One of the most exciting new motorcycles this year is BMW’s K1600 platform, boasting the first inline six-cylinder motorcycle engine since the 1980s. The ultra-smooth and sporty mill alone is highly newsworthy, but it’s just one component of a shockingly well-engineered touring bike.
The K16 is available in two similar but distinct versions. The lavish GTL competes with Honda’s Gold Wing in the luxury-touring category, but its high level of sporting performance and list of available features (Bluetooth connectivity, electrically adjustable windshield, traction control and more) makes the redoubtable (but 100-pounds-heavier) Wing appear a bit anachronistic, even with its 2012 updates
Budget-minded riders will scoff at the GT’s $20K-plus MSRP. But to those who can afford the entry fee, BMW’s large-and-in-charge sport-tourer will both pamper and thrill.