Hey guys, I don't want to be the bearer of potentially bad news, but I've been following a series of posts on French K1600 boards that say that there just might not be any more K1600's produced or sold after the 2020 version.
Obviously, there's no confirmation (yet) from BMW, but the reasons advanced for this sudden planned obsolescence of the K1600 is that the coming EURO5 emissions standards are making it hard for BMW to adapt the bike to the standard and that it simply might not be financially worth it for them to keep selling it.
Now, the EURO5 standard doesn't exist outside of the EU, but the region being BMW's main market, it's a very real possibility. Also, carmakers have been downsizing engines for a while now, so it makes sense that the trend would eventually catch up to the bike market too.
Thus far, the information we have is that they won't be producing any more K16's after next summer. The production and sale of the C650 scooter (which doesn't exist in the US, afaik
) would also cease.
Having come to the K16 from an RT, I really don't want to go back to one or worse, end up on a Goldwing or a Harley. This news, if true, sucks.
Anybody hear anything about this stateside?