BMW Motorrad expands its range in the full dresser touring segment with the addition of a model designed specifically for comfortable travel. The BMW K 1600 Grand America sees its premiere at the world’s biggest motorcycle trade show, the EICMA in Milan (7 – 12 November 2017). Derived from the BMW K 1600 B, the new model combines the supreme performance of its 6-cylinder engine with exclusive equipment features that make long-distance rides both comfortable and fascinating in American highway cruising style, whether solo or with a passenger.
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The design of the BMW K 1600 Grand America embraces the passion for relaxed, luxurious travel on two wheels that is especially widespread in the USA. For this purpose, the styling developed for the bagger concept of the BMW K 1600 B has been modified and a number of distinctive features have been added. In addition to the dynamically elongated side line that slopes evenly down to the rear, another clearly recognizable feature is the drop-shaped silhouette created from the visual link between the high-rising windshield and the low positioned side cases.
Chrome-plated rear silencers arranged parallel to the road are harmoniously integrated in the elegant, flowing design. The authentic look of the BMW K 1600 Grand America is rounded off with a top case complete with integrated passenger backrest. In addition to expanded transport capacity, the BMW Grand America offers significantly enhanced travel suitability due to the additional seating comfort for rider and passenger. The top case is also an instantly recognizable indication of a vehicle concept developed specifically for extended touring.
Customers can go for the optional Style Package with two-color finish in Blackstorm metallic / Austin Yellow metallic for the newly launched bike, while the specs follow the BMW recipe by the letter. The 6-cylinder in-line engine meets EU4 requirements with an output of 160 hp at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) at 5,250 rpm. The top speed is electronically limited to 162 km/h or 101 mph while the electronic suspension Dynamic ESA has damping modes “Road” and “Cruise” as standard.
Reverse assist for effortless maneuvering comes as standard, while the rider is protected against bad weather thanks to the particularly high windshield. The bike has a low rear frame while the passenger seat was reduced by 70 millimetres and now offers an ergonomically adapted footrest position. Customers will also get footboards for a relaxed “feet forward” rider seating position as standard. The passengers can also get footboards as an Original BMW Motorrad Accessory.
Standard equipment also includes engine protection bars, ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, xenon headlight, heated grips, seat heating, Multi-Controller, three riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic), cruise control, audio system with navigation preparation. Furthermore, the Shift Assistant Pro is there for shifting up and down without clutch activation as an ex works option. The range of optional equipment items is diverse, including among others adaptive turning light, daytime riding light, Keyless Ride, Hill Start Control, central locking and many others.