BMW K 1600 GTL Review from United States of America

2013 BMW K 1600 GTL

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance2000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 1200 RT


It is the best touring bike on the market


I have been riding since 1968. I am a basic motorcycle rider instructor. I enjoy getting on a bike and coming back when I have another 5000 on the odometer. I had ridden BMW K1200 bikes and they could not compare to the handling and acceleration of my RT. The GTL does not care what gear you are in. If you are over 2000 RPM and crank the throttle, it takes off. I compare the handling to the RT, which is a sport bike.

It is more fun to drive around town than the RT because it has a lower center of gravity. The seats are comfortable. The wind screen does its job and the air wings bring in air when it gets too hot. All in all, I love this bike. It will probably be the last touring bike I ever buy.

The one note of slight dissatisfaction is that I liked the sound of the boxer engine better. Fortunately, I have a 1974 R90 to keep me satisfied.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2013

Average review marks: 9.5 / 10, based on 1 review