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post #1 of 22 Old 08-15-2019, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone done the Alps e.g. Stelvio, Furka, etc. on a K16

Just wondering if anyone else has done this type of stuff and how their bike fared.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-15-2019, 09:16 AM
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I've done it 2-up on a K1300GT. The K1600GT with the additional low end torque would be a better choice.

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Hello,


This year, i do Maloja Pass and Julier Pass with the K1600


A few years ago, in 2014, i rode the Stelvio up from Bormio and down to Tarfoi with my 2012 R1. In 2017, i rode the Stelvio by the Umbrail Pass, sleep in a hotel at the summit and down to Bormio and then did the Gavia Pass with my K1300S.


And every time, it was wonderful. Each year since 2011, i went in the Alps with friends and we go in Austria and Italy.


Others that you do, are on our short list especially Grimsel and Albula but this year the open too late to do it



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... been there , done that, got the stickers ...
Stelvio is a killer ... its got the most difficult , tecnical twist when you enter the hairpins ... narrow, high elevation inside the turn ... its not " fun " fun ... on my K16 full load, 2 up, newbee' ish
Did Stelvio last year, got the red light, pulled over and had too wait until cooldown... I dont need to do Stelvio again. Lots of other fine roads in that area ...

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... been there , done that, got the stickers ...
Stelvio is a killer ... its got the most difficult , tecnical twist when you enter the hairpins ... narrow, high elevation inside the turn ... its not " fun " fun ... on my K16 full load, 2 up, newbee' ish
Did Stelvio last year, got the red light, pulled over and had too wait until cooldown... I dont need to do Stelvio again. Lots of other fine roads in that area ...

Have since done the radiator rebuild Rad- Guard
I have another thread going about the K1600 not fit for purpose, I was wondering if I was the only one suffering from overheating in high passes and warm climates. The night before we dd it, the guys in the group asked me what I thought of it and like you I said it was a terrible pass. After we did it, the opinion was unanimous, no one wanted to do it again.

You did right getting the Rad Guard, I now have trust issues with the bike, I don't really trust it anymore and when you take a bike on a 2,500+mile tour you need to feel it will get you there and back.

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I ride the Alps every year and took on most of the passes you did. On my 3rd K1600 by now, only one occurrence of overheating on my 2014 back then in the Dolomites approaching slow moving traffic. Never again on that bike or any of the others in tough riding conditions. I have an excellent dealer and obviously techs who know how to get the air out of the cooling system.

This year I rode old military roads in the border areas 2up loaded between Italy Slovenia and Austria at 38 C, 1 And 2 gear affairs for miles. 8 bars a few times, temps hovering around 107c, but no issues.
Me and my passenger overheated, but BigK was unfazed.

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Yes, June 2018. 21 days 4400 Kilometers, 350 + passes. K1600GTL no overheating issues. 6 countries. And I am going back in September 2019.
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No, but I'd LOVE to -- it looks like motorcycle nirvana!

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Did all of those passes last year, bike had no issues.
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Living in Switzerland, I ride almost all of these at least once a year. The K1600 is doing great here - it's mostly the riders who struggle if they are not used to this kind of roads, no matter what kind of bike they have (although Harley riders seem to struggle most ;-).
The Stelvio is my favorite - but not on weekends (too many bikes and cars)

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