BMW K1600GT Sport "Not Fit for Purpose"
Sorry Mr BMW, but the K1600 is "Not Fit For Purpose" I can confirm this statement is 100% true.
The K16 is marketed as "Gran Turismo" or GT (meaning Grand Tourer). The problem is it can't tour. I downloaded the brochure for it today and there is a nice photo of the bike in the Dolomite's, Italy. I recognize the mountain range as I was there last week. Perhaps, I should explain a little more.
I have been riding K16's for 7 years, covering around 45,000 miles (so I know a bit about the bike). I have had 3 versions, a 2012GT, a 2015GT Sport and today I have a 2017GT Sport. I live in Northern Ireland and tour around Scotland, Wales and Ireland. I also do a European tour each year lasting 1-2 weeks. The bike is fine in the the UK and Ireland, but when you take it to Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland etc. it suffers with overheating.
Of three bikes I have owned the only one that dd not overheat was the 2015 bike, I put a Rad Guard on that one (perhaps you should recruit the people at Rad Guard into your R&D team), they had the wonderful idea of throwing away the solid lump of plastic (you insist is necessary) and replacing the your plastic radiator grill with a nice aluminium one.
I have never seen another bike with a solid lump of plastic covering a third of a radiator, who thought that one up?.
Just in case you are wondering, I fuss and clean around the radiator every time I wash it, I have been on my knees with my garden hose. The only thing left I can do is to pull off the radiator cover (and your solid lump of plastic) and attack the radiator directly with my garden hose. I am not prepared to go that far, why should I ?
Anyway, the 2012 bike overheated twice on me going up Stelvio in 2013 and the following year overheated every day during my European tour, I had to take it to a BMW dealer in Milan, who washed out the radiator, just so I could get home. It was sold on my return to Northern Ireland.
My 2017 bike overheated in Nancy last year (going up a hill following a bus, the air temp was 39 degrees C (105 F) so it was a bit warm).
This year my 2017 bike overheated three times. Once during slow maneuvers getting into a hotel car park, once going up Stelvio and the third time following a camper van up some slow hairpins. All of the other bikes in the group had no issues, this included a R1200RT and a 1250GS. BTW you can try and run it on a high gear and low rev's but that is not easy when for example you have 48 consecutive hair pins, as in the Stelvio and a constant gradient and camper vans, cars, buses to pass. The outside air temp was only 19 degrees C (66 F) when it overheated following the camper van.
Just a thought, the bike testers that you use have came back from their testing and told you "Da bike vill tour" and you have believe them. Perhaps, they are spending too much time polishing their toe nails and driving up and down the B500 or some toll road. They must not have the b***s to take the bike up mountain passes. If you feel you need a proper "real life" bike tester, who is not a wimp and is prepared to give up a week each year then I am available, we just need to sort out the expenses and beer allowance.
So, I simply can't and won't trust my K1600 anymore, I will have to change to a reliable bike that can go where I want to go. Its probably going to be a R1250RT (I had 3 RT's before the K16's, have you fixed the headlight problem with them? I left skin on each of the bikes that I had fitting light bulbs, anyway, I digress).
I seriously think you should put a warning sticker on K1600, something like:
"Warning this bike is liable to overheating when in warm climates and trans-versing mountain passes, it can cause severe embarrassment to rider/owner. You will be required to develop a "Pained Grin and slow wave" which you can give to every other make of bike/scooter/moped in the planet as you sit on the side of the road, on one of the most expensive kettles ever made."
A really Pissed Off, David
BTW, two other things to note, the radiator fan on another bike (a Triumph speed triple) broke two days before we returned home, the rider made it home without the fan working on his bike, hows that for cooling working?
Second thing, another member of the group also had a 2012 K16, his overheated on the M25 (London) on the way to the Euro tunnel. He never made the tour and he tells me his engine is knackered and he is in a row with his dealer, he had the bike less than 3 months.
Last edited by DavidMcK; 08-14-2019 at 05:40 AM.