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post #1 of 99 Old 02-26-2017, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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K1600 B at Touring Sports of Greenville, SC

K1600B at Touring Sport


My local BMW Motorrad Dealership- Touring Sports of Greenville, SC- got very lucky & acquired one of two K1600 B’s in the USA. BMW had sent the bagger for storage in Greenville, SC at the BMW Riding center. The plan is to take it to Daytona, FL in the spring & then, it goes back to Germany. Somehow Touring Sports of Greenville, SC has the K1600B in their showroom. It is not for sale. Release date in USA has not been specified.

Could not resist going and seeing/ sitting on it. Some features I found very interesting:

- There is a wind breaker mounted on the front cowl.
- Side wind deflectors are longer but, appear to go out at the same angle.
- The audio plug is in the left saddle bag.
- Saddle bags are not removable.
- The lower cowl pockets are gone. This allows for easy access to large Highway pegs.
- There are new front protection bars with much better/ stronger mountings. The front large Highway pegs have steel warning posts.
- While driving the front adaptive headlight can be completely turned off & the halo lights can be intensified with a much brighter appearance.
- The exhaust sound is similar but, there with a low growl.
- UNBELIEVABLE!!!

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If you live near by Greenville, SC go by and check out the New K1600B. Touring Sports is our Sponsor for the 2017 BMW K1600's Tame the Tail of the Dragon in May 2017. Best,

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Nice scouting! What's this audio plug in the saddlebag?

EDIT: Oops, nevermind. Guessing the same plug from the (absent) right side cubby pocket was moved.

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I wonder how much and what type of market research BMW did in the concept phase of this bike.

Did they actually talk to riders to see what they wanted... or did they just mimic features from other cruisers.

I think the K1600 is already lacking storage space, and then to remove the two cubby pockets.

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Gary,
What's the rocker switch under the lock on the left bag?

Passenger seat heat?

Freedom is the miles I'm rollin' on!

I'm ridin' a 2014 K1600 GTL and I am loving every minute of it!
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Gary, will the bagger make a surprise appearance at the get-together?

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What's the rocker switch under the lock on the left bag? Passenger seat heat? Yes, thats the passenger heat control on the saddlebag that is normally on our seat.

Will the bagger make a surprise appearance at the get-together? Not the K1600B. Still trying to get a 2017 GT to show up. May take some luck??

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Some cool features! Thanks for sharing.

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Some cool features! Thanks for sharing.
I don't like the idea of not being able to remove the saddle bags, that would kill the deal for me
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I don't like the idea of not being able to remove the saddle bags, that would kill the deal for me
You would lose all tail/brake/turn signal lights in the rear.

What about adding a top case? Any info from BMW on this? If they designed a factory add-on case, this may get the nod from me over the 17 GTL.

Has anyone been able to compare the distance between the seat and shifter/brake pegs between this and the GTL? The B just looks like the seat is closer to the pegs, but of course I haven't seen the two side by side....
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K1600 B at Touring Sports of Greenville, SC

The seat position on the K1600B is very comfortable. The height is around 29.5 inches though it seemed lower. With a 30 inseam could easily get my feet flat. The driver pegs & shifter on the K1600b are in the same location as the GTL. Highway footpegs are large & accessible. Definitely a cruiser position. Best,

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