In keeping with that tradition, the Concept 101 has turned into the K1600 B.

The K1600 B is powered by the inline six from the K1600 GTL. With 118 kW (160 hp) of power and a handy 175 Nm (129 lb.ft) of torque on tap, BMW labeled it the lightest and narrowest six-cylinder ever mass produced for a liter-plus motorbike when it launched.

Compared to the practical, upright touring setup you'll find on the rest of the K1600 range, the Bagger has been given a much more stylish look. The rear frame is lower and sleeker, and the passenger seat has been dropped by 7 cm (2.75 in). Even the taillights have been given a "US-American" makeover.

The chrome exhausts are a new touch on the K1600 B
The chrome exhausts are a new touch on the K1600 B

The stretched and streamlined silhouette has carried over from the Concept 101, but BMW has dropped the wood-paneling for production.

As a bike designed to take on the long, undulating freeways of middle America, the K1600 B has plenty of kit to make the ride comfortable. The wind deflectors have been stretched further back, and the low-cut bagger windscreen is adjustable to make sure the rider doesn't have to face any annoying buffeting.

Adaptive damping has also been fitted as standard, and a reverse assist function makes it easier to maneuver the big, heavy bike in tight spaces. Interestingly, even though they're worlds apart, the Shift Assistant Pro system from the S1000RR (which allows riders to perform clutch-free shifts) has also been fitted, proving the superbike world can also benefit highway cruisers.

At the moment, there's no word on how much the K1600 B will cost when it goes on sale mid-2017.

Source: BMW

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1 comment
possum1
Lets take the best handling BIG tourer on the market and ruin it ! BMW should have learned something from the horrible R1200C. You got it right the first time - leave it alone !