If you’re hungry for asphalt and for new horizons, then the Bagger is the motorcycle for your journey. With its six cylinders, it delivers impressive power and extraordinary running smoothness. Let the journey begin. You and the bike become one with the road in the Bagger silhouette: the chopped windscreen and the striking rear ensure an unmistakable appearance. Behind its good looks is a great deal of innovative technology and a high level of comfort. So get going with the K 1600 B.
BMW’s New Bagger is the Segment’s Most Powerful Bike
BMW Motorrad’s ambitious Concept 101 project comes to life in the BMW K 1600 B – the BMW bagger. Based on the K 1600 GT/K 1600 GTL, the K 1600 B is a first-of-its-kind American-style BMW bagger bike. This low-slung cruiser prioritizes long-haul rider comfort, storage and control in a way that makes it perfect for country cruising. Let’s see how the newcomer BMW K 1600 B bagger stacks up against tough competition in the Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special, the segment benchmark.
Performance Comparison with Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide Special
The heart of the BMW K 1600 B is the 1649cc inline-six engine that puts out 160 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine far outpaces the 90-horsepower V-twin you’ll find in the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Road Glide®. That extra horsepower gives you the breathing room you’ll need on those long rides on the open highway. The BMW K 1600 B is the most powerful and fastest bike in its class by far and a full complement of control and comfort hardware including optional Gear Shift Assist Pro makes sure that power is properly put to use.
BMW K 1600 B and Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Technology and Design Features
BMW Motorrad is a bikemaker that’s no stranger to technological innovation on two wheels and the K 1600 B is especially no exception. The BMW K 1600 B’s feature set outdoes the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special, a bike that’s about due for a technological update. The BMW K 1600 B features Dynamic Traction Control, self-leveling headlight, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment with selectable damping modes (Road and Cruise) and selectable ride modes (Rain, Road and Dynamic) – none of which you’ll find on the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.
Beyond that, the design of the BMW K 1600 B leaves nothing on the table. The bagger’s sleek front end starts the curve that flows gently all the way to the tip of the chrome exhaust pipes. BMW’s bagger brings a fresh new design to the segment without getting too in your face about it. With the optional Low Seat, the 29.5-inch seat height of the BMW 1600 B puts you lower to the ground than any other BMW bike (2.75 inches lower than the K 1600 GT), and almost as low as the 27-inch unladen seat height on the Street Glide Special.
Which Bike is Best?
On paper and in person, the BMW K 1600 B outclasses, outrides and outperforms the competition’s best efforts. The BMW bagger’s short, long, lean and elegant design makes other baggers look downright clunky, and the massive inline-six engine will leave other bikes in the dust.
|Spec||BMW K 1600 B||Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special|
|Horsepower||160 horsepower||90 horsepower|
|Torque||129 lb.-ft of torque||111 lb.-ft. of torque|
|Fully Fueled Weight||741 lbs.||830 lbs.|
|Fuel Capacity||7 gallons||6 gallons|
Storage Capacity Volume
|2.6 cubic feet||2.3 cubic feet|
Electronic Suspension Adjustment?
Yes, three modes (Rain,
Road and Dynamic)
Gear Shift Assist Pro?
Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment?
|Yes, two modes (Road and Cruise)||No|
|DTC (Dynamic Traction Control)||No|
The open road. Even that’s not enough for you. You always want to take it further, because you’ve never been so close to the road. With the Grand America, you can relax and enjoy the ride for miles on end. As a fully-equipped luxury touring bike, this full dresser offers the utmost riding pleasure and comfort for carefree cruising. The legendary 6-cylinder in-line engine triumphs with an unparalleled running smoothness with impressive power development. Always ready to go the extra mile. Even the silhouette is on another level: from the high windshield to the distinctive rear with the easy-to-use topcase and backrest. This is complemented by the innovative technology and abundance of space – especially for two. It’s within arm’s reach: The Grand America makes the horizon seem boundless – and yet so close.
Shaped by freedom.
There’s no denying it: With the iconic sloping line and the steel silencer parallel to the road, this Bagger luxury touring bike appears to become one with the road. The irresistible front and the striking rear with LED indicators and brakes integrated into the cases makes it stand out from the crowd. In addition to Blackstorm Metallic, the exclusive Austin Yellow Metallic colour represents the vast landscape from sunrise to sunset. The powerful black 6-cylinder design leaves no room for doubt: You’re enjoying your freedom to the max. This is down to the standard black tubular handlebars which are always within reach. The high-quality plates on the machine’s tank proves its purpose – as well as yours: K 1600 Grand America.
Big dreams? No problem.
It’s your tour, your dream. Pave your own way with the 6-cylinder in-line engine and its 1649 ccm capacity. For a dynamic experience and superb running smoothness. The maximum torque of 175 Nm and 118 kW (160 HP) develop an incomparable and effortless thrust. You already have a total of 70% of the torque available at 1,500 rpm. You can feel the power even with the smallest turn of the wrist – followed by powerful, relaxed gliding. The reverse assistant ensure effortless manoeuvring when you take a break from riding. You can even continue relaxing for the rest of the ride. Because thanks to Keyless Ride, you can hit the road again quickly and effortlessly.