K1600GTL BAG­GER SPIED TEST­ING

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This is BMW’S se­cret new K1600 Bag­ger, spied test­ing on two oc­ca­sions last week in Ger­many.

The new ad­di­tion to the K1600 fam­ily is es­sen­tially a GTL from the front to the foot­pegs, where it morphs into an en­tirely dif­fer­ent beast – which will ex­pand the model’s ap­peal mas­sively in the Amer­i­can mar­ket.

The badg­ing on the fair­ing of the test mule clearly says ‘GTL’, sug­gest­ing that it’s the more re­laxed tour­ing spec model which un­der­pins the Bag­ger – which makes com­plete sense for rider po­si­tion­ing.

At the heart of the Bag­ger is the same 1649cc across-the-frame straight six, which is un­likely to be re­tuned from the 160bhp it pro­duces in the GT and GTL su­per-tourer mod­els – while new Euro4 com­pli­ance may have a mar­ginal im­pact on the claimed power out­put across the range.

The most ob­vi­ous changes are at the back, where the con­ven­tional tail of the GT and GTL makes way for a re­designed rear end with droop­ing pan­niers, a lower pil­lion seat and long, hor­i­zon­tal ex­hausts. Patent images un­cov­ered by MCN ear­lier this year hinted at fur­ther sub­tle body­work changes for the Bag­ger com­pared to its sta­ble­mates, but it now looks like the changes were in­tended for the en­tire three-bike line-up, with only the head­lamp ap­pear­ing to be car­ried over.

The alu­minium frame, with its Duolever front sus­pen­sion and Par­alever rear, ap­pears fun­da­men­tally un­al­tered, and all three mod­els are likely to share the same in­stru­men­ta­tion, wheels, brakes and elec­tron­ics.

It’s un­clear if this model will be un­veiled at next week’s In­ter­mot show, but few are likely to come to the UK – mean­ing it’ll be a rare sight on Blighty’s boule­vards.

‘The Bag­ger gets droop­ing pan­niers, long ex­hausts, and a cut-down screen’

Six-cylin­ders of creamy torque and power com­bine with Amer­i­can bag­ger styling

Chopped down screen helps the Bag­ger aes­thetic

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