I don't feel the need for anything else for my 2017 k1600 GT, with all the ergonomic mods I've made. I see a Wilbers suspension in my near future and potentially (not really need it or financially worth it) an aftermarket exhaust (Akrapovic OEM or Remus Black Hawk).Nothing in for me, I have a bad feeling about the K1600 future, would have expected some updates like TFT screens and new audio, but no. Lets see if they pull something together for the actual model 2021 in fall 2020. If not it could very well be the closing bell for the BigK.
These EU5 regulations for motorcycles or the extreme targets for energy efficiency for cars will take out low volume vehicles like the K1600 and affordable subcompact cars because the specific costs to reduce fuel consumption pushes the the prices up too far.
Well said.I for one, am not quite sure where this presentation left me. Certainly I like seeing new models and knowing that BMW is selling like hot cakes in Italy, but I don't live in Italy and the new models aren't my cup of tea at 68 years old. I assuredly am not a fan of the R18 or whatever they call the big Boxer, it just doesn't look right to me. The entire subject of touring purpose was left out of the presentation and all I saw in the videos were a couple of almost naked bikes chasing down twisty roads with no other traffic, or driving in an urban setting at about 3:00 AM also traffic free.
Perhaps there is a connection here of sorts in that as you sell more motorcycles you begin getting intoxicated with your own success and start developing models that stretch the imagination, but have no real purpose. The perfect example of that would be Harley-Davidson. H-D could lop off fully half of their models and no one would ever miss them plus they would save a ton of money. They could also put Livewire on the shelf until battery technology gets to the point of allowing a trip of more than 90 miles before a recharge is needed. This all begs the question, does BMW consider the K1600 a true success and worthy of updating and keeping in the line up, or is it just a model that is nearing the end of the line for them soon to follow the 1200LT into oblivion. It's difficult to judge where BMW is going with the K1600 series from this new model presentation, but there obviously was no emphasis on our beloved model. Kinda of sad in a way, I had hoped for more from BMW.