Destination: BMW K1600GT/L

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Wes is down in the land of his birth, near where “Deliverance” was filmed in Georgia, riding the new, six-cylinder BMW K1600GT and BMW K1600GTL tourers today. Between dueling banjos, squealing like a pig and availing himself of the standard butt warmer, he’ll be bringing you images, videos and updates from the ride. Can 160bhp and 129lb/ft of Bavarian muscle outrun Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane? Stay tuned to find out.

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Wes is on his way back to New York, look for a review and other stories in the next couple of days.

  • Mark D


    I thought that BMW Maxi Scooter wasn’t out yet?

    • BeastIncarnate

      Zing! That’s one point for Mark.

      My girlfriend spotted a bike in this same category last night and said, “Wow, that’s a big scooter.” Can’t blame her, it sure did look like it.

      • Michael


    • HammSammich

      Seriously, look at how small those wheels look in comparison to the girth of that massive bike…it really does look like a scooter.

  • Gene

    Jesus H… they’re not kidding, it does look like a big scooter!

  • Matt

    Wes, as I’ve commented before, I’m taking the MSF course and going to purchase a first bike. Dying to know what the BMW rep thinks about someone like me wanting one of those k1600s! Well, either that or an S1000rr like you recommended before…

    • Wes Siler

      Ha, if you like the feeling of being trapped under a dropped, 700Lbs bike, then I highly recommend it as a first motorcycle.

      The s1000rr piece was a tongue in cheek comment on how they’ve removed all sense of involvement and challenge from the bike.

      • Matt

        Ya, the S1000RR piece was the sort of HFL classic humor that makes me glad I’m a subscriber. Was smirking as I thought of a BMW marketing rep stuttering and struggling to come up with a response to the question that doesn’t sound like “don’t buy our product!” :-)

    • Case

      Get a naked SV650, get the fork internals set up for your weight and riding style, put good tires on it. It will be awesome.

      • noone1569

        I just helped a buddy do exactly this for his first bike. Good stuff.

  • Case

    Did HFL actually wrangle an invite to a press event? No promises of fellatio? Weird.

    • stephan

      we cant be sure

      • Mark D

        So far Wes has been doing his best Linda Lovelace impression on the Bavarian Bomber, but it seems to be one of genuine affection.

        • Wes Siler

          I’ll do anything for true love, even that.

  • Devin

    I expected more of a backrest on a top of the line tourer.

  • DoctorNine

    More cubes for the pubes.
    Torque you very much.

  • Charlie

    The suspense is killing me. What’s the 700lb verdict?

    • BeastIncarnate

      Wes is having a tough time picking himself up off the floor. The hearts in his eyes are closing his vision. The deafening roar of the Hallelujah Chorus drown out his hearing. It moved him in every sense.

  • andy727

    That Akrapovic exhaust is pretty badass. How does it sound compared to stock?

    • Wes Siler

      I’ve got video of it, but the iPhone ran out of battery just after I shot it. Forgot to pack a charger. I’ll upload it later today.

  • Sasha Pave

    Looks like Wes is a sucker for a six. Can’t blame him, that’s one fine fat Bavarian!

  • F

    So it has a single-sided swing arm…which hides behind a huge exhaust can and a hardbag? Is there a reason to not go traditional beyond looks that’s made worthwhile here? I could see quicker wheel changes, maybe, but on this bike?

    • Eben

      Why add extra weight? BMW shafts have all been single-sided since the original GS. It IS traditional.

      • Edward

        I think SSS are typically heavier due to the additional material required to achieve the same rigidity.

    • Wes Siler

      It’s paralever, their shaft drive/rear suspension/swingarm solution.

  • Brad

    chains and belts flopping around everywhere, flinging goo about…such unsophisticated solutions for final drives.

  • apriliajoe

    I have a 1500 Gold Wing that getting out dated and makes me older looking than I really am. I also have an Aprilia Futura that makes me feel young again, but all my buddies now have Kawasaki’s 1400 Concourses that kick my butt. Would this bike make me look younger as well as put up a better fight with my buds?? We love to do all day long rides via highway and byways. I like to be different too so joining the gang with another kawi isn’t on my list.

    • Wes Siler

      Yeah, you could kick some serious Kawi ass with this bike.

      • apriliajoe

        From the new article, sure sounds like it :)

  • george

    buzzing around NJ/PA on my 660cc skorpion- 350lbs, I’ve been seriously concerned about the 700lb LT trying to inspect my tail-lite. Wes, you don’t need all this !! maybe to add to yr p*nis extension…