First K1600GT Ride - 4000+ Miles
Day 1 - The Meeting -
The story of my K1600GT begins nearly four years ago in November 2013. I purchased my first BMW (K1200LT) from an individual in Michigan. I did a fly-and-ride and while I was picking up the K12LT, I noticed the owner also had a 2013 K1600GT in the garage. I was immediately struck by the K16GT’s “wow” factor. I made a passing comment to give me the first opportunity to purchase the K16GT if he ever sold it. I departed on my new-to-me 2000 K1200LT not expecting to hear from the owner again.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2016, I’m checking my emails and there is one from the K1600GT owner asking if I remained interested in his bike. My answer was a resounding “yes” and another fly-and-ride was scheduled. Unfortunately the bike was in Las Vegas and I wanted to ride the Sierra mountain roads. Not the best riding idea in the November or December. I contained my enthusiasm and reluctantly scheduled the fly-and-ride for May anticipating the mountain pass roads to be reopened from the winter snows. In the meantime, I registered on the K1600 forum and spent the next five months lurking on the forum reading most threads.
The months of anticipation are finally over. 13 May 2017 had arrived and it was time to board a plane from Pensacola, Florida to Las Vegas. My excitement grew as the distance-to-destination countdown on the inflight screen gets smaller. Not long after landing I am formally introduced to my new-to-me 2013 K1600GT. Once again I am awe struck with the bike. What an amazing piece of engineering! The owner and I spend the next three hours going over the details of the bike: wonder wheel, Clearwater lights, Valentine 1, aux fuel tank, removing/installing seats and side cases, checking oil, GPS, tire pressures, and other farkles he had added to the bike. I felt like I was participating in a television sales commercial with a “wait, there’s more” sales pitch. The owner included thousands of dollars of additional items I was not expecting: side, top, tank bags, multiple item tool kit, C4 bars, and a hydration system. I felt like I was sipping from a fire hydrant trying to remember the multitude of K1600GT intricacies.
The time had come for me to ride. It was a short five mile ride to the hotel, but I was immediately impressed! First, I felt more comfortable with the K1600GT then I did on the K1200LT. The seating height was slightly lower and the top heaviness was missing. Parking lot slow speed maneuvering was significantly improved over the K1200LT. Secondly, the power! I was aware from the forum threads the K16GT had a smooth transfer of power, but I had no idea how much more it was then the K1200LT. Finally, I was impressed with the transmission. Working through the gears was like a warm knife through butter. The only initial negative I had was the throttle, but I’m confident it is something I will adjust to with miles in the seat. I have not used a fly-by-wire throttle and it surprised me a couple times during shifting with an unintentional tendency rev the RPMs.
Today will be my first true experience with the K1600GT. I have planned an afternoon ride to the Hoover Dam to familiarize myself with the bike before I begin a non-direct 4000+ mile return trip to Pensacola. I’ll let you know how the bike and I get along.
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Last edited by Fun Bobby; 05-14-2017 at 02:11 PM.