The new BMW K 1600 B bagger is big, brash and full of beans. Based on BMW’s heavy-duty tourer, the K 1600 GT, the Yankee-style bagger was originally revealed as a ‘Concept 101’ two years ago, and then confirmed as a production bike last year. Now it has landed in the UK, and you know what – for a bike that looks like it belongs to a dead-straight desert road, it handles pretty sweetly on the pot-holed and nadgery back lanes of Northampton.
WORDS: Mikko Nieminen, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure editor
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Manning
Lots to choose from
From the front the bagger bears a striking resemblance to its sister, the K1600 GT because a lot of the components are shared. But cast your eyes to the rear of the bike, and the German bagger starts to look a lot more American. The seat unit (750/780mm) and the whole rear profile are low, with the teardrop-shaped fixed panniers and massive silencers creating a stretched look.
There are three different bagger variants to choose from: the standard B, which features traction control, semi-active suspension, ABS with dynamic brake light and costs £16,750; the middle option B SE gains an adaptive headlight, daytime running light, centre stand, hill start control and tyre pressure control for a total of £17,760; and the top of the range B LE trumps the others with added audio system and reverse gear, all for £19,405.