Just as BMW 7 Series (and Mercedes S-Class) are the epitome of hi-tech in the car world, the new BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive is a state-of-the-art motorcycle.
BMW Motorrad Australia product communications manager Scott Croaker says we will be getting the Exclusive late in the second quarter of 2014 with price yet to be finalised.
The current GTL costs $36,990, but the Exclusive comes with new instruments, new colour scheme with matching seats, hill start control to get you moving uphill even with a pillion on board and keyless start for the first time on a BMW.
But wait, there’s more: The radio’s film antenna, embedded in the topbox lid is a world first. The “invisible antenna” replaces the antenna that runs up beside the windscreen.
Pillions will also find it more comfortable with a new seat, heated backrest and armrests to match the Honda GoldWing.
Extra styling touches include aluminum molding on the fuel tank, fully chromed exhaust system, new instrumentation and a four-coat paintjob in silver and magnesium with matching upholstery.
It also comes standard with all the gear from the GTL such as central locking with anti-theft alarm system, electronic suspension adjustment, dynamic traction control, LED auxiliary headlights, adaptive xenon headlight, tyre pressure monitor, additional brake light, engine protection bar, floor lighting, three riding modes and LED daytime running light.
It is still powered by the narrow, in-line, six-cylinder engine with 118kW (160hp) at 7750rpm and maximum torque of 175Nm (129 lb-ft) at 5250rpm with more than 70% of maximum torque on tap from just 1500rpm.
Meanwhile, BMW has voluntarily recalled its K 1600 models over a computer fault code which could shut the engine down or put it into emergency-operation mode. It affects 180 bikes sold from January 1, 2010, to March 11, 2013, with model numbers 0601/0611 (K1600 GT) and 0602/0612 (GTL). Owners should contact their authorised BMW Motorrad dealer, or call the BMW Group Australia Customer Interaction Centre on freecall: 1 800 813 299.