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    K1600GT and GTL Official Announcement

    Check out BMW's website for details:

    http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/index.html
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    Or webbikeworld article just in time for your holiday reading

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/BMW-moto...bmw-k-1600-gt/

    Plenty of ideas for the farkles guys to be playing with- for example barbacks for the GT version.

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    The angel eyes look great - just like on the cars.

    As for adaptive lighting - I have it on the car and it works great - very impressive to put that technology on a bike.

    Looks like a winner - we'll see how it comes out of the box
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    When are they going to be available in the US? What's the expected price range? So far I've been pretty loyal to the boxer engines, but this six looks great and the whole package looks a lot less Goldwing-ish than I expected.
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    K1600GT and GTL

    Wow!

    I'm sure they have done their marketing research on pricing, but this creates some dilemmas for potential RT and LT purchasers.

    Just a guess, but I would think that these new 1600GT bikes will probably be $25,000 to $30,000, depending on options.

    So, what do I do, in 2011, if I am considering purchasing the water cooled RT? Do I spend $22,000 for a fully equipped RT or do I go for the 1600GT?

    If I am considering the LT, but don't like the heavy weight, do I opt for the lighter weight 1600GTL instead?

    Maybe BMW will discontinue the LT.

    Not to mention, what will potential Gold Wing purchasers do? The 1600GTL can be equipped with the "Barco Lounger" armrest that their pillion passengers prefer.

    If they have a low suspension/low seat option for short guys, I might consider the 1600GT as a second bike.
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    Funny.... for years a liter was more than enough "motorycycle" for most of the world. My wife and I put thousands of two-up miles on our R75 and didn't need more. The original six-cylinder Honda CBX900 was big, and the Kawasaki KZ1300 was considered huge.

    Of course we didn't strap the LazyBoy on the on the pillion or pull a Great Dane behind it either.

    At what point do we just get back in the car.. . . ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastdogs2 View Post
    Wow!

    I'm sure they have done their marketing research on pricing, but this creates some dilemmas for potential RT and LT purchasers.

    Maybe BMW will discontinue the LT.
    The LT is not even on BMW Canada's website for 2010, nor have I seen any at the dealer's here. I suspect it's already been discontinued, though it is on the BMW U.S. website (maybe left-over bikes?).
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    +1

    i have ZERO interest in this bike...


    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    Funny.... for years a liter was more than enough "motorycycle" for most of the world. My wife and I put thousands of two-up miles on our R75 and didn't need more. The original six-cylinder Honda CBX900 was big, and the Kawasaki KZ1300 was considered huge.

    Of course we didn't strap the LazyBoy on the on the pillion or pull a Great Dane behind it either.

    At what point do we just get back in the car.. . . ?
    Somers, NY

    Just enjoying the ride.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpc2 View Post
    i have ZERO interest in this bike...
    Same feelings here. Motorcycles are no longer the economical transportation of years gone by. They have become too big, too expensive to buy, and too expensive to maintain. For what this two-wheeled Winnebago will cost, you can have a nice, comfortable car with a heater, air conditioner, and not get wet when it rains.

    No doubt it fits someone's riding style but I have no use for something like this, whether made by BMW or anyone else.

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    I can't wait until April 2011 to get the full picture. It'll be interesting to test ride and read the reviews to learn how BMW deals with the additional weight, heat, transmission, final drive and cost issues. Depending on the approach it could be a big step forward or a big one back.

    They'll have to keep the base price near the Goldwing's base of $22,899.00 to seriously compete.

    The times are definitely changing. I can remember when I thought a 650cc Bonnie was more than enough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy View Post
    I can't wait until April 2011 to get the full picture. It'll be interesting to test ride and read the reviews to learn how BMW deals with the additional weight, heat, transmission, final drive and cost issues. Depending on the approach it could be a big step forward or a big one back.

    They'll have to keep the base price near the Goldwing's base of $22,899.00 to seriously compete.

    The times are definitely changing. I can remember when I thought a 650cc Bonnie was more than enough.


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    Yep, I walked into the Triumph/Suzuki dealership in 1970 to buy a Triumph after burning up a little Yamaha 250 on my commute, and walked out with a $900 Suzuki 500 cc two stroke twin. My wife and I rode the thing all over the Southwest one summer, camping out, without a single sidecase or topcase or any farkles at all, actually. Wouldn't trade the experience for anything. But that was 40 years ago. Still have a motorcycle, still have the wife, still tour on it with her, but would never consider doing it on something like that Suzuki. My RT is worlds better for comfort, fun, luggage, EVERYTHING, than that great Suzuki was. I personally can't wait to see this new uber-tourer; I may not ever buy one, I may buy one in a few years, I may buy one the instant I see one...I dunno. But what's the point in complaining about this thing? I don't get that at all. You guys who hate the thing sight unseen still driving 1954 Plymouths? Why do you care what others might want?

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    So what do we nickname it ? The Six pack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw_rider View Post
    So what do we nickname it ? The Six pack?
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    Ohhhh, for the gently used bike market on this one to start.

    With a good pipe, the I-6 is the most heavenly sound on a bike.

    Me want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markgoodrich View Post
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    Can't resist.....good head.

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