Welcome aboard. I'm from the 'other end' of Texas (the top!). Quite a few Texans on the board, too! You found the one item that surprises most people new to BMW...the tranny. The K1600 is an incredibly well-engineered machine, except for the transmission. It is solid, don't get me wrong, but doesn't sound like it! Shifting-wise, its buttery smooth, just makes a CLUNK!! when you go into first from neutral. At least you know you are in gear.
2012 BMW K1600GT - Akropovic exhaust, Aeroflow screen, Ilium crash bars and highway pegs, Lamin-x headlamp protector, Adaptiv TPX radar detector