Amer­ica call­ing

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BMW’S K1600GT is a tech­no­log­i­cal marvel and per­fect for thump­ing out the miles but it’s mas­sive and bland to look at. The K1600 Bag­ger changed all that al­beit with lim­ited stor­age space, but now the Grand Amer­ica solves that prob­lem too. As the name sug­gests, BMW have set their sights across the pond, aim­ing at both the big man­u­fac­tur­ers and their con­sumers.

Per­for­mance-wise noth­ing has changed, so it’s that same tur­bine-like 1649cc straight six that de­liv­ers 158bhp, which mated to their im­pres­sive elec­tron­ics pack­age de­liv­ers a dev­as­tat­ingly fast ride. Com­pared to the stan­dard K1600, the Grand Amer­ica has a much more swept ap­pear­ance with smaller pan­niers and a lower seat height, along with those all-im­por­tant foot boards. The ad­di­tion of a top­box with in­te­grated brake light gives the bike that clas­sic US sil­hou­ette and the larger screen in­creases tour­ing com­fort. There may well be a new Gold Wing on the block, but it’s al­ready got a fight on its hands.

O Power 158.2bhp @ 7700rpm O Weight 364kg O Seat height 780mm

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