Tuesday, 11 October 2016


The “Concept 101” concept study, released in spring 2015, was an impressive new chapter for BMW Motorrad in the history of BMW Motorrad Concept Bikes. This is BMW Motorrad’s interpretation of motorcycling on endless highways, the dream of freedom and the embodiment of “Grand American Touring”.

As a high-performance and exclusive motorcycle, the new K 1600 B houses a familiar 6-cylinder in-line engine with a supreme 118 kW (160 hp) output. It is synonymous with elegance, power and luxury on two wheels and transforms every road, every tour and every moment.

In design terms, the new all-black K 1600 B takes the form of a bagger, an exclusive custom bike type that is particularly popular in the USA. The characteristic properties of the bagger are its drop-shaped silhouette, the stretched drop-like silhouette in a “streamlining” style and the deep-set side cases with integrated US American style rear lights. New fully chrome-plated silencers run parallel to the road and are an organic fit for the visual appeal of the bagger.

Largely based on the technology used in the BMW 6-cylinder tourer K 1600 GT, the new K 1600 B implements its spectacular backward sloping linear design with a completely reconstructed rear section. This not only makes the bagger look particularly low-lying and slender, but also, thanks to the new rear frame, significantly reduces the height of the passenger seat.

The fairing of the new K 1600 B makes the motorcycle looks powerful and impressive. For especially effective wind and weather protection, the side sections of the wind deflectors are stretched further back there also help to protect the rider's hands. 

With the electronically controlled Dynamic ESA chassis and its “Road” and “Cruise” modes, the new K 1600 B combines riding comfort, stability and dynamic performance ensuring an incomparable riding experience. In the standard “Road” setting, damping adaptation is fully automated, offering the very highest level of comfort and ultimate traction on virtually all surfaces. In contrast, the new K 1600 B offers very gentle damping in “Cruise” damping mode, ensuing a very high level of comfort at low speeds.

The new K 1600 B is particularly easy to manoeuvre thanks to the reverse assist feature. This is activated conveniently at the press of a button on the left-hand handlebar panel. Pressing the starter button initiates movement.