2022 BMW K1600 B Evaluation First Experience


Have I in the end, no sense of decency? Street check after street check, I shamelessly fawn and toady over all these $30,000 bikes loaned to me by the masters of the universe who produce them… I do really feel some guilt, however that is actually the one job talent I’ve obtained. Fortunately, typically the bike makes it very easy to gush, which is the case with BMW’s freshly overhauled K1600 line. After they requested which one I’d prefer to experience house from a really good lunch on the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California, a pair weeks in the past, I needed to go for the K1600 B. That’s B for bagger, and it’s the bike that received our Seven-Bagger Shootout, dang, greater than 4 years in the past.
There was fairly a little bit of static on the time of that win, as heaps of people that aren’t even previous and crusty but have been already satisfied a bagger has to have a chuffy previous V-Twin and weigh over 800 kilos. However ultimately, the BM’s salacious inline-Six and lithe, 768-pound weight carried the day. What I mentioned then and stick by now, is that it’s exactly the B’s duality that makes it such an important bike. On the one hand it’s obtained the hulking heavy cruiser profile, and you may experience it round all day with out ever revving it above 5000 rpm if you wish to. On the opposite, there’s 135 snarling, luxe touring-car {smooth} horsepower ready to waft out of the barn everytime you depart the gate open – all of it corralled by the most recent digital anti-crash measures, and housed in a chassis that’s up for no matter you’ll be able to dish out; definitely for no matter I can.

Why shouldn’t you may have all of it?

BMW’s snooty sufficient to not care whether or not you prefer it or not, frankly. All of the K1600s, they are saying, are for people who find themselves all accomplished compromising. They need all of the efficiency, all of the expertise, and all the protection on a regular basis. They don’t actually need to haggle, and so they don’t care whether or not you want their bike or not. Conveniently, that’s additionally an important rationale for packing almost each bike BMW imports with numerous dear choices packages, because it’s at all times accomplished. They are saying it simply makes it simpler for the supplier and everybody involved.

I might’ve had a K1600GT, the sportiest touring Ok. Or the GTL, which will get the highest field and fewer aggressive ergonomics for long-distance touring. Since I used to be extra all for a motorbike to experience round on each day, I selected the B.

The one BMW hooked me up with has a base worth of $22,545, however as a Visitor Prince of the Universe, I additionally obtained the $3400 Bagger Bundle: Radio Software program, Audio System with Radio, Middle Stand, Keyless Experience, Gear Shift Help Professional, Central Locking System, Anti-Theft alarm system, LED auxiliary lights, Engine safety bars, and Floorboards.

No two are alike.

Then I wanted the $2750 Possibility 719 Particular Version Midnight shade scheme, with Meteoric Mud 2 Metallic paint together with particular water switch prints, and the Possibility 719 seat with black quilting. In addition they threw within the Ground Lighting possibility, $100, tacked on a $795 vacation spot payment, and after I got here to, we have been taking a look at $29,590. Had I been paying extra consideration final October when Dennis wrote all about these bikes, I might’ve requested for the Grand America, which is in truth an choices package deal for the B that provides a prime case, upgraded audio system 2.0, floorboards, and a taller windscreen – all for $27,745. The verify is within the mail.

Ground lighting, why not?

Massive Updates for the ten-year anniversary

It’s been ten years since these first K1600GT and GTLs blew our socks off in 2012. Dynamic Digital Suspension Adjustment was huge information in 2017, and now for 2022 we get a semi-major overhaul together with the bounce to Euro 5 compliance.

Along with our clear new engine, all the brand new Ks obtain “Subsequent Technology” Dynamic digital suspension adjustment, with totally automated load compensation, a brand new full LED adaptive headlight, a brand new 10.25-inch TFT shade show, and the brand new Audio system 2.0. I don’t know what “Welcome”, “Goodbye” and “Observe me house” gentle features are, however I’ll resolve it. Electronics engineering should be a booming area.

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Proper off the bat, it’s simpler to get underway on the B, because it and the GTL share a seat top of simply 29.5 inches from the deck. Settled in to my cush and broad Possibility 719 quilted seat and searching up on the new 10.25-inch management panel appears like sitting at a drive-in film. Seven-hundred and 84 kilos (moist, MO scales) appears like loads, but it surely’s all relative. After the 930-lb Indian Pursuit and Harley Street Glides we examined a pair months in the past, the B appears like a extremely huge scooter, and by some means feels very easy to steadiness at car parking zone speeds, too. Does that lengthy, transverse crankshaft act as a Flying Wallenda steadiness pole? Not that it’s that lengthy. The 1649cc Six is 21.9-inches vast and weighs 226 lbs, says BMW.

No one goes wherever til Gina nails the selfie. (Photograph: G. De Pasquale)

One author for a BMW publication had loaded a map of largely two-lane roads again to South Carolina into his cellphone, plugged it into the BMW’s nav system, and was on his means. I used to be solely going 37 miles again house on the 91 and required no help. Unhappy.

Later, with just a little assist from the interwebs (and a pleasant salesperson at Irv Seaver BMW in my hometown), I used to be capable of get all of the BMW’s electronics up and dealing.

There’s loads occurring within the new 10.25-inch TFT, all of it managed by way of left thumb.

All it’s a must to do is make your self an account at BMW Motorrad Related (Dr. John Burns) and have fairly a little bit of persistence. As an alternative of loading locations into the bike, for one factor, you load them into your cellphone. BMW says that makes it simpler to alter issues up and share along with your fellow riders at lunch stops, and many others. BMW says: With the smartphone app, the rider additionally repeatedly receives the most recent software program for navigation. As well as, the app permits most flexibility throughout planning. This implies planning may be carried out within the app itself and you may apply deliberate routes, e.g. from Basecamp, or obtain route solutions from an web portal… It accommodates additional enticing further features, comparable to recording pushed routes or displaying driving statistics and knowledge. Recorded routes may be shared immediately with different bikers by way of the Rever Neighborhood.

I wasn’t planning any journeys, and the Related app works okay for me round city, since I largely already know the place I’m going. Nevertheless it’s the identical system E. Brasfield sampled on the R18 B on a tour from Colorado final yr, about which he had some robust opinions, not all of them optimistic.

In different phrases, convey some maps too.

Everyone obtained a brief little official BMW twine to plug their cellphone into the purpose-built cellphone receptacle up prime, which doesn’t lock however is unimaginable to open as soon as the windscreen comes all the best way down, which it does whenever you flip off the bike. Then, you bear in mind your cellphone is in there, and switch the bike again on once more so you may get it out. In typical BMW vogue, there’s a cooling fan in there that switches on at 86 levels (and off at 77).

Audio 2.0

What I actually do like in all that is the brand new audio system. We’ve obtained audio system up entrance, however BMW says they’re not for individuals who prefer to experience round blasting their Skynyrd at prime quantity, which fits me wonderful. The place the earlier audio system was linked to the bike as a primarily unbiased system, says BMW, the brand new 2.0 is built-in into {the electrical} system, which suggests you management it along with your left grip controls. Highlights of the system embody: Studio profile optimized for listening expertise with out helmet audio. Bass-boost, treble-boost, voice and balanced profiles optimized for optimum listening expertise with in-helmet audio. Extremely versatile sound structure (treble/bass) with a variety, even at excessive speeds. And, Customary SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio with 1-year subscription.

There are additionally two inner antennae now as a substitute of 1 exterior, for higher reception. I might by no means get sufficient quantity out of my Cardo Packtalk Daring JBL helmet audio system earlier than: Bluetoothed into the BMW’s system, although, they’re a lot louder and clearer. It’s virtually well worth the $30k when you get pleasure from your music.


Bombing alongside at 85-ish on the SoCal freeway on the B is as swell because it ever was. In distinction to your booming V-Twin baggers, the B wants a number of revs to get rolling, and the extra you rev the silken Inline-Six, the extra you need to preserve doing it. You may barely hear the large twin exhausts at 80, however they undoubtedly ship up that basic howl shifting by way of the peerlessly enough, quickshifter-equipped 6-speed round city. Even the one-two upshift is sweet and clear offered you simply maintain regular throttle or roll it open. The adjustable clutch lever’s actually gentle too.

Naturally, there’s an electrical up-and-down windshield which I couldn’t fairly discover a peaceable setting behind, however there are a lot of choices to treatment that. Ergonomics favor the wanting leg and lengthy of arm, however nonetheless completely acceptable for a variety of physique varieties. The optionally available 719 seat on my bike positively caresses my rear finish deep-dishedly, and deploying the optionally available floorboards for the basic American feet-in-the-wind posture appears like a superb different on lengthy, straight rides.

Cara mia…

You may attain the flaps on both aspect of the fairing, too, which direct extra air into the cockpit when it’s heat and cut back turbulence.

Attempt to keep away from moving into high-speed chases: Whereas all the brand new K1600s are restricted to 124 mph, BMW says the K1600B with floorboards is ruled to 111 mph, and the B Grand America to simply 100. Having your dimension 14s hung on the market at prime whack should not be so aerodynamic? It’s in all probability on your personal good. (No one should’ve instructed my bike it’s obtained floorboards; it roosts as much as an indicated 125 simply.)

BMW says “The ability output of 160 hp is now achieved at 6,750 rpm – 1,000 rpm prior to earlier than. Most torque will increase from 129 lb-ft to 133 lb-ft at 5,250 rpm.” They’re being modest; they succeeded spectacularly on this Euro 5 engine. Our 2018 K1600 B didn’t make its 131.8 hp till 8000 rpm, and produced a measly 106 lb-ft of torque on the identical 5200 rpm.

The Six is extra a grand tourer engine than an actual screamer, with a deeply delectable midrange they declare is much more potent than earlier than. I can’t disagree. A brand new ECU is joined by two knock sensors and two further lambda probes, which BMW says “symbolize the centerpiece of the updates. The 2 knock sensors are on the rear aspect of the cylinder financial institution at cylinders 2 and 5, which permits optimized ignition timing. In addition they enable using gas of various high quality which is especially helpful when touring in distant corners of our planet,” like Riverside, CA.

Maintain the large bar graph tachometer between 3 and 6000 rpm, and also you’re shifting proper out within the time-honored means served up by a basic BMW or Jaguar car, however on two wheels, and with the flexibility to snarl all the best way as much as almost 9000 rpm; 8000 is lots. The truth is, max energy now happens at simply 6500 rpm, so there’s often no level in going a lot previous there. Who is aware of what this engine can be able to unleashed?

Sure, we’ve obtained an IMU

And it really works with the brand new auto-leveling Dynamic ESA suspension system, while damping is routinely tailored to the driving circumstances and driving model.

The alerts from the brand new 6-axis sensor field and the 2 sensors on the entrance and rear allow complete knowledge assortment and thus delicate adjustment of the Ok 1600 to the driving circumstances. Using circumstances comparable to spring compression, acceleration and deceleration are additionally recorded and are used to regulate the damping forces on the rear suspension strut and the Duolever entrance suspension. This adjustment is made by electrically operated management valves inside milliseconds.

On my K1600B, there are “Cruise” and “Street” modes, whereas the GT and GTL get “Rain” and “Street.” On all of them, Dynamic ESA “Subsequent Technology” is preset to Street. Urgent a button on the best handlebar allows you to change to “Dynamic,” which corporations every part up when the going will get sporty. In all places else on the B, Cruise serves up a Cadillac experience, although Street is simply as comfy for me, and I just like the firmer experience on a regular basis, actually.

The lengthy and winding street

The one referred to as Angeles Crest, particularly, that climbs from the LA basin 7903 toes into the mountains, is completely wonderful on this bagger. The identical uprightish ergonomics which have your toes up below you to make the B comfy round city, additionally make it nice for attacking quick, flowing curves. Altitude doesn’t appear to have an effect on the 1649cc engine a lot in any respect, which pulls good and laborious and easily proper from 2000 rpm. The quickshifter and new MSR system (which principally features as a slipper clutch), means you’ll be able to bang fast downshifts into corners or proper in the course of them with out upsetting something. Your brakes have the proverbial huge stopping energy without having a lot stress, however with actually good really feel too. And grabbing huge handfuls of sonic six-zylinder delight on the exits makes you are feeling just like the $30 g’s you spent on this bike have been a discount. Or in my case, class envy.

Although we have been crusing by way of the Crest’s quick curves at a surprisingly fast clip, not a lot as a footpeg ever dragged. And the bike’s chassis maintains strict management no matter what you ask of it: your Gen 2 Dynamic ESA should be doing its factor. Stability is what it’s all about. You may hustle issues alongside, however once more, the B appears like half a luxurious touring automobile as a lot because it does a motorbike, a snarling, high-performance convertible that leans.

Yesterday, within the tighter curves of Freeway 39, we realized the B has no hassle hanging with a Suzuki GSX-1000GT digicam bike. For being as massive as it’s, it steers swiftly excessive and side-to-side. I skimmed a boot edge however by no means a footpeg within the sharpest curves. And once more, one thing in regards to the B makes it a lot simpler to swing by way of repeated tight U-turns for the Brasfield Canon than most different bikes its dimension.

It’s additionally the world’s greatest scooter

I hate to confess that when I’ve American V-Twin baggers in my storage, numerous time they sit there whereas I deal with most of my around-town enterprise within the car or scooter, if I’ve one round. That’s not the case with the BMW. You wouldn’t assume there’s that a lot distinction between its 784 kilos and the 835 we measured for our final Street Glide (847 for the 2019 Indian Challenger), however for some motive it appears like a much bigger hole. The BMW simply feels lighter and simpler to roll out of the storage. A part of it’s the ergonomics, having footpegs the place they belong as a substitute of floorboards, possibly a part of it’s the super-smooth working cross-the-frame engine… however no matter it’s, we fortunately hop onto the Beemer for downtown runs that was reserved for the previous XJ8 Jaguar.

A dimension L Shoei Neotec 2 modular will simply match, too, when you pop off the communicator.

Yesterday, I rode it to the big-box ironmongery store for some small stuff however wound up bringing a tomato plant house within the left saddlebag, too. I by no means had even tried to place a helmet in these different guys’ saddlebags, however lo and behold, a dimension L Arai will squeeze in both aspect (although not by a lot) on the B – and an open-face round-town helmet stashes simply. Collectively, these luggage will carry various groceries. The fob is fairly useful whenever you get used to it; you by no means must lock or unlock something, you simply stroll away.

It’s the imperfections that make it good

I don’t actually care a lot about Apple Carplay, however loads of individuals do, and we don’t have that. BMW says you must preserve your arms on the bars! Talking of, the Ok’s black metal handlebar will not be a factor of magnificence. The electronics take a very long time to sync up each time you plug in your cellphone, and another issues appear extra difficult than they must be. However when you study the drill (we’re instructed some individuals ultimately study all of them), all of the BMWisms look like small blemishes. Magnificence marks. Given the best way this factor magic-carpets you, a good friend, and fairly a little bit of stuff round city in quiet consolation, or initiatives you over the mountain in hair-on-fire blitzkrieg mode – or something in between… for me, it’s no use attempting to not fawn or toady. I by no means thought I’d change into a bagger man, however I feel I really like this factor greater than ever.

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