K1600GTL BAGGER SPIED TESTING
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