By Amos Kwon
on 4.13.11

When you think of German automobiles, BMWs are probably the first to emerge in your mind as being the best. For the cognoscenti, BMW also makes some of the best bikes around. Case in point, the new 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL, utilizing an engine most often found in their cars, an inline-six cylinder powerhouse developed by BMW themselves. You’ll notice not just the increased engine power in the form of 160 horsepower but also the smoothness in the power delivery which should prove a boon for long distance riders, especially. These K bikes also boast the lightest and narrowest serially manufactured 6-cylinder in-line engine in the 1000c+ class which aids in handling dynamics. Other technological wonders appear on the bikes, such as Dynamic Traction Control and adjustable driving modes for touring (Road), wet surfaces (Rain) and performance (Dynamic). You’ll also find a ride-by-wire systems called E-Gas Throttle, an Electronic Suspension Adjustment that provides load and damping properties. The most amazing aspect of these bikes are the industry-first Adaptive xenon headlight that compensates for pitch and bank angles, throwing light where you need it and when you need it (see video after the jump). The K1600 GT & GTL can’t make you a better rider, but they can enhance your skills with some of the best motorcycle technology available today. Just don’t paint any flames on the tank.

Buy Now: $20,900 (K 1600 GT), $23,200 (K 1600 GTL)


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